Two Big Innings for the Angels, One Spring Loss for the Cubs – Angels 8, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four – Cubs 4, Angels 8 WP – Jered Weaver (3-0) LP – Eric Jokisch (1-1) Save – None Mike Olt and Travis Wood hit home runs and Jorge Soler collected another RBI, but the Angels put a four-spot on the board in both third and fifth inning as the Cubs dropped […]


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Cubs Spring Training Update: Pitching Staff

It’s been an up and down spring for the Cubs pitching staff. And the starting rotation has been consistently inconsistent throughout the Cactus League schedule. Before dealing with a tired arm, Jon Lester was sharp for two starts then not-so-sharp in his third outing. Jake Arrieta has shown flashes of last year’s dominance while trying […]


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Wada Exits with an Injury, Cubs Drop Another Exhibition Game – Indians 7, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Ten – Cubs (ss) 4, Indians (ss) 7 WP – T.J. House (1-0) LP – Justin Grimm (0-1) Save – None Tsuyoshi Wada left the game with two outs in the first inning with left groin tightness and the bullpen could not keep the Indians from circling the bases as the Cubs […]


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Chris Bosio Talked Cubs Pitching on 670 The Score

Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio spent time last Friday on the Mully and Hanley Show (670 The Score) and discussed his pitching staff the day after the team’s first Spring Training game. Chris Bosio has a reputation of being brutally honest with his players and he did not mix his words during his interview with […]


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Jackson Labors, Cubs Unable to Dig Out of Early Hole – Padres 6, Cubs 3

Spring Training Game Six – Cubs 3, Padres 6 WP – Andrew Cashner (1-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Jose Valverde (1) After tossing a 1-2-3 first inning, two Cubs errors opened the door for the Padres in the second inning and Edwin Jackson could not close it. Jackson gave up four runs […]


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Jon Lester Doesn’t Disappoint in Debut – Reds 5, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 2, Reds 5 WP – Carlos Contreras (1-0) LP – Brian Schlitter (0-1, BS 1) Save – Daniel Corcino (1) While Friday’s final score did not go the Cubs way, Jon Lester was excellent in his first start in a Cubs’ uniform in front of a record setting crowd […]


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Joe Maddon, the Cubs Relievers and Reverse Splits

Due to the amount of information flying out of Mesa last week, Joe Maddon’s view on his bullpen and the way he likes to use relievers was glossed over. Joe Maddon said Hector Rondon would continue closing games and removed any questions, for now, about veteran Jason Motte being the Cubs’ closer. While talking about […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

One of the brightest spots for the Cubs last season was a young bullpen that performed admirably pitching to a 3.61 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, despite using 19 relievers. Four pitchers stood out as reliable options, but injuries exposed a shaky back-end which led to some veteran signings and will likely feature quite the […]


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A Q & A with Former Cubs Catcher John Baker

John Baker spent last season in the Cubs dugout after making the team out of Spring Training. Baker provided a memorable ending to the longest game in franchise history. Not only was Baker the winning pitcher in a 4-3 victory over the Rockies after tossing a scoreless 16th inning, Baker scored the winning on a Starlin […]


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The Daily CCO: Neil Ramirez a Breakout Candidate in the Cubs Bullpen and Other News and Notes

The backend of the Cubs bullpen was very good in the second half last year. Several of the young power arms stepped up and not only lit up the radar gun but provided results. Justin Grimm appeared in 73 games and posted a 5-2 record with a 3.78 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and a 3.20 […]


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