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Baez Primed and Ready for a Return
May 18th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez got off to a brutal start in 2015 when he attended Major League Spring Training and hit just .182 with one home run and 21 strikeouts across 55 at bats. Upon the conclusion of Spring Training Baez was met with yet another challenge, the passing of his...

As the Weather Heats up So Will the Cubs’ Bats
May 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It’s finally safe to say that spring has officially arrived in Chicago. In between dreary, rain-filled days the Windy City is finally enjoying some good baseball weather and the Chicago Cubs are feeling the benefits. Entering play today the Cubs sit at 16-15 on the year but their...

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...

Tennessee Bash Brothers Will Force Cubs’ Hand Sooner Rather than Later
May 5th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The next wave of big bats to come through the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system is making a statement here it the first month of the 2015 season. Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach, the bash brothers of the Tennessee Smokies (AA), have come on strong and look to force Theo...

Summing up Kris Bryant’s First Two Weeks in the Big Leagues
May 4th, 2015 at 11:21 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ top-prospect, Kris Bryant made his much-anticipated Major League debut a little more than two weeks ago and he has been fantastic… just not in the way that we all thought. Those of us who are dreamers had envisioned a Disney channel-type debut in which the 23-year-old would...

All-National League Central Team, April 2015
May 1st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The first month of the 2015 season is officially in the books and the Chicago Cubs (12-8) find themselves in second place in the National League Central division, just two and a half games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Aside from the Milwaukee Brewers, the NL Central has featured...

Under Maddon, Rizzo Ties Career-High in Just 19 Games
April 29th, 2015 at 11:19 AM
***PHOTO1*** Joe Maddon was brought to Chicago to shake things up, first and foremost, and after just 19 games it’s safe to say that he is doing just that. Coming into the 2015 season people expected Anthony Rizzo to match, or even exceed, his career highs in home runs, runs...

Soler Proving That Playing Well Silences All Critics
April 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Thanks to Javier Baez’s strikeout performance last summer the issue of punch-outs has taken center stage in all discussions about the Chicago Cubs’ offense. Baez’s strikeout totals, aside from being at historic levels, were such an issue because he had become completely unreliable on the offensive side of the...

Saturday Brings Redemption for Cubs, Bryant
April 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Despite a poor performance by both the Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant on Friday, both came out ready to go yesterday. Late mistakes allowed the San Diego Padres to force the game into extra innings, but a W is a W. The Cubs received big league performances from...

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...