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Category: ‘Starting Pitchers’

Has Edwin Jackson Earned a Spot in the Rotation?
March 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs Fans everywhere are cringing at the title of this article and most will probably comment on it without even clicking the link and reading the facts that are going to be presented but the reality of the situation is that Edwin Jackson is having a very solid Spring...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Young Arms Prove Worth in Short Stints in MLB Camp
March 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Most of the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospects have been sent back to the minor league half of the team’s Spring Training complex in Mesa, Arizona but don’t think that they didn’t make their mark at big league camp. Pitcher Games IP ERA WHIP .oba CJ Edwards 2 3.0 0.00 0.67 .182 Pierce Johnson 2 4.0 0.00 1.00 .091 (Stats per Cubs.com) Both CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson were sent...

Why Starting 2015 on the DL is a Win-Win for Cubs & Jacob Turner
March 17th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s official, Jacob Turner will begin the 2015 season on the disabled list due to a mild flexor strain and a bone bruise in his pitching elbow, according to Carrie Muskat. Turner was thought to have an outside chance at the Cubs’ fifth starter spot heading into camp but...

Chicago Cubs’ Staff Features Six Who Remain Unblemished
March 16th, 2015 at 11:18 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff is full of moving parts and maybe’s & what-if’s but one thing is for sure; as a group, they came to Spring Training prepared. Officially, the Chicago Cubs are 5-8 entering play today but they have six pitchers who have yet to give up...

Cubs’ 2015 Rotation Starting to Take Shape
March 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Joe Maddon named Jon Lester as the Chicago Cubs’ opening day starter a few weeks ago but apparently the Cubs’ new skipper has also figured out the next three rotation spots. Per Carrie Muskat, Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks appear to be locked in to the...

Lester Continues to Impress with 1st Spring Outing
March 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester won the hearts of Chicago Cubs fans everywhere long before he ever threw a pitch for his new team by the way that he has approached the upcoming season. He has been the talk of the town and has received rave reviews from every one from...

Bold Predictions: Odd Men Out in Cubs’ Rotation
March 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training has only just begun for the Chicago Cubs but the debate over who will make the team’s starting rotation is already heating up. The top three spots are already locked up by Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel but the last two spots are completely up for...

Lester Ready to Assume Role as Cubs’ Ace
February 23rd, 2015 at 11:49 AM
***PHOTO1*** We all assumed this day was coming when the Chicago Cubs announced the signing of Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract but now it is official. When asked who would be his opening day starter, Cubs’ Skipper, Joe Maddon left little doubt; it’ll be Lester. Jon Lester has developed...

Bold Predictions: One More Big Trade
February 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With the rest of the Chicago Cubs’ roster set to report to Spring Training later this week the opportunity to make one last big trade is upon us. Despite all the moves that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made this off-season, there are still a number of moves that...

Let Spring Training Begin! Cubs Welcome Pitchers and Catchers to Camp
February 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The long awaited day is finally here! The Chicago Cubs’ pitchers and catchers will report to the team’s Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona today and will have their first workout tomorrow. Only about half of the Cubs roster will be present (position players are scheduled to report on the...

Potential Trade Partners for Edwin Jackson
February 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
To the chagrin of Cubs fans everywhere, Edwin Jackson and his $13 million salary are still part of the Chicago Cubs. Jackson will be a hard man to move because of the huge dollar amount that is still owed to him over the next two seasons and because of his...

Spring Training Count Down: Players to Watch Part 1
February 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers will report to the team's Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona in just eight days, and with that in mind lets take a look at some pitchers and catchers who we should keep an eye on. Welington Castillo - C Many thought that Welington Castillo would...

Cubs’ Persuit of Shields a Sign of Change
February 10th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Even though, prized free agent starter, James Shields decided to sign with the San Diego Padres earlier this week, the fact that the Chicago Cubs were in on the 33-year-old right hander is a very good sign. To the frustration of Cubs nation, the Chicago Cubs have been very...

The Cubs’ New Ace is Already Making an Impression
February 9th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs' pitchers and catchers still have ten days until they have to report to the team's Spring Training complex in Mesa, Arizona but, the team's new ace, Jon Lester is already on the grind. The 31-year-old lefty arrived in Arizona last week and has made it a point...

Travis Wood is not a Lock to Be Cubs’ 5th Starter
February 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Just a few short years ago it looked like Travis Wood could be a real solid number two starter for the Chicago Cubs as they prepared to turn the corner, but that is no longer the case. Many are starting to come to the realization that maybe his 2013...

Odds for the Cubs to Land “Big Game” James
February 5th, 2015 at 2:24 PM
***VIDEO1*** Somehow we are still waiting for the last, big free agent domino to fall. News about where RHP James Shields will land have been flying all over the place recently with the announcement that he hopes to decided his future by next week. After the Cubs landed Jon...

Cubs Have MLB Arms in AAA
February 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a plethora of pitchers who could all be on their major league staff in 2015 but their biggest dilemma, at this point, is that none of them have shown anything that distinguishes them from the rest group. Additionally, time is starting to run low for...

The Drive Home: Why Travis Wood Will Bounce Back in 2015
February 2nd, 2015 at 3:33 PM
***VIDEO1*** Travis Wood is the favorite to be the Chicago Cubs’ fifth starter this season but he will be on a very short leash because of his poor 2014 campaign and all the Cubs’ MLB-ready options. Travis Wood will bounce back in 2015, that is a fact, but before we...

Cubs’ 2015 Rotation Could Rival That of the 2003 Team
January 30th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** All the excitement surrounding the Chicago Cubs’ 2015 season has fans reminiscing of the 2003 squad, the last Cubs’ team to make some noise in the post season. I don’t think any of us need a reminder of how that season ended but the talent on that roster and...

Bold Predictions: Injury Bug Will Bite the Cubs’ Rotation in 2015
January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Heading into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ rotation is the strongest aspect of their roster. Their defense is average, their offense has tremendous upside but much to prove, and their bullpen is solid, but the Cubs’ have a rotation that is four deep with guys coming off very strong...