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Criticism During World Series Humorous to Joe Maddon

The Chicago Cub will begin defending their 2016 World Series title shortly, which was their first in 108 years. Even though the Cubs won the Fall Classic it has not stopped the manager of the Cubs, Joe Maddon from making comments against the people who during last October’s World Series second guessed his decisions in the dugout. The biggest of which, was his decision to use closer Aroldis Chapman during Game 6 of the series. During a recent interview, Maddon said he found it humorous that people would want to even go there, during a dinner, he... 
 

Kris Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award for National League

What more is there for Kris Bryant to ask for? The Baseball Writers’ Association named the Chicago Cubs star the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. Bryant becomes the first player to win college baseball’s top award the Golden Spikes Award, the Minor League Player of the Year, the MLB Rookie of the Year and the MVP award in four straight seasons. He said it was amazing to hear that he was the first to accomplish the feat of winning those four awards over four seasons. He called it humbling and said he was grateful to have been... 
 

World Series’ Longest Winless Drought Finally Ends

For the preseason through the entire regular season and into the postseason, the Chicago Cubs were favored to win the 2016 World Series. The only time they were not favored is when they trailed in the series 3-1. However, they rallied to win the final three games of the Fall Classic against the Cleveland Indians including Game 7 in 10 innings by the score of 8-7. The championship ended the longest drought in sports history of 108 years. Chicago led the league with 103 wins during the regular season, defeated San Francisco in the NL Division Series,... 
 

Chicago Cubs Need to Find Their Offense and Quick

The Cleveland Indians lead the 2016 World Series 2-1 after they shutout the Cubs 1-0 in Game 3 from Wrigley Field on Friday night. Chicago has mysteriously lost its hitting groove. The Cubs pitching along with its defense was present for Game 3 in a loss as the Indians could muster just one run over nine innings. However, that one run was enough for the Indians to take back home field advantage after losing it in Game 2 when the Cubs won 5-1. In Game 3, the weather was conducive for a hitter as the wind was blowing out to left field at over 15 mph.... 
 

Kyle Schwarber Returns to Cubs Lineup and Under the Spotlight

The big question around baseball is what are the Chicago Cubs going to do with Kyle Schwarber. Well, the Cubs may not be the only ones that need to answer that question; the Cleveland Indians might have to as well. For Cleveland, the question means figuring a way to get Schwarber out. After being on the disabled list for over six months due to an ACL tear, Schwarber has appeared from nowhere to No. 5 in the Chicago batting order. In Game 1 of the World Series, Schwarber crushed a double of the wall in right field for the hardest ball the Cubs hit... 
 

Dodgers Games Taking Longer to Complete

The Los Angeles Dodgers trail the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in the National League Championship Series, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers won a number of games during the regular season and winning this year’s World Series is still within grasp. However, the Dodgers have been winning as well as losing games that are taking much longer to play. The average time it took the Dodgers and Washington Nationals to play a game during their best of five series was 4 hours and 1 minute. Thus far, the series’ first five games between... 
 

Chicago Cubs Infield to Start in All-Star Game

The starting infield for the National League All-Star team will be all Chicago Cubs players. At first base will be Anthony Rizzo, at second Ben Zobrist, at third Kris Bryant and at shortstop Addison Russell. Dexter Fowler has been chosen as a starting outfielder. In addition, the Cubs will have Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta on the NL All-Star roster. Rizzo earned the most votes for the NL and the rest of the infielders along with Fowler were picked by fans. Arrieta was picked by the players, while Lester was named by Terry Collins the manager of the... 
 

Cubs Slide Increases to Four Straight, Injuries Blamed

The Chicago Cubs still hold the best record in baseball at 47-24, but their lead in the National League Central is now just 9 games and they are currently on a four-game losing streak, which is the highest this season for the team. At this time, the Cubs are a play or two short of winning and their reliable arms in the bullpen are beginning to thin out. The starting pitchers continue to hold their own, with the exception of Jason Hammel’s last outing in which he snapped a string of 23 straight outings that the starting rotation had allow four... 
 

Chicago Cubs Young Guns Showing They Belong

The Chicago Cubs have shown the baseball world they are the team to beat. The Cubs have set new milestones after the first 60 games of the regular season. They are doing so with players that are often considered too young to be so good. Chicago has played so well thus far its run differential is better at this stage of the season that that of the 1927 New York Yankees. Of the 10 position players on the Cubs who have a minimum of 100 appearances at the play thus far this season, six are aged 26 or younger. History has shown that teams with that young... 
 

Chicago Cubs Continue Busy Off-season, Add Jason Heyward and May Not Be Done

Jason Heyward chose the Chicago Cubs over returning to the St. Louis Cardinals and has agreed to terms on an 8-year, $184 million deal. The deal includes two opt-outs — after the third year and the fourth, if he exceeds a plate-appearance threshold. The move to add Heyward comes after free -agent Ben Zobrist signed on Tuesday to replace Starlin Castro, who was simultaneously traded to the New York Yankees for right-hander Adam Warren. Heyward seems to be a good bet to play center in 2016, with Jorge Soler in right and Kyle Schwarber in... 
 

After Signing Ben Zobrist, Cubs Trade Starlin Castro to Yankees

The Chicago Cubs played musical chairs with its middle infield in the past few hours, signing 34-year-old Ben Zobrist to a four year deal worth $56 million and trading away 25-year-old former All-Star, Starlin Castro, to the Yankees for Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan. For Chicago, the deal went beyond age. The Cubs are one of the youngest teams in the game and were clearly looking for veteran leadership, which will be found from a former player of Manager, Joe Maddon, in Zobrist, who was a key acquisition for the Royals en route to their first World... 
 

Cubs Jake Arieta Wins National League Cy Young

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor Wednesday. In what was expected to be a tighter three-person race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points. Arrieta led the majors in wins, going 22-6. He went 11-0 in his last 12 starts, pushing the Cubs... 
 

Rookie of the Year Awards: Cubs Kris Bryant, Astros Carlos Correa

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor. Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Monday. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy... 
 

Cubs, Maddon Make all the Right Moves In Win

(AP) ST. LOUIS — For one inning, Jorge Soler and all those Chicago Cubs rookies looked like playoff-tested veterans, and the St. Louis Cardinals appeared shaken. That’s all it took. Behind Jorge Soler’s two-run homer and two successful squeeze bunt attempts, the Cubs scored five times in the second inning to win Game 2 of the NLDS. In Game 2 of the NLDS, the visiting Chicago Cubs used a five-run second inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 and even the series. Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russellhad successful squeeze... 
 

Cubs Roll Past Pirates Behind Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber

Chicago Cubs 22 game winner Jake Arrieta handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates in complete game shutout, Kyle Schwarber drove in three runs, and Dexter Fowler slugged a solo homer to back up the effort, as the Cubs rolled past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the National League Wild Card game to advance to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arieta struck out 11 and allowed just four hits on 113 pitches. The NL Cy Young Award contender allowed only four earned runs in his final 12 starts of the season, a stretch in which he went 11-0 with a... 
 

Cubs Joe Maddon Delivers the Goods As Only He Can

In his tenure as Manager for the Tampa Bay Rays I watched Joe Maddon in 100’s of post game pressers. In fact it is safe to assume I’ve watched Maddon deliver more post game analysis than any other manager in baseball. The reason is simple. No one does it better. Now as the Chicago Cubs skipper Maddon has elevated his game. After the Cubs’ 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Maddon started his post game press conference with effusive praise for Starlin Castro. Castro’s two home runs surely helped the Cubs... 
 

Kris Bryant Boosting Cubs Offense

Kris Bryant has played all of 11 games for the Chicago Cubs but the rookie has made a big impact. He’s notched 14 hits and compiled a .341/.471/.439 slash line. Despite the fact that Bryant missed the first 12 games of the Cubs season, his name is on the All-Star ballot. Chicago is sitting at 12-7, one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Bryant was a standout at the University of San Diego. He mashed nine home runs in his freshman campaign and was named a freshman All-American. The next season Bryant would... 
 

Chicago Cubs get Dexter Fowler from Houston Astros

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. The Cubs dealt away some of their infield surplus to upgrade their outfielder. Meanwhile, the Astros got a new third baseman and some depth for their rotation. The 28 year-old Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 in his first season with the Astros after being traded from the Colorado Rockies. His defensive numbers, while historically below average, were particularly poor in 2014. Still, he’s relatively young,... 
 

How the Chicago Cubs Are Building a Future Empire

If you’re not careful, you might miss it. Gradually, the Chicago Cubs, six years without a legitimate contender (a 97 win team in 2009 who would become a first round knockout), five years without a .500 record and owners of back to back last place finishes, are rising. One might look at the standings and see 73 wins in 2014, 12th in the NL in runs, 13th in OBP, 13th in ERA and owners of 20 blown saves and struggle to see the silver lining. But it’s there, and on Wednesday it had a bow on top with a “Happy Holidays” greeting... 
 

Jon Lester agrees to deal with Chicago Cubs

Jon Lester has finally made his decision. After deliberating for days, the 30-year-old left-hander has agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple media reports. Lester will earn a $25.83 annual average salary. Over the last 24 hours, Lester eliminated the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers from his list of potential destinations, leaving the Cubs and Red Sox. Lester was an instrumental part of Boston’s World Series titles in 2007 and 2013. Reports indicate the the Red Sox offered him six... 
 

Chicago Cubs Reach Agreement with Jason Hammel

The Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement with right-hander Jason Hammel on a two-year deal for $18 million that includes an option year. Hammel started 2014 with Chicago with a one year deal worth $6 million, and went 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA for them, before a trade to the A’s. Overall, he was 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA. Hammel played for new Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays team, so certainly there is some familiarity with Hammel there as well. Hammel was part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland and brought Addison... 
 

Jake Arrieta Emerges as an Ace for Chicago Cubs

Jake Arrieta dominated the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night. The Chicago Cubs hurler threw his first career shutout, surrendering just one hit and one walk while fanning 13 hitters. It was the best performance in what has been an excellent season for the 28 year-old right-hander. Arrieta broke into the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010. In parts of four seasons with the O’s, he authored an ugly 5.46 ERA in 358 innings. He did show some promise in 2012, as he displayed a 22.0 percent strikeout rate and 3.65 xFIP despite a 6.20... 
 

A’s Trade Prospects for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

The Oakland Athletics traded top prospect Addison Russell , fellow prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and possibly a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs for starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in the first blockbuster trade of the summer. The deal was first reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Those two righties will join Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray in the Oakland rotation that sports the best record in baseball at 53-33. Samardzija, 29, is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA this season.  Samardzija has been mentioned in trade... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy, Brandon McCarthy

Jeff Samardzija and David Price are the two best pitchers on the trade block. However, for teams not looking to sell the farm, Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy and Brandon McCarthy are attractive options. While these pitchers have an up and down history, they have been very good this year and could make a significant impact in the stretch run. Jason Hammel was signed by the Chicago Cubs this offseason to a modest one year deal worth $6 million. After a strong 2012 season where he established a career-best 22.9 percent strikeout rate, his 2013 campaign... 
 

Cubs Rumors – Jeff Samardzija Trade Possibilities

Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija has enjoyed a very good 2014 season. Meanwhile, his team is sitting at 27-38, which puts them in prime positions to be sellers at the trade deadline. The Cubs are fielding plenty of offers for Samardzija, who is under control for the remainder of this year and 2015 before he hits free agency. While his ERA from 2012-13 was slightly worse than the major league average, there were plenty of indicators that Samardzija had ace-level stuff. For one thing, his defense-independent stats were much better, as he... 
 

Six Hitters That Could Bounce Back in 2014

Every year there are a handful of hitters, whether the young and talented or the formerly successful, that most people want to give up on. In 2013 we saw outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino have impressive seasons at the plate after mediocre 2012 campaigns. Jacoby Ellsbury and Troy Tulowitzki returned to top form after spending most of 2012 on the DL. Marlon Byrd rebounded from a horrific 2012 year to post career-best numbers in 2013. The fortunate (or prescient) fantasy owner or General Manager reaped the benefits of seeing these... 
 

Chicago Cubs Trade Options Surfacing For Epstein

When Theo Epstein left Boston to become president of the Chicago Cubs after the 2011 season, he forecasted a rebuilding process that would include purging bad contracts of veterans, upgrading a woefully barren farm system and acquiring low-risk, high-reward players. The project has continued this offseason. On Tuesday, ESPNDeportes.com reported that the Cubs signed right-handed reliever Jose Veras to a one-year, $4 million deal that includes a $5.5 million option for 2015 and incentives. So far this offseason, the Cubs have acquired backup catcher... 
 

Marlins Trade Justin Ruggiano to Cubs

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano  in a trade with the Miami Marlins for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. In 2013 Ruggiano got regular playing time and hit .222/.298/.396 in 424 at-bats and hit 18 home runs, regressing significantly from his 2012 numbers when he hit .313/.374/.535 with 13 home runs in 288 at-bats. Over his career Ruggiano vs. LHP: .256/.328/.506 (316 at-bats) and vs. RHP: .249/.308/.393 (591 at-bats). Ruggiano likely find himself in a platoon possibly with Nate Schierholz in right field.  He can however play all... 
 

Chicago Cubs Reach Agreement With Wesley Wright

The Chicago Cubs reached an agreement with lefty reliever Wesley Wright on a one0year deal with $1.425 million. Wright spent last season with the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. He joined Tampa Bay via a waiver claim during the stretch drive last summer. He had a combined 3.69 ERA in 53 2/3 innings for the two teams. He went 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 16 appearances for the Rays. Tampa Bay has expressed interest in bringing Wright back for 2014 after being non-tendered but the Cubs obviously had other plans. Wright could serve as a lefty specialist... 
 

Cubs Hire Renteria, Dodgers Mattingly Talks Extension

Three years ago Don Mattingly was just starting out in Los Angeles and Rick Renteria was a bench coach in San Diego. On Thursday, Mattingly started negotiation talks for an extension and Renteria took over the helm in Chicago. Both managers have high aspirations to manage their teams to success the next few years, but they’re starting from opposite ends of the spectrum. Mattingly is in the final year of his contract after his option picked up when LA won a division series. Though the Dodgers have improved by at least four wins each of the... 
 

Chicago Cubs Prospect Javier Baez Analysis and Scouting Report

While Byron Buxton, the top ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization (and arguably in all of professional baseball), was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America on Wednesday, the question looms as to which prospects could have been considered viable selections (in lieu of Buxton) for the honor. By no means am I discrediting the performance that Buxton has displayed throughout the minors in 2013, as he has clearly exhibited the skills and tools worthy of player of the year recognition. Rather, I would like to... 
 

Cubs Prospect Kris Bryant Promoted to High-A Daytona

The Chicago Cubs have promoted third baseman Kris Bryant, their first pick in the June draft, from short-season Class-A Boise to Class-A Daytona. Bryant was batting .354 with four home runs and 16 RBIs at Boise. Bryant went 5-for-7 with one double, one triple and three RBIs in a doubleheader Sunday against Vancouver. He leaves Boise with a 15 game hitting streak, During the hitting streak, Bryant batted .415 (22-for-53). “We felt Daytona was a place Kris would be able to go and compete in his draft summer once he got enough at-bats under... 
 

Yankees Acquire Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

In a deal approved Friday morning, the Yankees have officially acquired outfielder, Alfonso Soriano, from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition has been rumored for weeks but hinged on multiple obstacles ranging from Soriano waiving his no-trade clause to how much money would be exchanged to which prospect the Yankees would give up. The former Yankees’ prospect will fit nicely into the current New York lineup and will likely bat cleanup on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay, both lefties, have been the only... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline: Trade Analysis of Matt Garza Deal

After completing their third trade in the past month on July 8, which saw the Cubs send Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospect Ivan Pineyro, Chicago finally completed a deal involving their premier trade chip, Matt Garza. At this time last season, the Texas Rangers were in serious pursuit of Garza. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, two sources close to the Texas organization divulged that the Rangers were supposedly within minutes of closing a deal to nab Garza, however, Texas pulled out of negotiations at the last... 
 

Cubs Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

The month of July continues to shape the upcoming trade deadline and the first week has been heavily favoring the Chicago Cubs. Chicago is in the midst of a four game winning streak but remain eight games under .500 and out of the playoff race in a super competitive NL Central. This combination implies the Cubs are still steadfast deadline sellers but its players are maximizing potential and value. Theo Epstein regimes have never been shy about making deadline deals and this one won’t be any different as the stars finally seem to be aligning... 
 

Cubs Deal Scott Feldman To Orioles, Marmol to Dodgers

The Baltimore Orioles took a step towards strengthening their starting rotation acquiring starter Scott Feldman in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore also acquired backup catcher Steve Clevenger in the deal, which sent reliever Pedro Strop, starter Jake Arrieta and international bonus slots Nos. 3 and 4 to the Cubs. The Cubs also finalized a deal that sent Carlos Marmol and international signing bonus slot No. 4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Matt Guerrier, and then dealt minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Houston Astros for... 
 

Chicago Cubs Should Be Major Players Up to Trade Deadline

Theo Epstein has never been shy about making a deal. The former Boston Red Sox GM helped built two World Series versions in Boston and now is in full rebuilding mode in Chicago. With the team openly not focusing on this season and trying to revamp its farm system, it’s very likely a bunch of attractive pieces can be on the move and out of Wrigley. Scott Feldman and Matt Garza could be this year’s versions of Ryan Dempster and both can attract suitors by the deadline. Carlos Marmol, recently DFA’d by the Cubs may be selected by... 
 

Matt Garza Dominates Astros in 3-1 Win

Matt Garza turned in his best performance of 2013 allowing just one run over eight innings in a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros. Garza was coming off the start in which he threw seven shutout innings in a no decision against the Mets on Sunday. After walking the first batter in the ninth inning Kevin Gregg came on to get the final three outs and preserved the win.  Houston’s lone run came on Chris Carter‘s 15th home run of the season in the seventh-inning. Anthony Rizzo  who came into the game mired in a deep slump finished the night... 
 

Kris Bryant, No. 2 Overall Draft Pick, Awarded Dick Hoswer Trophy

Kris Bryant, the second-overall draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego, was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy on Saturday. The award is annually given to the college player that best represents “courage, character, leadership, and performance,” as determined and voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. In 62 games this season with San Diego, Bryant batted .329 (75-for-228) with 31 home runs and 62 RBI, along with an OBP/SLG/OPS line of .493/.820/1.314. Four... 
 

Nats Reliever Henry Rodriguez Acquired by Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs acquired Washington Nationals reliever Henry Rodriguez in exchange for pitcher Ian Dickson on Tuesday. In 17 appearances this season, Rodriguez posted a 4.00 ERA and an alarming 11/16 strikeout to walk ratio in 18.0 innings of relief. Rodriguez was designated for assignment last week by the Nationals, but his 100 MPH fastball certainly attracted an interested Chicago club that has dealt with an inconsistent bullpen this season. In return, the Nationals received right-hander Ian Dickson, a 35th round draft pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur... 
 

Dioner Navarro Slugs 3 Homers in Cubs Win

Over the course of the past three seasons, Dioner Navarro has played in no more than 64 games in a season. Now healthier, Navarro reaffirmed his presence by slugging three home runs in the Chicago Cubs‘ 9-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. Navarro would start his game off with a solo homer in the second inning, followed by a two-run shot in the fourth that would put the Cubs ahead 4-1. With the Cubs up 6-2 in the seventh innings, Navarro would launch a three-run homer to right field, scoring Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano... 
 

Jeff Samardzija Pitches 2-Hit Shutout Against White Sox

Chicago’s north and south sides would convene at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, the first contest of a four-game series for the cross-town rivalry. Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija would get the call and pitch a complete-game shutout, the first of his career. In going the distance, Samardzija was dominant, surrendering just two base hits and striking out eight batters while walking two. Samardzija improved to a 3-6 record on the season, lowering his ERA to 2.85 in the process. The Cubs starter now boasts an 80/24 strikeout to walk ratio... 
 

Dusty Baker, Johnny Cueto, Matt Garza Should All Grow the Hell Up

In Sunday afternoon’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over the head of Cubs second baseman David DeJesus in the sixth inning. A warning was issued to both clubs, as tension had already commenced beginning in the fourth inning when Cubs starter Matt Garza hit Todd Frazier with a pitch. Following the game, a 5-4 victory for the Cubs in ten innings, Matt Garza expressed his disgust for Cueto’s retaliation in the sixth inning, telling clubhouse reporters: “Hopefully he learns... 
 

Anthony Rizzo Slumping Since New Deal

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo  signed a new extension worth $41 million earlier this month and at the time was hitting .288/.361/.554 with nine home runs. Heading into today’s game he is hitting .249/ .312/ .476. He  is 2 for his last 26  .077 with one home run in his last seven games. Rizzo claims he doesn’t feel any extra pressure with the new deal. “I don’t know what more pressure I can put on myself,” he said, adding: “That doesn’t matter at all. You think this game will become a lot easier when you get that... 
 

Edwin Jackson Falls to 1-7 With Loss to Pirates

Once a “can’t miss” pitching prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson has never quite reached that once-billed potential, as witnessed in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming into the contest, Jackson owned a paltry 1-6 record and 5.76 ERA in 50.0 innings of work this season. Mediocre numbers at best, the Cubs would have to settle for more of the same in Thursday’s game. Jackson gave up two runs in each of the first two innings of the game, surrendering six... 
 

Matt Garza Strong in Return, Bullpen Falters in 5-4 Cubs Loss

Guess who’s back? After nearly ten months of recovery and setbacks from an injured elbow, Matt Garza returned to the mound Tuesday night and picked up right where he left off last July. In his debut start of the season, Garza worked five scoreless innings, surrendering one hit and striking out five, while allowing three walks. With an established pitch count of 85, Garza worked the count to 82 pitches following five innings, after which he was pulled for the game. Garza looked healthy and strong in his return, maintaining mid-90s velocity on his... 
 

Matt Garza Activated From DL Will Start Against Pirates

Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza missed most of spring training with a lat injury on the heels of missing most of the second half of last season with an elbow problem. Garza last pitched in a major-league game in July 2012, but will return to make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates after being activated from the disabled list. In his latest rehab start, the right-hander pitched six shutout innings for Triple-A Iowa and struck out six.Garza, never one to shy away from the moment  appears to go. “I’m excited and happy I don’t... 
 

Theo Epstein and the Cubs Rebuilding Still A Work in Progress

The Chicago Cubs are suffering through a disappointing stretch, marred by a struggling offense, inconsistent middle and backend relief, and questionable leadership at the hands of Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein. The starting rotation and ever-patient northside faithful have been the sole glimmers of hope for the young, yet telling season. With a little over two months remaining before the trade deadline, the Cubs must have a definitive plan of action in order to come out of the deadline with a legitimate chance of securing a playoff spot. While a playoff... 
 

Matt Garza Set to Return for Cubs

Elbow surgery, a lat strain, three rehab starts, and ten months later, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza will be activated off the disabled list on Tuesday, May 21 to face the Pittsburgh Pirates later that night. Tuesday will be Garza’s first start since July 21, 2012, the longest period of time that Garza has been absent from professional baseball in his career. Following a solid rehab start for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, which saw the Chicago starter work six innings, giving up no runs or walks with six strikeouts, Garza felt ready for... 
 

Jeff Samardzija Pitches, Homers His Way to Win Over Rockies

Coming off of his first season as a full time starter, Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija was looked upon as the go-to man for the Cubs alongside Edwin Jackson. A lat muscle strain at the beginning of spring training pushed back Matt Garza’s 2013 debut into late-May (as projected), heightening expectations for Samardzija and Jackson to step up and lead the Chicago rotation towards victory. Nearly one month and a half into the season, Samardzija and Jackson have a combined two victories. Whenever the number 1 and 2 pitchers for a team have a combined... 
 
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