Cubs 4, Pirates 5 (4/11/14)

Did the Cubs Win? OSS: James Russell marches onwards towards his ignominious release. Three Up 1. Starlin Castro continues his hot start to the season with a 3 single day. He scored a run and hand an RBI. 2. Travis Wood deserved the win here, but we’ll get to that later. He allowed 1 run (that Schlitter inherited), walked 3, allowed 4 hits, and fanned 9. At one point, I think...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Series wrap-up: Winners at Wrigley

The Pirates ended up with another series win against the Cubs, making them 3-for-3 in winning series so far this year, but this one sure wasn’t easy. Tuesday’s win was a nailbiter, Wednesday was a pretty ugly loss, and Thursday’s win required a big comeback and a scary ninth inning. Even though you’d like to see the Pirates get past the Cubs by more than one run in these...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates overcome ruling, 4-run deficit to beat Cubs

A year ago, it would have been hailed as a textbook play. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte made a perfect throw. Catcher Tony Sanchez caught it cleanly while on his knees, turned slightly to the left and made the tag before Starlin Castro slid into home plate. Thursday, however, Castro was called safe. And there was nothing the Pirates could do except absorb the blow and move...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Value of Starlin Castro to the Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs Baseball -- All the buzz this spring was about the Cubs “Big Four”; prospects Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Albert Almora were all off to hot starts. To the amazement of most, Bryant was hitting early home runs and Baez was hitting cars. But, what went relatively under the radar was Starlin Castro: the shape he was in and the spring he was having. Start...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Ducksnort

A new feature for World Series Dreaming is the Daily Ducksnort. Here I intend to highlight one aspect of each game I feel stood out. Sometimes this will focus on something positive, other times things will have a negative feel. However, this will always be a short look at what I feel was the most important aspect from the previous days game. Today, I want to take a look at Starlin...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: The unthinkable option would be the wrong one

The Wrigley Field rooftop owners want the view, the Chicago Cubs want the renovations. The Cubs have had discussions with the city about adding a 650-square-foot Wrigley Field sign  that could potentially block the view from the rooftops. As a kid, there was that word your parents told you not to say. And if you said it, you’d have to put a quarter in the jar. Well, the organization...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Pirates 8 (4/8/14)

OSS: Despite a heroic performance by Starlin Castro, the Cubs give a winnable game to the Pirates (again). Three Up 1. How could it not be Starlin Castro? A three-run dinger in the 3rd tied it up, and a and a 6th-inning dinger brought the Cubs within 1. All told, Castro went 3-4, 4 RBI, 2 R. It was his first career multi-HR game and probably the best game of his career so far. Also...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 7: Pirates 7 Cubs 6

The Pirates had to overcome a lot of unusual stuff to sneak out a win from the Cubs tonight. After the Pirates took a 4-0 lead against a really ineffective Edwin Jackson in the first inning, the Cubs fought back to tie the game on a three-run homer by Starlin Castro. Morton had only allowed one regular season home run since the end of last July and he’s generally hard to right...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs bust out of slump, explode for eight runs in win

The Cubs have insisted over and over again they're feeling good at the plate, even if the results haven't been there. Relief -- and justification -- came Sunday, as the Cubs put on an offensive show in a 8-3 win over the Phillies in front of 26,712 at Wrigley Field. Rick Renteria played around with the lineup and it paid off, as the Cubs scored four runs in each the first...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4/1/14

Did the Cubs Win? (image c/o bleacher nation) Chicago Cubes 0 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 1 One Sentence Synopsis: Cubes gonna Cube, Bonifacio going to TOOTBLAN, and Cubs go 0 for 11 with RISP. Three Up 1. Jeff Samardzija was very good, going 7 scoreless frames. He walked 2 and allowed 5 hits, but only fanned 3. He was bailed out by a hot smash that was grabbed my Castro for a double...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #1

The Cubs ended their exhibition season on Saturday with a dramatic-ish come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Jason Hammel pitched well in his final preseason tune-up, and Starlin Castro came back just in time for Opening Day: Yeah, he didn’t get a hit, but he did walk and played good defense. And he’s healthy, so that’s the most important thing. The Cubs...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Castro back for spring finale, Cubs beat D'backs

PHOENIX (AP) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro returned from a hamstring injury Saturday and played his first spring training game since March 2 in Chicago's 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs opening day roster finalized

Alberto Cabrera DFA, Brian Schlitter takes final spot With the bullpen sorted out (for now), the Cubs opening day roster looks like: C Welington Castillo C John Buck 1B Anthony Rizzo 2B/SS Darwin Barney SS Starlin Castro 3B Mike Olt 2B/3B Luis Valbuena 2B/SS/3B/CF Emilio Bonifacio OF Ryan Kalish OF Ryan Sweeney OF Junior Lake RF Nate Schierholtz RF Justin Ruggiano SP Jeff Samardzija...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Mike Olt help the Cubs compete in the NL Central?

The Chicago Cubs traded their number one starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers last season, and one of the key pieces that they got in return was third baseman Mike Olt. He has had issues with his vision recently, but was able to prove that those issues are a thing of the past in Spring Training. Chicago’s coaching staff has been very vocal over the past couple of days...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Leave the Gum, Take the Canela

Danny Canela reached base five times on a two-run home run, a two run double, a single, and two walks, Pin-Chieh Chen blasted a three-run home run and walked, Cael Brockmeyer reached base four times on two singles and two walks, stole two bases, and scored a run, Jeimer Candelario singled, walked twice, scored two runs, and drove-in another, and Starlin Castro belted a triple...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #5

The Cubs battled former pitching prospect Andrew Cashner in Peoria on Tuesday night (they lost the early game to the Angels in the ninth).  C.J. Edwards pitched and we were disappointed that this was not a televised game (grrrr). Random Cubs news includes bits on Starlin Castro and George Kottaras: Starlin Castro says he is willing to change positions for Javier Baez if that’s...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Starlin Castro close to being ready for Opening Day

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been sidelined for most of March with a mild hamstring strain. He took a step toward being ready for Opening Day next week by participating in a minor league game on Monday.By TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia CommonsCarrie Muskat of reported Castro didn't have any balls hit to him in the field, but tested his leg on foul balls and...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Mets pay the price for Starlin Castro?

Not everyone is a Starlin Castro fan. He’s a polarizing player who’s had some character issues in the past, but he is also a four-year veteran on a team that is going very young, very quickly. The quick-batted sensation Javier Baez will be up with the Chicago Cubs soon enough. While Baez has been playing games at second-base, he’s a shortstop by trade. Some think he’s good...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Is Junior Lake in for a big season?

The Chicago Cubs have quite a few interesting situations to keep an eye on during the 2014 season, and one of those has to deal with Junior Lake. Lake, a 23-year-old outfielder, had a breakout season last year with the Cubs and showed that he had a lot of potential for the future. It appears that the Cubs are going to give Lake everyday playing time this year, and give him a chance...
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28 days ago  |  1 Comment

Cubs' Starlin Castro will play Minor League game Sunday, Cactus League game Monday

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has progressed very well in his recovery from his strained right hamstring. Castro has not played a Cactus League game since March 2, but manager Rick Renteria has found a way for the shortstop to get in as many at bats as possible before Opening Day. Castro racked up six at bats as the designated hitter in Saturday's Minor League game....
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro up to ‘90 percent’ as Cubs face injury issues

Starlin Castro estimated he’s running at 90 percent now, but the Cubs shortstop wouldn’t put a timetable on when he’ll be able to play in a game again. “I don’t know,” Castro said Tuesday, “but we’re getting closer.” Castro went through another series of tests at Cubs Park, taking batting practice, running (not the bases), fielding groundballs and getting treatment...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' Starlin Castro plans to be ready for Opening Day

The Chicago Cubs had some positive news come out Monday.  Shortstop & future star Starlin Castro is almost fully recovered from his strained right hamstring.  Castro injured the hamstring on March 2nd during the Cubs' third Cactus League game of the Spring.  Castro was quoted yesterday:"I'm getting there," Castro said Monday. "I'm running hard, like...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: What to expect from Starlin Castro

The Chicago Cubs are looking at their 2014 campaign and have hope that they can become a more competitive team than they were last year. One of the pieces that will have to step up in order for that to happen is Starlin Castro. He has struggled with injuries and inconsistencies over the past couple of years, but the Cubs are hoping for a breakout season this year. Currently he is...
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March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Matt Garza: I’m going to kick the Cubs teeth in

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Matt Garza won 21 games pitching for the Chicago Cubs before the team dealt him to the Texas Rangers last July. This season, Garza will have extra motivation when he faces his former team. “I wish them the best,” Garza said to the Chicago Sun-Times this week. “But I like where I’m at, and I’m going to try to kick their teeth in every time...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs expect Starlin Castro to play next week and be ready for Opening Day

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left the Cubs' March 2 Spring Training game with a mild hamstring strain in his right leg, and he has not played since. It appears, though, that Castro will likely return to action at some point next week.'s Carrie Muskat reports that manager Rick Renteria expects the young shortstop to play next week and have enough time to...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

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