Chicago Cubs News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
5/16/13: As expected this season, the Cubs are not putting up much of a fight on the field. The team is in last place in the NL Central at 16-13. But they have gone 5-5 over their last ten. To be fair, they are not as bad as expected, and they are developing talent for the future. One of the benefits the Cubs have is that they will still get crowds and support no matter how bad the team is - so they have the financial and fan cushion to embark on a long rebuilding project. One of those cornerstones is first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs signed him to a $41 million, seven year contract - which is well below market rate for starting first baseman these days.
5/9/13: Cubs owner Tom Rickets dug into the Owner's Bag of Trick this past week by 'threatening' to move the team out of Wrigley Field. Rickets is crying poverty and says the Cubs need to have a jumbotron scoreboard in the outfield in order to make ad revenue and support the team. Rooftop owners are opposed to this, claiming they will be put out of business. The Cubs are a minority owner in a couple rooftop seat locations. But this is a hallow threat. The Cubs were the most profitable team in the majors last year. As one writer put it, if the Cubs move, they will be the White Sox with out World Series Championship in the past 100 years.
4/25/13: The Cubs are right where everyone expected them to be - in dead last place in the NL Central division. The starting pitching has been solid. They are fourth best in the league in ERA and lead the league in opponents batting average at .208. Unfortunately, their bullpen has been awful and they seem allergic to fielding the ball. The good thing for Cubs' fans is that they are used to this, as they are used to saying 'wait till next year'. In the meantime, they can enjoy the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field and all the amenities the park and neighborhood have to offer.
4/4/13: The Cubs are in first place! Remember that, Cubs fans, when October (or May) comes around. Chicago won on opening day at Pittsburgh 3-1. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitched eight nearly perfect innings against the Pirates. JS got the starting job almost by default, but he may end up being a quality pitcher yet. First baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a two run homer in the first inning and Wellington Castillo added a run scoring double. Many people (especially Cardinals fans) remember that the team has not won the World Series since 1908. But GM Theo Epstein may be building something in the Windy City.
3/28/13: While the Cardinals, Brewers, and Reds are dreaming about winning the World Series, there is a much more subdued tone in Chicago. The Cubs and their fans realize this is a rebuilding year (the 105th consecutive rebuilding year for the club), but Chicago may be better than expected. The team that lost over 100 games last season has been repaired. Theo Epstein looks like he is about finished gutting the roster and purging high priced veterans. This is a ballclub that is rebuilding through internal talent, which means that the Cubs may not compete this year, but will be formidable foes in the near future.
3/21/13: Cubs fans are buzzing about Javier Baez - the 20 year old shortstop who is ranked #16 in the nation by Baseball America. Baez is having a great spring training, with four home runs and batting over .300. Both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper came in at 19 or 20 years old and set the league on fire. Cubs fans think they have the same thing with Baez. They should remember that they also have Sterlin Castro at shortstop, so Baez may need to find another position. Baez will likely start the season at A or AA ball, but most expect the Cubs to call him up to the big leagues some time during the regular season.
3/14/13: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro - possibly the only big league worthy player on the roster - returned to spring training after resting a hamstring injury. Manager Dale Sveum said that Castro would have played if it had been the regular season, but took some extra rest as a training precaution. The team also is reported to try to make Wrigley Field more kid friendly and is even exploring the idea of a mascot. For those that have visited the Friendly Confines, they will surely recognize the heavy use of beer in bleachers, which is popular among young adults.
3/7/13: Chicago has a big decision to make on pitcher Matt Garza. Garza was solid and showed great potential in his early days, but has been hampered by injuries. The team may have tried to move him last season, but he got hurt. Now he has had another setback, so the Cubs need to decide to keep him (possibly restructuring his contract) or trade him at below market value. Keeping him is expensive, and the team is no where near ready to compete for the NL Central this season. On the other hand, if they hold on to him for another couple of years, they could have a strong rotation as their prospects come of age.
2/28/13: Another year, another year without a World Series. At least that is what Cardinals fans would say about the Cubs. And it is probably true this year as well. General Manager Theo Epstein is still cleaning up the roster mess left by his predecessors. He has done an admirable job of purging worthless, aging, expensive veterans and has a few top notch prospects in his pocket. Four were named as Top Prospects by Baseball America, including Javier Baez (#16), Albert Almora (#33), Jorge Soler (#34), and Arodys Vizcaino (#83). So another couple of years and the Cubs may be competitive again.
2/21/13: Chicago is completely redoing their roster. Theo Epstein obviously has his hands deep within the roster bag as the Cubs have acquired four starting pitchers in the offseason: Edwin Jackson, Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, and Carlos Villanueva. Additionally, they have brought in countless free agents at just about every position. This cannot hurt the Cubs. Last season was an unmitigated disaster as the team lost over 100 games. Much of that was due to huge contracts the Cubs gave declining players a few years ago, so it was time to clean house and start from scratch.
11/29/12: The Cubs continue to try to rebuild their rotation, which has lost key members such as Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster over the past twelve months. The team signed a one year agreement with right hander Scott Feldman. Feldman spent the last 8 seasons with the Texas Rangers with mixed results. He was originally a 30th round pick of the Rangers in 2003, yet made the majors in two years, and sported a 0.90 ERA as in bullpen and relief in his rookie season. He notched 17 wins a couple seasons ago, but has had some knee issues in more recent season. He will get a heavy dose of the Cardinals, who abused him in the 2011 World Series.
11/22/12: The Cubs made some moves on Tuesday in setting their 40-man roster. The team signed four minor league players, prospects they hope can contribute sooner than later as the team rebuilds. But the Cubs designated fan favorite Brian LaHair for assignment to make room on the roster. LaHair was a feel good story on a bad team last season. He was a career minor leaguer who was given a chance in the Show. He started off very hot and even earned a spot as an All-Star reserve. He cooled off in the second half and finished batting .259 with 16 home runs. The team now is looking at an opportunity for him to play next season in Japan.
11/15/12: Cubs fans, meet your newest player. Scott Baker. Baker spent the last seven seasons as a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. He is a reliable, if unspectacular, starter, going 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA. Baker missed the end of 2011 and all of 2012 with an elbow ligament injury and underwent Tommy John surgery. In 2011, he posted 23 starts with a 3.14 ERA. Of course it is risky to sign a pitcher of TJ surgery, but it is only a one year deal and several other pitchers have recovered well. If nothing else, he should help the Cubs out in the short term, as the Cubs have a serious need for starting pitching.
11/8/12: As desperate as the Cubs are for starting pitching, there are more desperate teams out there. Like the Kansas City Royals. The Cubs put pitcher Chris Volstad on waivers and the Royals picked him up. Volstad was acquired by Chicago last offseason in the trade that sent disgruntled pitcher Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins. But Chris Volstad had a terrible year in Wrigleyville. He won only 3 game while losing 12 and posting 6.31 ERA over 21 starts. He has chance to make a fresh start in KC, a young and talented team on the rise.
11/1/12: It is no secret that Cubs need pitching, and the team plans to address that through free agency this winter. Both the starting rotation and the bullpen need help at this point, so GM Jed Hoyer is promising to open up the wallet and pay for it. The team has no other choice in the near term, as their prospects are not ready for the big leagues yet. But many fans remember the last time the Cubs went on a spending spree a few years ago and added $300 million in payroll. That yeilded nothing except for the last two seasons being miserable because of overpaid veterans who could not play any more.
10/18/12: After a 101 loss season, the Cubs are probably going shopping this offseason. They still finished ahead of the Houston Astros, but make no mistake, this team is a long way from being competitive. Right now, the only way to find them on top of the NL Central is in an alphabetical listing. Some free agents the Cubs may consider are pitchers Shaun Marcum (Brewers), Jake Peavy (White Sox), Edwin Jackson (Nationals), Joe Blanton (Dodgers) and third baseman Jeff Keppinger. The Cubs do have a lot of resources, but the blank check writing of the previous administration is what got them into trouble in the first place.
10/4/12: Many said it couldn't be done, but the Cubs and Astros proved them wrong. The two clubs became the first teams in the same division to both lose over 100 games in a season. The Astros were a shoo-in to lose those games as they have dumped any legitimate big league player on their roster over the past two seasons. But the Cubs had to come from behind and use their minor league callups in the second half to secure their place in history. Amazingly, even with losing 101 games, that number is still less than the number of years since their last World Series championship.
8/16/12: Look who is back in the playoff hunt. With the Cincinnati Reds not giving up much ground for the NL Central lead, the Cardinals are looking to one of two wild-card spots for the postseason. While the Redbirds have toiled in third place for the past two months, the team has played better of late, is getting healthy, and (most importantly) the Pirates are falling back to earth. With the St. Louis win over Arizona and the Dodgers beating Pittsburg on Wednesday, the Cardinals moved into a tie for both second place in the division and a tie for the second wild-card spot.
8/2/12: In a surprise to no one, the Cubs held a fire sale to purge their roster of high-priced veterans and acquire prospects. After vetoing a trade to the Braves and intense speculation that the Dodgers would be the landing spot, Ryan Dempster was dealt to the Texas Rangers. Dempster gives the Rangers the finishing touches on a rotation that can fend off the Angels down the stretch. The Cubs would like to get rid of Alphanso Soriano and the $44 million he is owed over the next two years. Soriano would prefer to join the Dodgers. Though no trade materialized, it is still possible to move him through the waiver process.
7/26/12: The Cubs came into St. Louis hoping to raise the value of pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza before the trade deadline, but nothing seemed to work. The Cardinals ruined Dempster's ERA and scoreless inning streak with 4 runs early en route to a 4-1 victory. Garza pitched 3 strong scoreless innings before suffering tricep cramps and coming out of the game. Initial rumors were that the Cubs had traded Garza to the Dodgers and had to pull him to avoid injury, but it seems he just had some minor arm issues. The Cubs ended up surrendering 12 runs in the 7th, tying a major league record, and lost 12-0.
First baseman Brian LaHair has emerged as a star for the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old has been a late bloomer in only his second major league season, but its better late than never for the Cubs, who are struggling offensively. LaHair currently ranks sixth in the National League in home runs (12), third in slugging percentage (.598) and fourth in OPS (.988). His .311 batting average leads the team, along with his home runs and OPS. The Cubs hope LaHair's offensive production can catch on the the rest of the club as they attempt to climb out of the basement of the NL Central.
5/31/12 - The Chicago Cubs are on a winning streak. After a 12 game losing streak, the Cubs came back to sweep the San Diego Padres. The Cubs will depart for a ten game road trip with stops in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Minnesota. During the three game sweep the Cubs did not score less than five runs in a game, something they only accomplished twice during their losing streak. If the offensive production stays at this level, this winning streak could continue thanks to their already consistent pitching. Shortstop Starlin Castro, batting .317 on the season, is also riding a seven game hit streak.
5/23/12: For over a century, the standings have little to do with Chicago Cubs baseball, and the same holds true at the quarter point of the 2012 season. True the Cubs are in last place in the National League, and are already seven games behind the Reds and Cardinals, but Cubs fans have never let wins define them. The big news this week was the abrupt retirement of long-time pitcher Kerry Wood. Wood was a phenom when he entered the league some 13 years ago, even striking out 20 his rookie season. In fitting fashion, his struck out his last batter.
5/15/12: The Cubs and Cardinals renewed their century-plus long rivalry this week, splitting a two game series. The Cubs won the first match 6-4, but the notable statistic is that pitcher Ryan Dempster made is 15th consecutive start without a win, however he is only 0-1 on the season and entered the game with a majors-best 1.02 ERA. Bryan LaHair continues to own the Cardinals, belting his ninth homer of the season (and fourth against the Cardinals). The Cubs must regroup quickly and head back home to face Philadelphia, and a chance to move up from fifth place in the NL Central.
5/11/12: The Chicago Cubs continue to struggle, standing at 12-17 and 6 games behind the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs headed into a three-game series with Atlanta and had to be concerned about a Braves team that swept Colorado and scored 29 runs doing so. However, in game one of the series, Jeff Samardzija limited the Braves so a solo Jason Heyward homerun and four hits, while blasting three homers of their own. Samardzija, the former Notre Dame star wide receiver, is enjoying his best season as a professional, standing at 5-1 with an ERA under 3.00.
5/3/12: The Cubs are struggling, as expected, this season, starting at 8-15 in their first 22 games, and settling in last place in the NL Central. Chicago may be getting some pitching relief as both Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood have declared themselves fit to resume play. Manager Dale Sveum indicated that Wood may return as a 7th-inning set up man rather than his traditional 8th inning spot. Journeyman Bryan LaHair continues to impress. He had two walk-off RBIs against the Cardinals in the previous week, and leads the team with five home runs, has hit safely in 19 straight games, and is batting .390 on the young season.
4/24/12: While the Cubs are struggling overall this season, they were able to steal the opening game of a three-game set against their archrivals St. Louis on Monday, April 23. Card's lefty Jaime Garcia pitched 7.2 great innings, allowing only one run on 85 pitches. Closer Jason Motte entered the ninth and surrendered a walk-off 2-run single to former Cardinal Joe Mather. The late-inning heroics was only the fifth of the season for the Cubs, and moved them six behind NL Central leader St. Louis. The Cubs lost two of three in St. Louis last week, and look to win the series on Tuesday and Wedndesday.
4/18/12: The Theo Epstein era has yet to yield any tangible returns for the long-suffering Cubs, and the traditional "June Swoon" may have started early. Through 11 games, the Cubs are last in the NL Central at 3-11, having lost 3 consecutive twice already. One of the few bright moments thus far was the 9-5 victory in home opener of archrival St. Louis. The Cubs jumped to a 9-0 lead, chasing Adam Wainwright (returning from Tommy John surgery) after three innings. Bryan LaHair hit his first career grand slam, providing pitcher Jeff Samardzija enough cushion to survive five Cardinal runs in the fifth inning.
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The cubs return home after going 2-8 this week. Hopefully they will have better luck at their home field, but they have some tough competition on the way. In the next two weeks they will be facing the Brewers, the Yankees and the White Sox.
The Brewers took two of three at home over the Chicago Cubs in early April, but the Cubs are fighting back. Two for three in the Brewers series so far, the Cubs have one more game to go. This weekend they will take on the New York Yankees.
After a losing series against both the White Sox and the Royals, the Chicago Cubs are facing off against the San Francisco Giants to finish off the week. The Cubs lost the first game of the series, but are hoping to redeem themselves with the 2 remaining games against the Giants.
The Chicago Cubs have had a tough week, with five losses and only one win against the White Sox. Chicago is now hoping to avoid a four-game series sweep on Thursday.
The Chicago Cubs managed to pull through and get a "W" against the Nationals in the 4th game. They have yet to secure a winning series this month, after a 1-2 series against the Pirates, and a 1-3 series against the Marlins. Hopefully they have better luck against the Phillies this week.
The Cubs finished their series against the Astros with an impressive 3-game sweep. They have not been so lucky, however, against the Brewers. They are down 2, with one game remaining at Miller Park tomorrow.
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