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Breaking Down the Chicago Cubs’ Blockbuster Deal
July 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Late last night the Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that sent Jeff Samardzija AND Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney and RHP Dan Strailey.  This deal comes as a huge surprise to most because of its timing...

Ruggiano Supplies the Fireworks on the 4th
July 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Justin Ruggiano has heard the call!  For so long the Chicago Cubs offense has been kept afloat by the efforts of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, but it now looks like we can add Justin Ruggiano to the list.  Ruggiano hit a monster home run yesterday and has been red...

Cubs’ Slugfest Win is Full of Good Signs
July 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Last night the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in a slugfest that ended in a score of 16-9.  The pitching on both sides was sub-par at best but there are number of positive takeaways for the Cubs’ offense.  1)   Starlin Castro and...

Chicago Cubs Go for the Sweep
July 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are really rolling now!  After going a respectable 15-13 in the month of June, Cubs Starter Edwin Jackson kicked off July with a win and his first quality start since May 17 (against the Milwaukee Brewers).  The Cubs have now taken the first two games of a...

Castro on First, Castro on Second, Castro on Third…
June 30th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Have you ever wished that there were a double of your favorite player on the field?  Have you ever uttered the phrase, “if only so-and-so could play second and shortstop”?  For example, wouldn’t it be nice if Starlin Castro could play shortstop and third base?  It would be nice if...

Starlin Castro is on a Roll
June 24th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro has put most of his critics to rest with his bounce-back performance this year.  In his last ten games Castro is hitting .375 (15-40) with three home runs, 11 RBI and even a stolen base.  We all hoped that Castro’s batting average would rebound this...

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...

Why is Starlin Castro a Below-Average Defender?
June 21st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Starlin Castro’s resurgence this year has people beginning to place him back in the category of young, elite shortstops, but one thing that continues to keep him on the outside looking in is his defense.  In order to be a “great shortstop” you need to be able to make plays...

Chicago Cubs Potential All-Stars in 2014
June 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The 2014 all-star game will be at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN this year on July 15th but fan voting ends on July 3rd at 11:59 PM EST.  The Chicago Cubs haven’t had too many bright spots this year but lets make the case for the select few who might...

How to Manage the Lineup Card
June 17th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The frustrating thing about the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 season was watching, former Cubs manager, Dale Sveum attempt to fill out the lineup card.  One of the reasons the Cubs struggled so mightily was because of gross inconsistencies in the lineup day in and day out.  The lineup card is where...

Projecting the Chicago Cubs 2017 Starting Lineup
June 14th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The timeline for the Chicago Cubs rebuilding process says that the team will be ready to compete for a title in 2016 at the earliest.  So for argument sake, lets extrapolate to 2017 when the Cubs will be legitimate contenders.  The Cubs have so many exciting prospects coming through the...

The Trouble in Playing for a Perennially Terrible Team
June 7th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Cubs biggest challenge that they have had to overcome the past few seasons is the same problem that they will face in the coming years as they try and turn the franchise into a playoff contender.  That problem is the culture of losing.  When a team has a culture...

What to Make of Welington Castillo
June 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Welington Castillo, the Chicago Cubs starting catcher, has been deemed the catcher of the future by many, but is that really the right call?  So far this season Castillo has posted a slash line of .242/.287/.385, which is below the league average of .250/.317/.391, according to baseball-reference.com.  This season has...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 3
June 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Here in part three of “Cubs that Need to Go” we have two more moves that the Chicago Cubs need to make before the July 31st trade deadline.  Take a look.   Emilio Bonifacio: Emilio Bonifacio may be the Cubs most valuable trade chip (aside from Jeff Samardzija) at this point in time. ...

The Enigma That is Starlin Castro
May 29th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Starlin Castro is somewhat of a puzzling ballplayer.  Here we are five years into his career and most of us are still not sure what to think.  When he first came up, back in 2010, many likened Castro to, then Marlins shortstop, Hanley Ramirez.  But Castro grew to emulate Ramirez’s...

Understanding the Cubs’ Impending Prospect Logjam
May 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the day Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago his number one goal has been to build up the Chicago Cubs farm system, and by all accounts he has been incredibly successful.  Going into this season the Cubs had the number two-ranked system in all of baseball, per baseball prospectus, and...

No Love for Darwin Barney in Chicago
May 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** At some point in the not-so-distant past Darwin Barney was the Chicago Cubs “second baseman of the future”.  The former 4th round pick out of Oregon State had incredibly steady hands and a bat that was underwhelming, but intriguing.  No one thought that Darwin Barney would be an offensive powerhouse...

Manny Ramirez Joins the Chicago Cubs as AAA Player-Coach
May 25th, 2014 at 12:49 PM
***PHOTO1*** For those of you who have missed "Manny being Manny", wait no more.  ESPN.com is reporting that Manny Ramirez has agreed to join the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, as a player-coach.  The hope is that Ramirez can assist the Cubs young hitters in their development. Since being suspended...

Rick Renteria’s Biggest Challange in 2014
May 25th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Biggest Challenge that Chicago Cubs rookie manager Rick Renteria will face this season is a simple one.  His challenge won’t be speaking to the media or filling out the lineup card.  No, Renteria’s biggest challenge in 2014 will be communicating with and coaching up his players, namely Starlin Castro...

Chicago Cubs: Rick Renteria’s Biggest Challenge for 2014
May 18th, 2014 at 12:31 PM
The biggest challenge that Chicago Cubs rookie manager Rick Renteria will face this season is a simple one. His challenge won’t be speaking to the media or filling out the lineup card. No, Renteria’s biggest challenge in 2014 will be communicating with and coaching up his players, namely Starlin Castro...