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Sunday Spotlight: Cubs Vs. Sox 2015
December 21st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The off-season is only half over and already the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox have made tremendous improvements to their roster. The two Chicago teams are being viewed among the most improved teams in baseball and for good reason. 2015 could be the first time since 2008 that both...

Fan of the Week: It’s Finally Our Year
December 19th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It has been a busy week in Chicago with the Chicago Cubs making a number of moves to better the roster in preparation of 2015, and now that it’s finally Friday it’s time for our Fan of the Week. This week’s Fan of the Week has been a supporter...

Bold Predictions: Jason Hammel Will not Replicate 2014 Success in 2015
December 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs made one heck of a splash last week when they added C Miguel Montero and free agent starters Jon Lester and Jason Hammel to their roster. Both Montero and Lester figure to play key roles on the 2015 Cubs, serving as the starting catcher and ace, but...

Down on the Farm: Bill James’ Projections for Kris Bryant
December 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to pumping out his 2015 projections for the Chicago Cubs’ current lineup, Sabermetric guru Bill James also calculated what to expect from Kris Bryant in 2015. Predicting Bryant’s stats in 2015 are particularly difficult because he has no prior MLB experience and we do not know how the...

Bold Predictions: Bill James’ Projections for the 2015 Cubs
December 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Projecting future performance in baseball has traditionally been about gut feeling and roughly right science, but thanks to Bill James’ sabermetric calculations we now have shockingly accurate projections for modern players. Here are what James’ calculations predict for some of the Chicago Cubs’ hitters in 2015: Player .ave .obp 2B HR RBI SB Alcantara .259 .317 38 19 70 32 Baez .242 .298 33 32 75 18 Rizzo .274 .362 39 34 99 6 Castro .284 .329 34 12 63 9 Soler .247 .330 36 28 94 2 Valbuena .241 .328 25 12 45 n/a Castillo .259 .323 23 14 53 n/a (Projections per cubbiescrib.com) As you can...

Down on the Farm: 2015 Draft Class
December 6th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** On Cubs.com, you will find an article by Jim Callis about the top prospects in the 2015 draft class. It’s a good read if you have the time, but the issue we’re going to touch on today is college players versus high school players. The top ranked prospect in the...

Fan of the Week: When Baseball Becomes a Family Affair
December 5th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It’s finally Friday again, and that means it’s time for our Fan of the Week! When choosing our Fan of the Week, we like to select individuals who are true baseball people, but nowadays it seems like that term is thrown around so loosely and applied to anyone who claims...

Bold Predictions: Welington Castillo is Here to Stay
December 1st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs catcher, Welington Castillo has received more than his fair share of criticism this year and many people around Chicago, fans and media alike, have been calling for his job. We discussed previously how, although Castillo did not have an impressive 2014 campaign, much of the criticism against him...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Minor League Pitchers
November 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We discussed yesterday how the Chicago Cubs have the top-ranked minor league system in the National League Central and one of the best in all of baseball, but the group is often criticized for being comprised almost exclusively of hitters. Aside from CJ Edwards, many evaluators believe that the Cubs’...

Down on the Farm: Where the Cubs Rank in the NL Central
November 29th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We have been hearing for over a year now about how talented the Chicago Cubs’ farm system is and in 2014 we got to see a number of the organization’s top prospects make their MLB debuts. But just how good is the Cubs’ system? Here’s a look at how they...

Fan of the Week: Preserving Wrigley
November 28th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday and is able to relax during this long weekend. Friday has found us once again and that means it’s time for our Fan of the Week. This week’s Fan of the Week is particularly special to me because not only has she supported...

Bold Predictions: 2015 Will Be Valbuena’s Last in Chicago
November 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When talking about the valuable trade assets that the Chicago Cubs have, most think of the organization’s minor league hitters (the young shortstops in particular). However, many will overlook the major league talent that the Cubs have that could be made available in mid-2015. The most valuable of...

Sunday Spotlight: Fister a Good Fit for Cubs
November 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the MLB season came to a close, the Chicago Cubs have been linked to a number of frontline starting pitchers; guys like Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields, Cole Hamels, and Jordan Zimmerman. All of these options, while feasible, will be outrageously expensive and very much in contrast with...

Down on the Farm: Edwards Moves One Step Closer
November 22nd, 2014 at 10:39 AM
***PHOTO1*** CJ Edwards, the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospect, moved one step closer to making his big league dream a reality on Thursday when the club added him to the 40-man roster. As a member of the Cubs’ 40-man roster, Edwards will receive protection in next month’s rule-5 draft and will...

Fan of the Week: Off-Season Goals
November 21st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It is Friday once again, and that means it is time for our Fan of the Week. This week’s Fan of the Week is long-time reader Kelby Phillips. Kelby has been an active contributor in our Facebook discussions, and he now has the chance to have his voice heard on...

Bold Predictions: Chicago Cubs Will Trade Javier Baez Before Opening Day
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of yesterday’s trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs, the mathematicians among us have realized a problem. The Chicago Cubs now have four young, quality middle-infielders in Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and now La Stella. Something has to...

Sunday Spotlight: Arizona Fall League Wrap-up
November 16th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League officially came to an end yesterday when the Salt River Rafters beat the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 in the AFL championship game. We gave an update on the Chicago Cubs’ prospects participating in the league about a month ago, but much has changed since then. The most...

Down on the Farm: Russell Passes Bryant on Latest Prospect Rankings
November 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had one of the most prolific minor league seasons that we have seen in some time in 2014. He did it all; hitting .325, leading all MiLB hitters with 43 home runs, driving in 110 runs, and even stealing 15 bases. All of that culminated...

Fan of the Week: Playoff Bound
November 14th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Friday has found us once again and it’s now time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week is Rowan Campbell. Rowan has been one of our most passionate followers over the past few weeks and has a love for the Chicago Cubs that is infectious....

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Post Season Awards
November 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Major league baseball has started to announce their postseason awards, and although none of the Chicago Cubs’ players have taken home any hardware this year, they've certainly won in the past. Award 2014 Winner Last Cubs’ Winner Cy Young Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Greg Maddux, 1992 MVP Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Sammy Sosa, 1998 Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom Geovany Soto, 2008 Manager of...