A Look Back at the Cubs Off-Season as Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

Doesn’t it seem like a lot longer than just 144 days since Jed Hoyer’s San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2? Ryan Dempster took the loss on the final day of the 2011 season. Starlin Castro ran his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss and reached base for the 40th game in […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/28/11

As we paused this past Thursday to give thanks, the winter leagues saw many comings and goings. However, to answer some concerns of the Cubs Faithful, several pitchers stepped up their games. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Marco Carrillo, and Jay Jackson were perfect in their starts, while Blake Parker and Oswaldo Martinez continue to mow them down […]

Nothing Nuts About Dale Sveum

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer introduced Dale Sveum as the new skipper of the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Sveum was even keeled and very matter of fact throughout his press conference only showing his personality after being asked about his nickname. Sveum talked about accountability, playing the game the right way and no longer making […]

Cubs 40-Man Roster Moves … Vitters, Lake, Beliveau and Szczur Added to Big League Roster

Jed Hoyer made his first round of roster additions and cuts as the GM of the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Hoyer outrighted Esmailin Caridad, Kyle Smit and Luis Montanez off the big league roster and added four of the systems top prospects to the 40-man roster … Junior Lake, Josh Vitters, Matt Szczur and Jeff […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/07/11

Pitching took center stage this week, as some of the organization’s position players had the week off. Lefties John Gaub and Scott Maine continued their success in the Dominican league. Blake Parker and Marco Carrillo remained “lights-out” in Mexico, while Robert Coello and Hector Mayora were effective in Venezuela. Play also opened in Puerto Rico […]

Happy Trails – Cubs 2 Padres 9

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two – Cubs 2 Padres 9 WP – Wade LeBlanc (5-6) LP – Ryan Dempster (10-14) Save – None It’s all over … the Chicago Cubs lost to the San Diego Padres to close out the Twenty-Eleven season, the fifth season in a row the Cubs lost their final game. The Cubs […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 09/28/11

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two: Cubs (71-90) vs. Padres (70-91) Game Time – 7:35pm CDT Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187 Location – PETCO Park, San Diego Ryan Dempster (10-13, 4.53/1.43) vs. Wade LeBlanc (4-6, 4.83/1.44) This is it … the Cubs final game of the 2011 season. The long […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/27/11

After taking a look at the infield and catching prospects throughout the Cubs’ system on Monday, next up on the CCO’s Minor League position analysis is the outfield. Three of the Cubs’ top position prospects roam the outfield down on the farm. Brett Jackson, Jae-Hoon Ha and Matt Szczur had good seasons and each figure […]

The Soto Show – Cubs 5 Brewers 2

Game One Hundred Fifty-Four – Cubs 5 Brewers 2 WP – Casey Coleman (3-8) LP – Chris Narveson (10-8) Save – None The final score from Monday night’s game should read … Geovany Soto 5, Milwaukee Brewers 2. Geovany Soto broke out of his recent slump in a big way. Soto drove in all five […]

Cubs Won by LaHair – Cubs 2 Astros 1

Game One Hundred Fifty-Two – Cubs 2 Astros 1 WP – Rodrigo Lopez (6-6) LP – Henry Sosa (2-5) Save – Sean Marshall (5) The Cubs beat the Astros for the second day in a row and in the process joined the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox as the only three teams in […]