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When Can We Expect the Chicago Cubs to Contend for a World Series?

September 30, 2013 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

As the green ivy of the Wrigley Field outfield wall begins to turn red, the spirits of Cubs fans around the world turn blue as another season of Cubs baseball comes to a close in September. As if anybody in blue pinstripes needs reminded, the Cubs' World Series championship drought—which began in 1908—will painfully reach 105 years. Improvement has been few and far between for the North Siders. The team batting average finished two points lower than last year's final average, a disappointing .238 in 2013. However, the Cubs did finish five games better than last year's 101-loss season. So the real question ...

Why Joe Girardi Would Be Right Man to Make the Cubs Winners Again

September 25, 2013 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs are a team on the rise, and it's fair to say that there's no one in baseball who wouldn't like the opportunity to be on the roster when the team finally breaks through and brings a title to the long-suffering fanbase. There will be a great deal of roster turnover over the next couple of years, as the team incorporates a good deal of high-end young talent from its stocked minor league system and likely spends big in free agency to fill in the remaining gaps. However, the question remains: Who will be at the helm of this team ...

Chicago Cubs: Surprises and Disappointments in 2013?

September 18, 2013 by Eli Greenspan · Leave a Comment 

Coming into the 2013 season the Cubs and their fans expectations were mostly on the same page. There wasn't this belief that the Cubs were going anywhere, but there was an expectation that certain players would perform better than they did.  While there was some disappointment, there were also surprises. This article will focus on the MLB level because while there was some surprising developments in the minor leagues, those can be covered at a different time. Let's take a look at who surprised us and who let us down this year for the Cubs. Feel free to comment on anyone I ...

Ranking Chicago Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects After the 2013 Minor League Season

September 16, 2013 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The minor league season is over, and while things have not gone very well at the major league level for the Chicago Cubs this season, there is plenty of reason for excitement surrounding their minor league talent. Last week, I named my 2013 Cubs All-Prospect team with a look at the best the Cubs' farm system has to offer at each position. This time around, we look at the organization as a whole and how the Cubs' top 10 prospect list looks here at the close of 2013. Included are each prospect's 2013 stats, a brief overview and an ETA for when that ...

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds: Live Blog and In-Game Analysis

September 11, 2013 by Joe Tacosik · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs took on the Cincinnati Reds today, looking to win their third straight game, and sweep the Reds in Cincy for the first in 12 years. That, however, did not happen, as the Reds walked away with a 6-0 victory in Wednesday's afternoon matchup. Mike Leake gets the win for the Reds, as Cincinnati moves to 83-64 on the year. Jeff Samardzija takes the loss for Chicago, who fall to 62-83 and are most certainly out of the playoff hunt. Follow the live blog from today's game below to recap all the action!Read more Chicago Cubs news on BleacherReport.com

The Biggest Regrets and Missed Opportunites of Cubs’ 2013 Season

September 9, 2013 by Eli Greenspan · Leave a Comment 

It's been an uneventful 2013 for the Cubs with their season going as expected. The long anticipated Matt Garza trade finally went through and the team also unloaded Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus and Scott Hairston after a short stay, to name a few. That said, the Cubs brass and fans had expectations and of course some disappointments. Whether it was the former top prospect emerging somewhere else or the current prospects not moving as quickly as expected. Several Cubs prospects played very well this season, but they are in the lower levels and are still a few years away. That is perhaps ...

Chicago Cubs’ 2013 All-Prospect Team

September 9, 2013 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

This season, we've taken a weekly look at how the Cubs' top 10 prospects have performed each week, and while it's been another long season at the big league level, there is plenty of reason for excitement down on the farm. A high-upside draft class fronted by third baseman Kris Bryant and a handful of deals at the deadline have made what was already a vastly improved system that much better, and while 2014 may be another rebuilding year for the Cubs, they could make some real noise by 2015. With the minor league regular season over, now is a good time ...

Which Chicago Cubs Starters Won’t Be Returning in 2014?

September 5, 2013 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

As 2013 comes to an end, some players begin to look outside of the North Side of Chicago for employment.  With the trade deadline come and gone and players beginning to be called up, it's time for some boys in blue to start packing their bags. The 2014 season hopes to be a new-look Cubs organization, with young prospects such as Javier Baez and Mike Olt hoping to find a full-time job at Wrigley Field. Could "Back to the Future" have been right with their portrayal of the Cubs as 2015 World Series champions? Time will tell. Here we look at five Cubs ...

Quick Pitch: In 1984, Ryne Sandberg Ran Like a Cheetah, Not a Ryno

September 4, 2013 by Randy S. Robbins · Leave a Comment 

Fourth in a series of short player profiles spotlighting the peculiar and the noteworthy With Ryne Sandberg's recent hiring as interim manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, one achievement of his Hall of Fame career bears a closer look. Apart from his 1984 National League MVP, a home run title, two monster performances in the Chicago Cubs' only postseason appearances since 1945 and stellar defensive play that culminated in nine Gold Gloves and the highest career fielding percentage ever by a second baseman, Sandberg's 19 triples (tied with Juan Samuel) led the Majors in 1984, far outpacing such speedsters as Willie Wilson, ...

Chicago Cubs: Full Scouting Report on Each September Call-Up

September 3, 2013 by Eli Greenspan · Leave a Comment 

As minor league seasons end and the major leagues hit the final stretch, teams start calling up their top prospects for their first taste of life in the big leagues. It is a time to see major league pitching, get adjusted to speed of the game and shake off the awe of being a major league ballplayer. September 1 marks the time when teams can have 40 players on the active roster. A time that usually brings excitements to fans across the board.  While these players may clog an already cramped clubhouse, they also provide added depth that is needed after the grueling ...

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