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Soler Proving That Playing Well Silences All Critics
April 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Thanks to Javier Baez’s strikeout performance last summer the issue of punch-outs has taken center stage in all discussions about the Chicago Cubs’ offense. Baez’s strikeout totals, aside from being at historic levels, were such an issue because he had become completely unreliable on the offensive side of the...

Cubs’ Lester Looks to Get on Track Vs Reds
April 24th, 2015 at 1:15 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester will take the ball for the fourth time in a Chicago Cubs' uniform tonight and hopefully he is able to turn in his first quality start of the season. Lester, who signed a club record $155 million contract this off-season, is 0-2 with a 6.89 ERA on the...

Cubs’ Middle-Relief Corps Proving to Be Team’s Soft Underbelly
April 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have played well enough to win each of the past two games but have come up short thanks to the insufficient efforts of their middle-relief corps. Hector Rondon (2.25 ERA), Pedro Strop (0.00 ERA) and Zac Rosscup (1.69 ERA) have made for a formidable back end...

Youth Movement: Chicago Cubs Just Keep Getting Younger
April 23rd, 2015 at 10:44 AM
***PHOTO1*** When the Chicago Cubs sent Arismendy Alcantara, 23, back to Iowa for some remedial work, one would think that the team would replace him with a veteran on the bench. However, this is the Chicago Cubs we are talking about, so naturally Alcantara’s replacement was, 21-year-old, Addison Russell. It seems...

Kris Bryant Proving He Can Do It All
April 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ phemon, Kris Bryant’s career is nearly a week old and already he has made a strong impression on the baseball world. After a rough debut in which he went 0-4 with three strikeouts, Bryant has gone 9-18 with four runs and six RBI’s in the five games...

Addison Russell’s Underwhelming Debut a New Trend for Cubs
April 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Addison Russell, the Chicago Cubs’ #2 prospect, made his Major League debut last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates but didn’t contribute much to the team’s 9-8 victory. Russell, like Kris Bryant, struggled in his first big league game going 0-5 with three strikeouts and three men left on base....

Cubs to Promote Second Top-Prospect This Week
April 21st, 2015 at 11:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs created a buzz last week when they promoted one of baseball's best prospects in Kris Bryant, but according to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago and other sources the next "next big thing" is already be knocking at the door. Addison Russell, ranked as the #2 prospect...

Cubs Have Big Shoes to Fill in 2015
April 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Baseball is the most numbers-focused sport on the planet. It may even be the most numbers-focused business on the planet, but what’s interesting is that the most important numbers in baseball have the smallest affect on the actual game. The number that a player wears on his back is immeasurably...

Down on the Farm: Update on the Cubs’ Top MiLB Hitters
April 20th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Major League season is nearly two weeks old and now that Kris Bryant has officially joined the Chicago Cubs, most of the baseball world’s attention has moved away from the team’s minor league system; however, the Cubs have plenty of young hitters still on deck. Player Games .ave .obp HR RBI Albert Almora 9 .308 .357 0 3 Jeimer Candelario 9 .303 .343 0 4 Billy McKinney 7 .273 .429 0 4 Addison Russell 8 .314 .324 1 7 Kyle...

Saturday Brings Redemption for Cubs, Bryant
April 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Despite a poor performance by both the Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant on Friday, both came out ready to go yesterday. Late mistakes allowed the San Diego Padres to force the game into extra innings, but a W is a W. The Cubs received big league performances from...

Has the World Ended Yet? the Aftermath of Kris Bryant’s MLB Debut
April 18th, 2015 at 2:33 AM
***PHOTO1*** This morning is an odd morning, that much is for sure. The sky hasn't fallen and the world hasn't come to an end yet, which is weird, because I'm pretty sure that is what was supposed to happen when Kris Bryant "defied the odds" yesterday by going 0-4 with three...

Cubs’ Top Prospect Bryant Already Penciled into the Lineup
April 17th, 2015 at 10:13 AM
***PHOTO1*** Joe Maddon has already released his starting lineup to the media for today's 1:20PM game against the San Diego Padres and he has penciled Kris Bryant in at third base and in the cleanup spot, per Cubs.com: 1. Dexter Fowler, CF 2. Jorge Soler RF 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B 4. Kris Bryant, 3B 5. Chris...

Bryant’s Presence Changes Landscape of Cubs’ Offense
April 17th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As you have all probably heard by now, the Chicago Cubs have decided to promote Kris Bryant! Bryant is expected to start tonight against the San Diego Padres and, not only will his presence create a frenzy at Wrigley Field, but it will also drastically alter the Chicago Cubs’ offense. 1....

BREAKING NEWS: the Wait is Over… Kris Bryant is on His Way
April 16th, 2015 at 9:05 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: The wait is over! According to ESPN Chicago, Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs' top prospect, will join the team for tomorrow's game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. Bryant, baseball's top overall prospect according to Baseball America, started the season in AAA for "developmental...

Cubs’ Shutout Win Over Reds a Sign of Good Things to Come
April 16th, 2015 at 10:23 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs shutout the Cincinnati Reds last night on Jackie Robinson Day 5-0 but there are more positive takeaways than just the win. Both Anthony Rizzo and Travis Wood took the first steps towards getting their season on track in the victory, which is good news for the...

Celebrating a Hero During the Season Dedicated to an Icon
April 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
It was a chilly spring night at Wrigley Field and, despite the occasion, baseball’s mantra of “business as usual” did it’s best to capture the attention of the 30,000 fans filing in through the turnstiles. April 15th, a league wide celebration of Jackie Robinson and the day that he broke...

Wood to Take the Hill Vs. Former Team on Jackie Robinson Day
April 15th, 2015 at 4:11 PM
***PHOTO1*** Travis Wood will look to rebound tonight against the Cincinnati Reds after a rough outing in his first start of the year last week in which he yielded three runs on seven hits over just 4.2 innings. If Wood needed any more juice to get up for this start he’s...

Cubs’ Coghlan Proving to Valuable Asset
April 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein decided that the Chicago Cubs would carry three catchers to open the 2015 season we knew that Joe Maddon would have to get creative with they way that he got everyone into the lineup. The easiest way to do that is to ask other...

Cubs’ Soler is Off to Another Hot Start
April 14th, 2015 at 11:21 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jorge Soler made himself a household name last fall when he hit the ground running after making his major league debut in late August and it looks like he is planning on taking the league by storm again in the early weeks of the 2015 season. Soler hit two home...

Inside the Mind of a Starter: Early Struggles
April 14th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Almost everything seems to be going right in Wrigleyville this spring. The Chicago Cubs, 4-2, are perched atop the National League Central, the key cogs in their offense are starting to get revved up and they came away with an exciting walk-off win against the, division rival, Cincinnati Reds last...