Samardzija Rumors, Arrieta Rehabs and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of another low scoring game on Saturday and he is off to a good start to his season. Samardzija has allowed two runs on 11 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts (14 innings). Samardzija threw seven innings of shutout ball on Opening […]

Another Utley Day for the Cubs Offense – Phillies 2, Cubs 0

Game Five – Cubs 0, Phillies 2 WP – Cliff Lee (2-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (0-1) Save – Jonathan Papelbon (1) Jeff Samardzija made only two mistakes during his second start of the season, but once again it was the offense that led to another loss for the Cubs on the young season. Jeff […]

Cubs and Hammel Nail Down First Win – Cubs 3, Pirates 2

Game Three – Cubs 3, Pirates 2 WP – Jason Hammel (1-0) LP – Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) Save – Pedro Strop (1) The Cubs posted their first victory of the season on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park and handed Rick Renteria his first win as a big league manager. The Cubs jumped out to an […]

A Veras Frustrating, Extra Long Loss – Pirates 4, Cubs 3

Game Two – Cubs 3, Pirates 4 – 16 innings WP – Stolmy Pimentel (1-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-2) Save – None The Cubs and Pirates played extra innings for the second straight game after the Cubs battled back and tied the game at two with a pair of runs off the Pirates’ pen […]

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 […]

Cubs Add Brian Schlitter to Bullpen, Designate Alberto Cabrera for Assignment

According to multiple reports, RHP Brian Schlitter has made the Cubs Opening Day roster and will take one of the final spots in the bullpen. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Alberto Cabrera was designated for assignment. Brian Schlitter is a hard thrower, one of the prerequisites now for a Cubs’ reliever. Schlitter […]

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 […]

Olt and Kalish In, Cubs to Make Pitching Decisions Over the Weekend

With the roster moves and announcements the Cubs made on Thursday, the Opening Day roster is almost set. Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish made the Cubs roster and will be with the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. Olt and Kalish reported to camp healthy and ready to compete for a job with the big league […]