6/19 Cubs Inbox

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Q: I’m a stats kind of guy. I noticed that Welington Castillo is a much better hitter in the daytime (.305) than at night (.219). Yes, it’s a small sample but most of Dioner Navarro’s starts come in the daytime. I would assume that Sveum has a valid reason for this but perhaps Navarro’s starts should come more often at night? Just an observation. — Travis C., Cedar Rapids, IA

A: My first reaction was that Castillo had played more day games, so the numbers may be lopsided but that’s not the case. Through Tuesday, he’s played 27 games in the day time, 26 at night. The splits aren’t too far off — he’s 29-for-95 during the day, 21-for-96 at night. I’ll ask him tonight before the game, and update later.

Q: Why doesn’t Cody Ransom get more playing time? He’s solid and can produce some big hits, I feel. — Jacob B.

A: Since you wrote, Ransom has gotten more playing time. Sveum has used him in a platoon at third with Luis Valbuena, inserting Ransom against left-handed pitchers. Ransom was batting .293 vs. lefties compared to .167 against right-handers. On Tuesday against the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright, Ransom did connect for his first home run off a right-hander, and was batting .304 (7-for-23) this month after a .200 June. One of the reasons Ransom bats high in the order is to give him more at-bats.

Q: I was pleased with the Cubs Draft this year. How soon will we see Kris Bryant? Any chance he could be called up in September even just to give fans a look at him? Thanks. — John L., Portland, Ore.

A: If you want to watch Bryant play, you’ll have to go to one of the Cubs’ Minor League teams, possibly Kane County. He won’t be called up in September. First, the Cubs have to sign the third baseman, who is represented by super agent Scott Boras. The Cubs have a signing bonus pool of $10,556,500, and an assigned value of $6,708,400 for Bryant. Talks are ongoing.

Q: With Steve Clevenger coming back from injury and seeming to get a hit in every rehab game, I would assume he will be brought back to the Majors once he’s ready. When this happens, who do you think will be sent down with most of the backups playing well? Would the Cubs consider sending a bullpen guy down for an extra bat? I’m afraid you’ll say Julio Borbon but I don’t want to see that late inning speed sent down. — Michael F., Raleigh, NC

A: Clevenger does give the Cubs some versatility. With three catchers available, Sveum could use Dioner Navarro or Clevenger as a pinch-hitter, and not worry about losing a backup catcher if something happened to Welington Castillo. Right now, Clevenger is getting at-bats at Triple-A Iowa and playing some infield there. Sveum was asked Tuesday about the left-handed hitter, and there’s no date set for his return. Part of the problem is that they have plenty of left-handed bats right now.

Q: With the upcoming renovation of Wrigley Field, are they going to address how small the seats are? People were a lot smaller back in the early 1900s and these days, you feel like you’re jammed in there like a sardine on both sides with no leg room. — Jeff, Calgary

A: The renovation plan includes installation of new, wider seats at Wrigley Field. It should be a more comfortable way to watch the game.

7 Comments

I did not know Bryant was represented by Boras. If I had known that, I would not have been so excited about his selection as the #2 overall pick.
Bryant is still not signed which means Boras is after all the money can get, which means other signings are being held up because of Boras.
I do not understand the logic of dealing with any Free Agent, Draft Pick or trading for a player represented by Boras. If I was Epstein or Hoyer, I would not even accept his phone calls.
I now feel because of Boras, the Bryant selection was a huge mistake.

Yes, jasper, I agree it is troubling to learn Bryant is represented by Boras. I had no clue either. As William Bendix used to say on “The Life of Riley” back in the day, “What a revolting development this is!” {How many recall that?} There is a silver lining though, jasper, as Appel, the hurler from Stanford who was picked first and ahead of Bryant, was signed by Houston several days ago, and Appel`s agent is the ubiquitous Boras.

Nice post jhosk. I do not like 2nd guessing decisions, I am just putting out there, if I were a member of Management from any team; I would not deal with Boras or any players represented by him.

That matter involving the need for wider seats is a commentary on the obesity epidemic in our nation, is it not? Folk need to get off their behinds and exercise and pay more attention to what they ingest. I was not around then, but am thinking it`s safe to say folk back in the first two decades of 20th century were not obese because they worked hard and did not overeat, and reckon more than a few actually went hungry and missed meals due to hard times.

Interesting jhosk – Obesity does seem to be a modern day problem. Thankfully I have the problem of being told to eat all I can eat – AND I DO! Oregon State game today! Have a great day and get ready for another go at the Cardinals. Body armor advised.

Yes, White, that Oregon State/Indiana contest is only game on the schedule today in Omaha. These teams which come from losers` bracket have challenging task, while winners get to rest.

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