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Posts tagged "Rotation"

Tuesdays With Schmuelee - The Back End

This time I didn't forget. This past Sunday I was flying back from Arizona, so I have at least a half-legitimate excuse for missing the brunch. I was just prepping the ground for Arguello's arrival. Making sure the bunting was in place, the residents made aware to not look him in the eye, all that stuff. Needless to say, Mesa is as ready as I can get it for him. So, moving on. If you're a Joe Sheehan Newsletter subscriber, and I'm guessing a fair amount of you are, today's email was concerning Kris Bryant and the whole service time "debate." There's no need to go over it again because we've all seen enough of it, but it's obvious to anyone who hasn't suffered a major brain injury that 12 days in the minors isn't going to kill whatever the Cubs hope to accomplish this year and the extra year of control is well worth it.  ...

Can the Cubs be better than we think?

Can the Cubs be better than we think?
Maybe I am getting delirious from spring training fever, but is it possible that the Cubs might be a lot better than what many of us have projected them to be? Can this combination of good pitching, solid defense, and grinding/hustling out runs on offense really work during the regular season? Among other things, here... Read more »

Could Randy Wells be the pitcher the Cubs trade this spring?

Could Randy Wells be the pitcher the Cubs trade this spring?
We’ve heard so many rumors this offseason about the possibility of trading Matt Garza, but it seemed from the start that it wasn’t something the Cubs were eager to do.  He’s not untouchable, but the Cubs set a lofty price for him.  It’s an indication of how much they value their 28 year old starter.... Read more »
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Spring Training Surprise Candidate: Samardzija...as a starter

Spring Training Surprise Candidate: Samardzija...as a starter
Back in September, I projected Jeff Samardzija as a starter.  As you might expect, there are both positive and negatives to this potential conversion.   Things have also changed since then.  One change is that trades/transactions this offseason have changed the makeup of the roster.  It left the Cubs with more depth in the rotation... 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 »

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 »
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8 Options other than James Russell

Davis is an innings eater that gives up a lot of hits and a fair share of walks per 9 innings.  His biggest asset is that he can get you into the 6th or 7th innings.  Considering that Russell can't get into the 5th inning, that alone would be an improvement.
Thanks to the generosity of someone very close to me, I will be going to the game on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.  It’s my first game of the season and I’m extremely excited — Wednesday can’t come soon enough. There’s one thing putting a crimp in my excitement, however.  As I was counting the days... Read more »

Cubs Notes: Silva to be released? Russell makes team, Looper retires

According to the NY Post’s Joel Sherman, the Cubs will release Carlos Silva.  The same exec said that Andrew Cashner will be the Cubs fifth starter. If the rumor is true, it would seem that the Cubs were just keeping Silva in the picture to drum up trade interest, but the Yankees and Nationals (the... Read more »

Wells, Cashner make strong cases for rotation spots today

Randy Wells pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs against Colorado today.  He did not allow a hit for the first 3 innings, allowing only one base runner before running into some tough luck in the 4th and 5th.  The 4th spot is all but his at this point. Cashner overcame... Read more »
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Other teams interested, but for Looper it's Chicago or bust

According to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times, “Major-league scouts watching the Cubs the last two days and looking for possible available pitching seemed more interested in what Looper’s status was than whether the fat-salaried Silva could be had”  However, Looper isn’t interested in going anywhere else.  His wife is from Chicago and his family has... Read more »