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Used to be, earlier in his career, Alfonso Soriano was the very model of an undisciplined hitter. He got a lot of press, because he was a Yankee, and back in 2002, Soriano drew 22 unintentional walks while striking out 157 times. He also mashed 39 dingers, so it’s not like there was much reason f...
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Matt Garza's rehab start was scratched the other day due to soreness in the arm. It's being called dead arm, which is common for players. It's especially common for those coming back from an injury. Most pitchers go through it at some point during the season. The Cubs are saying it's only muscular, which is good news.
Garza recently has had bone-related issues with...
Josh Vitters singled twice and ripped an RBI double, Carlos Penalver doubled twice, scored a run, and knocked-in another, and catcher Lance Rymel threw out five baseruners (four caught stealing and one picked-off), as the Cubs edged the Rockies 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east...
Iowa Cubs 1 @ Memphis Redbirds 4
This will be short since the I-Cubs barely hit the ball last night.
Nick Struck went 6 innings, allowed 5 hits and 2 runs. He walked 2 and struckout none. Casey Coleman struckout the side in the 7th. Yoanner Negrin gave up 3 hits and 2 runs in an inning of work.
Logan Watkins was 1-2 with 2 more walks. Brad Nelson was 1-3 with a walk. Ryan Sweeney...
Iowa Cubs 9 @ Omaha Storm Chasers 3
Barrett Loux isn’t very good at baseball. He threw 4.2 innings, gave up 8 hits and walked 4. That’s almost 3 baserunners per inning. Esmailin Caridad walked 2 and struckout 3 over 2.1 innings. Cory Wade gave up 2 hits and a walk in .2 innings. Rafael Dolis got the save with 1.1 innings of work, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
I-Cubs pitchers gave...
The only team scheduled to play was the Smokies so here we go.
Montgomery Bisquick Biscuits and Gravy 5 @ Tennessee Little Smokies 4
Matt Loosen threw 4.2 innings, allowed 5 hits and 2 runs. He walked 4 and struckout 3. Marcus Hatley allowed a hit and a walk in an inning of work and surrendered a run while striking out 2. AJ Morris officially came in the game to pitch the 7th inning...
The Chicago Cubs hold the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, and the team is focusing on two top young arms -- Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray -- according to Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times.
For months, team sources have said that they expect the Cubs to select either Appel or Gray. The Houston Astros -- holders of the first-overall selection -- should make...
With the Chicago Cubs, fans always talk about the team being in a big market with a strong fan base and lots of funds coming in. There is some truth to that, but there are some details that we should probably discuss as well. Today, Cubs President of Baseball Operations was on the Score and the Born on 3rd Cubs Blog was gracious enough to provide some tweets from the interview:
The Cubs get a double-breather in this matchup with the Marlins. Not only do they get to face one of the rosters in the majors that's in even worse shape than theirs, but they escape the frigid midwest and head to balmy Miami. The Cubs dropped two of three to the vastly superior Reds, but could easily have won all three of them with an extra bounce or two their way. After a snow...
Prior to the season, Jim Leyland expressed why he doesn't want to use a closer by committe. I appreciated his honesty.
And you automatically understand — and this sounds kind of selfish, but I told you this all along — there is no question that it makes it a hundred times better when you have a closer that is a closer — and a good one — because it takes a lot of pressure...
Anthony Rizzo had two home runs and four RBIs to power the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night, giving Chicago back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Rizzo's second career two-home run game gave him eight on the season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April. Billy Williams (1970) and Henry Rodriguez (2000) each hit seven.
There's rivalry shenanigans and then there's what the Illini are about to pull in a few weeks. Chicago has long been a fighting ground for the college sports fans hearts - after all, it's the number one location for grads of Big Ten schools in the country - but for decades it's been the battle ground for Northwestern vs. Illinois. However, yesterday the Illini...
Luis Valbuena wasn't going to let the game go to extras.
Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning off Steve Cishek (1-3) to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
''Ninth inning, two outs, I tried to hit a home run,'' Valbuena said. ''I didn't want to play extra innings.''
Something interesting came up today as Anthony Rizzo hit another two homers to become the Cubs’ all-time leader in homers in April by a left-handed batter. Yeah, they have small-sample meaningless stats for everything! But all those home runs are cool despite his crap average. At the conclusion of the game, Rizzo had a slash line of .200/.277/.506, buoyed by the fact that...
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Last weekend, the Brewers won two games thanks to several timely errors by the Cubs. In games started by Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman, the Brewers took the lead on unearned runs both times. It seems like a shame for Jackson and Feldman to get tagged with losses in those cases (as much as the Cubs losing can be a “shame” anyway).
It got me thinking...
The Marlins Marlins were beaten by the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Friday in a game they trailed from the start. Chicago has now taken the first two of the series and Miami has 18 losses on the year to go along with only five wins. That record puts the Marlins on pace for the worst record in Major League Baseball history. Currently, it’s good enough for worst this season in MLB...