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How “Legit” Has Kris Bryant’s Breakout Spring Been?
March 26th, 2015 at 5:55 AM
***PHOTO1*** The age-old argument against Spring Training success is that players aren’t playing against major league talent everyday and therefore their numbers aren’t as impressive as they may seem. Kris Bryant, for example, has been out of his mind the past three weeks posting a line of .464/.531/1.500 with nine home...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cubs Miss Chance at SS Monopoly
February 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com was the first to break the news yesterday that the Chicago Cubs have missed out on the opportunity for a complete monopoly at the shortstop position. By this we mean that, Cuban phenom, Yoan Moncada has decided to sign with the Boston Red Sox. Don’t feel...

Bold Predictions: Homegrown Products Will Dominate Cubs’ Future
February 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have proven in recent years that the key to building a contending team, year after year, is a strong minor league system. Having a system that is continuously pumping out major league talent allows teams to reload, as opposed to rebuild,...

Sunday Spotlight: Castro & Rizzo’s Expen$ive Future
February 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have never been known as big spenders when it comes to player salaries but we are entering a new age of Cubs baseball. In combination with baseball’s exponential salary growth, the Chicago Cubs have money to spend which led to the signing of Jon Lester to the...

Over or Under on Key Cubs’ 2015 Projections
February 14th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this off-season we took a look at what Bill James projects for each player in the Chicago Cubs' lineup but now that the roster has been (more or less) finalized it's time to take another look. Bill James' projections have proven to be eerily accurate over the years and...

Starlin Castro to Turn Over a New Leaf
February 4th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to Carrie Muskat, Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro has successfully moved his family from the Dominican Republic to Arizona. In addition to getting a head start on his spring workouts, the move to Arizona should greatly benefit Castro as a person. Over the past few years Starlin Castro has...

Predicting the Chicago Cubs’ Opening Day Roster
February 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that football is officially over it’s time for us to turn our attention to baseball! There are so many storylines to follow as the Chicago Cubs prepare for Spring Training but today we are going to take a look at who should be on Joe Maddon’s opening day...

Bold Predictions: Cubs Will Tear up the Base Paths in 2015
February 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs were not a big base stealing team in 2014 but with the roster changes that they have made this off-season 2015 could be a different story. The addition of Dexter Fowler and the prospect of having Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, and possibly Matt Szczur and Junior...

Chicago Cubs’ Odds to Sign Cuban Stud Grow Longer
January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
One of the stories lingering just below the headlines for most of the off-season has been the MLB future of, 19-year-old Cuban shortstop, Yoan Moncada, and although no one has been allowed to make any official progress, because of immigration issues, the Chicago Cubs’ chance of landing him appear to...

Fan of the Week: Why the Cubs Should Get David Price
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** Whether you have had a long week or a short week, it’s finally over! This week’s Fan of the Week is a special one for two reasons, 1) today marks the first time that one of our Twitter followers will receive the honor, and 2) he absolutely kill it...

MLB Ramblings: Speculating on Future Moves
January 21st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are not done making moves this off-season. They simply can’t be. Aside from rumors that the Cubs are shopping Welington Castillo & Travis Wood, they still need to solve their outfield logjam. We’re about to throw a lot of moving pieces at you here so hang on: Dexter...

The Drive Home: Why Mike Olt Benefits Most from Fowler Trade
January 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs made a Splash by acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros and, hopefully, solving their leadoff problem yesterday. This move has all the potential to benefit the Cubs as a team but tonight we are driving home why it will also benefit 3B Mike Olt. Mike Olt...

Bold Predictions: “We’re Going to Win the N.L. Central”
January 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This past weekend’s Cubs Convention was a huge success and the event gave fans an opportunity to become acquainted with the new-look Cubs but the biggest news of the weekend came out of, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. When asked about his expectations for 2015 Rizzo responded with: “We're...

Making the Case for Why the Chicago Cubs Should Re-Brand
January 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It appears as though the Chicago Cubs’ off-season is finally starting to wind down and, with the exception of a few minor moves, it looks like we have before us the 2015 crew. Despite what you may think or what people might say, the Chicago Cubs have been very...

Down on the Farm: the Cubs’ Rookie Trio for 2015
January 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs saw a huge influx of rookies on their roster in 2014 and that trend looks to continue in 2015 as they continue to progress with their rebuilding plan. Even after the promotions of Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara last summer the Cubs still have an...

The Chicago Cubs New Year’s Resolutions
January 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that January 1st is here it’s time to put our New Year’s resolutions into action; start eating right, go back to school, get that promotion. It’s go time. The Chicago Cubs have had an exciting off-season in the additions of Jon Lester and Joe Maddon, and Wrigley Field...