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Spoiler Alert, Caballo & Fukudome

By bullpenbrian - July 25, 2011 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

It only took 102 games, but the Cubs finally made it three straight on Sunday.
Ten times prior Chicago failed to make it three in a row.
It’s the club’s first winning streak since October 2, 2010.
And the first home winning streak since September 1-4, 2010.
The last sweep of Houston at Wrigley came during July, 2007.
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Cubs finish the 10-game homestand (5-5).
Florida (1-3), Philly (1-2), Houston (3-0).
Chicago’s rotation posted seven quality starts.
That wraps up the longest homestand of the season.

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Spoiler Alert

Chicago is primed to play NL Central spoilers with a three-way tie atop the division. The next 13 games are against divisional foes beginning with a 10-game road trip through Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

On Sunday Pittsburgh knocked off St. Louis in 10-innings. The Reds also won in dramatic fashion with a Drew Stubbs walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth vs. Atlanta. Milwaukee, on the other hand, lost 2-1 at San Fran. 

Pit .525  x
StL .525  -
Mil .524  -
Cin .495  3.0

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Trade Bait

Kosuke Fukudome hit .280 on the homestand, 7-for-25.
4 walks, 3 runs, double, triple, RBI.

For the season:
Has a .371 OBP.
Hitting .272 vs RHP.
Hitting .273 vs LHP.
Drawn a walk in 42 of 84 games played.

Four teams are interested in Fukudome according to Bruce Levine of ESPN 1000.

-In Japanese baseball, trading players is considered an unusual circumstance and is even actually a bit of an insult. However, after watching teammates like Derrek Lee, Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly get traded last year, Fukudome seems to understand that trades are just part of MLB’s business culture.

“It really doesn’t bother me,” he said through his interpreter. “As long as I’m a player and people are interested in me, I take it as a compliment.” -Fukudome

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El Caballo

What on earth has happened to Carlos Lee?
His go-ahead HR off Samardzija on Sunday is just his 7th of the season.
He’s 35-years-old and owed $18.5M in 2012, the final season of a 6-year deal. 

2006 – 37 HR, 116 RBI, .300
2007 – 32 HR, 119 RBI, .303
2008 – 28 HR, 100 RBI, .314
2009 – 26 HR, 102 RBI, .300
2010 – 24 HR,  89 RBI, .246
2011 -  7 HR,  51 RBI, .277

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Seattle’s skid hits 15

Hey, the Cubs aren’t so bad. At least they’re not Seattle.

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