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Breaking Down the Chicago Cubs’ Blockbuster Deal
July 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Late last night the Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that sent Jeff Samardzija AND Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney and RHP Dan Strailey.  This deal comes as a huge surprise to most because of its timing...

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...

Chicago Cubs Internal Options for Post-Deadline Rotation
July 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** With the trade deadline fast approaching and much of the Chicago Cubs’ starting rotation apparently available, who could we taking the mound for the Northsiders in the second half?   Kyle Hendricks, RHP, Iowa Cubs Although it’s a thin field, Kyle Hendricks is considered the Cubs’ top pitching prospect and is doing a...

Is Jeff Samardzija Hurting His Trade Value?
July 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija in the next four weeks, that is a fact.  What is still up for debate is how much they are going to get for him.  A month ago Samardzija was pitching like the best pitcher in baseball but a rough month...

Cubs’ Slugfest Win is Full of Good Signs
July 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Last night the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in a slugfest that ended in a score of 16-9.  The pitching on both sides was sub-par at best but there are number of positive takeaways for the Cubs’ offense.  1)   Starlin Castro and...

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...

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 Killer B’s are Heating Up
July 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Killer B’s nickname was made famous by the Houston Astros of the early 2000’s but it looks like it may be the Chicago Cubs who take on that nickname going forward.  Cubs’ top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant are both tearing up AAA and hope to be doing...

Castro on First, Castro on Second, Castro on Third…
June 30th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Have you ever wished that there were a double of your favorite player on the field?  Have you ever uttered the phrase, “if only so-and-so could play second and shortstop”?  For example, wouldn’t it be nice if Starlin Castro could play shortstop and third base?  It would be nice if...

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...

Anthony Rizzo is Becoming a Star
June 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is making huge strides this year.  His play has improved so dramatically that he seems like a shoe-in to be chosen for the MLB all-star game in Minneapolis, MN.  Few are truly surprised with Rizzo’s improvement but the fact that it’s really happening and...

“Slumping”: Update on Chicago Cubs 2014 1st Round Pick
June 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Lately, Kris Bryant has been the talk of the Chicago Cubs minor leagues with his impressive home run total at AAA (already) but there is an update on Kyle Schwarber’s season as well; “slump”.  The Cubs’ 2014 first round pick has now been with A Kane County for seven games...

The Mentality Behind Edwin Jackson’s Struggles
June 27th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Through 16 starts this season Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson is 5-8 with an ERA of 5.22.  Clearly he’s in a rut.  As discussed in a previous article, Jackson is not worth the contract that the Cubs gave him back in January of 2013, but he has enough talent to...

Manny’s Back: Chicago Cubs’ Player-Coach Reports to AAA
June 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to Jesse Rogers of ESPNchicago.com, Manny Ramirez will report to AAA Iowa today.  Manny will join the Iowa Cubs as a player coach in hopes that he can help develop some of the Cubs’ top hitting prospects, Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, and Kris Bryant in particular. Manny has been...

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...

Javier Baez & Kris Bryant Selected to Play in Futures Game
June 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It was reported yesterday by Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago that Chicago Cubs top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have been selected to play in the Futures Game on Sunday July 13th, part of  the MLB all-star weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Baez and Bryant are both with the Cubs AAA...

Chicks Dig the Long Ball: Kris Bryant Update
June 25th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant must have really taken the phrase, “Chicks dig the long ball,” to heart because all he has done since arriving at the Cubs AAA affiliate (Iowa) is hit home runs.  Literally, that’s all he has done.  The 22-year-old third baseman has played five games for the Iowa Cubs...

Where Has Cubs’ Outfielder Junior Lake Gone?
June 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Has anyone seen Chicago Cubs outfielder Junior Lake?  He appears to be missing.  After being a regular in the lineup for much of the season, Lake has mysteriously been relegated to the bench this past week, logging only seven at bats since June 17th (he is 3-7 during that span). ...