Category: Cubs

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1
Good morning, and welcome to Cubs Den’s comprehensive coverage of off-season baseball. Three leagues, the Arizona Fall League, the Dominican Winter League, and Venezuelan Winter League, all began play this week. Note: Coverage runs from Sunday through Saturday. Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox Opening night on Tuesday saw the Solar Sox rally from a... Read more »

I Know the Pieces Fit

I Know the Pieces Fit
Mike Banghart: The Cubs are currently analyzing their organization top to bottom trying to find ways to improve. Here at Cubs Den the analysis might not be nearly as in depth, but we also are trying to improve the site for what should be one of the most exciting offseasons in several seasons for the... Read more »

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches
Good morning! This afternoon starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the pitchers and coaches assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Bailey Clark, RHP As Bailey Clark continues to make his way through the Cubs’ minor league system, the biggest question surrounding... Read more »
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Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players

Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players
Good morning! Tomorrow starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the position players assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Trent Giambrone, INF/OF For those who enjoyed the seemingly out-of-nowhere rise of David Bote, they will no doubt try to draw comparisons of... Read more »

I Thought The Home Run Derby Was Yesterday: AL 8, NL 6

I Thought The Home Run Derby Was Yesterday: AL 8, NL 6
This was an All Star Game that featured a power surge of epic proportions, 13 of the 14 runs scored came via the home run ball. The game no longer “counts”, but it did go to extra innings before the American League extended its winning streak to seven. Max Scherzer stranded two runners in the... Read more »

Home Run Derby Recap

Home Run Derby Recap
I’m going to come right out and say this, I will give short shrift to the non-Cubs match ups in this derby recap. Man, was that a lot of fun to watch especially Kyle and Javy. Let’s get to the dongs shall we? First the non-Cubs in the opening round. Rhys Hoskins hit 17 homers... Read more »
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Q & A with Buster Olney: Darvish, Machado, NL power teams

Q & A with Buster Olney: Darvish, Machado, NL power teams
Hi all! I talked to ESPN’s Buster Olney on Friday afternoon about what he thinks is going on with Yu Darvish, what it would take for the Cubs to land Manny Machado, and why the Cubs are still one of the best two teams in the National League. Tonight is ESPN’s “Sunday in the Seats”... Read more »

Is Carl Edwards Jr. joining the elite?

Is Carl Edwards Jr. joining the elite?
If you follow baseball long enough, this narrative has crossed your screen: A pitcher joins a new team, a new coach or makes a minor tweak and — voilá! — he’s transformed into a dominant force, for a short time at least. The Cubs enjoyed this story when former pitching coach Chris Bosio unleashed Jake... Read more »

The Let's Overreact to One Game Post

The Let's Overreact to One Game Post
Theo Epstein is a very smart man. Hard hitting analysis that you only get from me, I know. But he is very quotable, and one of the things he said early on in his Cubs tenure has really stuck with me. That was something to the effect of baseball is a game best enjoyed from... Read more »
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Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer

Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer
I’m mildly surprised. Caratini makes MLB team over Gimenez. — Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) March 24, 2018 Joe Maddon and the front office has decided to make the decision of bat over defense in terms of catcher. The path may have been cleared from Yu Darvish’s stated preference of Willson Contreras at the outset, but it... Read more »