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 […]

The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]

Cubs Rotate the Rotation, Castro Gets Minor At Bats and Other Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Saturday how he would lineup the first four spots in his rotation to start the season. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Opening Day, as previously announced. Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will follow Samardzija with Travis Wood filling the fourth spot in the rotation. Travis Wood will get the ball for the first […]

Questions Remain for the Cubs with a Week Left in Spring Training

The Cubs break camp in five days before wrapping up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In one week the Cubs will depart Arizona and fly to Pittsburgh for the start of the season. And the team that is picked to finish at the bottom of the NL Central […]

Rambling about the Cubs While Dreaming of the Dog Days

Hello again, everybody. I know it sounds funny to be dreaming of the dog days of summer, but this Chicago winter wins. It wins more than any winter I can remember, and it wins more than the Yankees, the Cowboys, Duke and Notre Dame combined. That would be Notre Dame, pre-1990. I don’t care what […]