An A-Plus for Arrieta – Cubs 2, Phillies 1

Game Sixty-Five: Cubs 2, Phillies 1 WP – Jake Arrieta (2-1) LP – Roberto Hernandez (2-5) Save – Neil Ramirez (2) Jake Arrieta pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer with Anthony Rizzo along for the ride as the Cubs began the three-game series in Philadelphia with a win […]

Is Josh Vitters the Next Jeff Baker?

When the Cubs selected Josh Vitters with the third overall pick in 2007, he reportedly had the best swing in the draft and was thought to be the top high school bat with an excellent combination of bat speed and power. Scouts thought so much of Vitters at the time that he was receiving 70 […]

Is Ian Stewart … Blake DeWitt Version 2.0?

As Cubs fans endure yet another report of third baseman Ian Stewart still not being ready for action after suffering a quad injury and starting the season on the disabled list, I am humorously reminded of former Cubs’ left-hander Steve Barber. As a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, Barber was immortalized in Jim Bouton’s […]

Weekend Update: Cubs Still Have Work to Do Before Pitchers and Catchers Report

It’s the last Sunday in January, there are 14 days left before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park and the Cubs still have at least one more roster move to make … plus announce the rest of the players that will be in big league camp on NRIs this spring. The Cubs finally announced […]

Garza’s Guarantee … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

David Kaplan spoke with Matt Garza on Friday and he guaranteed that he would be ready to pitch by Opening Day. Garza recently started his off-season program and told Kaplan that if Spring Training started tomorrow he would be ready to go. Garza clarified his statement and said he’s not ready to pitch six innings […]

Replacing Brenly … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs’ off-season will not kick into full swing for a couple of weeks but the speculation has begun on which players Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer might try to sign this winter. The focus will be on adding pitching and filling out a rotation that was void of Major League arms for a majority […]

From the Wire … Cubs Acquire Marcelo Carreno from Tigers in Deal for Jeff Baker

The Cubs announced Tuesday morning they received 21-year old right handed pitcher Marcelo Carreno from the Detroit Tigers as one of the players to be named later in the deal that sent Jeff Baker to Detroit on August 5. When the Cubs announced they dealt Baker to Detroit in August, it was supposed to be […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/24/12

The Devil You Don’t Know The famous quote reads: “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know” In what seems like forever to many Cubs’ fans, this quote appeared to be near and dear to the heart of top brass within the organization as they approached the off-season. But in an […]

From the Wire … Baker Traded to Tigers, Jackson and Vitters Called Up and Campana Optioned to Iowa

The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Sunday’s finale in Los Angeles. The Cubs traded Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named later. According to the release from the Tigers, the Cubs will receive those players on or before October 31. The Cubs recalled Josh Vitters from Triple-A Iowa […]

Volstad Loses Duel … Cubs Drop Fourth in a Row – Cubs 1, Dodgers 3

Game One Hundred Five – Cubs 1, Dodgers 3 WP – Clayton Kershaw (9-6) LP – Chris Volstad (0-8) Save – Kenley Jansen (21) The Cubs dropped their fourth game in a row on a night the offense could not string any hits together against Clayton Kershaw. The reigning NL Cy Young award winner was […]