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Wada Could Be Lift That Cubs’ Rotation Needs
May 21st, 2015 at 11:33 AM
***PHOTO1*** Tsuyoshi Wada made his first big league start of the 2015 yesterday and he may just be what the Chicago Cubs’ need to get the back end of their rotation on track. Wada, who struck out nine in 4.2 innings of work, will pitch out of Travis Wood’s spot...

Will the Real Jon Lester Please Stand Up
May 13th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It’s not unusual for, Cubs’ ace, Jon Lester to get off to a slow start but his performance in the month of April was just downright unacceptable; however, now that the calendar has turned to May he has been a different pitcher. Month W-L ERA WHIP .oba April 0-2 6.23 1.569 .322 May 3-0 1.80 1.100 .200 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) It took him four starts to get...

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...

Hammel Looks to Maintain Dominance Over Brewers
May 8th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are in need of a boost after dropping three of four to the St. Louis Cardinals this week and six out of their last eight and Jason Hammel is just the guy for the job. Hammel started against the Milwaukee Brewers a week ago and, despite...

Arrieta’s Slip up Against Cards a Fluke
May 8th, 2015 at 12:06 PM
***PHOTO1*** Rivalries have a way of bringing out the best in a competitor and, Chicago Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta is no different. Yesterday’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals is tough to stomach but, in the long run, will be really no more than a blip on the radar for Arrieta....

Can the Grimm Reaper Save the Cubs’ Bullpen?
May 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs activated RHP Justin Grimm from the disabled list and will (hopefully) receive an instant boost in what has been exposed as the team’s greatest weakness this season. In a subsequent move, Anthony Varvaro, who was claimed off waivers earlier this week, was...

Summing up Kris Bryant’s First Two Weeks in the Big Leagues
May 4th, 2015 at 11:21 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ top-prospect, Kris Bryant made his much-anticipated Major League debut a little more than two weeks ago and he has been fantastic… just not in the way that we all thought. Those of us who are dreamers had envisioned a Disney channel-type debut in which the 23-year-old would...

Ramirez, Brewers Best Cubs in Series Finale
May 3rd, 2015 at 5:07 PM
***PHOTO1*** Aramis Ramirez has always been a fantastic hitter at Wrigley Field. Over the course of his career Ramirez has hit .307 (686 hits) with 127 home runs in 612 career games at the Friendly Confines, most of which coming during his eight-plus year tenure with the team. However,...

All-National League Central Team, April 2015
May 1st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The first month of the 2015 season is officially in the books and the Chicago Cubs (12-8) find themselves in second place in the National League Central division, just two and a half games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Aside from the Milwaukee Brewers, the NL Central has featured...

Cubs’ Rotation Looks to Be in Mid-Season Form
April 29th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ starter, Travis Wood came out and threw a gem last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Wood allowed just two runs on five hits over seven innings while striking out nine batters; He is now 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA on the season. Wood’s brilliant outing...

Where are They Now? an Update on the 2014 Cubs
April 28th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs experienced a lot of turnover this past off-season (nine players on their current roster were not even a part of the organization in 2014) and it was tough to see some of those guys go. The outstanding performances by guys like Kris Bryant make it much easier...

Ace-Ball Taking Center Stage in the NL Central
April 27th, 2015 at 12:48 PM
***PHOTO1*** The landscape of the National League Central shifted dramatically this past weekend thanks to a trio of aces that we are all too familiar with. The biggest piece of news has to be the Achilles injury suffered by, St. Louis Cardinals’ ace, Adam Wainwright against the Milwaukee Brewers on...

Cubs Emerge 1-1 After First Series of 2015 Despite Woeful Offense
April 10th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Anyone who grew up playing baseball in Chicago knows that the weather conditions in early days of April are not ideal. Usually its cold, wet and cloudy which can make it hard to perform and hard to get psyched to play; a feeling that the Cubs’ offense is familiar...

Arrieta Shows He’s No Second Fiddle in Statement Game
April 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jake Arrieta gave the Chicago Cubs the start they needed yesterday. After a disappointing opening day in which Jon Lester was unimpressive and the offense was helpless, Arrieta came out and spun a gem against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arrieta allowed just three hits (no runs) and struck...

The Conspiracy Theory Surrounding Yesterday’s Postponement
April 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals was postponed due to rain but the conspiracy theorist in me can't help but think that something wasn't quite right. The reason for the postponement, officially, was rain and their is some validity to that statement as the Chicagoland area did experience a...

Cubs’ Bullpen Looks Strong in Opener
April 6th, 2015 at 10:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** New Chicago Cubs’ ace, Jon Lester lasted only 4.1 innings and surrendered three runs on eight hits in last night’s season opener but the team’s bullpen looked sharp. Joe Maddon used five relievers to cover the remaining 4.2 innings and they held the St. Louis Cardinals to just two...

Bold Predictions: a Slow Start Offensively
April 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The story of last night’s season opener (besides Jon Lester’s early exit) was the Chicago Cubs’ lack of offense. The team went 0-13 with runners in scoring position and managed just five hits against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3-0 loss. Today’s bold prediction is to expect...

Sunday Spotlight: What Spring Training Tells Us About the 2015 Cubs
April 5th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs will kick off the 2015 season tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field and the expectations couldn’t be any higher. Theo Epstein splurged this off-season and brought in “The Coach” in Joe Maddon, “The Ace” in Jon Lester and has begun to promote “The...

Chicago Cubs Spring Training Wrap Up
April 4th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training is finally over! The Chicago Cubs will play a pair of exhibition games (yesterday & today) against the Arizona Diamondbacks before heading back to Chicago to take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, but for all intents and purposes, Spring Training is done. Officially, the...

Lester Vs. Wainwright Highlights MLB’s Opening Weekend
April 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We are only days away from the beginning of the 2015 MLB season and the Chicago Cubs will take center stage when they face off against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. MLB opening weekend is always a show but this year features quite a few can’t-miss matchups: Sunday:...