Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

Over the last couple of seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the front office has taken a patchwork approach to building a bullpen. Mainstays like Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm were cast-offs from other organizations and have excelled since joining the team.  The approach had 20 total pitchers pitch in relief to a tune […]

Pitching Staff Projections for the 2016 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for eight weeks and Opening Night against the Angels in Los Angeles is more than three months away, but it’s never too early projections. The Cubs will begin Spring Training not only the popular pick to win the NL Central Division Crown but also as a favorite to be the […]

Cubs Face Tough Decision with Travis Wood

Wednesday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to unsigned players under club control for next season. There are nine arbitration eligible players currently on the 40-man roster. The front office has not given any indications that a player will be non-tendered and become a free agent, and that includes LHP Travis Wood. Travis […]

Cubs 2015 Position Review – Bullpen

In our last installment, we analyzed a starting pitching staff that despite a lack of depth was one of the best in all of baseball. While their accomplishments were impressive, what may be even better was a bullpen that finished eighth in overall ERA at 3.38 with 20 pitchers and two position players making at […]

Cubs Month in Review – September 2015

After a strong August, September and early October was more of the same for one of the hottest teams in all of baseball. The young squad got stronger as the season wound down and won their last eight games. With the wild card playoff game on Wednesday on every Cubs fans mind, let’s take a […]

Cubs Can’t Change the Pace – Brewers 4, Cubs 1

Game One Hundred Fifty-Two – Cubs 1, Brewers 4 WP – Zach Davies (2-2) LP – Kyle Hendricks (7-7) Save – Francisco Rodriguez (35) Kyle Hendricks was charged with three runs in six-plus innings. Jorge Soler launched a solo home run in the seventh. The Cubs could not mount a comeback off the Brewers bullpen […]

The Starlin Castro Game – Cubs 8, Cardinals 3

Game One Hundred Forty-Seven – Cubs 8, Cardinals 3 WP – Tommy Hunter (4-2) LP – Seth Maness (4-2) Save – None Starlin Castro had a career day as the Cubs started the weekend with a win over the Cardinals at the old ballyard. Castro drove in six of the eight runs with two home […]

Fowler, Russell Ignite Cubs Offense, Haren Shuts Out the Cardinals – Cubs 9, Cardinals 0

Game One Hundred Thirty-Six – Cubs 9, Cardinals 0 WP – Dan Haren (9-9) LP – Lance Lynn (11-9) Save – None Dexter Fowler homered to start the game and drove in the first three runs. Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero plated a pair of runs in the third and Addison Russell smacked a three-run […]

From the Wire: Cubs Recall RHP Carl Edwards Jr. and LHP Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs added to relievers to the active roster Monday morning. The Cubs recalled RHP Carl Edwards Jr. and LHP Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Edwards Jr. will wear No. 6 and is expected at Busch Stadium before first pitch on Monday. The Cubs active roster now stands at 32 players, 16 pitchers (five starters, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/07/15

Happy Labor Day! The traditional last day of the minor league season will see us back where we started as Eugene completed their season falling one game short of the playoffs despite the hot hitting of P.J. Higgins. Both Myrtle Beach and Tennessee are creating a buzz as Willson Contreras could take home a batting […]