Rizzo Gets Territorial, Trade Chips and Other Cubs News and Notes

Anthony Rizzo left Saturday’s game before the eighth inning with back spasms and his start on Sunday at the time was in doubt. The Cubs had Mike Olt take grounders at first base on Sunday morning in the event Rizzo could not play. Rizzo told the beat writers he jokingly said to Olt not to […]

Wrigley Continues to Be Reds Home Away from Home – Reds 8, Cubs 2

Game Seventeen: Cubs 2, Reds 8 WP – Homer Bailey (1-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-4) Save – None The Reds domination over the Cubs at Wrigley Field continued Sunday as Cincinnati beat the Cubs for the 17th time in 19 games (2-17) in their home park. The Reds scored all five of the runs […]

Cubs Improve Approach, Play Longball and Beat the Reds – Cubs 8, Reds 4

Game Sixteen: Cubs 8, Reds 4 WP – Edwin Jackson (1-1) LP – Tony Cingrani (1-2) Save – None What Rick Renteria said to his team on Friday worked for at least one day as the Cubs played one of their better games of the season and snapped the team’s five-game skid with a win […]

Tanaka Strikes Out the Cubs – Yankees 3, Cubs 0

Game Thirteen: Cubs 0, Yankees 3 WP – Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) LP – Jason Hammel (2-1) Save – Shawn Kelley (4) The Cubs did absolutely nothing against Masahiro Tanaka in game one of the day-night doubleheader in The Bronx on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs managed three hits (two bunt singles) and were shutout for the […]

Another Poor Outing from Edwin Jackson, Another Loss for the Cubs – Cardinals 6, Cubs 4

Game Twelve: Cubs 4, Cardinals 6 WP – Michael Wacha (2-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Trevor Rosenthal (4) The Cubs needed for the good Edwin Jackson to show up on Sunday. Rick Renteria received the exact opposite before rain delayed the game for 46 minutes in the third inning. Edwin Jackson settled down […]

Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

From the Wire … Cubs Recall Chris Rusin, Option Brian Schlitter to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday morning and optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Iowa. The roster move should not come as a surprise with the Cubs adding Rusin to the big league roster. Rusin will be available out of the pen for Saturday’s game and should […]

Baez Bashes Despite Sore Back, Arrieta Rehabs for a Second Time and Cubs News and Notes

Javier Baez hit a two-run home run on Thursday then told the Des Moines Register after the game that he is “dealing with some minor backs issues.” Baez said Marty Pevey was going to keep him out of the lineup but he “insisted on playing.” Baez said the soreness in his back is from “is […]

Samardzija Rumors, Arrieta Rehabs and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of another low scoring game on Saturday and he is off to a good start to his season. Samardzija has allowed two runs on 11 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts (14 innings). Samardzija threw seven innings of shutout ball on Opening […]

Cubs Put Up Little Phight in Home Opener – Phillies 7, Cubs 2

Game Four – Cubs 2, Phillies 7 WP – Roberto Hernandez (1-0) LP – Travis Wood (0-1) Save – None On a cold day at Wrigley Field with the wind blowing out to right field, the offense showed little to no life as the Cubs dropped their home opener to the Phillies. The Cubs jumped […]