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The Drive Home, Addison Russell is the Best Defensive SS in the Cubs’ Organization
October 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Addison Russell is the best defensive shortstop in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, hands down. That’s not meant to take anything away from the improvements that Starlin Castro has made every year or from Javier Baez’s impressive athleticism; it’s just a fact. Addison Russell is so sure handed at...

Bold Predictions: Starlin Castro Collects 200 Hits in 2015
October 6th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Welcome to our first edition of Bold Predictions, a new segment that will be published every Monday morning during the off-season. Today’s bold prediction is that, Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro will collect 200 hits in 2015. 2015 will be the second season in which the Cubs’ 24-year-old...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Youth on the Roster
October 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. By mid-summer next year the Cubs starting lineup projects to look something like this: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, CF Arismendy Alcantara, RF Jorge Soler. When that lineup takes the field, the average age of...

Sunday Spotlight: the Chicago Cubs Closers
October 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs closer situation has been a bit of a mess since the decline of Carlos Marmol, but it looks like they may have finally found their answer this year in Hector Rondon. Since Marmol’s disappearance as an effective closer the Cubs have turned guys like Kevin Gregg,...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Minor League Studs
October 4th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Last month, Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, Kris Bryant was named the 2014 minor league player of the year thanks to an incredible campaign between AA and AAA. Here is a look at what the past winners of the award (hitters only) have done since being promoted to the big...

Down on the Farm: Rookies to Watch for in 2015
October 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs saw a huge influx of rookies on their roster in 2014 and that trend looks to continue in 2015 as they continue to progress with their total rebuild. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Cubs’ still have an unbelievably deep farm system, even without Javier Baez,...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ Catcher(s) of the Future
October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Some people think that the most important position in baseball is the shortstop, some think it is centerfield, some think it is the starting pitcher. They are all wrong. The most important position on the field is your catcher because he is involved in every play and he is in...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ October 2nd Edition
October 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The trio of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler need to be better if the Cubs are going to compete in 2015. In 146 games between the three of them, they posted cumulative WAR of 0.6, according to baseball-reference.com. Looking at three similar players; SS Jhonny Peralta, CF...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, October 1st
October 1st, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Even after the major league debuts of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in 2014, the Chicago Cubs still have five prospects ranked in the top 100 by MLB.com; Kris Bryant (3), Addison Russell (5), Albert Almora (36), CJ Edwards (53) & Kyle Schwarber (72). 2. Anthony Rizzo...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 30th
September 30th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. According to Ace of MLB Stats (@Aceballstats): Cincinnati Reds Closer, Aroldis Chapman struck out 85 of the first 239 batters he faced this season. Atlanta Braves Closer, Craig Kimbrel struck out 94 of the first 239 batters he faced this season. Chicago Cubs shortstop, Javier Baez struck out in...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 29th
September 29th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo had three hits in yesterday’s 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the ninth time in 2014 that Rizzo had recorded three or more hits in a game. His season high was four (4/9 vs. PIT) 2. In 2014 Starlin Castro played...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ First Baseman, Anthony Rizzo
September 28th, 2014 at 1:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been an uphill battle for the Chicago Cubs’ offense all season long but Anthony Rizzo has persevered though it all. The Cubs’ bats went silent last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, mustering only one run on five hits. The lone RBI and two of those hits...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 27th
September 27th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ manager, Rick Renteria has announced that Kyle Hendricks’ season is over. Hendricks finishes his rookie campaign with a 7-2 record and 2.46 ERA in 13 games started. Hendricks’ inning total on the summer is up to 183.0 innings between the big leagues and AAA (80.1-MLB, 102.2-AAA). 2. Chicago...

Down on the Farm: Jokisch’s First Big League Start
September 27th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Eric Jokisch made his first major league start last night against the Milwaukee Brewers and came away with mixed results. The good news is that Jokisch didn’t pitch poorly! However, he wasn’t overly impressive. The best way to describe Eric Jokisch’s first major league...

Cub Fan Friday: Fan of the Week
September 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Happy Friday everyone!! This week’s Fan of the Week is Leah Bell D, who invited the most friends to join our group on Facebook! Like many of us, Leah has already begun to reflect on 2014 and look forward to 2015. Here is her paragraph of airtime: I’m looking for Kris...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 26th
September 26th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Of the nine players who started for the Chicago Cubs on opening day (Welington Castillo, Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Mike Olt, Junior Lake, Emilio Bonifacio, Nate Schierholtz and Jeff Samardzija) only three have spent the entire 2014 season with the Chicago Cubs (Castillo, Rizzo & Castro). The...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 25th
September 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. With last night’s 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs finished the 2014 season with a 41-40 record at Wrigley Field. It is the first time since 2009 (46-34) that the Cubs have been better than .500 at home, per ESPN.com. 2. 2014 has been the...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 24th
September 24th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs manager, Rick Renteria announced yesterday that Starlin Castro will not return in 2014. Castro has been out since September 2nd with a high ankle sprain. Originally, Castro thought he could beat the four-week recovery time, but it appears that the decision has been taken out...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 23rd
September 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ starter, Travis Wood allowed six earned runs in last night’s 8-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. With that start, Wood has now allowed five or more earned runs in nearly a quarter (22.6%) of his starts this season. 2. Former Chicago Cubs’ centerfielder, Emilio Bonifacio stole...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 22nd
September 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro will finish the 2014 season with 154 hits if he does not return for the team’s final six games. It would be his fourth consecutive season leading the Cubs in hits (2011-’14). 2. Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, Luis Valbuena (a seven-year MLB veteran) has...