Fantasy Baseball Stolen Base Help: Tony Campana

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs outfielder Tony Campana is barely owned in fantasy leagues (5.9 percent ESPN, 8.0 Yahoo!), yet he has more stolen bases (six) than any other player in Major League Baseball over the past week. For the year, he’s hitting .435, and though he has yet to collect an extra-base hit or drive in a run, his high average has produced an .893 OPS. Campana has only played in eight games this year, but he does have six runs to go along with those six stolen bases. The speed is legit. He had 24 SBs last year in just 95 games. He only ...

Cubs vs. Phillies: Matt Garza Quiets Phillies’ Bats in Cubs’ 5-1 Win

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Sunday behind the arm of the ace of their pitching staff, Matt Garza.The Cubs have a shot taking three out of four from the Phillies on the road in Monday's contest before they head to Cincinnati.Here is what we learned and the questions we have after today's victory put the Cubs' record at 8-14. Matt Garza Throws Lights OutThere has been much speculation the Cubs were willing to trade Garza for potential prospects, but Garza proved he is the ace of this pitching staff and could possibly be for years to come after his ...

Chicago Cubs: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Among Top Prospects Part 3

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We're back with the 3rd Edition of Who's Hot, Who's Not among the Cubs' top prospects. Cubs' catching prospect Welington Castillo, 25, has been with the Cubs since 2004, and has climbed the ranks of the organization. This will likely be the year he gets a legitimate chance at the Cubs' starting job.With Soto struggling, there is a lot of uncertainty, and at-bats are for the taking.Let's explore the Cubs' system once again to find out who is playing well and looking to move up the organizational ladder. Begin Slideshow

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout Are Up, How Long Until We See Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo?

April 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim both called up their top prospects this weekend, and Bryce Harper and Mike Trout have already proved to be valuable additions to their respective squads.The Chicago Cubs have a big-name prospect of their own, and he is absolutely raking in Triple-A Iowa.Anthony Rizzo, acquired in the offseason for Andrew Cashner, owns a line of .378/.427/./671 in 82 at-bats this season. He has launched seven home runs and compiled 21 RBI.His ridiculous 2011 season in Tucson (.331/.404/.652, 26, 101) earned him a midseason call-up for the Padres, but he disappointed a bit ...

Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies to Honor Highest Scoring MLB Game Ever

April 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This season, Major League Baseball will celebrate the 90th birthday of one of the coolest, yet least talked about feats in baseball history — the highest scoring big league game ever. Played between the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs, the slugfest on Aug. 25, 1922, at Cubs Field was a spectacle to say the least. In this slideshow, I will reveal the best and worst performers in the 26-23 Cubs victory on that hot Chicago day.Begin Slideshow

Chicago Cubs: Why It’s Time to Admit That Trey McNutt Is a Relief Pitcher

April 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After a brilliant 2010 campaign that saw 2009 32nd-round draft pick Trey McNutt climb all the way to AA Tennessee with a sparkling 2.48 ERA for the year, many wanted to believe that McNutt was a future ace.This belief permeated through the Cubs' organization so much that the team held on to McNutt over Chris Archer in the Matt Garza trade.The next season, neither McNutt nor Archer did particularly well while Garza shined. This season, McNutt is off to a brilliant start, having given up only one earned run through his first four starts, to the tune of a 0.61 ...

Randy Wells Is Wild as the Chicago Cubs Lose to the Phillies 5-2

April 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Randy Wells was shaky in his second start of the year as he was unable to make it out of the fourth inning as the Cubs were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2. The Cubs were unable to get anything started against Phillies starter Joe Blanton despite having eight hits off of him. Here is what we learned and questions we have from this Cubs loss.  Did Dale Sveum Leave Randy Wells In Too Long? The fourth inning was an absolute disaster for Wells. Before his collapse in the fourth, he was cruising through the Phillies lineup as he had yet ...

Paul Maholm Outduels Halladay, Chicago Cubs Win 5-1

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs began their road trip on a high note by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1.This was suppose to be an easy win for the Phillies, especially with their ace Roy Halladay pitching, but the Cubs caused him fits all evening.Here is what we learned, along with the questions we have after yesterday's victory, which leaves the Cubs' record at 7-13.Tony Campana has sparked this team:  The Cubs offense was sputtering for the early part of the season, but the addition of Campana in the lineup creates a whole new dynamic.  With a combination of speed and scrappy play he can ...

MLB Speculation: When Will the Chicago Cubs Turn 2012 into a Youth Movement?

April 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Every opening day is much anticipated for Cubs fans. “Believe” flutters in the winds of Wrigleyville as conversations blossom that either start or end with “this year is the year.” However, this year’s opening day had an eerie feeling of hope building up on the corner of Clark and Addison. The ivy was beginning to bloom, and the sun gleamed down on April 5. It was opening day—but not just any opening day. It was time for the Cubs to take their first step toward a World Series win under new direction of the franchise poster boy, Theo Epstein.   ...

Jon Lieber: Former Chicago Cubs 20-Game Winner Interview Part 2

April 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the second part of my interview with former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lieber, he tells me what it was like to play with Sammy Sosa, why pitchers don't throw inside anymore and what he thinks of the salaries athletes make today. Darrell Horwitz: Would you consider Wrigley Field a good pitchers ballpark? Jon Lieber: Absolutely. I think it's a great ballpark. The one thing I loved was the day games. I think it's a great field to pitch at, and I think it goes to the surroundings. That's what makes it more comfortable.  DH: Going back to the day ...

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