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Category: ‘Starting Pitchers’

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...

Fan of the Week: Why the Cubs Should Get David Price
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** Whether you have had a long week or a short week, it’s finally over! This week’s Fan of the Week is a special one for two reasons, 1) today marks the first time that one of our Twitter followers will receive the honor, and 2) he absolutely kill it...

The Chicago Cubs Most Under & Overrated Acquisitions of the Off-Season
January 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have really turned up the heat on their off-season activity in the past month and a half, adding eight new major league players via free agency or trade. All of those moves were made with the intention of improving the club’s chance of winning in 2015...

Cubs Swap Kickham for Dutch Minor Leaguer
January 16th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***VIDEO1*** A few weeks after claiming LHP Mike Kickham off waivers from the San Francisco Giants the Chicago Cubs designated the 26-year-old for assignment this week. Yesterday the Cubs found a trade partner in the Seattle Mariners and, in return, received 20-year-old RHP Lars Huijer. Pitcher Level G/GS W-L ERA WHIP Huijer A+ 12/12 2-4 6.54 1.834 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Huijer was ranked among the...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Doubront
January 15th, 2015 at 11:59 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have come to terms with LHP Felix Doubront. The Cubs signed the 27-year-old lefty to a one-year, $1.925 million dollar deal in order to avoid arbitration. Doubront was acquired from the Boston Red Sox mid-season last summer and made...

Four Free Agent Pitchers Who are Worth an Invite to Spring Training
January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We are getting to that point in the off-season where teams are turning their attention towards Spring Training and free agents are beginning to panic. There are still a few quality, high upside arms available that have managed to stay out of the headlines and off the radar that the...

Mid-Week Debate: the Chicago Cubs’ 5th Starter
January 14th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** One position battle that is sure to captivate us this spring training is the competition to become the Chicago Cubs’ 5th starter. Spots one through four appear to be locked up already by Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks but no one has emerged as a...

Sunday Spotlight: Jon Lester Remains Lone Domino to Fall
January 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Going into the off-season it was very clear that Jon Lester would be the first big name pitcher to sign so it was no surprise that none of the available frontline starters were snatched up right away. On December 15, 2014 Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs finalized a...