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CUBS NEWS: Cubs Lose Depth in Roach’s Departure
July 17th, 2015 at 3:06 PM
***PHOTO1*** CUBS NEWS: The Chicago Cubs' lost a little bit of depth in their pool of starting pitchers this week as RHP Donn Roach has been claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds; He will report to their AAA affiliate. Roach made just one start in the big leagues this year...

Should the Cubs Go After Rafael Soriano?
June 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs are one of a handful of teams that are interested in, former Washington Nationals closer, Rafael Soriano. The Cubs could definitely use some help in the bullpen as they currently rank 21st in the big leagues in bullpen ERA (3.78) according to ESPN.com,...

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...

Cubs’ Middle-Relief Corps Proving to Be Team’s Soft Underbelly
April 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have played well enough to win each of the past two games but have come up short thanks to the insufficient efforts of their middle-relief corps. Hector Rondon (2.25 ERA), Pedro Strop (0.00 ERA) and Zac Rosscup (1.69 ERA) have made for a formidable back end...

Cubs’ Bullpen is Starting to Take Shape
March 31st, 2015 at 11:45 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that 32-year-old LHP Phil Coke has made the Opening Day roster. The Cubs signed Coke to a minor league deal at the start of Spring Training and in eight games (7.1 IP) he has allowed zero runs on just four hits and two walks....

Why Starting 2015 on the DL is a Win-Win for Cubs & Jacob Turner
March 17th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s official, Jacob Turner will begin the 2015 season on the disabled list due to a mild flexor strain and a bone bruise in his pitching elbow, according to Carrie Muskat. Turner was thought to have an outside chance at the Cubs’ fifth starter spot heading into camp but...

Cubs’ 2015 Rotation Starting to Take Shape
March 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Joe Maddon named Jon Lester as the Chicago Cubs’ opening day starter a few weeks ago but apparently the Cubs’ new skipper has also figured out the next three rotation spots. Per Carrie Muskat, Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks appear to be locked in to the...

Bold Predictions: Sleeper Pick to Make Cubs’ Opening Day Roster
March 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Cactus League play is less than a week old and it is already evident that the Chicago Cubs have plenty of competitions going on this Spring Training. Before Opening Day Joe Maddon will have to figure out what he is going to do behind the plate, at third base...

BREAKING NEWS: Coke Signs with Cubs
March 5th, 2015 at 9:57 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: Wrigley Field may serve only Pepsi products but there is a chance that there could be a Coke at the friendly confines this summer. Phil Coke, that is. The Chicago Cubs signed the 32-year-old lefty to a minor league deal today, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Coke spent...

Bold Predictions: Odd Men Out in Cubs’ Rotation
March 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training has only just begun for the Chicago Cubs but the debate over who will make the team’s starting rotation is already heating up. The top three spots are already locked up by Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel but the last two spots are completely up for...

Spring Training Preview: Cubs’ Non-Roster Invitees
February 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With pitchers and catchers set to report to Spring Training in less than three weeks the Chicago Cubs announced the non-roster invitees who will be attending camp. According to Comcast Sports Net, the list is as follows: Pitchers Catchers Infielders Outfielders Daniel Bard Kyle Schwarber Kris Bryant Albert Almora Corey Black Taylor Teagarden Jonathan Herrera Mike Baxter Anthony Carter Addison Russell Adron Chambers Jorge de...

Travis Wood is not a Lock to Be Cubs’ 5th Starter
February 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Just a few short years ago it looked like Travis Wood could be a real solid number two starter for the Chicago Cubs as they prepared to turn the corner, but that is no longer the case. Many are starting to come to the realization that maybe his 2013...

Cubs Have MLB Arms in AAA
February 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a plethora of pitchers who could all be on their major league staff in 2015 but their biggest dilemma, at this point, is that none of them have shown anything that distinguishes them from the rest group. Additionally, time is starting to run low for...

Bold Predictions: Bill James’ Projections for the 2015 Cubs
December 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Projecting future performance in baseball has traditionally been about gut feeling and roughly right science, but thanks to Bill James’ sabermetric calculations we now have shockingly accurate projections for modern players. Here are what James’ calculations predict for some of the Chicago Cubs’ hitters in 2015: Player .ave .obp 2B HR RBI SB Alcantara .259 .317 38 19 70 32 Baez .242 .298 33 32 75 18 Rizzo .274 .362 39 34 99 6 Castro .284 .329 34 12 63 9 Soler .247 .330 36 28 94 2 Valbuena .241 .328 25 12 45 n/a Castillo .259 .323 23 14 53 n/a (Projections per cubbiescrib.com) As you can...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Minor League Pitchers
November 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We discussed yesterday how the Chicago Cubs have the top-ranked minor league system in the National League Central and one of the best in all of baseball, but the group is often criticized for being comprised almost exclusively of hitters. Aside from CJ Edwards, many evaluators believe that the Cubs’...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Claim Ortiz from Texas
October 8th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday was a busy day for a team that is two weeks into its off-season. In addition to Bill Mueller’s resignation, the Chicago Cubs made the news by claiming left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz from the Texas Rangers (according to Carrie Muskat). Year Level Appearances W-L ERA WHIP 2013 MLB 32 2-2 4.23 1.25 2014 Rk, AA 15 0-2 4.00 1.56 (Stats per Cubs.com) Ortiz began the 2014 season on the...

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...

Down on the Farm: Jokisch’s First Big League Start
September 27th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Eric Jokisch made his first major league start last night against the Milwaukee Brewers and came away with mixed results. The good news is that Jokisch didn’t pitch poorly! However, he wasn’t overly impressive. The best way to describe Eric Jokisch’s first major league...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 25th
September 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. With last night’s 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs finished the 2014 season with a 41-40 record at Wrigley Field. It is the first time since 2009 (46-34) that the Cubs have been better than .500 at home, per ESPN.com. 2. 2014 has been the...

Cubs’ Players Who Have the Most to Prove
September 25th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Cubs open their final series of 2014 today against the Milwaukee Brewers (in Milwaukee) and although these games mean nothing in terms of this season, there could be greater implications for the 2015 season. This series could prove to be crucial for a number of Cubs’ players who are...