What A Ride So Far

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So far it has been a very entertaining 2015 baseball season for the Chicago Cubs.  When Tom Ricketts was able to hire Theo Epstein, I told a lot of people that by 2015 the Cubs would be starting to contend and by 2020 the Cubs would win at least 1 Continue reading What A Ride So Far

Cubs Will Buy in 15, But Probably from Bargain Bin

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As the draft approaches, and subsequently passes, the hot stove is going to turn up again as teams take a look at where they are.  For the first time in six years, the Cubs can look at themselves and feel pretty good about what they see in the mirror.  At Continue reading Cubs Will Buy in 15, But Probably from Bargain Bin

Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

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The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has allowed 13 stolen bases, after today’s game.  That is well Continue reading Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

In Spite of Present Options, Starlin Remains Best Long Term Bet at Short

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The Cubs have a lot of players who can play short stop.  A lot.  Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and to a lesser degree, Arismendy Alcantara are all capable of playing short and all are going to be in, at least, AAA Iowa for the upcoming season.  Looking even Continue reading In Spite of Present Options, Starlin Remains Best Long Term Bet at Short

After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed

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Since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in October of 2011, the Cubs have been stockpiling assets at a startling rate.  All of it was part of building a healthy organization, starting with foundation pieces in the minor league system, working up through the major league club.  After all of Continue reading After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed

Select Cubs Thoughts From the Cactus League Opener(s)

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Today was a fun day.  I wore my Cubs jersey to school (you can imagine the uproar with me working on the South Side, and all the ribbing I got) to celebrate the Cactus League opener for our Chicago Cubs and to also mark the start of our (VERY much Continue reading Select Cubs Thoughts From the Cactus League Opener(s)

Cactus League is upon us!

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Keep an eye on the Chicago Cubs’ Cactus League schedule this month as we work towards Opening Night!  As I wrote up last night, Len Kasper will call at least some of the Cubs games and you can listen for free on Cubs.com if you have a Gameday Audio account Continue reading Cactus League is upon us!

After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

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By now, we’ve gotten word that the Cubs have traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for stud SS prospect Addison Russell, 2013 1st Round pick Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a player to be named later.  What is less clear is where the Cubs will Continue reading After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

Moneyball, Cubs Edition

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I was thinking about this the other day, and it’s not like I’m super original because Joe Posnanski happened upon this first.  But have you noticed that the Cubs are collecting lots of bats?  Not just any bats, but legitimate high-ceiling put-a-hurt-on-the-baseball bats.   Theo: “Offensive impact players are hard Continue reading Moneyball, Cubs Edition

Cubs and Athletics Complete Samardzija, Hammel Trade to A’s

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Ken Rosenthal dropped a pretty big piece of information about an hour ago… #Cubs in serious talks with #Athletics on big trade, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. If completed, Hammel and/or Samardzija would go to A’s. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 5, 2014 Addison Russell’s name has been discussed with Continue reading Cubs and Athletics Complete Samardzija, Hammel Trade to A’s