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Category: ‘Starting Pitchers’

Free Agent Starters: Paying for Past Performance, Hoping for Future Production
October 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The biggest issue with signing quality free agent pitchers to expensive contracts is that most of the time, the team ends up paying for past performance rather than future production. The main reason for this is that by the time most pitchers reach free agency, they are already well into...

Bold Predictions: Edwin Jackson Will Spend All of 2015 in Chicago
October 20th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Much to the chagrin of Chicago Cubs’ fan everywhere, today we are making the bold prediction that Edwin Jackson will still be in a Cubs’ uniform one year from today. Period G GS W-L ERA WHIP WAR 2013 31 31 8-18 4.98 1.460 -1.3 2014 28 27 6-15 6.33 1.642 -2.3 Total 59 58 14-33 5.88 1.541 -3.6 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Edwin Jackson has been downright bad since he signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs before...

Giving the Chicago Cubs 2014 Rotation Its Due
October 16th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ rotation was pretty bad in 2014 on the whole. This is an issue that has been harped on for months now, but we haven’t yet taken the time to give those guys credit for their accomplishments. As a team, the Chicago Cubs were not able to translate...

Cole Hamels Added to Cubs’ Potential Targets
October 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein announced this week that his goal is to add a number-one starter this off-season. So could Cole Hamels be an option? All along, we have been discussing the possibility of adding guys like Jon Lester, Max Scherzer or James Shields, but it turns out that...

The Cost of Signing an Ace
October 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last week, we discussed some of the factors that should be considered before the Chicago Cubs make a serious push to bring John Lester to Chicago, all of which were things that would immediately impact the franchise. However, there is also a very important factor in bringing Lester, or any...

Down on the Farm: First Round Picks
October 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we head into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ roster will continue to be flooded with young talent from their farm system, many of which have very impressive minor league résumés. Since Theo Epstein took over as President before the 2012 season, the Chicago Cubs have made five first...

Former Chicago Cubs’ Starter Dempster to Retire
October 10th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Per mlbtraderumors.com, former Chicago Cubs starter, Ryan Dempster has officially decided to retire. Dempster, who went 8-9 with a 4.57 ERA with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, sat out the 2014 season due to “physical issues and a desire to spend more time with his family”. Ryan Dempster pitched...

The Drive Home: Things to Consider Before Jumping on the Jon Lester Bandwagon
October 9th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in the game of baseball today and any team would be lucky to win his services for the 2015 season. However, there are a few things that you should know before you jump on the Jon Lester bandwagon. Price Tag: The Chicago Cubs...

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: · ...