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Cubs’ Top Prospect Bryant Already Penciled into the Lineup
April 17th, 2015 at 10:13 AM
***PHOTO1*** Joe Maddon has already released his starting lineup to the media for today's 1:20PM game against the San Diego Padres and he has penciled Kris Bryant in at third base and in the cleanup spot, per Cubs.com: 1. Dexter Fowler, CF 2. Jorge Soler RF 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B 4. Kris Bryant, 3B 5. Chris...

Bryant’s Presence Changes Landscape of Cubs’ Offense
April 17th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As you have all probably heard by now, the Chicago Cubs have decided to promote Kris Bryant! Bryant is expected to start tonight against the San Diego Padres and, not only will his presence create a frenzy at Wrigley Field, but it will also drastically alter the Chicago Cubs’ offense. 1....

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...

Sunday Spotlight: What Spring Training Tells Us About the 2015 Cubs
April 5th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs will kick off the 2015 season tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field and the expectations couldn’t be any higher. Theo Epstein splurged this off-season and brought in “The Coach” in Joe Maddon, “The Ace” in Jon Lester and has begun to promote “The...

How Kris Bryant to LF Impacts the Cubs’ Lineup
March 27th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant made his first ever appearance in the outfield for the Chicago Cubs in last night’s Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Angels and his evening went off without a hitch. People around baseball have speculated that Brant would end up in the outfield since the Cubs drafted...

How “Legit” Has Kris Bryant’s Breakout Spring Been?
March 26th, 2015 at 5:55 AM
***PHOTO1*** The age-old argument against Spring Training success is that players aren’t playing against major league talent everyday and therefore their numbers aren’t as impressive as they may seem. Kris Bryant, for example, has been out of his mind the past three weeks posting a line of .464/.531/1.500 with nine home...

What to Expect from Dexter Fowler Out of the Leadoff Spot
March 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Dexter Fowler will be the Chicago Cubs leadoff hitter in 2015, giving the team a legit threat atop the order for the first time in years. Fowler has led off 404 times in his career but he spent a fair number a games hitting in the middle of the...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Will Be Better than Bryce Harper
March 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Back in 2012 baseball believed that it was about to witness the second coming, greatness unlike anyone seen before, baseball’s version of LeBron James, when Bryce Harper made his MLB debut. The hype surrounding the 19-year-old was overwhelming and unbelievable. Harper made the all-star team and won the National League...

What to Make of Slow Starts by Cubs’ Core
March 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training is always full of ups and downs, over and under-performers, and 2015 has been no different. Earlier this week we discussed some of the Chicago Cubs’ players who are having breakout performances, and today we’re going to touch on the slow starts by a number of guys...

The Illusion That is MLB Spring Training
March 18th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training is absolutely the weirdest time of the year. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Cactus League or the Grapefruit League because it always ends up feeling more like the twilight zone. No matter how well or how poorly a player plays the reality of the situation...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Makes Opening Day Roster
March 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant’s status within the Chicago Cubs organization has been one of the most hotly contested topics of the off-season and has even gained the attention of the MLB player’s union. Kris Bryant, himself, has stoked the fire with his unbelievable performance during the first two weeks of Spring...

Cubs’ Rough Start No Reason for Concern
March 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We have now gotten our first look at just about everyone on the roster this spring and the Chicago Cubs find themselves staring down an 1-7 record, picking up their first win yesterday. I’ve heard a number of fans complaining, saying things like “here we go again,” and “so much...

Chicago Cubs’ Milestones to Watch for in 2015
March 10th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a lot to look forward to in 2015 between Jon Lester’s debut, Kris Bryant’s impending arrival, and Javier Baez and Jorge Soler’s second crack at the big leagues, among other headlines, but there are also a number of guys closing in on career milestones that we...

Fan of the Week: Looking Forward to Rizzo and Bryant
March 6th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s been another chilly week in Chicago but if you’re reading this it means that you have made it to the weekend once again! This week’s Fan of the Week comes to us from our pack of Twitter followers; congrats to Cassandra Adkins (@cazzcubeartglmv)!! Here is her paragraph of airtime: As...

Is Theo Turning the Cubs into the Red Sox?
February 27th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Theo Epstein has been at the helm for the Chicago Cubs for three and half years now and it finally appears as though he is on the cusp of pushing his team over the top. But how did he do it? Theo Epstein has been very meticulous in...

Cubs to Hold First Full-Team Workout of 2015
February 25th, 2015 at 12:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ position players officially joined the pitchers and catchers and reported to Spring Training yesterday, though many have been at camp for some time now. The Cubs are holding their first full-team workout at the writing of this article and all appears to be going swimmingly. The intensity...

Kris Bryant’s Rank Among MLB Third Basemen
February 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant’s status on the MLB roster will be one of the most hotly debated topics of the Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training this year. Bryant, currently ranked as the no. two prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, is the best third basemen in the entire Cubs organization but he...

Sunday Spotlight: Castro & Rizzo’s Expen$ive Future
February 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have never been known as big spenders when it comes to player salaries but we are entering a new age of Cubs baseball. In combination with baseball’s exponential salary growth, the Chicago Cubs have money to spend which led to the signing of Jon Lester to the...

Over or Under on Key Cubs’ 2015 Projections
February 14th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this off-season we took a look at what Bill James projects for each player in the Chicago Cubs' lineup but now that the roster has been (more or less) finalized it's time to take another look. Bill James' projections have proven to be eerily accurate over the years and...

Fan of the Week: 2014 Struggles Will Enable 2015 Success
February 13th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** We have made it through another week and the weekend is upon us once again! This week's Fan of the Week comes to us from our pack of twitter followers and has been our most engaged reader over the past few weeks. Congratulations to Scott Griffith (@illini_dad) for...