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Bold Predictions: Starlin Castro Collects 200 Hits in 2015
October 6th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Welcome to our first edition of Bold Predictions, a new segment that will be published every Monday morning during the off-season. Today’s bold prediction is that, Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro will collect 200 hits in 2015. 2015 will be the second season in which the Cubs’ 24-year-old...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Youth on the Roster
October 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. By mid-summer next year the Cubs starting lineup projects to look something like this: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, CF Arismendy Alcantara, RF Jorge Soler. When that lineup takes the field, the average age of...

Down on the Farm: Rookies to Watch for in 2015
October 4th, 2014 at 6:00 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 total rebuild. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Cubs’ still have an unbelievably deep farm system, even without Javier Baez,...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ October 2nd Edition
October 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The trio of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler need to be better if the Cubs are going to compete in 2015. In 146 games between the three of them, they posted cumulative WAR of 0.6, according to baseball-reference.com. Looking at three similar players; SS Jhonny Peralta, CF...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 29th
September 29th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo had three hits in yesterday’s 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the ninth time in 2014 that Rizzo had recorded three or more hits in a game. His season high was four (4/9 vs. PIT) 2. In 2014 Starlin Castro played...

Chicago Cubs’ 2014 Year End Wrap-Up
September 29th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ season came to an end yesterday with their 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving them a 73-89 mark on the year. The Cubs’ didn’t exactly have a year to write home about but there were certainly a number of highlights in, Manager, Rick Renteria’s first...

Possible Off-Season Targets for the Chicago Cubs (Non-Pitchers)
September 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a big off-season ahead of them as they look to move out of the cellar in 2015 and compete for a title in 2016. We have discussed the options and possible moves regarding the team’s pitching staff, but we have yet to dive into the...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 26th
September 26th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Of the nine players who started for the Chicago Cubs on opening day (Welington Castillo, Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Mike Olt, Junior Lake, Emilio Bonifacio, Nate Schierholtz and Jeff Samardzija) only three have spent the entire 2014 season with the Chicago Cubs (Castillo, Rizzo & Castro). The...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 24th
September 24th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs manager, Rick Renteria announced yesterday that Starlin Castro will not return in 2014. Castro has been out since September 2nd with a high ankle sprain. Originally, Castro thought he could beat the four-week recovery time, but it appears that the decision has been taken out...

Who is the Better Defensive SS, Castro or Baez?
September 23rd, 2014 at 5:45 AM
***PHOTO1*** The debate over who the Chicago Cubs’ shortstop of the future should be has been put on the backburner since the organization announced that Javier Baez would play second this season, but now that he has logged more than 20 games at shortstop, due to Starlin Castro’s injury, it’s worth...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 22nd
September 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro will finish the 2014 season with 154 hits if he does not return for the team’s final six games. It would be his fourth consecutive season leading the Cubs in hits (2011-’14). 2. Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, Luis Valbuena (a seven-year MLB veteran) has...

Tonight’s Pitching Match-up: Jackson Vs. Kershaw
September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Tonight Edwin Jackson will face Clayton Kershaw in game two of the Chicago Cubs’ three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the surface, it looks like a lopsided battle, with Jackson in the midst of the worst season of his career and making his first start in nearly a...

The Complexity of the Batting Order: What the Cubs’ Lineup “Should” Be
September 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There are a million ways to fill out a lineup card and there really is no right way to do it but, Cubs’ manager, Rick Renteria has been under fire at times during the 2014 season for the combinations that he has tried. Luckily for us, we live in the...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 5th
September 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro is from the city of Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic. However, if you look at his bio on Cubs.com the name of his home town is misspelled; it says he is from “Monte Cristy”. 2. Despite the Chicago Cubs label as the...

Starlin Castro’s Injury and Ryan Kalish’s Return
September 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro suffered an ankle injury sliding into home during the Cubs’ victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Castro was able to walk off under his own power but that didn’t stop some fans from having flashbacks to Stephen Drew’s gruesome ankle injury in July...

The Emergence of Cubs’ Utility Man, Logan Watkins
September 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Every team in the big leagues reserves a spot on their roster for a “utility man” but in reality, it is a dying role in major league baseball. The modern day utility man is usually a guy who can just play more than one infield spot and, maybe, fill in...

The Toy Cannon: Cubs’ Rookie CF Has Impressive Pop
September 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When we think of power-hitters we tend to think of guys like Mike Stanton, Jose Abreu, Chris Davis, ect. In our minds, the quintessential power-hitter is a big, burley guy who needs to watch his head walking through doorways and has biceps the size of your head, but then there...

Cubs SS Starlin Castro Making a Statement
September 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro is making a strong statement through his play as the 2014 season enters its final weeks. We discussed last week how Castro is poised for a strong finish, but this past week he has proven that he can put up more than just numbers....

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...

Down on the Farm: Addison Russell
August 30th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It’s been a while since Addison Russell was in the news last but rest assured, he hasn’t been slumping. In his last ten games, Russell is hitting .293 with 4 home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Tennessee Smokies. Russell got off to a slow start in 2014...