Questions Remain for the Cubs with a Week Left in Spring Training

The Cubs break camp in five days before wrapping up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In one week the Cubs will depart Arizona and fly to Pittsburgh for the start of the season. And the team that is picked to finish at the bottom of the NL Central […]

Rambling about the Cubs While Dreaming of the Dog Days

Hello again, everybody. I know it sounds funny to be dreaming of the dog days of summer, but this Chicago winter wins. It wins more than any winter I can remember, and it wins more than the Yankees, the Cowboys, Duke and Notre Dame combined. That would be Notre Dame, pre-1990. I don’t care what […]

Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

Jake Arrieta Completes Simulated Game, Likely to Miss First Two Weeks of the Season

Jake Arrieta completed a simulated game and faced hitters Sunday for the first time this spring. Chris Bosio and Rick Sutcliffe were two of the four coaches on hand Sunday to watch Arrieta, along with one of the Cubs’ trainers. Arrieta reportedly threw 24 pitches during BP with his fastball in the low-90s (90-92 mph) […]

Cubs Offense Sputters Against Indians Pitching – Indians 3, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Eighteen – Cubs (ss) 2, Indians (ss) 3 WP – Justin Masterson (2-0) LP – Travis Wood (0-2) Save – C.C. Lee (2) For the third time this spring the Cubs offense could not figure out the Indians’ pitching staff, and the Cubs dropped their third Cactus League game to Cleveland on […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/16/14

Spring Training Game Eighteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Indians (ss) (12-3) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Travis Wood (0-1, 7.94, 1.94) vs. Justin Masterson (1-0, 0.00, 0.75) Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Mets (ss) (7-8) Game Time – 3:05pm […]

Samardzija Gets the Opening Day Nod and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs made it official Friday. Jeff Samardzija will get the ball on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Unless something happens before the first game of the season, Samardzija will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. And thanks to the schedule makers, Samardzija will become the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at […]

Still Buzzing about the Olt and Baez Blasts and Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt and Javier Baez picked the right time to make the Peoria Sports Complex look rather small. Olt and Baez launched three home runs late Wednesday night that traveled close to 1200 feet combined. As Len Kasper said during the broadcast, the ball does not travel as well at night in the Cactus League […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]

Colorado Rocks Cubs Pitching – Rockies 13, Cubs 0

Spring Training Game Thirteen – Cubs 0, Rockies 13 WP – Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) LP – Travis Wood (0-1) Save – None In front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,840 at Cubs Park, the Cubs were shutout for the second time this spring on Tuesday afternoon. And while the Cubs managed […]