The North Side Beat the South Side … in the Desert – Cubs 4 White Sox 3

Spring Training Game Fourteen – Cubs 4 White Sox 3 WP – Ryan Dempster (1-0) LP – Mark Buehrle (0-2) Save – None Ryan Dempster became the first Cubs’ starter to complete five innings of work this spring. Dempster set the bar Friday afternoon in Glendale for the pitchers that followed. Dempster tossed five innings […]

Cashner a Lock for the Cubs Opening Day Roster?

According to a report from the Tribune, the Cubs final roster will be a group decision. Mike Quade will have input on which players will be with him on Opening Day at Wrigley. According to the Trib, Quade “isn’t sure how big a voice he will have in meetings later this month” with Jim Hendry […]

Cubs Win in LaWalk-Off Fashion – Cubs 14 Angels 13

Spring Training Game Ten – Cubs 14 Angels 13 WP – Jeff Samardzija (1-0, BS 1) LP – Ryan Brasier (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The players on Q’s crew battling for a roster spot showed a lot of character Monday afternoon. After horrible outings by Carlos Silva and James Russell, plus two more […]

Cubs Post Second Win of the Spring – Cubs 9 Padres 4

Spring Training Game Seven – Cubs 9 Padres 4 WP – Randy Wells (1-0) LP – Matt LeBlanc (0-1) Save – None Q’s crew won for the second time this spring behind solid pitching efforts from Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells. The Cubs completed a rough first week of games on a positive note. Andrew […]

The Cubs Get Hosmer’d in Surprise – Cubs 4 Royals 5

Spring Training Game Six – Cubs 4 Royals 5 WP – Blaine Hardy (1-0) LP – Sean Marshall (0-1) Save – Steven Shell (1) Q’s crew lost for the fifth time in six games Friday afternoon. The Cubs took a 4-0 lead into the sixth thanks to a huge day by Tyler Colvin and a […]

Z Cubs Lose Another Exhibition Game – Cubs 7 Rangers 8

Spring Training Game Five – Cubs 7 Rangers (ss) 8 WP – Cody Eppley (1-1) LP – Thomas Diamond (0-1) Save – Ben Snyder (1) Q’s crew lost for the fourth time in the first five Spring Training games despite a four-run fourth inning. Carlos Zambrano started the game and gave up a pair of […]

Good Things Come in Threes – Cubs 3 Giants 2

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 3 Giants 2 WP – Todd Wellemeyer (1-0) LP – Madison Bumgarner (0-1, BS 1) Save – Esmailin Caridad (1) The Cubs put one in the win column … on the third game, behind a three-run inning, against Madison Bumgarner in his third inning of work and Esmailin Caridad […]

Second Verse of the Spring … Same as the First – Cubs 3 Brewers 5

Spring Training Game Two – Cubs 3 Brewers (ss) 5 WP – Tim Dillard (1-0) LP – Andrew Cashner (0-1, BS 1) Save – Brian Garman (1) Monday was a beautiful day at HoHoKam Park and Q’s crew responded with a better effort in front of a very small crowd of 5,405. The Cubs once […]

Day Nine of Camp ‘Q’ … Cubs Smile for the Camera and Other Notes

The first pitch of the Cubs’ 2011 Cactus League Schedule is four days away … Tuesday was photo day at Fitch Park as Q’s crew prepares for the start of the exhibition season. According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs roster is nearly set and there are only two spots, among the position […]

The Sandberg Factor

The opening of Spring Training ends a very emotional off-season for Cubs fans. We lost a legend, and a hero returned. There was a controversial trade, and free agent signings kept us buzzing. And, as always, there is the promise of youth. However, one decision stands out as a possible sentinel moment concerning the team’s […]