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Edwin Jackson Continues to Prove Competence Out of the ‘Pen
June 30th, 2015 at 6:26 PM
***PHOTO1*** Remember the Edwin Jackson who led the league in losses (18) in 2013? Remember the guy who put up a 6.33 ERA in 2014 over the course of 140.2 innings? Apparently he is lost and some imposter is posing as Edwin Jackson on the Chicago Cubs’ 2015 roster....

Cubs’ Trio of Prospects Continue to Show Progress
June 30th, 2015 at 6:14 PM
***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...

Time is Running Out to Cast Your 2015 All-Star Ballots
June 30th, 2015 at 5:57 PM
***PHOTO1*** This year’s all-star game, which will be held in Cincinnati, is fast approaching as the calendar has now turned to June and a few Chicago Cubs players may be up for an invite. Many Cubs’ fans will do what they do every year and vote for all their favorite...

Off Day Provides Much Needed Break for Cubs
June 30th, 2015 at 5:43 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs had a much-needed day off yesterday and were able to lounge in the sun and take their mind off of baseball. The casual fan may not understand the true value of an off day, but anyone who has significant experience in the game of baseball knows...

Chicago Cubs’ Fact Pack, June 30th
June 30th, 2015 at 2:17 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs are ninth in the big leagues with 49 stolen bases this season. Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler are tied for the team lead with 11 steals which is impressive in its own right seeing as how Rizzo is one steal shy...

Castro’s Power-Outage Will Keep him in Chicago
June 29th, 2015 at 5:50 PM
***PHOTO1*** Starlin Castro has been one of the most polarizing Chicago Cubs since the organization’s big fallout with Carlos Zambrano, and yet, he is piecing together a very impressive career. Now at 25-years-old and in the middle of his sixth season in the big leagues, however, Castro seems to have...

MLB Quick Hits: Cubs Injury Update
June 29th, 2015 at 5:16 PM
***PHOTO1*** As we discussed last week, the Chicago Cubs have been hit hard by injuries this year with multiple starters and key role players seeing significant time on the disabled list. However, this week brings good news! Both Javier Baez (finger) and Jorge Soler (ankle) are set to begin...

Despite Loss Cubs’ Rookie Showed Protential
June 27th, 2015 at 11:48 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' rookie right-hander, Donn Roach was saddled with the loss on Saturday after giving up four earned runs in 3.1 innings of work; the Cubs ultimately fell by a score of 8-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Roach's results were less than desirable but the 25-year-old did show...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Sign 2nd Round Pick
June 25th, 2015 at 4:04 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs reached an agreement with Donnie Dewees, the team's second round pick from this year's amateur draft, on thursday. Dewees, who hit .422 with 18 home runs for the University of North Florida, agreed to a signing bonus of $1.7 million. In...

On the Mend: Chicago Cubs’ Injury Update
June 23rd, 2015 at 8:42 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs were bit by the injury bug hard to start off the 2015 season but many of the injured players are now on the comeback trail. Here’s a quick look at how everyone is doing on their rehab assignments. Mike Olt: Mike Olt had about as strong of a...

Defensive Shifts: Good or Bad for Baseball?
June 23rd, 2015 at 11:38 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the big debates that has taken center stage this summer is the use of defensive shifts; teams are shifting and over shifting more often now than any other time in baseball’s 125+ year history. Fact: the offensive production in major leagues is on the decline, according to baseball-reference.com;/...

Chicago Cubs’ Future Lies in the Outfield
June 22nd, 2015 at 4:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs had the best minor league system heading into the 2015 season due, in large part, to their abundance of quality infielders but now that Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and the rest of the crop have had their first taste of the big leagues the strength of the...

Schwarber to Go Back to the Minor Leagues
June 21st, 2015 at 9:54 PM
***PHOTO1*** Kyle Schwarber's MLB stint is over. After spending the past week with the Chicago Cubs on their American League road trip, the organization has sent Schwarber back to the minor leagues, as promised. Schwarber served primarily as the team's designated hitter for the past five games (and even...

Despite Loss, Rizzo Continues to Hit
June 20th, 2015 at 12:52 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs fell to the Minnesota Twins by a score of 7-2 on Friday but Anthony Rizzo was not at fault. the Cubs' slugging first baseman deposited two more long balls into the bleachers in his 2-4 effort, giving him now 14 on the season. From a power...

It’s All in the Numbers: a Chicago Cubs’ Quick Hit
June 19th, 2015 at 3:21 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Since numbers were added to major league uniforms in the early 1900’s, every number between 1-68 has been worn by at least one Chicago Cubs’ player except for #65. The Chicago Cubs have never had a player wear a number in the 80's. 2. Of the 23 major league...

Welcome to the Big Leagues Mr. Schwarber
June 18th, 2015 at 1:31 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs welcomed Kyle Schwarber to the big leagues in style on Wednesday with a 17-0 walloping of the Cleveland Indians. Schwarber, who made his MLB debut on Tuesday, started for the first time yesterday and went 4-5 with two RBI’s and three runs scored. Additionally, the Cubs got...

Chicago Cubs Quick Hits: Chasing History
June 16th, 2015 at 7:48 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have been very poor for a long time but the 2015 club is looking to break the mold. Entering play today the Cubs sit at 34-27 and in third place in the National League Central division and have momentum on their side thanks to a young...

Cubs’ Prospects Making the Jump to the Big Leagues
June 16th, 2015 at 3:10 PM
***PHOTO1*** There is overwhelming optimism surrounding all of the Chicago Cubs’ up-and-coming talent and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement. We have already gotten a small taste of nearly all of the team’s top hitting prospects (with Kyle Schwarber making his MLB debut this week) and...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs to Promote Top Hitting Prospect
June 15th, 2015 at 11:27 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Cubs will promote Kyle Schwarber, their top hitting prospect, to the big leagues this week. The Cubs will use Schwarber as a DH against the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins in the coming six games before, in all likelihood, sending...

Missed Opportunities: Cubs’ What-Ifs of the Past 15 Years
June 12th, 2015 at 1:53 PM
***PHOTO1*** In recent years the Chicago Cubs have run into a bit of bad luck in terms of catching players at the right time in their careers. Whether it was trading Josh Donaldson, Ryan Flaherty, DJ LaMahieu, Dontrelle Willis or Josh Hamilton before they reached their potential, getting diminished and/or...