#Cubs Coghlan’s iron man streak over

Even though Chris Coghlan was not in the starting lineup Sunday, Maddon planned on getting him an at-bat. Coghlan entered Sunday’s game having played in 150 straight, the longest current streak in the Major Leagues. But Jake Arrieta threw a complete game in a 3-1 win over the White Sox, and Coghlan did not get a single at-bat, ending his streak. Next longest is the Royals’ Kenrys Morales, who played in his 123rd consecutive game on Sunday.

On Saturday, Maddon kept Coghlan’s streak alive when the outfielder got the last at-bat of the game.

“National League, baby,” Maddon said. “There’s always a way [to keep it going].”

— Carrie Muskat


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I embrace this streak ending. Don`t like streaks as they bring unwelcome pressure on players. Perhaps this will allow Chris to relax and begin to produce offensively to the level we expected from him, because he`s been overall disappointing with the bat in 2015. Is good to see that Schwarber excelled at the `Futures` game today, and indeed won the MVP. He also threw out a potential base stealer, I`m told, but also demonstrated some defensive lapses and why he needs more reps at the catching position. Another player who shined in this `Futures` game is Mets` prospect, Michael Conforto. Serious aficianodos on here (Is that redundant?) will recall Conforto as a potential Cubs` draft choice in June 2014. He excelled at Oregon State (White will recall that), and is currently putting up decent numbers at AA Binghampton. When the Cubs played the Mets in New York recently, there were rumors Conforto could be promoted to the big league team soon. Some observers suggested today that he was also deserving of the MVP in the `Futures` game. On another subject, Arrieta is looking more like an ace than someone with the initials JL. In fact, isn`t it true it`s not hard to make the case that Hammel and Hendricks are also outperforming that celebrated southpaw?

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