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Chicago Cubs News: Happ stays; Cubs pitching will get better

May 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Ian Happ (8) catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) in the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Ian Happ (8) catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) in the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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 With the Chicago Cubs activating Jason Heyward from the DL, someone had to go. In this case, it turned out to be Tommy La Stella and not Ian Happ. The Cubs are going to ride the “hot hand” as long as they can.

The Chicago Cubs didn’t play on Saturday due to rain, but they still had a roster move to make with Jason Heyward being activated from the DL. With the rainout, the moves won’t be announced until today. Heyward will be activated, and Tommy La Stella sent down. Pierce Johnson‘s first trip up was short, and Dylan Floro will be recalled to help bolster the bullpen while Johnson is sent back down. Ian Happ will remain after his hot start, and his role moving forward could continue to grow.

Sabermetrics have become more and more familiar over the years. The level of which they’re accepted often depends on the individual themselves. But one of the more accurate numbers is BABIP (batting average on balls in play). It’s essentially what happens to the ball after it’s out of the pitcher’s hand (literally). It takes into account defense, luck and talent level. So the fact is the Cubs are having some bad luck that should get better over the course of the season.

Our Daniel Shephard had a chance to ask Cubs’ minor-leaguer Taylor Davis a few questions to get to know him better. From his signature leg kick to his college years, and even if he thinks a trade might be the best thing for him and his career.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Does Happ’s presence make Baez expendable?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Who goes when Heyward returns?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs BABIP, luck, and how it ties together’ – Cubbies Crib

‘A Q and A with Taylor Davis’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs have plenty of talent to ship for arms’ – Cubbies Crib

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