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Chicago Cubs’ Sophomores Surging in Minors
May 26th, 2015 at 2:44 PM
***PHOTO1*** Memorial Day is now behind us and the calendar is about to turn to June which means that the dog days of summer are fast approaching. The mid-summer grind is when most teams experience their greatest amount of attrition, which is a troubling sign for the Chicago Cubs, who...

Wada, Bryant Impressive in Cubs’ 2-1 Loss
May 25th, 2015 at 8:24 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs fell to the Washington Nationals 2-1 in game one of this week’s three-game set on Monday. Among the positive takeaways were the performances of, starting pitcher, Tsuyoshi Wada and Kris Bryant. Wada, made his second start of the season in the place of Travis Wood and, despite...

Let the Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper Rivalry Begin
May 25th, 2015 at 12:41 PM
***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...

Chicago Cubs’ Rookies Rank Among Top in the Class
May 23rd, 2015 at 3:29 PM
***PHOTO1*** As we all know, Chicago Cubs have three rookies in their everyday starting lineup and all three have been pretty successful through the first month and a half of the 2015 season. The most obvious statistic (and probably the most important) is the Cubs’ record, 23-18 entering play today. The...

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...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Ship Castillo to Seattle
May 19th, 2015 at 10:23 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Jeff Passan, the Chicago Cubs have sent C Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners. In return the Cubs will receive Yoervis Medina, a 26-year-old RHP who owns a 2.82 ERA in 141 relief appearances for Seattle. Medina is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12.0 innings...

All Coke’d Out: Cubs Cut Ties with Lefty
May 18th, 2015 at 11:30 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have finally had enough of Phil Coke. The team designated the 32-year-old lefty for assignment on Monday; no corresponding move has been announced at the time of this writing. The Cubs invited the Coke to Spring Training this year and selected him for the Opening Day roster...

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...

CUBS NEWS: Maddon to Shake up the Rotation
May 16th, 2015 at 9:24 PM
***PHOTO1*** 2015 has not been Travis Wood's year. The Chicago Cubs' former all-star sports and ERA of 5.45 in eight appearances and has finally been removed from the rotation by Joe Maddon. Wood picked up his first career save in his first relief appearance since 2011 in yesterday's win...

Youth Movement: Chicago Cubs are Getting Younger and Playing Better
May 15th, 2015 at 2:48 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs entered play today with a record of 19-15, good for second best in the National League Central division. At this time last year the 2014 Cubs were well on their way to another disappointing season but much has changed since then. The team appears to...

Quick Hits: a Foursome of Chicago Cubs’ Tidbits
May 14th, 2015 at 11:08 AM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Of all the all-stars and Hall-of-Famers that have ever worn a Chicago Cubs’ uniform, none have accumulated a WAR higher than Cap Anson (84.4). An infielder for the Cubs from 1876-1897, Anson played 22 of his 27 professional seasons in Chicago and accumulated 97...

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...

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...

CUBS NEWS: LF Bleachers to Make 2015 Debut
May 11th, 2015 at 12:30 PM
***PHOTO1*** It has been a long time coming but fans of the Chicago Cubs are finally going to see some tangible progress with the Wrigley Field renovations. Tonight will be the first time this season that the left field bleachers will be operational and, according to WGN, should increase the...

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...

Down on the Farm: Strong up the Middle
May 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ minor league system was named baseball’s best in the month of April thanks to the fantastic starts by quite a few of their top prospects. In addition to the Tennessee Bash Brothers, the Cubs’ have gotten great production out of a trio of younger players; Albert...

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....

Is Addison Russell the Next Javier Baez?
May 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ rookie second baseman, Addison Russell has been playing well of late, hitting in ten consecutive games and hitting .343 over that span. Russell is going through a bit of an adjustment defensively as second base is not his natural position, but he seems to be coming around on...

Can the Grimm Reaper Save the Cubs’ Bullpen?
May 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs activated RHP Justin Grimm from the disabled list and will (hopefully) receive an instant boost in what has been exposed as the team’s greatest weakness this season. In a subsequent move, Anthony Varvaro, who was claimed off waivers earlier this week, was...