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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...

Chicago Cubs to Shake up the Rotation for Final Series
September 24th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Per Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have decided to remove Edwin Jackson from the rotation and give his last start of 2014 to, rookie lefthander, Eric Jokisch. We have been tracking the progress of the Cubs September call-ups throughout the month and Jokisch has clearly been the best. In 10.1...

5 Reasons the Chicago Cubs Will Win Tonight
September 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** No one gave the Chicago Cubs much of a chance to win last night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, simply because Adam Wainwright was taking the hill for the Cardinals. However, tonight is a different story. Tonight, the Cubs send, rookie sensation, Kyle Hendricks up against Shelby Miller and...

Sunday Spotlight: Rick Renteria’s Quick Hook
September 21st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With just seven games left in the regular season, baseball in Chicago is starting to wind down and players and fans alike are starting to go through the motions and are getting ready for the off-season. Chicago Cubs’ manager, Rick Renteria, however, is not in vacation mode just yet....

Cubs’ Rookie Jokisch Continues to Impress
September 20th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers was not a pretty sight. Chicago Cubs’ pitchers, Edwin Jackson and Dan Straily combined to surrender 11 of the Dodgers 14 runs over a combined three innings and as a result both of their futures are now in question. However, there were a...

Chicago Cubs’ September Call-Ups: Mid-Month Update
September 11th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs added a handful of new faces to the big league club when rosters expanded on September first but it doesn’t appear that their presence has helped put W’s on the board. Since September first the Chicago Cubs are 3-6 and have been swept in back-to-back series (by...

Changing of the Guard: Should Doubront Replace Wood?
September 8th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ lefty, Travis Wood struggled again yesterday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wood lasted just 1.2 innings and surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits before being lifted for, rookie, Eric Jokisch. Wood has now allowed 11 earned runs in his last two starts, totaling just 6.1 innings. Given the...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Officially Announce September Call-Ups
September 2nd, 2014 at 1:29 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: The Chicago Cubs officially announced their September call-ups today. Per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, The seven players are RHP Brian Schlitter, RHP Dan Straily, LHP Eric Jokisch, RHP Arodys Vizcaino, LHP Zac Rosscup, OF Junior Lake and C Rafael Lopez. Jokisch and Lopez are the only call-ups...

September Call-Ups Set to Join Cubs
September 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** September is now upon us, which means it’s time for September call-ups. The Chicago Cubs plan to bring up a total of seven players but most of them won’t join the team until tomorrow, at the earliest, as the Iowa Cubs’ end their regular-season today. They did not...

Cub Fan Friday: Fan of the Week
August 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Congratulations to the Fan of the Week: Johnny Phillips!! Here is Johnny’s one paragraph of airtime: I grew up in Chicago and I have been a Cubs’ fan my entire life and this is the coolest thing ever! I’m on the Internet!! And now that I have your attention, where is...