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Sunday Spotlight: Could Jacob Turner Follow in the Footsteps of Andrew Miller?
December 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last weekend, the New York Yankees signed LHP Andrew Miller to the richest contract ever for a reliever without closing experience; a 4-year, $36 million dollar deal. Miller has been one of baseball’s best relievers the past two seasons, posting ERAs of 2.64 and 2.02 for the Boston Red Sox...

Why Teams Should Get Rid of “Closers”
December 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Over the last 20 or so years, the Closer has become one of the most important jobs in baseball. It’s the job that every young pitchers dreams of having one day; being brought into a game in the bottom of the ninth with the game on the line and a...

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’...

Cubs’ Strop Emerges Unharmed Following Accident
November 29th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this week, Chicago Cubs reliever, Pedro Strop was involved in a two-car wreck in the Dominican Republic. Both cars were totaled but the Cubs’ reliever walked away with just a cut on his left arm. According to Carrie Muskat, Strop returned home yesterday. Pedro Strop solidified himself as a key...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire La Stella from Braves
November 16th, 2014 at 4:07 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to The Sports Xchange, the Chicago Cubs have just acquired 2B Tommy La Stella from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Arodys Vizcaino. International signing bonus slots were also exchanged in the deal. La Stella, the Braves' 8th round selection in 2011, made his MLB debut this...

Chicago Cubs to Part Ways with Fujikawa
October 31st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that they will not pickup Kyuji Fujikawa’s $5.5 million option for the 2015 season. Fujikawa spent two years with the Cubs and was largely a disappointment. Year Games ERA Saves WHIP K/9 2013 12 5.25 2 1.083 10.5 2014 15 4.85 0 1.846 11.8 MLB Total 17 5.04 2 1.480 11.2 JPN Total (12 yr.) 562 1.77 220 0.963 11.9 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Fujikawa was brought in with hopes that he take over the Cubs’ closer...

Bold Predictions: the Chicago Cubs Will Have a Top-5 Bullpen in 2015
October 27th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the pleasant surprises for the Chicago Cubs in 2014 was the performance of their young bullpen. They had their ups and downs, as every team does, but they finished stronger than nearly every other ‘pen in baseball. For that reason, we predict that the Chicago Cubs will have...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Claim Ortiz from Texas
October 8th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday was a busy day for a team that is two weeks into its off-season. In addition to Bill Mueller’s resignation, the Chicago Cubs made the news by claiming left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz from the Texas Rangers (according to Carrie Muskat). Year Level Appearances W-L ERA WHIP 2013 MLB 32 2-2 4.23 1.25 2014 Rk, AA 15 0-2 4.00 1.56 (Stats per Cubs.com) Ortiz began the 2014 season on the...

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,...

Sunday Spotlight: Rick Renteria’s Quick Hook
September 21st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With just seven games left in the regular season, baseball in Chicago is starting to wind down and players and fans alike are starting to go through the motions and are getting ready for the off-season. Chicago Cubs’ manager, Rick Renteria, however, is not in vacation mode just yet....

Cubs’ Rookie Jokisch Continues to Impress
September 20th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers was not a pretty sight. Chicago Cubs’ pitchers, Edwin Jackson and Dan Straily combined to surrender 11 of the Dodgers 14 runs over a combined three innings and as a result both of their futures are now in question. However, there were a...

Enter Sandmen: Cubs’ Bullpen Has Been Lights-Out
September 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Kyle Hendricks has been fantastic this season and picked up his sixth win of the season yesterday thanks, in large part, to the Cubs’ bullpen. Hendricks allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings before being relieved by Justin Grimm, who was able to work his way out...

Story of the Year: Cubs’ Rookie Arms
August 26th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Of all the storylines that have followed the 2014 Chicago Cubs, the one that we will remember when we look back on the season is the incredible performance by the team’s rookie pitchers. 2014 was supposed to be the year of the hitter, between Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo entering...

The Challenges of Facing a Former Team
August 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ pitchers, Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop threw brilliantly against the Baltimore Orioles, their former team, yesterday. Arrieta picked up the win, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings and Strop struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning en route to a 4-1 win. ...

More Roster Moves for the Cubs’
August 10th, 2014 at 10:38 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: It has just been announced that relief pitcher Chris Rusin will be optioned back to AAA in order to make room on the roster for Neil Ramirez, who is returning from the 15-day disabled list.  Also, Jacob Turner, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins earlier in the week...

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...

Jose Veras Designated for Assignment by Chicago Cubs
June 3rd, 2014 at 4:01 PM
***PHOTO1*** Per ESPN Chicago, the Cubs have designated Jose Veras for assignment.  Veras, 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 13.1 innings this year, never really got off the ground for the Cubs.  Veras was signed to a one year, four million dollar contract (with an option for 2015) and was expected to...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 2
June 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we inch closer to the July 31st trade deadline the Chicago Cubs plans become clearer.  We have two more players who you can expect to be on the move in the next two months here in part two of our three-part installment.   Darwin Barney: Last week we discussed the situation that...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 1
May 31st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are headed towards another late summer purge so its time to sell high and cut away the fat.  In addition to the immanent trade of Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs should also be cutting ties with the following players in the next two months. Check out who’s leaving...

Chicago Cubs Trade Carlos Marmol to Anaheim Angels for Dan Haren; Neither Teams Confirm Move
November 2nd, 2012 at 7:14 PM
As reported by Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have sent reliever Carlos Marmol to the Anaheim Angels for Dan Haren. Chicago Cubs 101 reported just a few hours ago that the Cubs were said to have an interest in acquiring the pitcher, and it now seems as...