Winding Down?

The definition of “unlikely” according to Merriam-Webster is: not likely, improbable, likely to fail….and that was the word Andy MacPhail used on Wednesday to update the media on the possibility of Brian Roberts being traded to the Cubs. Fitting, isn’t it? While Brian Roberts appears to be staying in Baltimore, the Cubs made more roster […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/26/08

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (13-14-1) vs. Angels (18-7) Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. TV: MLB.TV – Radio: Gameday Audio on Location – Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe Carlos Zambrano (1-0, 0.60/0.73) vs. Jered Weaver (5-0, 1.33/0.74) Updated – 2:35pm C.T. – With Roster Moves – According to Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune, Ronny […]

If You Were Jim and Lou….

How would you fill out the Cubs roster? With the signing of Reed Johnson on Tuesday, Lou Piniella figures to have three spots remaining….two on the bench and one in the bullpen. According to several reports on Tuesday night, the final two back-up spots are between Ronny Cedeno, Alex Cintron, Matt Murton and Mike Fontenot […]

Rumors Heating Up…and Cooling Down?

Lou Piniella’s crew has only three games left in the desert before leaving for Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs’ skipper announced his starting rotation on Monday and he still has a couple of spots on the bench and a possible vacancy in the bullpen up for grabs. But could there be a new […]

Weekend Update – 03/23/08

Happy Easter from everyone here at the CCO…. The Weekend Update returns for the final Sunday in Arizona. Counting Sunday’s game, Lou Piniella’s crew has only 5 games left in the desert and 7 total in the exhibition season. The Cubs square off later today in Peoria against Greg Maddux and the Padres. Kerry Wood […]

Only Twelve Days Until….

The next 12 days could be very busy around baseball and especially on the North Side of Chicago. According to several reports, Lou Piniella would like to have his roster, rotation and lineup set by Monday, which would give the Cubs a week before Opening Day to settle in. But there is always a trade […]


Spring Training Game Nineteen – Cubs 4 Angels (ss) 1 WP – Carlos Zambrano (1-0) LP – Nick Green (0-1) Save – Kerry Wood (1) Carlos Zambrano pitched the way a team’s ace is supposed to against a split squad team in Spring Training on Sunday. He dominated the game. Zambrano was scheduled to throw […]

The Good and The Ugly

Spring Training Game Seventeen – Cubs 5 Angels 6 WP – Ervin Santana (1-0) LP – Ryan Dempster (2-1) Save – Rich Thompson (1) Ryan Dempster’s fourth outing of the spring started much like the other three. He worked fast, was efficient and retired the Angels in order in the 1st inning. The Cubs’ offense […]

The Value of Patience

Spring Training Game Sixteen – Cubs 3 Padres 2 WP – Carlos Marmol (1-0) LP – Carlos Guevara (0-1) Save – None Lou Piniella’s new look lineup did not light up the scoreboard against Greg Maddux and the Padres pitching staff, but they did just enough to end a 3-game losing streak. With the game […]

Surprising Pauir

Spring Training Game Twelve – Cubs 13 Royals 1 WP – Ryan Dempster (2-0) LP – Brett Tomko (1-1) Save – None The Cubs dominated the Royals in every aspect of the game on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs offense pounded out 21 hits, 7 for extra bases including a home run; while Lou Piniella’s pitching […]