Countdown to Opening Day (UPDATE: Roster Official)

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The Chicago Cubs’ spring training officially ended on Tuesday afternoon as they went through the motions with a couple tune up games against the Boston Red Sox.  Now they’ll drive down the road to Miami where they will open the season against the Marlins on Thursday.  I did hear from Continue reading Countdown to Opening Day (UPDATE: Roster Official)

Cactus League Ends, Cubs Roster Takes Shape

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Kyle Hendricks got in some work in the final Cubs Cactus League game before they play the Red Sox in Florida for a couple extra tuneup games prior to Thursday’s Opening Day contest against the Marlins.  I assume he was just working on some nibbling, as he issued his first Continue reading Cactus League Ends, Cubs Roster Takes Shape

Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

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In between the very impressive showing by the Chicago Cubs rotation and their bullpen brethren so far, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have built an enviable pitching staff with depth and redundancies across levels.  We have already seen guys like Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler get extended outings in games Continue reading Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

Crosstown Rivalry, Just Two Thousand Miles Away

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The Cubs hosted the White Sox for the second time on Saturday, with one split squad getting day duty while the other would face the Dodgers in the night game.  Joe Maddon had a silly lineup going for both contests: Too early for these fun and games: pic.twitter.com/DbiCtVBmAS — Mark Continue reading Crosstown Rivalry, Just Two Thousand Miles Away

Setting the Cubs Rotation

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I wrote this just before watching Black Panther, which was very very good.  The movie, that is…I have no idea what you think of what I wrote, but I thought my ideas were well-conceived given what we know of the current roster and in-house options.  I did start a spreadsheet Continue reading Setting the Cubs Rotation

The Cubs’ Rotation Lends Itself to Some Creative Maneuvering

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Earlier, I was able to look at the pre-spring training roster and the reliever depth chart for the 2018 Chicago Cubs. I probably came to the same conclusion most of you did, in that the Cubs were pretty much set at every roster spot, and that they had plenty of Continue reading The Cubs’ Rotation Lends Itself to Some Creative Maneuvering

Cubs Convention Begins

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Anno is in the middle of the Cubs Convention Opening Ceremony and Friday night festivities (you can check out the archived and live Facebook feeds via the link at the bottom), while I’m at home recovering from the first week back to school.  There’s a lot of news out there, Continue reading Cubs Convention Begins

Trade Winds Blowing

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As we continue to monitor the situation with the two big prizes of the offseason, other business has to happen as well.  It is nice that the Cubs continue to be involved in trying to recruit Shohei Ohtani, but for other teams, they have set their sights elsewhere for help Continue reading Trade Winds Blowing

Dreamcast 25: Respect Me

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Self-explanatory: .@ARizzo44’s got this. pic.twitter.com/aFX77LmnGb — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) October 9, 2017 With the Cubs taking a 2-1 NLDS lead over the Washington Nationals, and possibly having clinched a berth in the NLCS by the time you listen to this episode, Anno and Rice get together to talk about… That Continue reading Dreamcast 25: Respect Me

Cubs and Arbitration: The Future of the Payroll

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In the midst of another postseason with this Cubs core lineup, and with future Cub Bryce Harper on the other side, no less, we are just a few weeks from the offering of arbitration and the exchange of figures. MLB Trade Rumors has their projections, which are usually quite accurate Continue reading Cubs and Arbitration: The Future of the Payroll