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Ruggiano Supplies the Fireworks on the 4th
July 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Justin Ruggiano has heard the call!  For so long the Chicago Cubs offense has been kept afloat by the efforts of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, but it now looks like we can add Justin Ruggiano to the list.  Ruggiano hit a monster home run yesterday and has been red...

Cubs’ Slugfest Win is Full of Good Signs
July 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Last night the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in a slugfest that ended in a score of 16-9.  The pitching on both sides was sub-par at best but there are number of positive takeaways for the Cubs’ offense.  1)   Starlin Castro and...

Chicago Cubs Go for the Sweep
July 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are really rolling now!  After going a respectable 15-13 in the month of June, Cubs Starter Edwin Jackson kicked off July with a win and his first quality start since May 17 (against the Milwaukee Brewers).  The Cubs have now taken the first two games of a...

Anthony Rizzo is Becoming a Star
June 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is making huge strides this year.  His play has improved so dramatically that he seems like a shoe-in to be chosen for the MLB all-star game in Minneapolis, MN.  Few are truly surprised with Rizzo’s improvement but the fact that it’s really happening and...

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Theo Epstein is Lying to Us
June 26th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last week, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein said that, top prospect, Kris Bryant will not be playing in Chicago this season.  That is a blatant lie.  Now, Theo is absolutely saying the right thing but that is not how it is going to play out.  We mapped out Kris Bryant’s...

Starlin Castro is on a Roll
June 24th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro has put most of his critics to rest with his bounce-back performance this year.  In his last ten games Castro is hitting .375 (15-40) with three home runs, 11 RBI and even a stolen base.  We all hoped that Castro’s batting average would rebound this...

Chicago Cubs are Showing Signs of Improvement
June 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Very quietly the Cubs are beginning to turn their season around.  Since May 17 the Cubs are, a National League leading, 18-13.  A large part of their success can be attributed to strong pitching (particularly out of the bullpen) and the hot steaks by Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Luis...

Chicago Cubs Potential All-Stars in 2014
June 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The 2014 all-star game will be at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN this year on July 15th but fan voting ends on July 3rd at 11:59 PM EST.  The Chicago Cubs haven’t had too many bright spots this year but lets make the case for the select few who might...

How to Manage the Lineup Card
June 17th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The frustrating thing about the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 season was watching, former Cubs manager, Dale Sveum attempt to fill out the lineup card.  One of the reasons the Cubs struggled so mightily was because of gross inconsistencies in the lineup day in and day out.  The lineup card is where...

Projecting the Chicago Cubs 2017 Starting Lineup
June 14th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The timeline for the Chicago Cubs rebuilding process says that the team will be ready to compete for a title in 2016 at the earliest.  So for argument sake, lets extrapolate to 2017 when the Cubs will be legitimate contenders.  The Cubs have so many exciting prospects coming through the...

Reviewing the Chicago Cubs Draft: Pick No. 1
June 12th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This week we have discussed the Chicago Cubs second through fifth round draft picks in last Thursday’s MLB draft and today we will discuss the Cubs first round selection, Kyle Schwarber.  Schwarber officially signed with the Cubs yesterday for 3.125 million dollars, which is almost 1.5 million less than the...

Why You Should Never Trust a Sports Writer
June 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Rule number one when reading the sports section: never trust a sports writer.  Sports writers are much like tabloid writers in a number of ways: 1) we need something to write about, and 2) we need to write every day.  So what happens when there is no exciting news to...

The Trouble in Playing for a Perennially Terrible Team
June 7th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Cubs biggest challenge that they have had to overcome the past few seasons is the same problem that they will face in the coming years as they try and turn the franchise into a playoff contender.  That problem is the culture of losing.  When a team has a culture...

What to Make of Welington Castillo
June 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Welington Castillo, the Chicago Cubs starting catcher, has been deemed the catcher of the future by many, but is that really the right call?  So far this season Castillo has posted a slash line of .242/.287/.385, which is below the league average of .250/.317/.391, according to baseball-reference.com.  This season has...

Understanding the Cubs’ Impending Prospect Logjam
May 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the day Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago his number one goal has been to build up the Chicago Cubs farm system, and by all accounts he has been incredibly successful.  Going into this season the Cubs had the number two-ranked system in all of baseball, per baseball prospectus, and...

Manny Ramirez Joins the Chicago Cubs as AAA Player-Coach
May 25th, 2014 at 12:49 PM
***PHOTO1*** For those of you who have missed "Manny being Manny", wait no more.  ESPN.com is reporting that Manny Ramirez has agreed to join the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, as a player-coach.  The hope is that Ramirez can assist the Cubs young hitters in their development. Since being suspended...

Rick Renteria’s Biggest Challange in 2014
May 25th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Biggest Challenge that Chicago Cubs rookie manager Rick Renteria will face this season is a simple one.  His challenge won’t be speaking to the media or filling out the lineup card.  No, Renteria’s biggest challenge in 2014 will be communicating with and coaching up his players, namely Starlin Castro...

Chicago Cubs: Rick Renteria’s Biggest Challenge for 2014
May 18th, 2014 at 12:31 PM
The biggest challenge that Chicago Cubs rookie manager Rick Renteria will face this season is a simple one. His challenge won’t be speaking to the media or filling out the lineup card. No, Renteria’s biggest challenge in 2014 will be communicating with and coaching up his players, namely Starlin Castro...

Potential Short Stop Debate Does not Concern Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein
February 6th, 2013 at 10:59 AM
When Keith Law of ESPN released his annual top-100 minor leaguers this week, he pencilled in Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez in the number 31 spot. While this seems like a wonderful thing, the team's cornerstone player, Starlin Castro, already occupies that position. Although it could be cause for some...

Chicago Cubs Reported to Be Interested in Miami Marlins Slugger Giancarlo Stanton
November 27th, 2012 at 7:15 PM
The Chicago Cubs may be making a big splash this offseason, as the team is rumored to be pursuing Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins are having their traditional fire sale, and if Chicago could cash in, Stanton would be a major pickup for a team that lacks power in the lineup....