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Ruggiano Supplies the Fireworks on the 4th
July 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Justin Ruggiano has heard the call!  For so long the Chicago Cubs offense has been kept afloat by the efforts of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, but it now looks like we can add Justin Ruggiano to the list.  Ruggiano hit a monster home run yesterday and has been red...

Cubs’ Minor League Spotlight: Arismendy Alcantara
July 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have so many prospects who are dominating the minor leagues that it is hard to keep track of all of them.  Usually the spotlight falls on Javier Baez, Kris Brant or Kyle Schwarber, but today we are going to highlight Arismendy Alcantara.  Alcantara, second baseman for the...

Chicago Cubs Go for the Sweep
July 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are really rolling now!  After going a respectable 15-13 in the month of June, Cubs Starter Edwin Jackson kicked off July with a win and his first quality start since May 17 (against the Milwaukee Brewers).  The Cubs have now taken the first two games of a...

Why the Chicago Cubs Should Call up Manny in September
July 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Manny Ramirez hit his first home run for the Iowa Cubs on Monday night and is starting to show signs of his former self but that’s not why the Chicago Cubs should promote him in September.  The Cubs should bring Manny up as a September call-up because they’ll be bringing...

Cubs’ Arrieta Spins a Gem at Fenway
July 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta turned in the best start of his career last night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.  The 28 year old threw 7.2 innings of no-hit baseball before surrendering a single to Red Sox Shortstop Stephen Drew.  Arrieta’s final line for the night was...

The Importance of Off Days for Ball Players
June 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs had a much-needed day off yesterday and were able to lounge in the sun and take their mind off of baseball.  The casual fan may not understand the true value of an off day, but anyone who has significant experience in the game of baseball knows that...

Getting to Know Chicago Cubs Starting Pitcher Dallas Beeler
June 29th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Dallas Beeler made his major league debut yesterday and outpitched everyone’s expectations.  The Chicago Cubs’ former 41st round draft pick held the Washington Nationals to four hits and one unearned run over six innings, on his way to a tough loss.  He also struck out six while walking three. Beeler joined...

Diamond in the Rough: Cubs’ 41st Rounder Takes the Mound
June 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The MLB draft is stacked against late round picks because of the money that is invested into the early rounds (particularly the first round).  The slot bonuses for every single player taken in the first ten rounds is over $100,000, so its no wonder that teams give these kids absolutely...

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Theo Epstein is Lying to Us
June 26th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last week, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein said that, top prospect, Kris Bryant will not be playing in Chicago this season.  That is a blatant lie.  Now, Theo is absolutely saying the right thing but that is not how it is going to play out.  We mapped out Kris Bryant’s...

Starlin Castro is on a Roll
June 24th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro has put most of his critics to rest with his bounce-back performance this year.  In his last ten games Castro is hitting .375 (15-40) with three home runs, 11 RBI and even a stolen base.  We all hoped that Castro’s batting average would rebound this...

Jason Hammel Learns the Danger of “Comebackers”
June 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** “Comebackers,” line drives hit right back at the pitcher, can be the scariest play in sports.  Serious injuries to Alex Cobb (Tampa Bay Rays), Brandon McCarthy (Arizona Diamondbacks), and, most recently, Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati Reds) have raised awareness and even prompted Major League Baseball to create a padded hat that...

The Chicago Cubs’ Outfield is Hard to Watch
June 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since Emilio Bonifacio’s went on the disabled list the Chicago Cubs have had to shake up their starting outfield and the results haven’t been pretty.  The group that manager Rick Renteria has opted to go with most recently is the trio of Ryan Sweeney, Nate Schierholtz and Chris Coghlan.  You...

Chicago Cubs are Showing Signs of Improvement
June 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Very quietly the Cubs are beginning to turn their season around.  Since May 17 the Cubs are, a National League leading, 18-13.  A large part of their success can be attributed to strong pitching (particularly out of the bullpen) and the hot steaks by Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Luis...

Chicago Cubs Know How to Shut the Door
June 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It seems like forever since the Chicago Cubs had a good bullpen, never mind a good closer, but 2014 has given Cubs fans some hope.  This year we have seen some of the best late inning pitching in baseball thanks to setup man Neil Ramirez and Closer Hector Rondon.  The...

Giving Cubs’ INF Luis Valbuena His Due
June 21st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Luis Valbuena has been one of the Chicago Cubs’ best players this season and it’s time that someone recognized it.  Valbuena is having a career year so far, posting a slash line of .282/.378/.451 with four home runs and 19 doubles.  Luis Valbuena began his professional career ten years ago with...

Why is Starlin Castro a Below-Average Defender?
June 21st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Starlin Castro’s resurgence this year has people beginning to place him back in the category of young, elite shortstops, but one thing that continues to keep him on the outside looking in is his defense.  In order to be a “great shortstop” you need to be able to make plays...

Cubs’ 1st Round Pick is a Monster, Promoted to A
June 19th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Cubs drafted Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall selection in this year’s draft, in large part, because he was considered the best bat in the draft.  And in his first week of professional baseball, Kyle Schwarber is proving, not only that he was the best bat in the 2014...

Chicago Cubs Promote Kris Bryant to AAA
June 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Its official, the Chicago Cubs promoted top prospect Kris Bryant to AAA Iowa today (per Matt Snyder of CBS Sports).  The move doesn’t come as a surprise to most but the sight of progress is what is making Cubs fans everywhere get a little giddy.  Bryant has been destroying AA...

Travis Wood Can Swing the Lumber
June 18th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Travis Wood is proving again this year why he is one of the best hitting pitchers in all of baseball.  Wood was the hero of Monday night’s extra inning win over the Miami Marlins as he laced an RBI double right down the third base line to put the Cubs...

Kris Bryant Wins Home Run Derby
June 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant has been an absolute monster during the first half of the season for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate Tennessee.  So far Bryant has hit 22 home runs and is slugging a ridiculous .705.  On Monday night Bryant added “home run derby champion” to his resume, per Spencer Fordin...