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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...

Sunday Spotlight: Epstein, Maddon Face Tough Decision on Opening Day LHP’s
March 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs entered Spring Training with position battles all over the diamond that were sure to capture our attention and most have been up to snuff; however, the team’s left-handed reliever competition was not thought to be one of those. The Cubs’ obviously have a need to fill in...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Young Arms Prove Worth in Short Stints in MLB Camp
March 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Most of the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospects have been sent back to the minor league half of the team’s Spring Training complex in Mesa, Arizona but don’t think that they didn’t make their mark at big league camp. Pitcher Games IP ERA WHIP .oba CJ Edwards 2 3.0 0.00 0.67 .182 Pierce Johnson 2 4.0 0.00 1.00 .091 (Stats per Cubs.com) Both CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson were sent...

MLB News: Baez not a Lock to Make Opening Day Roster
March 20th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When asked this week about Javier Baez’s chances to make the Major League roster, Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon responded with, “of course there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team”. In reality, Maddon’s response was more to the effect of dispelling any sense entitlement, not just with Baez, but with...

Kris Bryant’s Bid for Opening Day Roster is a Battle Against History
March 20th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** While Kris Bryant has impressed us with his play on the field this spring, the situation regarding his major league future has gotten a bit convoluted. Earlier this week, Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras called out the Chicago Cubs for their desire to keep Bryant off the Opening Day roster...

UPDATE: Wrigley Field Renovations Showing Progress
March 19th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The Wrigley Field bleachers are still along way away from being completed but we are finally at the point in the project where real progress can be seen! I took a walk around the ballpark and took a few shots of the new construction since our last update. The first...

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...

How to Solve Joe Maddon’s #2 Hitter Dilemma
March 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday Carrie Muskat reported that, Cubs’ skipper, Joe Maddon has been wrestling with a number of options to fill the two-hole in the lineup but has little idea what he will, ultimately, end up doing. So far Maddon has commented on his use of Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella...

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...

Padres Trounce Cubs in Matchup of Worst-to-First Hopefuls
March 17th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday’s Cactus League matchup of the Chicago Cubs at the San Diego Padres was set to be a preview of two the National League’s most improved teams but only the San Diego Padres impressed. Both the Cubs and Padres went to extreme lengths to improve their squads this past...

Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training Breakout Performers
March 16th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training has been full of surprises for the Chicago Cubs, from Kris Bryant destroying Cactus League pitching to the Cubs’ staff throwing up zeros, and it’s about time we take a minute to recognize the guys who are outperforming our expectations. Matt Szczur – OF Matt Szczur entered Spring Training...

Chicago Cubs’ Staff Features Six Who Remain Unblemished
March 16th, 2015 at 11:18 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff is full of moving parts and maybe’s & what-if’s but one thing is for sure; as a group, they came to Spring Training prepared. Officially, the Chicago Cubs are 5-8 entering play today but they have six pitchers who have yet to give up...

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...

Sunday Spotlight: the Future is Here
March 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ now have 13 Spring Training games (counting split squads as two) under their belt and one thing has become very clear; the future is here. This notion is not particularly ground breaking, seeing as how it has served as an unofficial mantra for the organization since...

Cubs’ Rough Start No Reason for Concern
March 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We have now gotten our first look at just about everyone on the roster this spring and the Chicago Cubs find themselves staring down an 1-7 record, picking up their first win yesterday. I’ve heard a number of fans complaining, saying things like “here we go again,” and “so much...

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...

Chicago Cubs’ Milestones to Watch for in 2015
March 10th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a lot to look forward to in 2015 between Jon Lester’s debut, Kris Bryant’s impending arrival, and Javier Baez and Jorge Soler’s second crack at the big leagues, among other headlines, but there are also a number of guys closing in on career milestones that we...

10 Reasons Why Playing Home Games in Milwaukee is a Bad Idea for the Chicago Cubs
March 9th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** News came out last week that the Chicago Cubs kicked around with the idea of playing all of their 2015 home games in Milwaukee if Wrigley Field could not serve as a functional venue. Luckily, that is not going to happen, but you have to wonder what must have...