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 […]

Slave to the Spring Grind

The extremely long Spring Training is slowly reaching a conclusion. The Cubs completed their 26th Cactus League game on Sunday (27th total contest) and Lou Piniella’s crew will begin playing games that count in two short weeks…Carlos Zambrano versus Roy Oswalt on April 6 in Houston. The Cubs’ Spring Training roster currently stands at 43 […]

Marshall Takes the Fifth…Spot

As expected, according to multiple reports the Cubs officially named Sean Marshall the fifth starter in their rotation on Thursday. Lou Piniella made the announcement after speaking with Aaron Heilman following his start against the Mariners in Peoria on Thursday afternoon. Heilman should slide into the Cubs’ seventh inning reliever role.

Punching Tickets…and a New Park Record – Cubs 6 Giants 8

Game Twenty-Three – Cubs 6 Giants 8 WP – Brian Wilson (1-0) LP – Jose Ascanio (0-1, BS 1) Save – Felix Romero (1) The Cubs hit Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum hard on Wednesday afternoon and knocked the 2008 NL Cy Young Award winner out of the game with two outs in the fourth inning. […]

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. […]

Good Thing It’s Spring Training – Cubs 6 Brewers 9

Game Twenty-One – Cubs 6 Brewers 9 WP – Dave Bush (2-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (0-1) Save – Chris Narveson (1) Even during the regular season, the Cubs will have days like Monday with bad pitching and no clutch hitting. Jeff Samardzija recorded the first two outs with relative ease then fell apart. The […]

Should Marmol Stay or Should Marmol Close?

One of the few decisions left for Lou Piniella to make this spring is…who will be the Cubs closer when the season starts? Kevin Gregg emphatically stated he wants the job on Saturday while Carlos Marmol said he would do whatever is best for the team. The Cubs bullpen arguably has the biggest questions for […]

For the Cubs…Fifteen Down, Twenty-Four to Go

The first fifteen games of the 2009 Cactus League schedule are in the books for Lou Piniella’s crew…and has anything been resolved after a month in Arizona? When pitchers and catchers reported to Fitch Park nearly a month ago there were several questions that the Cubs needed to find answers to. Many things have changed […]

Vizcaino the Odd Man Out?

According to a report from the Tribune, Luis Vizcaino “appears to be the one in most danger of losing a spot” in the Cubs’ bullpen. Lou Piniella told the mainstream media on Monday that it is possible that one of the “locks” in the Cubs pen could pitch “themselves out of a spot.” Piniella “did […]