Rambling While the Cubs Home Opener Awaits

Sure, three games have been played, but the real Opening Day is the home opener.  And that, as every single person reading this site right now already knows, is today.  The bunting will adorn the brick, the players will be introduced, the rain will fall heavily, and the fans will convene in the restrooms. I […]

Cubs and Hammel Nail Down First Win – Cubs 3, Pirates 2

Game Three – Cubs 3, Pirates 2 WP – Jason Hammel (1-0) LP – Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) Save – Pedro Strop (1) The Cubs posted their first victory of the season on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park and handed Rick Renteria his first win as a big league manager. The Cubs jumped out to an […]

A Veras Frustrating, Extra Long Loss – Pirates 4, Cubs 3

Game Two – Cubs 3, Pirates 4 – 16 innings WP – Stolmy Pimentel (1-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-2) Save – None The Cubs and Pirates played extra innings for the second straight game after the Cubs battled back and tied the game at two with a pair of runs off the Pirates’ pen […]

The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

Cubs Place Arrieta and Fujikawa on 15-Day DL, McDonald on 60-Day DL

The Cubs made the procedural moves Sunday in order to finalize the Opening Day roster and the first 40-man roster of the season. Jake Arrieta was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 21 with right shoulder tightness. Instead of starting Kyuji Fujikawa on the 60-day DL to start the season, Fujikawa was placed […]

Cubs End the Spring with a Win – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8 WP – Blake Parker (1-0) LP – Enrique Burgos (0-1) Save – Lendy Castillo (1) The Cubs went to the ninth in the final exhibition game of the spring trailing 8-6 after leading by a 6-0 score as late as the sixth inning. The Cubs scored […]

Cubs Add Brian Schlitter to Bullpen, Designate Alberto Cabrera for Assignment

According to multiple reports, RHP Brian Schlitter has made the Cubs Opening Day roster and will take one of the final spots in the bullpen. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Alberto Cabrera was designated for assignment. Brian Schlitter is a hard thrower, one of the prerequisites now for a Cubs’ reliever. Schlitter […]

All But the Bullpen is Set for Opening Day and Other Cubs News

The Cubs all but finalized their Opening Day roster prior to Friday night’s exhibition at Chase Field. Carlos Villanueva was named the Cubs’ fifth starter and Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs needed the flexibility Villanueva can provide early in the season. The team is committed to having Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson […]

Cubs Top the Sox in Cubs Park Finale – Cubs 4, White Sox 3

Spring Training Game Thirty-Two – Cubs 4, White Sox 3 WP – Travis Wood (1-2) LP – Felipe Paulino (1-2) Save – Neil Ramirez (2) The Cubs closed out the home part of their Spring Training schedule with a solid win over the White Sox on Thursday afternoon. 15,170 were on hand for the final […]

Padres Pounce on Cubs Pitching – Padres 7, Cubs 1

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 1, Padres 7 WP – Eric Stults (2-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-1) Save – None Carlos Villanueva and the bullpen could not keep the Padres off the bases while the offense was not able to string together any hits against San Diego’s staff as the Cubs dropped the […]