A Look Ahead….Predicting the Pitching Staff for 2008

A couple of weeks back the CCO took a look at the Cubs’ offense for the upcoming season. Today the second of the CCO’s 3-part preseason predictions will focus on Lou Piniella’s pitching staff. Lou Piniella still has a few decisions to make…. Which two pitchers will fill out the rotation? Who will end up […]

No Separation

Spring Training Game Twenty-Two – Cubs (ss) 4 Giants 2 WP – Jon Lieber (2-0) LP – Kevin Correia (0-1) Save – Jose Ascanio (2) Jon Lieber followed the performances of Jason Marquis and Ryan Dempster with a solid outing of his own. He worked fast, threw strikes and kept the ball down. Lieber allowed […]

The Good and The Ugly

Spring Training Game Seventeen – Cubs 5 Angels 6 WP – Ervin Santana (1-0) LP – Ryan Dempster (2-1) Save – Rich Thompson (1) Ryan Dempster’s fourth outing of the spring started much like the other three. He worked fast, was efficient and retired the Angels in order in the 1st inning. The Cubs’ offense […]

After Twelve Games….

After starting the exhibition season, 1-3, Lou Piniella’s crew have won 4 of the last 7 and in the process have shown improvement over the past week. Mark DeRosa is expected back on the field on Monday in Maryville while this past week Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Daryle Ward all returned from various injuries. […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/09/08

Spring Training Game Twelve: Cubs (4-7) vs. Royals (5-5) Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. TV: WGN – Radio: 720 WGN, Gameday Audio on MLB.com Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise Ryan Dempster (1-0, 3.60) vs. Brett Tomko (1-0, 6.75) Time to spring forward…. The Cubs will make the roughly one hour journey today from Mesa to […]

A Split for the Squads

Spring Training Game Ten – Cubs (ss) 4 Diamondbacks 1 WP – Jon Lieber (1-0) LP – Micah Owings (0-1) Save – Jose Ascanio (1) Spring Training Game Eleven – Cubs (ss) 6 A’s (ss) 7 WP – Troy Cate (1-0) LP – Shingo Takatsu (0-1, BS 2) Save – None Jon Lieber was very […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs Split Squad – 03/08/08

Spring Training Game Ten: Cubs (ss) (3-6) vs. Diamondbacks (5-5) Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. WGN TV – Gameday Audio on MLB.com Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Jon Lieber (0-0, 9.00) vs. Micah Owings (0-0, 9.00) Spring Training Game Eleven: Cubs (ss) (3-6) vs. A’s (ss) (6-3) Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. TV – N/A […]

Back in the Win Column

Spring Training Game Five – Cubs 6 Mariners 5 WP – Jeff Samardzija (1-0) LP – Robert Rohrbaugh (0-1) Save – None Ronny Cedeno made his first start of the spring in centerfield and was 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot but was picked off 1st base in the 3rd inning. Jake Fox added a double, […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 03/02/08

Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Giants (1-3) Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLBTV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Channel 179 Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Ted Lilly (0-0, -.–) vs. Matt Cain (0-0, -.–) A relatively non-eventful Spring Training, with the obvious exception of Mark DeRosa, changed on Saturday […]

Headlines and Rumors from Day Three

There was one big surprise from Fitch Park on Day Three of Camp Lou. According to multiple reports, Piniella stated Rich Hill is currently slotted as the 4th starter in his rotation, not the third as has been assumed all winter. Piniella is undecided on which pitcher will occupy the 3rd and 5th spots in […]