Samardzija Back to the Show ASAP?

According to a report from Bruce Levine, “look for Jeff Samardzija to be called up as soon as the Cubs can trade one of their relievers.” Jim Hendry made the trip to Iowa last weekend to watch the Cubs Triple-A affiliate and several of the pitchers on the Cubs’ 40-man roster have performed quite well…among […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/20/09

Hey everybody my name is Nate S. and I started Young Cubs World this past October and the site is devoted entirely to Chicago Cubs Prospects. Neil has graciously allowed me to write on his site and update the Minor League System of the Cubs on the CCO. I will update the Cubs Minor League […]

Checking in on the Arms on the Farm

Lou Piniella is not happy with the performance of his bullpen after the first nine games. The mainstream media is pointing to Piniella’s decision to have Larry Rothschild change relievers as additional proof of his disgust with his pen…and many do not believe the ‘trying to change the karma‘ line he threw out in Milwaukee. […]

A Recap of the Cubs’ Final Weekend in Arizona

While most were paying attention to college basketball, the Cubs had a very busy weekend. On the field they rolled over the White Sox, lost late to the Rockies and Mark DeRosa powered the Indians over Ted Lilly on Sunday. Lou Piniella named Kevin Gregg his closer on Sunday…Carlos Marmol was disappointed. Brad Snyder was […]

Cubs Option Wells and Hart…Re-Assign So Taguchi

The Cubs announced the latest round of roster moves before Sunday’s game against the Tribe. Kevin Hart and Randy Wells were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and So Taguchi was reassigned to Minor League camp. Mark Johnson, Esteban German and Andres Blanco were also re-assigned to minor league camp.

Oh Wells! Cubs’ Pen Implodes in the Eighth – Cubs 6 Rockies 10

Game Thirty-Two – Cubs 6 Rockies 10 WP – Jason Grilli (1-0) LP – Randy Wells (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Rockies have consistently put an above average offensive team on the field year after year…and on Saturday afternoon their everyday lineup beat up Cubs’ pitching to the tune of 10 runs on […]

Angel Guzman Back in the Picture?

Lou Piniella and Jim Hendry still have quite a few decisions to make over the next 10 days. Piniella will reportedly announce who will begin the season as the Cubs’ closer by the weekend, but there are two spots in the pen, and a back-up catcher, that have yet to be determined. Koyie Hill caught […]

Save Some for the Regular Season – Cubs 20 A’s 5

Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 20 A’s 5 WP – Ryan Dempster (2-2) LP – Dana Eveland (0-3) Save – None That is not a misprint and there is no reason to adjust your screen. The Cubs pummeled the A’s in Phoenix 20-5…and it would have been worse if Neal Cotts had not allowed three runs […]

Pinch Hitting 101 with Reed Johnson – Cubs 5 Padres 3

Game Twenty-Five – Cubs 5 Padres 3 WP – Carlos Marmol (1-0) LP – Kevin Correia (0-1) Save – Kevin Hart (1) Lou Piniella’s crew reached the .500 mark in the exhibition season on Friday afternoon in front of an All-Time Cactus League record crowd of 13,162. Rich Harden was slated to make the start […]

Is the 2009 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster Set?

With 18 games left in the exhibition season it appears the roster Lou Piniella will begin the season with in Houston is all but set. Last Saturday, Mike Fontenot was named the Cubs’ starting second baseman…Gary Hughes confirmed Fontenot as the Cubs’ starter with Holden Kushner on Monday afternoon. Sunday, Lou Piniella said, “Hoffpauir’s fine. […]