Blue Jays Reportedly Still Talking to the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija

According to a report from Bruce Levine, at least 15 scouts were on hand to watch Jeff Samardzija face the Mariners on Thursday afternoon at Cubs Park. Levine reported during the broadcast on Cubs.com with Mick Gillispie that the Blue Jays are pushing hard for Samardzija. The Blue Jays had three scouts at Thursday’s game […]

Samardzija Tunes Up, Cubs Offense Tunes Out – Mariners 3, Cubs 0

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four – Cubs 0, Mariners 3 WP – Erasmo Ramirez (3-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (0-1) Save – Yoervis Medina (2) In front of a record crowd of 15,243 at Cubs Park and numerous scouts on hand to watch Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs were shutout for the third time this spring. Cubs’ […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mariners – 03/20/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four: Cubs (10-13) vs. Mariners (14-6) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 6.39, 1.82) vs. Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 1.42, 1.03) The Cubs return to day baseball this afternoon after spending Tuesday night in Surprise and Wednesday night […]

Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

The Predictable Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was back in the rumor mill Monday, that is if he ever left. The unbelievable amount of pitching injuries throughout the league has contenders scrambling to fill holes in their rotations. And teams that were once interested in trading for Samardzija could reopen those discussions. Jeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs Opening […]

Samardzija Struggles Royally, Jackson Surprises Kansas City Late – Cubs 6, Royals 5

Spring Training Game Sixteen – Cubs 6, Royals 5 WP – Marcos Mateo (1-0) LP – Tim Collins (0-2, BS 2) Save – Jeffrey Lorick (1) The Cubs were shutout for the first seven innings of Saturday’s game in Surprise and managed only one hit. But that was before Brett Jackson drove in five runs […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/15/14

Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Royals (7-7) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 5.00, 1.44) vs. James Shields (2-0, 1.04, 0.69) Spring Training Game Seventeen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Mets (ss) (6-7) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT […]

Samardzija Gets the Opening Day Nod and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs made it official Friday. Jeff Samardzija will get the ball on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Unless something happens before the first game of the season, Samardzija will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. And thanks to the schedule makers, Samardzija will become the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at […]

Rambling About the Cubs While Spring Has Not Sprung

Well hello again, everybody! It’s that time of year … I know you have all been looking forward to it , waiting with bated breath, and anxiously anticipating some incoherent, nonsensical, random and ridiculous stream of consciousness. That is right … Ramblings is BACK! For many reasons, including, but not limited to, the 472 “Top […]

Still Buzzing about the Olt and Baez Blasts and Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt and Javier Baez picked the right time to make the Peoria Sports Complex look rather small. Olt and Baez launched three home runs late Wednesday night that traveled close to 1200 feet combined. As Len Kasper said during the broadcast, the ball does not travel as well at night in the Cactus League […]