Notes from Day Five of Camp Lou

Rain was the biggest story from Day Five of Camp Lou IV. The inclement weather sent the Cubs under a cover at Fitch Park … and some of the team down the street to HoHoKam Park. When the weather is the biggest news a day before position players report, it was a good day for […]

Weekend Update … Spring Has Sprung for the Cubs

Day Four of Camp Lou IV ended early due to rain. Pitchers got their work in before the rain cut the workouts short on Saturday. Rain is expected in the Phoenix area for the next few days but it is expected to be in the mid 60s and sunny on Tuesday for the first full […]

Got Spring Training?

More players made their first appearance of the spring on Monday, along with Cubs management. During his multiple radio appearances last week, Jim Hendry said he would meet with Lou Piniella and his staff early in the week before joining the players on the field on Thursday. Spring Training is finally here … Pitchers and […]

Is the Cubs’ Twenty-Ten Opening Day Roster Almost Set?

Pitchers and catchers report on Wednesday … and if you listen close enough you can almost hear Pat Hughes and those seven wonderful words. With that said, is the Cubs Opening Day roster almost set? Many players have already reported to Fitch Park, in some cases 10 days before their reporting date (Thursday, February 18 […]

On Paper … How the Cubs Could Fare in Twenty-Ten

The 2010 baseball annuals for The Sporting News and Athlon Sports made their way to the newsstands this week. While Baseball Prospectus projected the Cubs to have a losing season (79-83), the Sporting News predicts the Cubs will reach the post-season … as the NL Wild Card. Athlon Sports is not as optimistic as the […]

Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten: The Bench and The Bullpen

The conclusion of the CCO’s three-part series on the Chicago Cubs Projections for Twenty-Ten will look at Lou Piniella’s bench and bullpen … Part one focused on Lou Piniella’s starting eight and part two centered on Piniella’s starting staff.

Weekend Update … New Rumors to Fill the Same Holes in the Cubs Roster

Jim Hendry still has work to do this winter … and will turn his attention to smaller additions to round out his roster for Twenty-Ten. The Cubs have several holes, a weak bench and a projected everyday lineup that should produce, as long as several key players have ‘bounce back‘ years. As predicted, the Cubs […]

Chicago Cubs: Looking Forward to 2010 … The Pitching Staff

Monday it was the Starting Eight, next up on the CCO’s look at the early projections for 2010 … Lou Piniella’s pitching staff. Not only will the starting rotation for the 2010 version of the Chicago Cubs have a couple of changes, the Cubs’ pen appears to be headed for another off-season overhaul. Part Two: […]

Limping Toward the Finish Line – Cubs 3 Diamondbacks 12

Game One Hundred Fifty-Nine – Cubs 3 Diamondbacks 12 WP – Billy Buckner (4-6) LP – Tom Gorzelanny (7-3) Save – None Since being officially eliminated on Tuesday night from post-season play, Lou Piniella’s crew has mailed in their remaining games. After being shutout on Wednesday, scoring just two runs in the nightcap (being blanked […]

Cubs Thrown for Another Looper – Cubs 5 Brewers 9

Game One Hundred Forty-Four – Cubs 5 Brewers 9 WP – Braden Looper (13-6) LP – Rich Harden (9-9) Save – None The end of Rich Harden’s season is starting to look like the way it began, very inconsistent and ineffective. Rich Harden was hit very hard in his three innings of work and if […]