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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...

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...

Who is the Better Defensive SS, Castro or Baez?
September 23rd, 2014 at 5:45 AM
***PHOTO1*** The debate over who the Chicago Cubs’ shortstop of the future should be has been put on the backburner since the organization announced that Javier Baez would play second this season, but now that he has logged more than 20 games at shortstop, due to Starlin Castro’s injury, it’s worth...

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...

Comparing Baez & Soler Through Their First 14 Games
September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The two biggest call-ups made by the Chicago Cubs this year have been Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, without a doubt, but their performances have been drastically different. Javier Baez made a statement during his first two weeks in the big leagues but then fell off quickly; is the same...

Sunday Spotlight: Javier Baez is Showing Improvement
September 14th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Things may finally be turning around for, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez. Baez snapped a 17-game homerless streak on Friday when he hit his eighth bomb of the season off of, Pittsburgh Pirates starter, Gerrit Cole. The Cubs 21-year-old shortstop kept in rolling again last night by hitting a laser...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 11th
September 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez has now played in 36 games at the major league level. After last night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Baez has now recorded at least one strikeout in 30 games. His season high for consecutive games with a punch-out is 13 (he currently...

Props to Rick Renteria for Sticking with Javier Baez
September 9th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been a rough month for, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez. Since his exciting first week, Baez has struggled mightily, racking up gaudy strikeout totals and has been unable to get on base with any kind of consistency. Entering play yesterday, the Cubs’ 21 year old is...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 5th
September 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro is from the city of Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic. However, if you look at his bio on Cubs.com the name of his home town is misspelled; it says he is from “Monte Cristy”. 2. Despite the Chicago Cubs label as the...

Starlin Castro’s Injury and Ryan Kalish’s Return
September 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro suffered an ankle injury sliding into home during the Cubs’ victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Castro was able to walk off under his own power but that didn’t stop some fans from having flashbacks to Stephen Drew’s gruesome ankle injury in July...

Cubs SS Starlin Castro Making a Statement
September 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro is making a strong statement through his play as the 2014 season enters its final weeks. We discussed last week how Castro is poised for a strong finish, but this past week he has proven that he can put up more than just numbers....

Down on the Farm: Addison Russell
August 30th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It’s been a while since Addison Russell was in the news last but rest assured, he hasn’t been slumping. In his last ten games, Russell is hitting .293 with 4 home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Tennessee Smokies. Russell got off to a slow start in 2014...

Starlin Castro Set on a Strong Finish
August 12th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Starlin Castro has enjoyed a nice bounce-back year after struggling mightily in 2013, and he is also enjoying a bounce-back month here in August after struggling in July.  We spoke about Castro’s up and down play in an earlier article, but he has been tremendous as of late.  After picking...

How Far is Addison Russell from the Big Leagues?
August 12th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs knew they were acquiring a potential superstar when got Addison Russell from the Oakland Athletics and so far the kid has lived up to the hype.  Russell, 20, has been dominating AA pitching and entering play yesterday he is hitting .308 with eight home runs and 19...

Why the Chicago Cubs Need Starlin Castro to Return to Form
August 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro is in the middle of his fifth season in the big leagues and, on the whole, his career has been marked by drastic inconsistency.  Castro has played like the best shortstop in baseball at times, between a 200-hit season, back-to-back 20 stolen base seasons and...

Baez Promotion in the Near Future
July 31st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The next piece of the Chicago Cubs future is getting closer and closer to making an appearance at Wrigley Field.  Javier Baez is coming.  Despite falling to number two in the Cubs’ farm system (Kris Bryant is now number one), according to Baseball America, Baez is poised for a September...

The New Age: How the Chicago Cubs’ Plan to Build a Contender
July 7th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Theo Epstein revolutionized the game of baseball when he won the World Series with Boston Red Sox in 2004 using the “moneyball” philosophy and it looks like he is about to make history again with the Chicago Cubs.  Few understood the particulars of Epstein’s rebuilding plan until this past Friday...

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...

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...