Reinforcements Incoming!

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With the news that Chicago Cubs pitcher Brett Anderson had a back issue (again), we started speculating about what the team would do in the wake of an injury that was shrouding another bad start.  Lo and behold, we have our answer: The #Cubs today recalled RHP Justin Grimm and Continue reading Reinforcements Incoming!

The Cubs Roster Roulette Wheel Spins Again (UPDATE)

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First, let us set up the BIG news of the day: The #Cubs today recalled LHP Rob Zastryzny from @IowaCubs. OF Matt Szczur has been designated for assignment. — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 6, 2017 Anderson came out of the game because of low back tightness. He's being evaluated. #Cubs Continue reading The Cubs Roster Roulette Wheel Spins Again (UPDATE)

Cubs Practice: Out-of-State Crosstown Rivalry (VIDEOS)

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Have you seen the new Chicago Cubs ad yet? Training like it’s been 109 years. #ThatsCub pic.twitter.com/XE4VDKGngx — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 16, 2017 Everyone Cubs is thirsty for more glory after finally getting the monkey (and goat and other assorted cursed mammals) off their backs last year.  It continued Continue reading Cubs Practice: Out-of-State Crosstown Rivalry (VIDEOS)

Cubs Practice: A Few Dings, Almost a Dinger

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The Cubs dropped their practice game today, but emerged relatively unscathed, so again we will call that a win. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers was able to talk to Joe Maddon about the Anthony Rizzo scratch: I’m not an expert in psychology, but Maddon’s attitude suggests this is one of those things Continue reading Cubs Practice: A Few Dings, Almost a Dinger

The Fifth Element…Of the Cubs Rotation, That Is

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With the Cactus League exhibition slate about to start for the Chicago Cubs this Saturday, we got our first glance at how the pitching matchups would look to get the ball rolling… Montgomery vs. A's, Zastryzny vs. SF at Scottsdale on Saturday — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 22, 2017 Buchanan Continue reading The Fifth Element…Of the Cubs Rotation, That Is

The Cubs’ Title Defense

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As we inch closer to when pitchers and catchers report everyone is getting excited to see what will happen for our Defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Talk about an amazing time at the end of the 2016 baseball season. I was fortunate to be able to go to one Continue reading The Cubs’ Title Defense

Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

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Before we dive into new Cubs reliever, Wade Davis, let’s talk about new (again) Yankees closer, Aroldis Chapman and what he meant to the Cubs bullpen.  Chapman came to the Cubs as a rigid one inning closer who preferred to start an inning with no inherited runners and shut it Continue reading Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all. This year we have plenty to be thankful for. I want to start by saying thank you to each and every one of you who have read and shared this blog over the years. I want to thank the almost 21,000 of you who have Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

The Cubs’ Science Experiment

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As we sit in a rain delay and wait anxiously for another Chicago Cubs game to begin (they’re in Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies), it bears repeating how well Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have constructed this roster, and how well manager Joe Maddon has maximized matchups to Continue reading The Cubs’ Science Experiment

Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms

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Since Theo Epstein has run the Cubs’ baseball operation, the strategy has been to target high upside hitting prospects in the draft.  As year four winds down, that strategy seems to be paying off.  Kris Bryant leads the National League in fWAR.  Addison Russell (1.5) and Kyle Schwarber (1.4) are Continue reading Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms