Cubs react to new MLB rule changes

Back when Cubs manager David Ross was in his playing days as a catcher, he could take a hard hit in a collision at home plate and nobody would’ve batted an eye. Having debuted during the 2002 season, Ross came…

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: Heading to Toronto

Happy Monday and happy last week of August, folks. The Cubs are headed up north to take on the Blue Jays, and they're leaving a couple of starters behind. Later in the week, they'll head to St. Louis with a couple of extra faces when rosters expand, and I'm sure there will be plenty of speculation over the next few days as to who might take up those spots. It should be an eventful week with at least a couple of players making their MLB debuts, plus it'll be the last time Cubs fans have to see Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina playing in Cardinals jerseys on their TV screens. But first, we have to talk about what's happening in Toronto. So let's get into it. Here's the first international edition of the Monday morning Cubs thoughts.

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: Things are coming down to the wire

It's a special Monday morning in the baseball calendar, folks. The Cubs have no games left to play before the trade deadline at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Right now, at 7 a.m. on Monday, the only big-league deal the Cubs have made is trading Chris Martin to the Dodgers on Saturday. Everyone else, as of this moment, are still members of the Chicago Cubs. The reality is, though, that there are a few who'll likely be dealt elsewhere in the next 34 hours. The Cubs are sellers, and they have some trade pieces — from veterans on cheap deals to fan favorites — that could net them prospects of use. That's just where the team is at this point in the rebuild. But we'll have much more on that this week. I'll be in St. Louis for the trade deadline and its aftermath, so CHGO will have a lot of content to come. Until then, I've got some thoughts on the Cubs and what's ahead for them over the next two days. So without further ado, here are my Monday morning thoughts, the day-before-the-deadline edition.

Keegan Thompson has earned his spot in the Cubs’ rotation

When it comes to figuring out what the Cubs want to do with Keegan Thompson, one thing has remained constant for the second-year right-hander: he's willing to do whatever the staff asks of him. Yes, Thompson is fine taking on any role for the pitching staff, which he has done admirably the entire season. But once the Cubs return from the All-Star break next week, there's only one role that the team should be using Thompson in — as a full-time starting pitcher.

*Tuesday morning Cubs thoughts: Return of offseason signings brings some hope

Good morning and happy fifth of July, everyone. Because of the holiday, my Monday morning thoughts were postponed a bit, but I wanted to make sure I still gave all of y'all something to read to kick off the week. This is only for this week, and I'll be right back with my Monday morning post six days from now. The Cubs had an exciting week themselves, winning series against the Reds and the Red Sox and nearly taking one from the Brewers in a 10-inning loss on Monday. We can talk all we want about how the wins don't ultimately matter and it's the development that does, but developing is always going to be sweeter when it comes alongside a win. The Cubs haven't lost a series since the four-game clunker in Pittsburgh, and a lot of that has to do with the performances of some of the guys who might have really exciting futures in Chicago. And of course, an electric moment from their big offseason signing didn't hurt, either. Despite the loss in the series opener, what Seiya Suzuki did in the top of the ninth was probably the biggest shot of adrenaline the Cubs fanbase has had in a little bit. With that said, I might as well just get right into it now. Here you go folks, the post-Fourth of July, Tuesday edition of my morning Cubs thoughts.

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: How will the outfield look moving forward?

Hello, hello. We're back again on another Monday morning. The Cubs just got done taking two of three games in St. Louis, which was a good change of pace after they dropped three of four in Pittsburgh. We're now just three days away from July and 36 days away from the trade deadline, so we're about to see the start of trade season and the chaos that comes with it. The Cubs are 17 games under .500, so it would take a lot for this team to be anything other than sellers leading up to the deadline on Aug. 2. The national speculation on Cubs trade candidates certainly picked up recently, and there's more than a few players who could be wearing jerseys on Aug. 3. That, along with the happenings from the Cubs' seven games this week, gave me plenty to think about. So without further ado, here's the June 27 edition of my Monday morning Cubs thoughts.

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: When might we see ‘The Next Great Cubs Team’?

Good morning, CHGO familia. Happy Monday to you all. It was a hot, long week, and even though the Cubs snapped their 10-game losing streak and took two of three from the Braves, it's tough to say the week was anything less than a disappointment. A four-game sweep at home to the Padres and a third double-digit losing streak in less than a calendar year will do that. If you look on Twitter, there is a lot of anger in the fanbase. That's understandable. Fans were promised a competitive team this year, and by the looks of things, that's not happening. There were question that needed answers, and the morning of the series finale against San Diego, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer came out to Wrigley Field to answer them. That 30-plus minute conversation didn't bring with it a whole lot of groundbreaking information, but there were still some insights that I have thoughts about. So without further ado, here is the newest edition of my Monday morning Cubs thoughts.

Where the Cubs stand as the pitching staff size trims to 13

After two years of pushing it back, Major League Baseball is finally implementing its rule to limit pitch staffs to no more than 13 arms, which is set to go into effect on Monday. The Cubs had 14 pitchers on the roster as of Sunday night, but the shrinking size of the pitching staff will have even larger effect on the club.

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: Does Frazier DFA align with messaging?

Good morning and happy Monday, friends. It's been over a week since the Cubs got a win following the one-game stop in Baltimore and the three-game sweep in New York. That's now six straight losses for a slumping Cubs team, capped by back-to-back tough-to-stomach losses to the Yankees in which the Cubs had a combined minus-22 run differential. Things won't get any easier this week. To start the homestand, the Cubs welcome the Padres to Wrigley Field for a four-game set. San Diego has won seven of its last 10 games and is currently just a half-game back of the Dodgers in the National League West. Then, the Braves, the hottest team in baseball currently riding an 11-game winning streak, visit the North Side for three games. We'll have plenty of coverage to come from those series. So before that, let's do a quick recap of some of things that happened over the last week. Here are my Monday morning Cubs thoughts for June 13.

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: The grueling stretch is finally over

Happy Monday, folks. The long, long week is finally over. No more 11 games in nine days. No more two doubleheaders within one week. The long week felt even longer when the Cubs and Cardinals went into extras last night, the third time Cubs fans got free baseball at Wrigley Field this past week (and fourth if you count last Sunday's 12-inning affair on the South Side). The Cubs' record didn't come out of it looking as good as it could've, but they'll have their first off-day in a while today to regroup, and so do we. So let's get going. Here are your Monday morning Cubs thoughts for June 6.

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: A long week at Wrigley looms

Happy Monday, dear readers. Hope everyone has some eventful Memorial Day festivities planned. I'll be out at the Friendly Confines, where the Cubs will host the Brewers for a split doubleheader to kick off a four-game series. Originally, it was supposed to be a regular three-game set, but remember that rainout on the first Friday of the year? This is the day they decided to reschedule the game on. At the time, I didn't consider what the upcoming stretch would look like with another game added into the mix, but now I can see how rough of a stretch it's going to be. I can tell you why here, or I can tell you to keep on reading to find out. Personally, I think the second option is best, because there are some other news, notes and nuggets (including an appearance from my more serious side) that you'll want to take a peak at. Let's get into it. Here are your Monday morning Cubs thoughts for May 30.

Fergie Day: Cubs legend Fergie Jenkins immortalized at Wrigley Field

On 'Fergie Day,' the Cubs finally immortalized the player Pat Hughes called "the greatest pitcher in the long and legendary history of the Chicago Cubs" with a statue outside of Wrigley Field. Here, you'll find the sights, sounds and stories that made Friday a day to remember, for Fergie Jenkins and for Cubs fans everywhere.

Monday morning Cubs thoughts: Picking up the pieces from a lost week at Wrigley

Happy Monday, folks! We're heading into a new week, which means I've got another set of my Monday thoughts for you to dig into this morning. It was a wild weekend as far as roster movement goes, but none of that shuffling made up for the 0-5 week the Cubs experienced. Things just aren't looking up for Chicago right now, whether it's on the field (the team starts the new week with a three-game series in San Diego), in the trainer's room (Marcus Stroman is on the injured list and Justin Steele left Sunday's game early with an ailment) or on the transaction list (Frank Schwindel is now with the Iowa Cubs). So OK, let's really get into it. Here they are, everyone, my Monday morning Cubs thoughts (the May 9 edition).

Ryan’s Monday morning Cubs thoughts for May 2

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Cubs players are buying into David Ross’ plan so far

It takes a lot of buy-in from players for a manager's plan to ultimately succeed. The Cubs currently own a 7-9 record, they just dropped three of four at home to the Pirates and they now head into road series in Atlanta and Milwaukee before hosting the White Sox and the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Right now, despite what appears to be complete buy-in by the roster, it hasn't resulted in as much success as Chicago would've liked. If the Cubs manage to weather the upcoming storm and come out on the other side in solid shape, though, the players buying what David Ross is selling will certainly have played a big part in that.