Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 04/05/14

Game Five: Cubs (1-3) vs. Phillies (2-2) Game Time – 1:20pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00/1.00/3.12) vs. Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40/2.40/5.92) The Cubs will try to put a win on the board this afternoon behind Jeff […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 04/04/14

Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Phillies (1-2) Game Time – 1:20pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Travis Wood (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Roberto Hernandez (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) Weather permitting … The Party of the Century begins this afternoon with the Cubs home […]

Samardzija and the Cubs Will Not Discuss an Extension During the Season and Other News

Jeff Samardzija did his job on Monday and put his team in position to win the ballgame. Samardzija tossed seven innings of shutout ball while his defense made the plays behind him when they needed to. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would like for Samardzija to sign a long-term extension. And Samardzija would like to […]

Cubs Leave Opening Day in Scoring Position – Pirates 1, Cubs 0

Game One – Cubs 0, Pirates 1 – 10 innings WP – Bryan Morris (1-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-1) Save – None Neil Walker provided the lone highlight of the day for either team with the first walk-off home run of his career. In front of a regular-season record crowd of 39,833 at PNC […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 03/31/14

Opening Day – Game One: Cubs (0-0) vs. Pirates (0-0) Game Time – 12:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV, ESPN – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844 Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh Jeff Samardzija (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Francisco Liriano (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) Chicago Cubs Baseball is on the Air! It’s Opening Day! Rick […]

The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

All But the Bullpen is Set for Opening Day and Other Cubs News

The Cubs all but finalized their Opening Day roster prior to Friday night’s exhibition at Chase Field. Carlos Villanueva was named the Cubs’ fifth starter and Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs needed the flexibility Villanueva can provide early in the season. The team is committed to having Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson […]

Cubs Name Carlos Villanueva Fifth Starter, Chris Rusin Optioned to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have decided to start the season with Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. Villanueva will slot in behind Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. Villanueva’s first start will be on April 6 against the Phillies. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and will begin his season […]

Diamondbacks Rock Rusin – Diamondbacks 14, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Thirty-One – Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 14 WP – Brandon McCarthy (2-0) LP – Chris Rusin (3-3, BS 1) Save – None Jeff Samardzija made his last spring start Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale and handed the game over to Chris Rusin in the fourth with the Cubs up 2-1. Chris Rusin could not […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 03/26/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-One: Cubs (12-17-1) vs. Diamondbacks (11-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 5.50, 1.72) vs. Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 1.93, 1.07) The Cubs have four practice games left on the spring schedule and three of […]