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Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
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NoEpstein for Cubs

If the Red Sox don't win the American League wild card and miss their postseason for the second year in a row, it could cause them to make impulsive moves. One suych move could be letting Theo Epstein leave with a year left on his contract. Epstein and the owner John Henry would have to take emotion out of this decision. Epstein has yet to show interest in the Cubs GM vacancy. (Fox Sports)

Cooper manages Sox's last games

With Ozzie Guillen in Spain, one of the game's best pitching coaches Don Cooper will be managing the last two games with first base coach Harold Baines as assistant. Joey Cora was told not to show up at U.S. Cellular Field for the final two games and will likely resume as Guillen's bench coach with the Florida Marlins. (Hardball Talk)

Could Zambrano join Ozzie in Miami?

It seems as though the Cubs will do anything to get rid of Carlos Zambrano. With Ozzie Guillen on his way to Florida, why not Zambrano as well? Guillen and Zambrano are off-field friends. Guillen has always supported Zambrano without hesitation through out the seasons. It's possible that Guillen could push the Marlins to take Zambrano. If the Marlins take Zambrano the Cubs might not get anything for him.(Hardball Talk)
Pierzynski is postseason analyst for Fox
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has accepted a job as Fox's pregame and postgame analyst for the American League Championship Series and World Series.(Chicago Tribune)

Good news for Persa

Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald said quarterback Dan Persa is supposed to return this weekend. Persa should be able to play against Illinois on Saturday. It 's not clear whether Persa will start nor how much playing time he will receive.(CollegeFootball Talk)

Fantasy football: Week 4

Bears Dane Sanzenbacher is a good receiver to pick up. There are a few receiver's that give off a vibe of promising excellence and Sanzebacher is among those. Seahawks' Sidney Rice, Lions' Titus Young and the Buffalo Bills defense. Bills' defense is pretty promising because they picked off four Tom Brady passes.(Chicago Tribune)

Kane and Hossa debut

Chicago Blackhawks offensive stars Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will get a chance to play Wednesday night against Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.
While Kane was recovering from his surgery he missed four preseason games. Hossa arrived late to training camp due to the death of his close friend, Pavol Demitra, in the plane crash. Here's their chance to really get loose. Meantime, Patrick Sharp is doing well and recovering steadily from his emergency appendectomy surgery.(Chicago Tribune)

Super Bowl XLVIII logo

The potential logo for Super Bowl XLVIII has a snow flakebranded between New York and New Jersey. It's a possibility there willbe much snow in February, 2014. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said snowisn't such a bad idea because whatever is thrown at them, they'll beready.(ProoFootball Talk)

Yoan Moncada has gone from 'strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven'

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Yoan Moncada has gone from 'strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven'

Yoan Moncada is finishing off a breakout season and he has gotten there with a different approach at the plate.

When Moncada came up through the minors and even in his first two years in the majors, he was known for drawing plenty of walks. At every stop of the minors and in each of his first two seasons with the White Sox, Moncada walked in well north of 10 percent of his plate appearances.

This season, which is inarguably his best in the majors, he has 39 walks in 510 plate appearances. After Moncada added three hits in Sunday’s 11-10 loss to the Mariners, he is now hitting .308/363/.537 with 23 home runs, 72 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

Sunday's 3-for-5 game added to his red-hot September. Moncada is hitting .436/.492/.636 in 14 games this month. He's not the only White Sox hitter on fire this month.

Before the game, White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Moncada’s different approach.

“He’s going to be a 30-homer type guy,” Renteria said. “I think his on-base percentage is good. I think people look at the numbers in terms of the base-on-balls, the total numbers that are down, but he’s gone from strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven, so to speak, and I think there’s going to be a balance in between where he’s going to continue to have those walk numbers, on-base numbers and be a pretty significant impactful player as a third baseman.”

That strikeout heaven Renteria referred to is another big difference for Moncada this year. After striking out in 32 percent of his plate appearances in 54 games with the White Sox in 2017 and whiffing a whopping 217 times last year (33.4 percent), Moncada has cut down on that number. He has 139 strikeouts this year, which is down to 27.2 percent.

So the strikeouts have gone down along with the walks. Moncada’s overall numbers are clearly better so it appears the tradeoff has been worth it.

“I think he’s taking into account more situational type things,” Renteria said. “Instead of taking that borderline pitch that they would call a strike, for example, he might be more inclined to create a productive out and drive in a run and put the ball in play.

"It’s more baseball-oriented, not just numbers wise. It’s a baseball situation in which he is now understanding a little bit more, I have a chance to impact this in a positive way. (If) I don’t swing the bat, it’s a called third strike, I’m walking into the dugout and my guys are still out  there on the bases. I got a pitch I can handle, I can still manage. Put the ball in play, score that run and we score another point, it puts us in a better position. Ultimately it’s about scoring runs.”

Renteria emphasized that he didn’t want Moncada chasing pitches as he tries to be more aggressive. However, going after borderline pitches that are hittable instead of trying to work a walk as one of the most dangerous hitters on the team isn’t always the best approach.

“If you look at his at-bats, he’s not a chaser,” Renteria said. “He doesn’t put balls in play that are a foot (outside), he doesn’t do that. There are balls that are manageable, hittable, things that he can either get a base hit out of or put in play to create a particular run. It’s more situational awareness that he’s become better at, which I think has helped him improved some of his numbers offensively.”

In other Moncada news, he got hit by a throw after stealing a base in the seventh inning .The throw bounced and hit Moncada in the side as he was sliding into second. After being in obvious pain, Moncada stayed on the bases, later came around to score and finished the game.

 

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the injury to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs offense coming alive against the Pirates and the playoff chase with 2 weeks left in the season.

01:00     How worried are you about Rizzo's injury

05:00     Wrigley's reaction to Rizzo's injury

08:00     Bryant leads the Cubs offense against the Pirates

10:00     Heyward's resurgence after moving out of leadoff spot

12:00     Nico Hoerner's looks impressive in first series at Wrigley

15:00     How do Cubs stand with 2 weeks left?

17:00     Cubs have a chance to make up ground with Cardinals playing Nationals

18:30     Brewers staying in race without Yelich

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