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 […]

Three in a Row

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 7 Giants 5 WP – Sean Marshall (1-1, BS 2) LP – Tyler Walker (0-1) Save – Carmen Pignatiello (1) For the first time this spring, Lou Piniella’s crew posted a win for the third consecutive game. While wins in the Cactus League have little to no meaning, the […]

Starting to Click?

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 7 Padres 3 WP – Jason Marquis (1-1) LP – Greg Maddux (1-1) Save – None Lou Piniella’s offense has finally started putting runs on the board. Over the past 4 games the Cubs have tallied a total of 26 runs, the same amount they scored in the 7 […]

The Last Trip to Tucson

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four – Cubs 3 Rockies 7 WP – Mark Redman (2-2) LP – Sean Marshall (0-1) Save – None Spring Training in Arizona is very convenient. The travel time from park to park is minimal even during traffic delays, except for one destination….Tucson. The Cubs made the long two-hour trip for the […]

A Look Ahead….Predicting the Pitching Staff for 2008

A couple of weeks back the CCO took a look at the Cubs’ offense for the upcoming season. Today the second of the CCO’s 3-part preseason predictions will focus on Lou Piniella’s pitching staff. Lou Piniella still has a few decisions to make…. Which two pitchers will fill out the rotation? Who will end up […]

Ball Four….Ball Eight….Ball Twelve

Spring Training Game Twenty-Three – Cubs 8 Rockies 6 WP – Neal Cotts (1-2) LP – Manny Corpas (0-1) Save – Michael Wuertz (1) The Cubs offense picked the right day to break out of their rut and score their third highest run total of the spring. Somehow, someway, Lou Piniella’s crew managed to win […]

No Separation

Spring Training Game Twenty-Two – Cubs (ss) 4 Giants 2 WP – Jon Lieber (2-0) LP – Kevin Correia (0-1) Save – Jose Ascanio (2) Jon Lieber followed the performances of Jason Marquis and Ryan Dempster with a solid outing of his own. He worked fast, threw strikes and kept the ball down. Lieber allowed […]

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 […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/09/08

Spring Training Game Twelve: Cubs (4-7) vs. Royals (5-5) Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. TV: WGN – Radio: 720 WGN, Gameday Audio on MLB.com Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise Ryan Dempster (1-0, 3.60) vs. Brett Tomko (1-0, 6.75) Time to spring forward…. The Cubs will make the roughly one hour journey today from Mesa to […]

In the Right Direction?

Spring Training Game Nine – Cubs 6 Mariners 4 WP – Les Walrond (1-1) LP – Carlos Silva (0-1) Save – Carlos Marmol (1) For the second time in less than a week, the Cubs beat the Mariners in Cactus League action. Ted Lilly had a shaky start in his second outing of the spring. […]