This Week in the MLB June 22nd-29th!

Jul 15, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; American League player Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics at bat during the Home Run Derby in advance of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-136488 ORIG FILE ID:  20130715_jla_usa_107.jpg

It has been another great week in the MLB and we’ve seen a number of interesting things happen. A change in the rules for the All-Star break Home Run Derby and the Chicago Cubs team that was looking good for the first time in years start to slow down.

Home Run Derby:

The All-Star Games Home Run Derby has always been a fan favorite part of the All-Star break. It is a chance for fans to see some of Baseballs best hitters compete against each other to see who is the best at hitting the “long ball”. However, this year there will be some changes in how the Home Run Derby will operate. The traditional ten out system is being changed to hopefully make the event not drag on for so long. The ten out system was a rule that hitters would have the opportunity to hit as many home runs as they could before they reach 10 outs. A out was defined as any hit that was not a home run, or a hitter swinging and missing at a pitch. This year the MLB will try a new format where the hitter is now timed. The timing rule is being implemented so hitters wont have the opportunity to “take pitches” where they just do not swing and wait for the perfect pitch. Having hitters “taking pitches” causes the event to be much longer than the MLB would like.

New Rules:

Each hitter will have exactly 5 minutes to hit as many home runs as they can regardless of the “outs” they have.

Every time 2 home runs that go 42o feet or more are hit the hitter will receive an extra 1 minute of time.

Every time a 475 foot home run is hit the hitter will receive a bonus 30 seconds of time.

Players will put in brackets and face off against each other until the champion is crowned.

 

Chicago Cubs:

The Chicago Cubs, a Fan favorite team is looking better this year than they have in a long time. The Cubs are above a .500 winning percentage going into July which is great. However the team has lost their last 5 games and could be showing a sign of slowing down, something that fans have come to expect with the recent years of the team. The Cubs are a young team playing in a very hard division, but they are fighting hard for a playoff spot this year. This is something that makes fans like myself very excited not only for this year but for the future. Emerging stars, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Starlin Castro are playing great and making this season exciting for the time in years!

Last 5 Game Struggles:

It all started with dropping the last 2 games of their homestead against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

6/24/15 vs. Dodgers: Loss 5-2

Winning Pitcher: J.P. Howell (LAD)

Losing Pitcher: Kyle Hendricks (CHC)

6/25/15 vs. Dodgers: Loss 4-0 (Shutout)

Winning Pitcher: Carlos Frias (LAD)

Losing Pitcher: Jon Lester (CHC)

Then the Cubs traveled to St.Louis for a 3-game series against the Cardinals where they were swept.

6/26/15 vs. Cardinals: Loss 3-2

Winning Pitcher: Seth Maness (STL)

Losing Pitcher: Justin Grimm (CHC)

6/27/15 vs. Cardinals: Loss 8-1

Winning Pitcher: Michael Wacha (STL)

Losing Pitcher: Donn Roach (CHC)

6/28/15 vs. Cardinals: Loss 4-1

Winning Pitcher: Carlos Martinez (STL)

Losing Pitcher: Jason Hammel (CHC)