Rizzo Gets Territorial, Trade Chips and Other Cubs News and Notes

Anthony Rizzo left Saturday’s game before the eighth inning with back spasms and his start on Sunday at the time was in doubt. The Cubs had Mike Olt take grounders at first base on Sunday morning in the event Rizzo could not play. Rizzo told the beat writers he jokingly said to Olt not to […]

Wrigley Continues to Be Reds Home Away from Home – Reds 8, Cubs 2

Game Seventeen: Cubs 2, Reds 8 WP – Homer Bailey (1-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-4) Save – None The Reds domination over the Cubs at Wrigley Field continued Sunday as Cincinnati beat the Cubs for the 17th time in 19 games (2-17) in their home park. The Reds scored all five of the runs […]

Cubs Improve Approach, Play Longball and Beat the Reds – Cubs 8, Reds 4

Game Sixteen: Cubs 8, Reds 4 WP – Edwin Jackson (1-1) LP – Tony Cingrani (1-2) Save – None What Rick Renteria said to his team on Friday worked for at least one day as the Cubs played one of their better games of the season and snapped the team’s five-game skid with a win […]

Cubs Shutout and Swept in The Bronx – Yankees 2, Cubs 0

Game Fourteen: Cubs 0, Yankees 2 WP – Michael Pineda (2-1) LP – Travis Wood (0-2) Save – Adam Warren (1) The Cubs had numerous chances to put runs on the board at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, but the offense could not string together any hits and the Cubs were shutout for the fourth […]

Arrieta Closing In On Joining Cubs Rotation and Other News and Rumors

According to a report from the Tribune, Jake Arrieta could be close to joining the Cubs’ rotation. Arrieta was scheduled to make his third rehab start on Tuesday but rain cancelled the Smokies game and Arrieta’s start was pushed to Wednesday. Arrieta told Mark Gonzales he would like to make one more rehab outing after […]

The Cubs and Shortstop Trade Value

With reports that have Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara both seeing time at shortstop and second base this season in Iowa, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney coming off bad years, the Cubs are suddenly the envy of many other Major League clubs. They have too many shortstops and it’s clear that someone will have to […]

Samardzija Remains on the Blue Jays Radar and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Blue Jays are 7-6 after 13 games and are toward the top of a bunched up American League East. Alex Anthopoulos is still looking to add a starter to the top of his rotation. The Blue Jays’ staff is currently ranked sixth in the American League with a 3.61 ERA ( 1.31 WHIP) and […]

Another Poor Outing from Edwin Jackson, Another Loss for the Cubs – Cardinals 6, Cubs 4

Game Twelve: Cubs 4, Cardinals 6 WP – Michael Wacha (2-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Trevor Rosenthal (4) The Cubs needed for the good Edwin Jackson to show up on Sunday. Rick Renteria received the exact opposite before rain delayed the game for 46 minutes in the third inning. Edwin Jackson settled down […]

Not in the Cards for Villanueva and the Cubs – Cardinals 10, Cubs 4

Game Eleven: Cubs 4, Cardinals 10 WP – Adam Wainwright (2-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-3) Save – None It was a mismatch on paper when the pitching matchups were announced and it ended up being a mismatch on the field on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis as the Cardinals pounded the Cubs. The Cardinals sent […]

Castillo Crushes the Cardinals – Cubs 6, Cardinals 3

Game Ten: Cubs 6, Cardinals 3 – 11 innings WP – Justin Grimm (1-0) LP – Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (1) Jeff Samardzija finally received some run support and was in line for the win after the Cubs scored two runs in the eighth inning. But Jose Veras blew his second save […]