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Bold Predictions: the Chicago Cubs Will Have a Top-5 Bullpen in 2015
October 27th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the pleasant surprises for the Chicago Cubs in 2014 was the performance of their young bullpen. They had their ups and downs, as every team does, but they finished stronger than nearly every other ‘pen in baseball. For that reason, we predict that the Chicago Cubs will have...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, by the Numbers
October 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs retired the number 31 in honor of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux. Only two other teams have retired the same number for multiple players; the Cincinnati Reds retired number 5 in honor of Johnny Bench and Willard Hershberger, and the New York Yankees retired number 8...

Sunday Spotlight: Joe Maddon’s Potential Impact on the Chicago Cubs
October 26th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** By now, everyone has heard the news that Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his current deal, and many experts believe that he will join the Chicago Cubs. Before we dive into this story, let's make something very clear: nothing has actually happened yet. Everyone and...

Chicago Cubs’ Fact Pack: All-Star Pitchers
October 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Theo Epstein promised to add two quality starting pitchers this off-season, and for good reason. From 2010-2014, the Chicago Cubs only had two pitchers make the National League all-star team: Travis Wood (2013) and Jeff Samardzija* (2014, did not participate due to trade to American League). Claude Passeau is the...

Down on the Farm: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015, Part 1
October 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, we mentioned a number of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects who are on the verge of making their major league debuts (or joining the big league squad full-time in the case of Vizcaino): Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, CJ Edwards, Arodys Vizcaino, Pierce Johnson, and Albert Almora. All are capable...

Fan of the Week: Prospects to Watch in 2015
October 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Another week has flown by and it’s already Friday! This week’s Fan of the Week is Sam Griffin. Sam has been on top of his game lately, being the first person to "LIKE" almost all of our articles on Facebook this week! Here is Sam’s paragraph of airtime: Thank you for...

Bold Predictions: Edwin Jackson Will Spend All of 2015 in Chicago
October 20th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Much to the chagrin of Chicago Cubs’ fan everywhere, today we are making the bold prediction that Edwin Jackson will still be in a Cubs’ uniform one year from today. Period G GS W-L ERA WHIP WAR 2013 31 31 8-18 4.98 1.460 -1.3 2014 28 27 6-15 6.33 1.642 -2.3 Total 59 58 14-33 5.88 1.541 -3.6 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Edwin Jackson has been downright bad since he signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs before...

Chicago Cubs’ Fact Pack, Playoff Tidbits
October 19th, 2014 at 4:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1) Five former Chicago Cubs’ players participated in the 2014 playoffs (for the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals): Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Geovany Soto, Sam Fuld, Nate Schierholtz. 2) Since the formation of the National League central division in 1994, the Chicago Cubs have finished in first place just three...

Sunday Spotlight: the Importance of Starlin Castro
October 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As the Cubs begin the “turn” in their rebuilding plan (the phase where they begin to compete), the most important player to keep an eye on will be Starlin Castro. So much of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan hinges upon, and will be dictated by, Castro. It appears that...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Opening Day Streaks
October 18th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Ernie Banks started a Cubs’ record 17 consecutive times on opening day (1954-1970). However, Mark Grace (1B) and Sammy Sosa (RF) are tied for the most consecutive opening day starts at the same position, starting for 12 consecutive years at first base and rightfield; 1989-2000 and 1993-2004 respectively. 2....

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Prospects Who Will Be Moved
October 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Reading into Chicago Cubs’ president Theo Epstein’s comments over the past month, it looks like the Cubs are just about ready to compete for a division title. Part of making that push could involve favoring major league talent over minor league talent, which means that the Cubs could look to...

Fan of the Week: Behind Enemy Lines
October 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s finally Friday and that means it’s time for our Fan of the Week! This weeks Fan of the Week is Cisco Mendiola. Here’s his paragraph of airtime: I am a lifelong loyal Southside Cubs Fan. Born and Raised in Chicago. I been going to Cubs games sense I was little;...

The Drive Home: Why Kyle Schwarber Will Become a Usable MLB Catcher
October 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Going off our Sunday Spotlight, today we are driving home why Kyle Schwarber will develop into a usable MLB catcher. Schwarber, the Chicago Cubs’ 2014 first-round draft pick, split his time between catching and the outfield in 2014 but this weekend it was announced that the Cubs will commit to...

Bold Predictions: the Cubs Will Be a Top-5 NL Offense in 2015
October 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ biggest shortcoming in 2014 was their offensive production. The Cubs ranked near the bottom in almost every offensive category in the National League this past summer, but we predict that they will turn it around in 2015. Stat .ave .obp .slg HR K’s Runs/g NL Rank 12th 13th 7th 2nd 15th 12th (Stats per baseball-reference.com) The whole offensive approach will be different...

Sunday Spotlight: Kyle Schwarber’s Progression as a Catcher
October 12th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ 2014 first round draft pick, Kyle Schwarber is making news for his play nearly a month after the end of the minor league season. Schwarber has been participating in the Arizona Fall League this month and according to Theo Epstein, in addition to dropping bombs, he is really...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, by the Numbers
October 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Since numbers were added to major league uniforms in the early 1900’s, every number between 1-68 has been worn by at least one Chicago Cubs’ player except for #65. 2. Of the 23 major league teams that have more than three numbers retired (including Jackie Robinson’s 42), only the...

Down on the Farm: First Round Picks
October 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we head into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ roster will continue to be flooded with young talent from their farm system, many of which have very impressive minor league résumés. Since Theo Epstein took over as President before the 2012 season, the Chicago Cubs have made five first...

Cub Fan Friday: Fan of the Week
October 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s finally Friday and that means that it’s time for our Fan of the Week. This week’s Fan of the Week is one of our biggest supporters from the very beginning, Topaz Burthstone. Here is Topaz’s paragraph of airtime: I became a Cubs fan back when I was in 6th grade....

The Drive Home: Things to Consider Before Jumping on the Jon Lester Bandwagon
October 9th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in the game of baseball today and any team would be lucky to win his services for the 2015 season. However, there are a few things that you should know before you jump on the Jon Lester bandwagon. Price Tag: The Chicago Cubs...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Cubs’ Managers
October 7th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs have had 59 different managers in their 138-year franchise history. 15 of those managers are current member of the Hall of Fame; the most recent being Leo Durocher, who finished his Cubs’ career in 1972. 2. Chicago Cubs’ rookie manager, Rick Renteria broke a number...