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A Second Look at the Cubs’ Mid-Summer Blockbuster
October 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s always fun to look back on big trades and evaluate who made out better in the exchange. We now have enough information to make an accurate first judgment of this summer’s blockbuster that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Addison Russell,...

Players the Cubs Should Cut Ties with in 2015
October 1st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When your team finishes the season 16 games under .500, there are plenty of changes that can and should be made. The Chicago Cubs will have a number of players cement their roles as starters in 2015 and they have their eye on a number of high-profile free agents, so...

Potential Free-Agent Targets Duel in AL Wild Card Game
September 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Two of the most common names thrown around when discussing the Chicago Cubs’ potential free-agent targets are, Oakland Athletics starter, Jon Lester and, Kansas City Royals starter, James Shields and tonight we have the opportunity to get a look at both of them. Both Lester and Shields will start...

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...

Arrieta’s Career Year Ends on a High Note
September 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ starter, Jake Arrieta’s career year came to end last night when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals with a seven inning, two hit, ten strike out effort in front of the home crowd at Wrigley Field. Arrieta’s performance has been huge for the Chicago Cubs, energizing a...

Chicago Cubs to Shake up the Rotation for Final Series
September 24th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Per Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have decided to remove Edwin Jackson from the rotation and give his last start of 2014 to, rookie lefthander, Eric Jokisch. We have been tracking the progress of the Cubs September call-ups throughout the month and Jokisch has clearly been the best. In 10.1...

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...

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....

Tonight’s Pitching Match-up: Jackson Vs. Kershaw
September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Tonight Edwin Jackson will face Clayton Kershaw in game two of the Chicago Cubs’ three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the surface, it looks like a lopsided battle, with Jackson in the midst of the worst season of his career and making his first start in nearly a...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 18th
September 18th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ starter, Edwin Jackson makes his first start since August 20th tomorrow against the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to baseball-reference.com, Jackson is 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA and a WHIP of 1.311 in seven career starts against the Dodgers. Much more impressive than his 2014 line of...

Chicago Cubs’ Fact Pack, September 17th
September 17th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs starter, Jake Arrieta was brilliant in last night’s 7-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Arrieta threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out 13. It was a night full of firsts for the Cubs’ 28-year-old ace: · ...

When Should the Cubs’ Pull the Plug on Jacob Turner?
September 17th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we discussed last week, the Chicago Cubs have an over abundance of internal options for their 2015 starting rotation and at some point, they are going to need to weed out the stragglers. Today we take a look at Jacob Turner. Turner is fresh off yet another...

A Huge Bounce-Back Start for Travis Wood
September 16th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The highlight of the Chicago Cubs’ 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds last night was Anthony Rizzo’s walk-off blast, but lets be sure to give, starting pitcher, Travis Wood his due, as well. Wood turned in a gem, allowing zero runs on just three hits over six innings and lowered...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 16th
September 16th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Announced this week, Kris Bryant and Jen-Ho Tseng have been named the Chicago Cubs minor league player and pitcher of the year for 2014. Bryant hit .325 with 43 home runs, 114 RBI, 34 doubles and 15 steals between AA and AAA, while Tseng, 19, went 6-1 with...

New Place, New Man: the Emergence of Felix Doubront
September 15th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** For Chicago Cubs’ fans who are familiar with Felix Doubront, these last two weeks have been excruciatingly nerve-wracking. Doubront has gotten off to a hot start with the Cubs and many of us are waiting for it to hit the fan, but he has showed no signs of slowing down....

Wada’s Future with Chicago Cubs is Uncertain
September 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** As we discussed yesterday, the Chicago Cubs have an abundance of internal options to fill out their 2015 starting rotations. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, that field may have just gotten a little smaller. Reports came out yesterday that the Cubs’ will not pick up, 33-year-old starter,...

Who Should Be in the Cubs’ 2015 Rotation?
September 12th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are using these last few weeks of the 2014 season to give their young guys and their new guys a chance to get their feet wet and audition for a spot on the 2015 roster. Most of the Cubs’ 12 position-players spots are spoken for at...

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...

Chicago Cubs’ September Call-Ups: Mid-Month Update
September 11th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs added a handful of new faces to the big league club when rosters expanded on September first but it doesn’t appear that their presence has helped put W’s on the board. Since September first the Chicago Cubs are 3-6 and have been swept in back-to-back series (by...