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Posts tagged "Pitching"

Samardzija in depth

Samardzija in depth
There’s a lot of news surrounding Jeff Samardzija right now. There’s the obvious stuff; Samardzija inked a new contract and the Cubs avoid arbitration with yet another player. There’s the undercurrent of what the obvious stuff could mean; does the contract make him more or less likely to be traded, will he sign a contract... Read more »

A look at the Cubs starting rotation

A look at the Cubs starting rotation
The Cubs have done a good job of identifying bargain pitchers over the past two years. Scott Feldman and Travis Wood are the first two names that pop up in my mind. The Cubs will enter 2014 with a few question marks in their rotation and considerably less talent sans Matt Garza. Let’s take a... Read more »

Anarchist's Brunch- Trending up.

Anarchist's Brunch- Trending up.
Good morning Cub fans. Sorry about not writing a wrap for last night’s game. But between the rain delay, the hoopla from the Blackhawks game and a second column that would have been written before most of you were even awake to read the first one…well easy decision. Last night’s 12-4 drubbing to the Arizona... Read more »
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Cubs recap: Samardzija dominates Royals

Cubs recap: Samardzija dominates Royals
All disclaimers about how it’s early in the spring apply here… Still, it was encouraging to see Jeff Samardzija work 3 innings in which he consistently threw from 94-95 mph from start to finish.  Though he threw mostly fastballs, he did use his full reportoire (slider, splitter, cutter) and commanded all of them.  He threw... Read more »

Cubs News and Notes: Pitchers workouts, Draft bonus money, DeWitt, Samardzija, Marmol

Cubs News and Notes: Pitchers workouts, Draft bonus money, DeWitt, Samardzija, Marmol
Spring is here and we have some real baseball to talk about to go with the usual roster maneuvering… According WSCR 670, “The Score” (h/t Cliffy), , the Cubs are emphasizing to pitchers to pound the lower part of the strike zone.  They’re doing this by hanging a string across the plate at knee level.... Read more »

Lots of competition for rotation jobs

Lots of competition for rotation jobs
Pitchers and catchers have had their physicals and their first workout.  The first spring training game is about 2 weeks away.  The starting lineup is pretty well established with very little, if any competition among the position player starters. The pitchers are a different story as there are available spots in both the rotation and... Read more »
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New Cub Doug Davis looks to make yet another comeback

Doug Davis pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings for Daytona yesterday Doug Davis is a survivor in every sense of the word.  In March of 2008, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  He had to have surgery to have the thyroid removed.  Remarkably, by May he was cancer-free and pitching again.  It wasn’t his best year... Read more »

Cubs looking at comeback candidates to fill pitching void

With the injuries to Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner, the Cubs are rummaging the bargain bins for replacements.  Earlier this week they added former Angel and 16 game winner Ramon Ortiz and now it appears they are close to signing former Brewer and Diamondback lefty Doug Davis. Ramon Ortiz was 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA last season in just... Read more »

Garza could learn a thing or two from Maddux

Garza could learn a thing or two from Maddux
It’s still early but one of the more perplexing players on the Cubs this season has been Matt Garza.  He’s been a complete contradiction on the mound.  On one hand, he’s been unhittable, as his 14+ strikeouts per 9 innings would attest, on the other hand, he’s been extremely hittable, as evidenced by his opponents batting average of... Read more »
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So who's winning the Cubs roster battles? Pitchers Edition

So who's winning the Cubs roster battles? Pitchers Edition
With just 2 weeks left in spring training, it’s time to update the status on the individual competitions for openings on the 24 man roster.  Starting Rotation (5) Locks (4):Dempster, Zambrano, Garza, and Wells.  Wells has locked up that 4th spot with a great spring(14 IP, 1.29 ERA).On the Bubble (1 spot available): 1) Andrew... Read more »