After a long hiatus, Cubs News and Notes is back. Did you miss me? Actually, don’t answer that, I would be disappointed either way. The Cubs are fresh off their most impressive stretch of the season, a 6-0 trip to Atlanta and Baltimore. Could this be the long awaited turning point Chicago fans have been... Read more »
Last week, the Cubs Den minor league reports gave you their take on the Mid-Season All-Prospect team for the Cubs’ system. Today’s, I give five things I have taken away from the first half of the minor league season. Don’t look back Albert Almora, Charcer Burks is gaining on you! This is not meant to... Read more »
Offensive frustration was again the theme for Chicago Sunday in Miami. Another opportunity to break out of the malaise that has gripped the defending champions all season was lost again. For the second straight game the Cubs ran into 1st inning trouble. Ichiro reached on a tough ground ball to Addison Russell which was ruled... Read more »
–Pregame- It already feels weird with no Schwarber. I know it’s an irrational feeling. I mean, he wasn’t even there most of 2016. But since the World Series, he’s been a legend, struggles or not. *Le sigh.* But I am pretty pumped to see the new kid, Zagunis. He was drafted the same year as... Read more »
Observing the Cubs over the past few seasons, it’s kind of hard not to get the sense of talented newcomers whizzing their way up the charts and assisting the big league club in a winning season. But not all prospects have such a rise through the system, as Cubs president Theo Epstein noted shortly after... Read more »
It was high time for a win, and even though it didn’t come simply, let’s not complain. The Cubs found their “You Go, We go” guy, at least for today. Getting production from the top spot in the batting order has been a tough endeavor thus far, and while it’s unlikely that Jon Jay will... Read more »
I know better than to use social media as some sort of barometer for how Cubs fans are feeling these days. On any platform, those who usually shout the loudest are generally the weakest between the ears and the minority. But you can sense when a tide is shifting among the fans at least.
Lately I've seen a lot of "Well hopefully this loss will wake them up!," as if the Cubs didn't care or were kind of nonchalantly moseying their way through their championship defense season...
We've spent a good portion of the first third of the baseball season tearing our hair out (those of you that actually have hair) over the struggles of some of the younger Cubs. Or their lack of playing time. Or a few other things, depending on what day it is. And I think it's important to remember just how little time these guys have had playing baseball professionally.
Let's start with yesterday's hero, Kyle Schwarber. No player is generating more verbiage on whether he should stay up or go down (yes it'll be trouble or maybe the trouble will be double). It's important to remember that The War Bear was drafted in '14, got 72 games up into High-A, and then 75 games in '15 at both AA and AAA before he was in the majors for good. That's 147 games in the minors, or barely a season and never one in a chunk. He also then missed a full season, and there never would have been a full gap in his development from the time he probably first picked up a bat (which I'm assuming was in the womb)...
News and Notes are back to soothe a nervous Cubs fan nation. Obviously the 6-game losing streak and recent poor play in general has fan anxiety high. I wish I could say there was a magic formula to make the Cubs suddenly play better, but there really isn’t. As John or others who follow the... Read more »
Tonight was the rematch of the series opener. The Cubs blew leads in the sixth inning or later in each one of those games. The game felt eerily similar to that opener, but the bullpen is good now. Gerrit Cole might not be the best evaluator of a team’s talent level, but he is a... Read more »