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Kris Bryant Roster Cut Is an MLB Problem, Not a Cubs Problem

March 30, 2015 by Jason Catania · Leave a Comment 

Kris Bryant, arguably the best prospect in baseball and inarguably the crusher of more home runs than any other player this spring training, will start the 2015 season in the minor league. But don't blame the Chicago Cubs—blame Major League Baseball. After all, it's the rules that made this decision entirely inevitable and anything but surprising. The Cubs announced Monday they had sent Bryant to minor league camp despite his ridiculous .425/.477/1.175 triple-slash line and, count 'em, nine homers. Bryant could have batted 1.000 and hit a home run every time up, and still, the 23-year-old righty slugger would have begun the regular season in Iowa instead ...

5 Reasons to Be Excited for the 2015 Cubs Season

March 29, 2015 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

Even though the 2015 Chicago Cubs baseball season is just a week away, the hot topic of discussion lately has not been the state of the team; rather, it has been the fate of the historic Wrigley Field. Chairman Tom Ricketts has already announced that the ballpark will not be ready for Opening Day, and renovations could take an extra year to complete. Look on the bright side, Cubs fans. Wouldn't you prefer an extra year of construction for the ballpark instead of the reconstruction of the team? There are mixed expectations for the 2015 Cubs, though the reality is that the success of the team depends largely ...

Cubs Say Wrigley Field Renovations Will Take Extra Year to Complete

March 26, 2015 by Tyler Conway · Leave a Comment 

In the latest bit of bad news in what's increasingly become a nightmare renovation, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said construction on Wrigley Field will take at least one more year than initially expected.   “There will be four more years,” Ricketts said Wednesday, per David Just of the Chicago Sun-Times. “The way we project it now is four more years of construction.” The initial phase of construction, bleacher reconstruction, has been fraught with delays that will leave many fans displaced once the regular season begins. Chris De Luca of the Sun-Times showed a photo that depicted the disappointing state of Wrigley's right field bleachers with ...

Do the 2015 Cubs Have the Pitching Needed to Make Good on the Hype?

March 26, 2015 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

Let's do something other than talk about the Chicago Cubs offense. We've talked enough about that, though not without good reason. The Cubs offense looms large in discussions about why they're destined to contend in 2015, as surely any lineup with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, Starlin Castro, Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler is going to mash. So instead, let's talk about the Cubs' pitching. We were doing that a lot around when they dropped $175 million on Jon Lester and Jason Hammel in December, but not as much since. In general, the attitude about Chicago's pitching has been along the lines ...

Edwin Jackson Went to Wrong Stadium Before Getting Lit Up by Oakland A’s

March 25, 2015 by Dan Carson · Leave a Comment 

The Oakland Athletics mauled Edwin Jackson on Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs righty took the mound in the second inning and was immediately ravaged to the tune of nine hits and eight runs scored over the course of 1.2 innings. Jackson essentially served as batting practice for Oakland, and perhaps fittingly, he admitted his disastrous performance occurred after a morning spent driving around trying to find the stadium. CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that the 31-year-old pitcher showed up late for the Cubs’ spring training tilt against Oakland after driving to the wrong venue. According to Mooney, Jackson turned to Google Maps for guidance ...

Starlin Castro Injury: Updates on Cubs Star’s Groin and Return

March 21, 2015 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs will be without Starlin Castro for at least a short period of time due to a groin issue. He is expected to return to action Tuesday.Continue for updates. Castro to Play TuesdaySunday, March 22MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reported that Castro says he "feels good" and "will take today and Monday off and play Tuesday. Muskat provided comments from Castro, who said he "feels 100 percent" and "said he felt the tightness in his groin on Thursday during an at-bat," via MLBlogs.com:It’s just a little bit tight in the groin. I felt it three days ago when we played the ...

Complete Chicago Cubs 2015 Season Preview

March 21, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

There is an overwhelming hope that the 2015 Chicago Cubs will be a competitive group. That hope comes from the fact the team made several savvy offseason moves and its prospects are finally ready to make an impact at the big league level. In just over two weeks, the season will open at Wrigley Field and the Cubs will take on the rival St Louis Cardinals. You better believe the atmosphere is going to be the most electric it's been in Wrigleyville in several years. Before the first pitch of that game, and the MLB season, here are five things to watch ...

Predicting the 2015 Chicago Cubs 25-Man Roster on Opening Day

March 18, 2015 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs fans will have a lot to get used to when the 2015 season opens on April 5. Not only will the famed bleachers be under construction for much of the first half of the season, but the team on the field will be a work in progress as well. Though the Cubs are in a good position to contend for a playoff spot, they will have stiff competition in the NL Central. Chicago is a young team that will need to develop quickly if it wants any hope of making the playoffs. The Cubs had a quite successful offseason, adding ...

Theo Epstein Responds to Scott Boras’ Comments Regarding Kris Bryant

March 18, 2015 by Mike Chiari · Leave a Comment 

Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant has been on a tear throughout spring training, but with the Cubbies potentially mulling the possibility of starting him in Triple-A, a battle is brewing between Bryant's agent and Cubs management. According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the case in favor of not putting the power-hitting third baseman on the MLB roster right away is the fact that holding him back for 12 days will postpone free agency by one year. While that approach would help Chicago financially, agent Scott Boras believes that sending his client down would wrong message to Cubs fans, per Rosenthal. "Cubs ownership ...

What Kris Bryant’s Dominant Spring Roster Push Will Mean for Him, Cubs

March 18, 2015 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

A couple weeks ago, you could look at Chicago Cubs superprospect Kris Bryant and ask two questions.  First: Was he going to follow his explosive 2014 performance with a big showing in spring training? Second: If yes, what would it mean? Well, we have our answer to the first question. It turns out that Bryant is not having a big showing this spring. It's not fair to put it that way. Because he's having a FREAKIN' HUGE showing this spring. Through nine games, the 23-year-old third baseman has looked every bit like the guy who pushed his way to the top of prospect rankings with a 1.098-OPS, ...

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