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Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-15-14

I’ve not done these for several days and the reason is not important. Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara and Josh Vitters were a combined 0-12 at the top of the I-Cubs batting order. Chris Coghlan was 1-3 with a walk and Chris Valaika was 2-3 with a double. Logan Watkins and Eli Whiteside each […]

Top 10 2014 Free Agents – The Story So Far

No game to talk about yesterday, so this will be a quick little hit on how the top FA of 2014 have performed so far. 1. Robinson Cano – .326/.396/.370 (109 wRC+) Cano hasn’t exactly done the heavy lifting for the Mariners, but Smoak, Zunino, and Ackley have been more than sufficient so far. 2. […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 2

Previous editions are here. For the most part, I’ll try to avoid repeating players. Position Players Devin Mesoraco Could be poised for a breakout. Mesoraco always posted great power numbers in the minor leagues, but it hasn’t translated to the majors yet. With catchers, it can take a while, and Mesoraco is only 26. He […]

Ten Reasons I’m Watching The 2014 Cubs

The last time I posted here, the dinosaurs roamed the earth the Cubs were still in the hunt for the NL pennant I swore I didn’t care about the 2014 Cubs. I said there would be no reason to watch the 2014 Cubs. I pretty much made it clear I wouldn’t so much as accidentally watch […]

Minor League Recap 4-10-14

Three of the Cubs four minor league games got underway this afternoon while Daytona played tonight. Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur was 2-4 with a strikeout and run scored. Arismendy Alcantara doubled and had 2 hits in 4 plate appearances. Javier Baez isn’t getting a lot of hits, but he hit his 2nd home run of […]

Minor League Recap: 4-9-14

Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur is off to a slow start with another 0-5 night and he struck out 3 times. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-3 with a  walk and Javier Baez was 2-4 with a double and a strikeout. Josh Vitters hit his 2nd home run of the season and was 1-3 with a walk and […]

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-8-14

Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs are off to as solid a start to their season as the parent club is. They pounded out 4 hits tonight. All screaming liners, I heard. They also struck out 14 times due to bad umpiring. Leadoff hitter and center fielder, Matt Szczur was 0-4 with a couple of strikeouts. […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 1

I’m going to try to focus on players who are less than 30% owned, with maybe an exception here or there. If you are in a shallow league, there may be better bets out there, so be warned. Outfielders Melky Cabrera One of my big targets this year. Or more accurately, I didn’t realize how […]

Minor League Recap 4-5-14

Iowa Cubs It was a long night for the Iowa Cubs as they were beaten 11-1. Matt Szczur was 1-3 with a walk, run scored and a strikeout. Arismendy Alcantara was also 1-3 with a double. He also had an error. Javier Baez was 0-2 with 2 strikeouts and was thrown out of the game […]

Minor League Recap for April 4, 2014

I know Myles includes the Cubs, in part because they’re essentially a minor league team and in part because someone requested it. I’m not going to include them. It’s not because I have so much to say about the minor leagues. It’s because I just don’t want to write about them. Emilio Bonifacio? Seriously? No […]

Finding the Keys to Success for the Cubs After Two Games

If you have spent any amount of time on Twitter, listening to Chicago sports radio, or read a Cubs story by any of the Chicago beat writers (I’m making a conclusion based on two data points on that last one because I haven’t), then you probably know already that the Cubs are 1 for 27 […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4/3/14

Did the Cubs Win? Cubes 3 @ Pirates 4 (16 innings) OSS: Cubs tie it up in 9th, blow it in 12th, and kiss it goodbye in 16th. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena‘s single in the top of the 9th tied the game, part of a 3-6, 2 BB day. Even if Olt doesn’t seize […]

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 Baker  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 […]

Better Know a Cub: Mike Olt

Mike Olt is a strong man. He's a patient man. He's a man with a good glove. And he is a man almost wholly written off in some parts. He's a man with undeniable warts and undeniable talents; this is a quality he shares with everyone in baseball not named Mike Trout. Most importantly to […]

Better Know a Cub: Ryan Kalish

Theo Epstein knows Ryan Kalish as well as any GM in the minors. Kalish was drafted by the wonderkid in the 9th round of the 2006 draft; one pick before Mark Melancon. Quick Aside: Look at the 2006 Red Sox draft. It's pretty great. Epstein drafted Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Josh Reddick, Brandon Belt (who […]

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