Rumors Heating Up…and Cooling Down?

Lou Piniella’s crew has only three games left in the desert before leaving for Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs’ skipper announced his starting rotation on Monday and he still has a couple of spots on the bench and a possible vacancy in the bullpen up for grabs. But could there be a new […]

A No Decision

Spring Training Game Twenty-Five – Cubs 8 White Sox 8 – 10 innings WP – None LP – None Save – None For the first time this spring a Cubs game ended in a tie after Lou Piniella’s crew rallied with 3 runs in the bottom of the 10th. The Cubs played catch-up all afternoon […]

Ball Four….Ball Eight….Ball Twelve

Spring Training Game Twenty-Three – Cubs 8 Rockies 6 WP – Neal Cotts (1-2) LP – Manny Corpas (0-1) Save – Michael Wuertz (1) The Cubs offense picked the right day to break out of their rut and score their third highest run total of the spring. Somehow, someway, Lou Piniella’s crew managed to win […]

The Value of Patience

Spring Training Game Sixteen – Cubs 3 Padres 2 WP – Carlos Marmol (1-0) LP – Carlos Guevara (0-1) Save – None Lou Piniella’s new look lineup did not light up the scoreboard against Greg Maddux and the Padres pitching staff, but they did just enough to end a 3-game losing streak. With the game […]

Just Say No

Should the Cubs trade several prospects for Brian Roberts? Should they trade for Marlon Byrd of the Texas Rangers? The short answer to both of them is a resounding no.

In the Right Direction?

Spring Training Game Nine – Cubs 6 Mariners 4 WP – Les Walrond (1-1) LP – Carlos Silva (0-1) Save – Carlos Marmol (1) For the second time in less than a week, the Cubs beat the Mariners in Cactus League action. Ted Lilly had a shaky start in his second outing of the spring. […]

Let Another One Slip Away

Spring Training Game Eight – Cubs 1 A’s 2 WP – Santiago Casilla (1-0) LP – Jose Ceda (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jerry Blevins (1) For the second day in a row Lou Piniella’s young bullpen blew a lead in the 8th inning and the Cubs’ defense committed an error. Jose Ceda struggled with […]

Still Wheelin’ and Dealin’?

A report from SI.com on Monday indicated the talks between the Cubs and the Orioles have heated up concerning, well….whom else but Brian Roberts. Jon Heyman’s report mentioned the talks “were starting to get serious.” Heyman reported one of the trade proposals could include Jay Payton and a deal was in place “a few weeks […]

An Unannounced Split Squad

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 2 Angels 6 WP – Jered Weaver (1-0) LP – Jason Marquis (0-1) As far as the game itself, it was over before it started. The Angels trotted out their All-Star lineup while Lou Piniella’s crew featured a starting nine that could have taken the field last season in […]

The Sights, The Sounds, The Smells

Spring Training Game One – Cubs 12 Giants 6 WP – Ryan Dempster (1-0) LP – Noah Lowry (0-1) Lou Piniella’s crew started the 2008 Cactus League schedule with an impressive effort against the Giants. While a win is a win, exhibition game or not, the performances on the field outweighed the final score. Thursday […]