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Sunday Spotlight: the Importance of Starlin Castro
October 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As the Cubs begin the “turn” in their rebuilding plan (the phase where they begin to compete), the most important player to keep an eye on will be Starlin Castro. So much of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan hinges upon, and will be dictated by, Castro. It appears that...

Bold Predictions: the Cubs Will Be a Top-5 NL Offense in 2015
October 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ biggest shortcoming in 2014 was their offensive production. The Cubs ranked near the bottom in almost every offensive category in the National League this past summer, but we predict that they will turn it around in 2015. Stat .ave .obp .slg HR K’s Runs/g NL Rank 12th 13th 7th 2nd 15th 12th (Stats per baseball-reference.com) The whole offensive approach will be different...

Making Manny Ramirez’s Case to Join the Cubs’ MLB Staff
October 9th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have begun their search for a new hitting coach after Bill Mueller’s departure and, although Theo Epstein said that Manny Ramirez is not being considered for the position, there is a solid argument to be made for adding Manny to the Cubs’ staff in another capacity. ...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Youth on the Roster
October 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. By mid-summer next year the Cubs starting lineup projects to look something like this: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, CF Arismendy Alcantara, RF Jorge Soler. When that lineup takes the field, the average age of...

Down on the Farm: Rookies to Watch for in 2015
October 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs saw a huge influx of rookies on their roster in 2014 and that trend looks to continue in 2015 as they continue to progress with their total rebuild. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Cubs’ still have an unbelievably deep farm system, even without Javier Baez,...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ October 2nd Edition
October 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The trio of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler need to be better if the Cubs are going to compete in 2015. In 146 games between the three of them, they posted cumulative WAR of 0.6, according to baseball-reference.com. Looking at three similar players; SS Jhonny Peralta, CF...

Theo Epstein Believes the Cubs Can Win the NL Central in 2015
October 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ president, Theo Epstein stated this week that he believes his team can win the National League central division in 2015. The Cubs finished in last place in the central this season with a record of 73-89 and were marked by wild inconsistency all summer. That’s not...

Is Jorge Soler the Real Deal?
October 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs rookie, Jorge Soler took the league by storm when he was promoted to the big leagues on August 27th, but a slow decline in the final weeks of September has us wondering, is he the real deal or not? Period At bats .ave HR RBI August 15 .533 3 7 September 74 .243 2 13 Last seven 21 .143 0 2 Total 89 .292 5 20 (Stats per ESPN.com) Soler wasn’t the only Cubs’ rookie...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, October 1st
October 1st, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Even after the major league debuts of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in 2014, the Chicago Cubs still have five prospects ranked in the top 100 by MLB.com; Kris Bryant (3), Addison Russell (5), Albert Almora (36), CJ Edwards (53) & Kyle Schwarber (72). 2. Anthony Rizzo...

Chicago Cubs’ 2014 Rookie Wrap Up
September 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 2014 was the “year of the rookie” for the Chicago Cubs with 10 players making their major league debuts this summer. The majority of whom figure to play a role in the team’s future plans. Player Games .ave .obp HR RBI Arismendy Alcantara 70 .205 .254 10 29 Javier Baez 52 .169 .227 9 20 Rafael Lopez 7 .182 .286 0 1 Jorge Soler 24 .292 .330 5 20 Matt Szczur 33 .226 .273 2 5 (Stats per Cubs.com) The Cubs’ rookie bats left something to be desired...

Chicago Cubs’ 2014 Year End Wrap-Up
September 29th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ season came to an end yesterday with their 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving them a 73-89 mark on the year. The Cubs’ didn’t exactly have a year to write home about but there were certainly a number of highlights in, Manager, Rick Renteria’s first...

Chicago Cubs Have Shown Flashes in 2014
September 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** On the whole, 2014 has been a disappointing year for the Chicago Cubs. With four games left in the regular season, the team is 18 games under .500, their two best players have missed nearly a month a piece, two of their regular starting pitchers have ERA’s over 5.00 and...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 23rd
September 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ starter, Travis Wood allowed six earned runs in last night’s 8-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. With that start, Wood has now allowed five or more earned runs in nearly a quarter (22.6%) of his starts this season. 2. Former Chicago Cubs’ centerfielder, Emilio Bonifacio stole...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Catching Prospects
September 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this week, Chicago Cubs catching/outfield prospect, Kyle Schwarber made it known that he believes he can catch at the big league level. A particularly notable announcement given his dwindling time behind the plate as he progressed up through the Cubs’ minor league system and Welington Castillo’s struggles this...

Tonight’s Pitching Match-up: Jackson Vs. Kershaw
September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Tonight Edwin Jackson will face Clayton Kershaw in game two of the Chicago Cubs’ three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the surface, it looks like a lopsided battle, with Jackson in the midst of the worst season of his career and making his first start in nearly a...

Cubs’ Prospect Schwarber Wants to Catch in the Big Leagues
September 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Kyle Schwarber believes he has what it takes to be a big league catcher. Schwarber, the Cubs’ first round pick in this summer’s amateur draft, had a dominant summer at the plate and advanced through three levels of the Cubs’ minor league...

Wada’s Future with Chicago Cubs is Uncertain
September 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** As we discussed yesterday, the Chicago Cubs have an abundance of internal options to fill out their 2015 starting rotations. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, that field may have just gotten a little smaller. Reports came out yesterday that the Cubs’ will not pick up, 33-year-old starter,...

The Complexity of the Batting Order: What the Cubs’ Lineup “Should” Be
September 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There are a million ways to fill out a lineup card and there really is no right way to do it but, Cubs’ manager, Rick Renteria has been under fire at times during the 2014 season for the combinations that he has tried. Luckily for us, we live in the...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ LF Chris Coghlan
September 7th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There have been a lot of new faces wearing Cubbie blue this summer but few have been more consistently impressive than, Chicago Cubs outfielder, Chris Coghlan. Entering play yesterday Coghlan, 29, was hitting .371 (13-35) in his last ten games and .279 with six home runs and 31 RBI’s on...

The Toy Cannon: Cubs’ Rookie CF Has Impressive Pop
September 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When we think of power-hitters we tend to think of guys like Mike Stanton, Jose Abreu, Chris Davis, ect. In our minds, the quintessential power-hitter is a big, burley guy who needs to watch his head walking through doorways and has biceps the size of your head, but then there...