All the Cubs Need is Wood – Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1

Game Eighteen: Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1 WP – Travis Wood (1-2) LP – Bronson Arroyo (1-2) Save – None Travis Wood took matters into his own hands on Monday night. Wood not only put together an excellent outing on the hill, Wood also drove in four of the Cubs five runs as the Cubs took […]

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 […]

Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

Jose Veras Out as Cubs Closer

Rick Renteria addressed his bullpen, and specifically the closer situation on Saturday morning. After Friday night’s game in which Jose Veras could not find the strike zone and was charged with his second blown save of the season, Renteria said he was going to stick with Veras as his closer. Rick Renteria changed his mind […]

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 […]

Cubs Give One Back to the Bucs – Pirates 5, Cubs 4

Game Nine: Cubs 4, Pirates 5 WP – Gerrit Cole (2-0) LP – James Russell (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jason Grilli (3) The Cubs played very good baseball for six innings on Thursday before the wheels fell off in the seventh inning. The Cubs took advantage of Pirates miscues and built a 4-0 lead. […]

Cubs Survive the Slugfest and Hammel the Pirates – Cubs 7, Pirates 5

Game Eight – Cubs 7, Pirates 5 WP – Jason Hammel (2-0) LP – Wandy Rodriguez (0-2) Save – None On a night with the wind blowing out, the Cubs hung on and beat the Pirates. The Cubs built a 7-1 lead behind an excellent game from the offense and a dominant performance by Jason […]

Cubs Offense Breaks Out and Beats Burnett – Cubs 8, Phillies 3

Game Six – Cubs 8, Phillies 3 WP – Carlos Villanueva (1-2) LP – A.J. Burnett (0-1) Save – None The Cubs used a pair of four-run innings and a solid start by Carlos Villanueva to salvage the finale of the three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs offense matched their season […]

Samardzija Rumors, Arrieta Rehabs and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of another low scoring game on Saturday and he is off to a good start to his season. Samardzija has allowed two runs on 11 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts (14 innings). Samardzija threw seven innings of shutout ball on Opening […]