Somewhere, somehow Luis Valbena needs to continue to play

Somewhere, somehow Luis Valbena needs to continue to play
Fans want to see Mike Olt play.  I can understand that.  He represents the future — a future that promises better days for the Cubs.  Luis Valbuena, on the other hand, represents the painful part of the rebuild.  He’s the guy who got dumped from another team, picked up on waivers, and found his way... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Johnson makes first start Amaya returns as he, Shoulders, Chen have big nights

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Johnson makes first start Amaya returns as he, Shoulders, Chen have big nights
A couple of good prospects came back from injuries (no, not Jorge Soler yet) while big Rock Shoulders broke out in a big way today and the Cubs got big offense from both Iowa and Daytona today. Iowa 10- Round Rock 3 LHP Eric Jokisch is trying to keep up with teammate Kyle Hendricks and... Read more »

Maybe all I need is a shot in the arm. Cubs 9 Diamondbacks 1.

Maybe all I need is a shot in the arm. Cubs 9 Diamondbacks 1.
The Cubs used a three run homer as the weapon of choice in defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks last night. It was so effective, the Cubs went back to the same tool in the same place. Only this time it was rookie Mike Olt who delivered the fatal blow in the fifth inning. The Cubs were... Read more »
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Cubs News and Notes: Castro, Wood, and Valbuena gets start at 2B

Cubs News and Notes: Castro, Wood, and Valbuena gets start at 2B
If the Cubs have a chance to pick up some momentum, it’s going to be in this series vs the struggling Diamondbacks.  At 6-12, the Cubs season is threatening to get away from them, similarly to when the team started at 11-20 last season.  They’re headed in that direction again and another start like 2013... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hendricks continues to roll, Alcantara HRs, Arrieta shaky but looks ready

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hendricks continues to roll, Alcantara HRs, Arrieta shaky but looks ready
Keeping track of prospects are fun but it’s even more fun when your headliners are all expected to contribute at some point this season.  Arrieta will be the first, Hendricks could be next, and Alcantara could make his debut later in the season. On with the recap! Iowa 5 – Round Rock 1 Kyle Hendricks... Read more »

When the neons turn to Wood. Cubs 5 Snakes 1.

When the neons turn to Wood. Cubs 5 Snakes 1.
Travis Wood was a one man wrecking crew, pitching 7 innings, driving in 4 RBI, serving 300 beers, and single handedly stopping the rain while defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 at soggy Wrigley Field. The Cubs got to L-platform-guitarist-turned-pitcher Bronson Arroyo in the second inning. Wellington Castillo singled home Starlin Castro. Castro would go to... Read more »
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Your Daily PITCHfix: What's Wrong with Jose Veras?

Your Daily PITCHfix: What's Wrong with Jose Veras?
I thought I'd take the PITCHfix in a new direction today since yesterday's game was mostly a laugher and Saturday's game I didn't really get to see much of as I was doing family stuff for Easter. In Sunday's contest Ricky Renteria had a great opportunity to insert Jose Veras to get him back on track. Veras allowed that opportunity to end up in the left field bleachers...

Playing catch-up: Daily Minor League Recaps, MLB Update, Samardzija, Veras

Playing catch-up: Daily Minor League Recaps, MLB Update, Samardzija, Veras
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Easter weekend is a pretty busy time in my house for family and friends, so I’m playing a little catch-up today.  It was a good time and unspoiled by another Cubs loss.  And one good thing came out of it — my father and I made a... Read more »

Everybody tuck their pants into their socks! Reds 8 Cubs 2

Everybody tuck their pants into their socks! Reds 8 Cubs 2
(Note: Sorry about no Brunch today. I actually wrote it. but was unhappy with it’s incredibly negative tone. Wasn’t making the point I wanted to make. Gonna edit and re-work it till it’s something I like and something I think you’ll enjoy. Look for a “Tuesdays with Felzzy” this week…) The Cubs followed up their... Read more »
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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Underwood looks strong; Pena solid again; Rademacher HRs

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Underwood looks strong; Pena solid again; Rademacher HRs
It’s been a busy holiday weekend so we’ll skip the prelude and go right into the recap… Round Rock 12 – Iowa 2 Chris Rusin‘s line doesn’t look too bad when you see he walked one and struck out 5 in 6 innings while only giving up 5 hits.  The trouble is that 3 of... Read more »