Cubs Spring Training Update: Pitching Staff

It’s been an up and down spring for the Cubs pitching staff. And the starting rotation has been consistently inconsistent throughout the Cactus League schedule. Before dealing with a tired arm, Jon Lester was sharp for two starts then not-so-sharp in his third outing. Jake Arrieta has shown flashes of last year’s dominance while trying […]


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Bryant Launches Two Longballs, Russell and Castillo Go Deep, Cubs Win – Cubs 12, Mariners 10

Spring Training Game Twenty – Cubs 12, Mariners 10 WP – Eric Jokisch (1-0) LP – Felix Hernandez (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (1) Kris Bryant hit two home runs, one off Felix Hernandez, and drove in five runs. Addison Russell collected two more spring hits, one a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez and Welington […]


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Lester Not Good, Cubs Sloppy and Shut Out – Padres 7, Cubs 0

Spring Training Game Fifteen – Cubs 0, Padres 7 WP – Brandon Morrow (1-0) LP – Jon Lester (0-1) Save – None The Cubs had one of those days Monday afternoon in Peoria. After playing good baseball for close to a week, the defense was sloppy behind Jon Lester while he struggled with his command. […]


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Wada Exits with an Injury, Cubs Drop Another Exhibition Game – Indians 7, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Ten – Cubs (ss) 4, Indians (ss) 7 WP – T.J. House (1-0) LP – Justin Grimm (0-1) Save – None Tsuyoshi Wada left the game with two outs in the first inning with left groin tightness and the bullpen could not keep the Indians from circling the bases as the Cubs […]


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Chris Bosio Talked Cubs Pitching on 670 The Score

Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio spent time last Friday on the Mully and Hanley Show (670 The Score) and discussed his pitching staff the day after the team’s first Spring Training game. Chris Bosio has a reputation of being brutally honest with his players and he did not mix his words during his interview with […]


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Cubs Strikeout in Bid for First Spring Win – Rangers 6, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Five – Cubs 4, Rangers (ss) 6 WP – Ross Ohlendorf (1-0) LP – Jake Arrieta (0-1) Save – Edwar Cabrera (1) Jake Arrieta struggled with his command in his first spring start. Eric Jokisch was hit rather hard. The Cubs offense struck out 12 times in the first six innings. And […]


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Rambling About the Cubs as the Games Have Begun!

Hello again, everybody. It is nice to be back in the saddle with some actual baseball being played. Sure, the outcomes don’t matter, and the spring games really tell us nothing, but baseball is back, and Opening Night is right around the corner. So, lets get down to the BRASS TACKS and going rambling on […]


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Olt’s Bolt Not Enough, Spring Opener Ends in a Tie – Cubs 2, Athletics 2

Spring Training Game One – Cubs (ss) 2, A’s 2 – 9 innings WP – None LP – None Save – None On a picture perfect Chamber of Commerce Day in front of 11,132 at Sloan Park, the Cubs could not ride out a Mike Olt two-run homer in the second inning and played the […]


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Joe Maddon, the Cubs Relievers and Reverse Splits

Due to the amount of information flying out of Mesa last week, Joe Maddon’s view on his bullpen and the way he likes to use relievers was glossed over. Joe Maddon said Hector Rondon would continue closing games and removed any questions, for now, about veteran Jason Motte being the Cubs’ closer. While talking about […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

One of the brightest spots for the Cubs last season was a young bullpen that performed admirably pitching to a 3.61 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, despite using 19 relievers. Four pitchers stood out as reliable options, but injuries exposed a shaky back-end which led to some veteran signings and will likely feature quite the […]


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