Weekend Update – 03/23/08

Happy Easter from everyone here at the CCO…. The Weekend Update returns for the final Sunday in Arizona. Counting Sunday’s game, Lou Piniella’s crew has only 5 games left in the desert and 7 total in the exhibition season. The Cubs square off later today in Peoria against Greg Maddux and the Padres. Kerry Wood […]

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 […]

A Look Ahead….Predicting the Pitching Staff for 2008

A couple of weeks back the CCO took a look at the Cubs’ offense for the upcoming season. Today the second of the CCO’s 3-part preseason predictions will focus on Lou Piniella’s pitching staff. Lou Piniella still has a few decisions to make…. Which two pitchers will fill out the rotation? Who will end up […]

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 […]

No Separation

Spring Training Game Twenty-Two – Cubs (ss) 4 Giants 2 WP – Jon Lieber (2-0) LP – Kevin Correia (0-1) Save – Jose Ascanio (2) Jon Lieber followed the performances of Jason Marquis and Ryan Dempster with a solid outing of his own. He worked fast, threw strikes and kept the ball down. Lieber allowed […]


Spring Training Game Twenty – Cubs 6 Royals 5 WP – Kevin Hart (1-0) LP – Joakim Soria (1-1, BS – 1) Save – None If the reports are accurate about the numerous scouts in attendance during recent Cubs’ games, then Jason Marquis and Ronny Cedeno picked the right time to have a good day […]

CCO Radio Presents….Avoiding Pie’s Problem

Installment 5 – Avoiding Pie’s Problem. The CCO Radio returns for a Friday edition at the midway point of the exhibition season. Brian and Shaun discuss a variety of Cubs topics from Brian Roberts to Lou’s lineup to Micah Hoffpauir with all of the dude references that can be packed into nearly a 38 minute […]

Better Now Than Later

Spring Training Game Fifteen – Cubs 4 Rangers 5 WP – Sidney Ponson (1-0) LP – Bobby Howry (0-1) Save – Wes Littleton (1) After winning 4 out of 7 last week, the Cubs dropped their third in a row on Wednesday afternoon against the Texas Rangers. Lou Piniella’s offense was minus all but Alfonso […]

What Happened to Stevie Ire?

Spring Training Game Fourteen – Cubs 4 A’s 6 WP – Huston Street (1-0) LP – Scott Eyre (0-1, BS 1) Save – Gio Gonzalez (1) Tuesday’s starting nine featured a lineup Lou Piniella will likely use once the season gets underway in a couple of weeks, with one possible exception in centerfield. Carlos Zambrano […]

After Twelve Games….

After starting the exhibition season, 1-3, Lou Piniella’s crew have won 4 of the last 7 and in the process have shown improvement over the past week. Mark DeRosa is expected back on the field on Monday in Maryville while this past week Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Daryle Ward all returned from various injuries. […]