We can take solace the Cubs gained an edge in the race for the No.2 overall pick in next year’s amateur Draft by losing 10-5 at Colorado last night. But I’d still take a series win vs. the Rockies, even if it comes at the cost of losing the No.2 selection.
I never take Cubs losses easily, and I certainly won’t root against Chicago so they can pick one spot higher next spring. Not everyone will agree, of course, but I believe you win first and worry about the Draft second.
As it stands this morning, the Cubs (59-95) hold a one-game lead over Colorado (60-94) for the No.2 overall pick. Houston (50-105) has already wrapped up the No.1 overall pick next spring.
53-MAN ROSTER: No surprise the Cubs set a new single-season franchise record by utilizing 53 different players this season. The previous mark of 51 players used was set in 2000 when Chicago lost 97-games. It’s a blatant reminder of just how much the Cubs lack overall talent at the major league level, especially on the mound.
NUMBER ONE: Congratulations to Dave Sappelt on his first big league HR, a leadoff blast in the top of the first against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa in Colorado last night. Sappelt hit .331 vs. lefties at Triple-A Iowa this season before his callup on September 1st. He finished last night’s contest 2-for-4 and is batting .265 with the Cubs through 17-games (12 starts).