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Category: ‘Starting Pitchers’

Despite Loss Cubs’ Rookie Showed Protential
June 27th, 2015 at 11:48 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' rookie right-hander, Donn Roach was saddled with the loss on Saturday after giving up four earned runs in 3.1 innings of work; the Cubs ultimately fell by a score of 8-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Roach's results were less than desirable but the 25-year-old did show...

Wada Could Be Lift That Cubs’ Rotation Needs
May 21st, 2015 at 11:33 AM
***PHOTO1*** Tsuyoshi Wada made his first big league start of the 2015 yesterday and he may just be what the Chicago Cubs’ need to get the back end of their rotation on track. Wada, who struck out nine in 4.2 innings of work, will pitch out of Travis Wood’s spot...

Will the Real Jon Lester Please Stand Up
May 13th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It’s not unusual for, Cubs’ ace, Jon Lester to get off to a slow start but his performance in the month of April was just downright unacceptable; however, now that the calendar has turned to May he has been a different pitcher. Month W-L ERA WHIP .oba April 0-2 6.23 1.569 .322 May 3-0 1.80 1.100 .200 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) It took him four starts to get...

Sunday Spotlight: How Much More Slack Does Kyle Hendricks Have?
May 10th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kyle Hendricks broke out in a big way during his 2014 rookie campaign and really made a name for himself in the city of Chicago. Who would have ever thought that a kid who went to Dartmouth could throw a baseball like that? In 13 starts, Hendricks went...

Hammel Looks to Maintain Dominance Over Brewers
May 8th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are in need of a boost after dropping three of four to the St. Louis Cardinals this week and six out of their last eight and Jason Hammel is just the guy for the job. Hammel started against the Milwaukee Brewers a week ago and, despite...

Arrieta’s Slip up Against Cards a Fluke
May 8th, 2015 at 12:06 PM
***PHOTO1*** Rivalries have a way of bringing out the best in a competitor and, Chicago Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta is no different. Yesterday’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals is tough to stomach but, in the long run, will be really no more than a blip on the radar for Arrieta....

UPDATE: Chicago Cubs’ Top MiLB Arms
May 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant and Addison Russell have brought an incredible amount of attention to the hitters in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, but now that they have graduated to the major leagues and we have a short wait until the next wave is MLB ready, lets take a look at...

Lester Looks to Build Off Strong Outing in First May Start
April 30th, 2015 at 2:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester looked like himself last week against the Cincinnati Reds when he struck out ten in six innings, and he will look to build off that performance tomorrow afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pitching in the American League for nearly a decade, Lester does not have a ton of...

Hendricks’ Performance Goes Beyond the Numbers
April 30th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** To the untrained eye it may seem as though, Chicago Cubs’ second-year starter, Kyle Hendricks is going through a sophomore slump; however, that is not the case. Hendricks picked up his first loss of the season in last night’s 8-1 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates and his ERA is...

Cubs’ Rotation Looks to Be in Mid-Season Form
April 29th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ starter, Travis Wood came out and threw a gem last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Wood allowed just two runs on five hits over seven innings while striking out nine batters; He is now 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA on the season. Wood’s brilliant outing...

Wood Looks to Join Cubs’ Pitchers on Elite Level
April 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Travis Wood will take the ball for the Chicago Cubs tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his fourth start of the year and a good outing could put him in the top half of the team’s pitching staff. So far this season it has been a tale of two...

Ace-Ball Taking Center Stage in the NL Central
April 27th, 2015 at 12:48 PM
***PHOTO1*** The landscape of the National League Central shifted dramatically this past weekend thanks to a trio of aces that we are all too familiar with. The biggest piece of news has to be the Achilles injury suffered by, St. Louis Cardinals’ ace, Adam Wainwright against the Milwaukee Brewers on...

Cubs’ Lester Looks to Get on Track Vs Reds
April 24th, 2015 at 1:15 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester will take the ball for the fourth time in a Chicago Cubs' uniform tonight and hopefully he is able to turn in his first quality start of the season. Lester, who signed a club record $155 million contract this off-season, is 0-2 with a 6.89 ERA on the...

Has the World Ended Yet? the Aftermath of Kris Bryant’s MLB Debut
April 18th, 2015 at 2:33 AM
***PHOTO1*** This morning is an odd morning, that much is for sure. The sky hasn't fallen and the world hasn't come to an end yet, which is weird, because I'm pretty sure that is what was supposed to happen when Kris Bryant "defied the odds" yesterday by going 0-4 with three...

Cubs’ Shutout Win Over Reds a Sign of Good Things to Come
April 16th, 2015 at 10:23 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs shutout the Cincinnati Reds last night on Jackie Robinson Day 5-0 but there are more positive takeaways than just the win. Both Anthony Rizzo and Travis Wood took the first steps towards getting their season on track in the victory, which is good news for the...

Wood to Take the Hill Vs. Former Team on Jackie Robinson Day
April 15th, 2015 at 4:11 PM
***PHOTO1*** Travis Wood will look to rebound tonight against the Cincinnati Reds after a rough outing in his first start of the year last week in which he yielded three runs on seven hits over just 4.2 innings. If Wood needed any more juice to get up for this start he’s...

Inside the Mind of a Starter: Early Struggles
April 14th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Almost everything seems to be going right in Wrigleyville this spring. The Chicago Cubs, 4-2, are perched atop the National League Central, the key cogs in their offense are starting to get revved up and they came away with an exciting walk-off win against the, division rival, Cincinnati Reds last...

Arrieta Shows He’s No Second Fiddle in Statement Game
April 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jake Arrieta gave the Chicago Cubs the start they needed yesterday. After a disappointing opening day in which Jon Lester was unimpressive and the offense was helpless, Arrieta came out and spun a gem against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arrieta allowed just three hits (no runs) and struck...

The Misconception About the Chicago Cubs’ Depth of Pitching Prospects
March 31st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It is believed by many that the Chicago Cubs’ pitching pipeline has run dry since the debuts of Kerry Wood in 1998, Carlos Zambrano in 2001, and Mark Prior in 2002, particular given the team's hitter-heavy system right now, but that is a common misconception. The Chicago Cubs have actually...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Release LHP Doubront
March 28th, 2015 at 3:19 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have released LHP Felix Doubront. Doubront posted a 11.57 ERA across four appearances this spring (seven IP) and had a .472 batting average against. Doubront was acquired by the Chicago Cubs in late 2014 and went 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA...