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Comparing Baez & Soler Through Their First 14 Games
September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The two biggest call-ups made by the Chicago Cubs this year have been Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, without a doubt, but their performances have been drastically different. Javier Baez made a statement during his first two weeks in the big leagues but then fell off quickly; is the same...

Yard Work: Chicago Cubs’ Rookies Show Some Pop!
August 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ rookies had a great showing in the team’s 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Jorge Soler hit two home runs, Arismendy Alcantara added another and Javier Baez had an RBI double; combined, the trio went 5-11 with three home runs, six RBI’s, and...

Despite Loss, Jackson Off to a Good Start in August
August 10th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For the majority of the 2014 season, Edwin Jackson has been down right awful.   However, the Chicago Cubs’ 30 year old starter has pitched significantly better in the month of August thanks to a quality start against the Los Angeles Dodgers a week ago and yesterday’s outing against the Tampa...

A Letter to My Friend Edwin Jackson
August 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Dear Edwin, Congratulations on picking up the win yesterday against the Los Angeles Dodgers!  It was your first win in seven starts.  Talk about a brutal stretch.  But to your credit, you deserved the win yesterday.  You gave up only two runs on seven hits in six innings of work and...

Three in a Row for Hendricks
August 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** One of the best ways to judge a pitcher at a glance, especially if he plays for a team that struggles to score runs, is by the number of quality starts that he has.  A quality start is a start in which the starting pitcher throws at least six innings...

Breaking Down Arismendy Alcantara’s First Two Weeks
July 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Arismendy Alcantara has now spent a full two weeks with the Chicago Cubs at the major league level (14 games), so lets take a look at how the 22 year old has done thus far.  With the Iowa Cubs (AAA) Alcantara was a Swiss army knife of production, putting up...

Cubs’ Need a Big Second Half from Valbuena
July 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Luis Valbuena was a big piece of the Chicago Cubs’ offensive attack during the two months of the season but he has cooled down significantly as of late.  According to ESPN.com, Valbuena is hitting just .150 in the month of July and has seen his average slip to .250 on...

Rizzo Kicks Off Second Half with Two Homers
July 19th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs opened the second half against the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday and although they fell 5-4, Edwin Jackson had a productive start and Anthony Rizzo made one heck of a statement.  Rizzo had experienced a dip in his hitting in the month of July but the young first baseman...

Cubs’ Arrieta Spins a Gem at Fenway
July 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta turned in the best start of his career last night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.  The 28 year old threw 7.2 innings of no-hit baseball before surrendering a single to Red Sox Shortstop Stephen Drew.  Arrieta’s final line for the night was...

Chicago Cubs are Showing Signs of Improvement
June 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Very quietly the Cubs are beginning to turn their season around.  Since May 17 the Cubs are, a National League leading, 18-13.  A large part of their success can be attributed to strong pitching (particularly out of the bullpen) and the hot steaks by Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Luis...