Count Kris Bryant among the Chicagoans who are calling for Mitch Trubisky to start at quarterback for the Bears.
OK, that may be a bit extreme as Bryant simply said he would supporting giving Trubisky a "shot", but still:
After a rough game for incumbent starting QB Mike Glennon last week, most of Chicago has been clamoring for the No. 2 overall pick to get some snaps under center.
Why wouldn't the crown prince of Chicago baseball get in on the noise?
CSN's Tony Andracki and Jeff Nelson discuss the upcoming matchups and recent team meeting in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.
The Cubs are about to embark on their biggest regular-season series in at least the last decade, if not longer: A four-game set in Milwaukee against a Brewers team that is only 3.5 games back of the division leaders entering Thursday.
Good news for the Cubs? They're 4-2 at Miller Park this year with a 2.72 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 10.1 K/9.
Bad news for the Cubs? They're only 7-8 against the Brewers in 2017 as Ryan Braun has posted a 1.040 OPS and 12 RBI in 12 games against Chicago pitching.
And things don't calm down for the Cubs even after the weekend, as they head to St. Louis Monday for a four-game set against the Cardinals, who figure to make up some ground on one of the teams ahead of them in the standings this weekend with the Cubs and Brewers going head-to-head.
The Cubs have parted ways with the first pitcher drafted by Theo Epstein's front office.
The Cubs designated Pierce Johnson for assignment last week when they purchased the contract of Jen-Ho Tseng to make his first MLB start against the New York Mets.
Now Johnson is with a new organization.
The San Francisco Giants claimed Johnson off waivers Wednesday. He was initially selected in the supplemental first round in 2012 with the 43rd pick, 37 spots behind Albert Almora Jr.
Johnson is now 26 and just made his first — and only — big-league appearance May 19 this spring.
In Triple-A Iowa, Johnson had a 4.31 ERA in 43 games, including one start. He struck out 74 batters in 54.1 innings, but also walked 27 batters and had a 1.454 WHIP.
Johnson spent six years in the Cubs minor-league system, going 29-21 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.305 WHIP and 9.3 K/9, working slightly more than half the time as a starter (74 starts, 56 relief appearances).
With the Cubs taking Johnson off their 40-man roster in mid-September as opposed to promoting him with expanded big-league rosters, it clearly shows he was not a part of their long-term pitching plans.