Cubs Leave Opening Day in Scoring Position – Pirates 1, Cubs 0

Game One – Cubs 0, Pirates 1 – 10 innings WP – Bryan Morris (1-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-1) Save – None Neil Walker provided the lone highlight of the day for either team with the first walk-off home run of his career. In front of a regular-season record crowd of 39,833 at PNC […]

The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

Cubs End the Spring with a Win – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8 WP – Blake Parker (1-0) LP – Enrique Burgos (0-1) Save – Lendy Castillo (1) The Cubs went to the ninth in the final exhibition game of the spring trailing 8-6 after leading by a 6-0 score as late as the sixth inning. The Cubs scored […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 03/29/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four: Cubs (14-18-1) vs. Diamondbacks (12-12-3) Game Time – 3:10pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Chase Field, Phoenix Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.26, 1.97) vs. Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 3.00, 1.33) The exhibition season ends today for the Chicago Cubs. Following this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks […]

All But the Bullpen is Set for Opening Day and Other Cubs News

The Cubs all but finalized their Opening Day roster prior to Friday night’s exhibition at Chase Field. Carlos Villanueva was named the Cubs’ fifth starter and Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs needed the flexibility Villanueva can provide early in the season. The team is committed to having Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 03/28/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-Three: Cubs (13-18-1) vs. Diamondbacks (12-11-3) Game Time – 8:40pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Chase Field, Phoenix Edwin Jackson (1-3, 5.14, 1.43) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-1, 7.88, 1.81) The Cubs wrap-up their spring schedule with two practice games at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After […]

Rambling as the Cubs Regular Season is Here

Opening Day is Monday, the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the dawn of a new day … is still a year away for Cubs baseball. However, I do expect the Cubs to be noticeably improved from last year with some of the new blood and energy arriving at 1060 W. Addison.   […]

Olt and Kalish In, Cubs to Make Pitching Decisions Over the Weekend

With the roster moves and announcements the Cubs made on Thursday, the Opening Day roster is almost set. Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish made the Cubs roster and will be with the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. Olt and Kalish reported to camp healthy and ready to compete for a job with the big league […]

Cubs Roster Coming into Focus with the End of Spring Training in Sight

The Cubs inched closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster after the Rangers claimed Donnie Murphy off waivers, George Kottaras was released, John Baker was named the team’s backup catcher and the announcement was made Eli Whiteside would start the season in Iowa. The Spring Training roster officially stands at 32 players and the 40-man […]

The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]