Cubs Spring Stats…After 13 Games

As many know, Spring Training wins and losses are meaningless and the same can be said about individual stats. Players often work on things they would like to improve on, especially pitchers. Take for example Craig Counsell of the Brewers who has changed his exaggerated batting stance and dropped his hands making him unrecognizable in […]

Issuing Walks in the Sand – Cubs 2 Rangers 7

Game Thirteen – Cubs 2 Rangers 7 WP – Derek Holland (1-0) LP – Chad Fox (0-1) Save – None The Cubs dropped their sixth game in a row Sunday afternoon, the first that was not decided by two runs or less. Sean Marshall started the game and was excellent…to use an old clichĂ© he […]

Going Through the Motions – Cubs 4 Dodgers 5

Game Eleven – Cubs 4 Dodgers 5 WP – Randy Wolf (2-0) LP – Ryan Dempster (0-2) Save – Brian Mazone (1) Lou Piniella continued Friday running out a starting lineup that featured a minimum number of regulars and mostly players that will start the season in the minors. With the WBC and the lengthy […]

Firsts of the Spring – Cubs 6 A’s 4

Game Seven – Cubs 6 A’s 4 WP – Sean Marshall (1-0) LP – Sean Gallagher (0-1) Save – Esmailin Caridad (1) In a game full of former Cubs, it was two of ‘The Big Three‘ that helped power Lou Piniella’s crew to their fifth win of the spring. Alfonso Soriano hit his first long […]

The Big Three and Vizcaino Report….Lee Out of WBC

According to a report from the Sun-Times, with the exception of Kosuke Fukudome who is in Japan preparing for the WBC, all of the players expected in camp on Tuesday have reported. Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez have joined the rest of the team. Luis Vizcaino also sorted out his visa issues and […]

Predictions, Lineups, Hoffpauir and the Cubs TV Schedule

A day before reporting day for position players, the Cubs are just four players short of a full Spring Training Roster. Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee are the only regulars who have yet to report to Fitch Park…Luis Vizcaino is the only pitcher that has not reported, he is stuck in the Dominican […]

Bradley Reports….Visa Problems for Vizcaino

Two days after the reporting day for pitchers and catchers, Luis Vizcaino is the only pitcher not in Camp Lou III according to a report from Vizcaino “is having visa problems.” Many of the position players have shown up early to Mesa, among them Milton Bradley, who is “eager to get started and take […]

Cubs’ Storylines of the Spring….The Bullpen

Lou Piniella’s bullpen will have a different look than it did a year ago when pitchers report on Friday. With Kerry Wood in Cleveland and Bobby Howry with the Giants, the backend of the pen has two holes to fill and a big question mark. Carlos Marmol is the odds on favorite to become the […]

Seven Days and Eight Players Later….An Updated Look at the Cubs Roster

Many words can be used to describe the last week for the Chicago Cubs, but boring cannot be one of them….and Jim Hendry might not be done. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park a week from Friday and the team that won 97 games a year ago will have several new faces. On January […]

Weekend Update – The Latest from the North Side on Mr. Cub’s Birthday

The last day of January and only 13 days before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in Mesa…. The Cubs interest in Kevin Millar and Rich Aurilia was bantered around on Friday after the return of Paul Bako was officially announced. The Cubs “had shown early interest” in bringing back Nomar Garciaparra as well […]