February 2013

Cubs 2013 Broadcast Schedule

I give you this information in the series previews, but bookmark this post, here is every game this year and what channel it is scheduled to be broadcast on.  Just a reminder, the Cubs open their spring training schedule tomorrow against the Angels, as always I will have a recap and a box score from the game, get excited boys and girls, Cubs baseball is back.

Mon 4/1 @ Pittsburgh 12:35 PM WGN
Tue 4/2 OFF DAY
Wed 4/3 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Thur 4/4 @ Pittsburgh 11:35 AM WGN
Fri 4/5 @ Atlanta 6:30 PM CSN+
Sat 4/6 @ Atlanta 6:10 PM WGN
Sun 4/7 @ Atlanta 12:35 PM CSN
Mon 4/8 vs. Milwaukee 1:20 PM WGN
Tue 4/9 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM WGN
Wed 4/10 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM CSN+
Thur 4/11 vs. SF Giants 1:20 PM CSN
Fri 4/12 vs. SF Giants 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 4/13 vs. SF Giants 12:05 PM FOX
Sun 4/14 vs. SF Giants 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 4/15 OFF DAY
Tue 4/16 vs. Texas 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 4/17 vs. Texas 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 4/18 vs. Texas 1:20 PM WGN
Fri 4/19 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM WCIU
Sat 4/20 @ Milwaukee 6:10 PM CSN
Sun 4/21 @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM CSN
Mon 4/22 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM CSN
Tue 4/23 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM WGN
Wed 4/24 @ Cincinnati 11:35 AM CSN
Thur 4/25 @ Miami 6:10 PM WCIU
Fri 4/26 @ Miami 6:10 PM WGN
Sat 4/27 @ Miami 6:10 PM CSN+
Sun 4/28 @ Miami 12:10 PM CSN
Mon 4/29 vs. San Diego 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 4/30 vs. San Diego 7:05 PM WCIU
Wed 5/1 vs. San Diego 7:05 PM CSN
Thur 5/2 vs. San Diego 1:20 PM CSN
Fri 5/3 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 5/4 vs. Cincinnati 12:05 PM CSN
Sun 5/5 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 5/6 OFF DAY
Tue 5/7 vs. St. Louis 7:05 PM WGN
Wed 5/8 vs. St. Louis 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 5/9 OFF DAY
Fri 5/10 @ Washington 6:05 PM WCIU
Sat 5/11 @ Washington 3:05 PM CSN
Sun 5/12 @ Washington 12:35 PM WGN
Mon 5/13 vs. Colorado 7:05 PM WCIU
Tue 5/14 vs. Colorado 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 5/15 vs. Colorado 7:05 PM CSN
Thur 5/16 OFF DAY
Fri 5/17 vs. NY Mets 1:20 PM WGN
Sat 5/18 vs. NY Mets 12:05 PM CSN
Sun 5/19 vs. NY Mets 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 5/20 OFF DAY
Tue 5/21 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Wed 5/22 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM WGN
Thur 5/23 @ Pittsburgh 11:35 AM CSN
Fri 5/24 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM WGN
Sat 5/25 @ Cincinnati 3:10 PM WGN
Sun 5/26 @ Cincinnati 12:10 PM CSN
Mon 5/27 @ White Sox 6:10 PM CSN
Tue 5/28 @ White Sox 7:10 PM WCIU
Wed 5/29 vs. White Sox 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 5/30 vs. White Sox 1:20 PM WGN
Fri 5/31 vs. Arizona 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 6/1 vs. Arizona 6:15 PM FOX
Sun 6/2 vs. Arizona 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 6/3 OFF DAY
Tue 6/4 @ LA Angels 9:05 PM WGN
Wed 6/5 @ LA Angels 6:05 PM CSN
Thur 6/6 OFF DAY
Fri 6/7 vs. Pittsburgh TBD WGN
Sat 6/8 vs. Pittsburgh 3:05 PM CSN
Sun 6/9 vs. Pittsburgh 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 6/10 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 6/11 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM WGN
Wed 6/12 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 6/13 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM CSN
Fri 6/14 @ NY Mets 6:10 PM CSN
Sat 6/15 @ NY Mets 12:10 PM CSN
Sun 6/16 @ NY Mets 12:10 PM WGN
Mon 6/17 @ St. Louis 6:05 PM WCIU/ESPN
Tue 6/18 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM CSN
Wed 6/19 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM CSN
Thur 6/20 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM WGN
Fri 6/21 vs. Houston TBD CSN
Sat 6/22 vs. Houston 3:05 PM WGN
Sun 6/23 vs. Houston 1:20 PM CSN
Mon 6/24 OFF DAY
Tue 6/25 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM CSN
Wed 6/26 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM WGN
Thur 6/27 @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM CSN
Fri 6/28 @ Seattle 9:10 PM WGN
Sat 6/29 @ Seattle 6:15 PM FOX
Sun 6/30 @ Seattle 3:10 PM CSN
Mon 7/1 OFF DAY
Tue 7/2 @ Oakland 9:05 PM CSN
Wed 7/3 @ Oakland 9:05 PM CSN+
Thur 7/4 @ Oakland 3:05 PM WGN
Fri 7/5 vs. Pittsburgh TBD CSN
Sat 7/6 vs. Pittsburgh 3:05 PM WGN
Sun 7/7 vs. Pittsburgh 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 7/8 OFF DAY
Tue 7/9 vs. LA Angels 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 7/10 vs. LA Angels 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 7/11 vs. St. Louis 7:05 PM CSN
Fri 7/12 vs. St. Louis TBD WGN
Sat 7/13 vs. St. Louis 6:15 PM FOX
Sun 7/14 vs. St. Louis 7:05 PM ESPN
7/15-18 ALL-STAR BREAK (New York – Citi Field)
Fri 7/19 @ Colorado 7:40 PM WGN
Sat 7/20 @ Colorado 7:10 PM WGN
Sun 7/21 @ Colorado 3:10 PM CSN
Mon 7/22 @ Arizona 8:40 PM CSN
Tue 7/23 @ Arizona 8:40 PM WGN
Wed 7/24 @ Arizona 8:40 PM CSN+
Thur 7/25 @ Arizona 8:40 PM WGN
Fri 7/26 @ SF Giants 9:15 PM WGN
Sat 7/27 @ SF Giants 8:05 PM CSN
Sun 7/28 @ SF Giants 3:05 PM WGN
Mon 7/29 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 7/30 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 7/31 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 8/1 vs. LA Dodgers 7:05 PM CSN
Fri 8/2 vs. LA Dodgers TBD WGN
Sat 8/3 vs. LA Dodgers 3:05 PM FOX
Sun 8/4 vs. LA Dodgers 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 8/5 OFF DAY
Tue 8/6 @ Philadelphia 6:05 PM CSN
Wed 8/7 @ Philadelphia 6:05 PM WCIU
Thur 8/8 @ Philadelphia 12:05 PM CSN
Fri 8/9 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM WGN
Sat 8/10 @ St. Louis 6:15 PM WGN
Sun 8/11 @ St. Louis 1:15 PM WGN
Mon 8/12 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM CSN+
Tue 8/13 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 8/14 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM WGN
Thur 8/15 OFF DAY
Fri 8/16 vs. St. Louis TBD CSN
Sat 8/17 vs. St. Louis 12:05 PM CSN
Sun 8/18 vs. St. Louis TBD WGN or ESPN
Mon 8/19 vs. Washington 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 8/20 vs. Washington 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 8/21 vs. Washington 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 8/22 vs. Washington 1:20 PM WGN
Fri 8/23 @ San Diego 9:10 PM CSN
Sat 8/24 @ San Diego 7:40 PM WGN
Sun 8/25 @ San Diego 3:10 PM WGN
Mon 8/26 @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM CSN
Tue 8/27 @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM WGN
Wed 8/28 @ LA Dodgers 2:10 PM CSN
Thur 8/29 OFF DAY
Fri 8/30 vs. Philadelphia 1:20 PM WGN
Sat 8/31 vs. Philadelphia 3:05 PM CSN
Sun 9/1 vs. Philadelphia TBD WGN or ESPN
Mon 9/2 vs. Miami 1:20 PM WGN
Tue 9/3 vs. Miami 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 9/4 vs. Miami 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 9/5 OFF DAY
Fri 9/6 vs. Milwaukee 1:20 PM WGN
Sat 9/7 vs. Milwaukee 12:05 PM FOX
Sun 9/8 vs. Milwaukee 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 9/9 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM CSN+
Tue 9/10 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM CSN
Wed 9/11 @ Cincinnati 11:35 AM WGN
Thur 9/12 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM WGN
Fri 9/13 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Sat 9/14 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Sun 9/15 @ Pittsburgh 12:35 PM WGN
Mon 9/16 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM WGN
Tue 9/17 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM CSN+
Wed 9/18 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM CSN
Thur 9/19 @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM WGN
Fri 9/20 vs. Atlanta 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 9/21 vs. Atlanta 3:05 PM WGN
Sun 9/22 vs. Atlanta 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 9/23 vs. Pittsburgh 7:05 PM CSN
Tues 9/24 vs. Pittsburgh 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 9/25 vs. Pittsburgh 1:20 PM WGN
Thur 9/26 OFF DAY
Fri 9/27 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM CSN
Sat 9/28 @ St. Louis 6:15 PM WGN
Sun 9/29 @ St. Louis 1:15 PM CSN

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Intrasquad Gold; Soler BOMB! (Video)

Thanks again to Bleacher Nation and BN’er Eric who provided the video….just enjoy this…

I’ll try to get a recap, or something that resembles a recap later tonight.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Some Spring Notes; Soler Still Hits the Ball Hard (Video), and Garza Has Mild Lat Strain

The talk of this Spring so far has been how impressed everyone has been with Jorge Soler, the man is a beast.  Physically imposing, and talent that awes, here’s a look at one of his BP sessions in Arizona via Bleacher Nation..

Garza InjuryThe other news isn’t so, well, great.  Matt Garza has looked “awesome” according to Sveum during early throwing sessions, that is the good news as Garza is coming back from a forearm/elbow injury that cut his 2012 season short, and probably kept him on the Cubs as it happened right around the trade deadline.  Well now the bad news, maybe bad is too harsh of a term but it’s hard not to notice when the possible opening day starter comes up lame.  Garza had his bullpen session cut short, but it was not his elbow (hooray) it’s a mild lat strain (boo) per the Cubs.  Hopefully this is the Cubs being overly protective, and I think it is.  Pitchers mechanics are fine tuned, if they mildly strain one thing they risk blowing out their elbow completely by changing their mechanics to compensate.  So Garza will rest it, and then get back at it, as I said hopefully this is just a bump in the road to his recovery and not a complete road block.

An update from Paul Sullivan at the Tribune – Garza will undergo an MRI in the next day or two for the injury, while not considered serious, it’s the type of injury that usually results in a DL stint, which means Garza won’t throw for a couple of weeks at least.  Worst case scenario, Garza misses the start of the 2013 season, which is a very real possibility, “We’re not going to rush this guy, that’s for sure,” Hoyer said.  Hopefully Garza bounces back quickly, and the elbow remains healthy.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Campana Officially Gone, Traded to Diamondbacks

After getting an extensive scouting report from Bob Brenly, the Campana TradeDiamondbacks pulled the trigger and acquired Tony Campana today, I’m kidding….I think.  Today, one week after designating Tony Campana, the Cubs managed to trade him to the Diamondbacks for two 17-year-old pitching prospects.  I use the term prospects loosely as these kids have not pitched above rookie ball.  Erick Leal, and Jesus Castillo are the players the Cubs will receive in the deal, and considering the Cubs have no use for Campana it seems like a worthwhile return for him.  Best of luck to Tony Campana who now has an opportunity to battle for a position off the D-Backs bench, something that was not available to him this year with the Cubs.  I like Tony, the guy has had the odds against him his whole life, his size, and he also overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  He required surgery at age 7 to remove a tumor, followed by eight months of chemotherapy — then 10 more years of checkups and tests until he was in remission long enough for doctors to declare him cured.  So battling for a position off the bench during spring training is nothing he can’t handle, best of luck Campy.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Sveum Sees Feldman in Rotation Already

I’m not going to say that Scott Feldman making the Cubs rotation is surprise, I just expected to be writing about it at the end of a very competitive camp, not before it even starts.  Patrick Mooney reported today that Dale Sveum has penciled Scott Feldman into the rotation behind “the big three” of Garza, Samardzija, and Edwin Jackson.  Yes, barring a step back from Samardzija, a blown apart Garza elbow, and an Edwin Jackson disaster, the Cubs can actually be considered as a team that has a big three at the top of the rotation.  At this point, if you look at the top three for the other teams in the Central Division, I like the Cubs.  They have three power arms at the top, and now, edwinjacksoncubsslideaccording to Sveum they have Scott Feldman following them.  “Feldman’s going to be one of the starters,” Sveum said Thursday. “There’s an above-average chance Baker’s going to probably start a little bit late, just because you don’t want to really rush him. There’s no need for anything like that.”  The words from Sveum today caught me a little off guard because the one word that I think describes this Cubs camp the best is competition, not saying there still won’t be plenty of it, I just expected more of it before naming Feldman to the rotation.  As Mooney says in his article, both Feldman and Baker were promised a chance to redeem themselves this year as starters, so one would think that gives them the inside track.  Not so fast, if we have learned anything from this Cubs organization since Theo took over is that they are calculated, everything they do has a reason or four behind it.  Sveum continued with the comment of “there are no guarantees” in the rotation behind Garza, Samardzija, and Jackson, so what Sveum is saying in my opinion is that Feldman, and Baker for that matter, will be slotted in the rotation but if they give the coaching staff any reason to doubt that they belong there they will be bumped for someone who deserves it.  So my final thought on this is expect there to be plenty of competition all Spring long, and don’t be surprised if Feldman doesn’t start the season as a starter, for my money, I think he will, but don’t count out Carlos Villanueva, or Travis Wood quite yet.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Who is Katie Cernek? Our Only Hope to Have a Cubs Fan in The Fan Cave!

Katie is a 21-year-old student from Gratiot, WI….don’t panic, she isn’t a Brewers fan, in fact she is a die-hard Cubs fan, so die-hard that she has just made the cut.  The cut for what?  I’ll tell you!  Katie is one of the 30 finalists for the MLB Fan Cave, quite the accomplishment considering this is a contest opened up to just about anyone that likes baseball and has access to a recording device to make a video entry.  Katie cracked the top 52 and had to be voted into the top 30, and thanks to social media and Cubs fans help, she made it.  So congrats to Katie, I will keep you posted on her journey, which just got a lot cooler, per the MLB Fan Cave website..

“The MLB Fan Cave 2013 contest has been narrowed down to 30 finalists. These talented contestants have been invited to Arizona for Spring Training next week to audition to be the 2013 MLB Fan Cave Dwellers. Follow @MLBFanCave and #FanCave30 on Twitter for real-time updates from Arizona.”

Here is Katie with Tony Campana at Wrigley, try not to give her crap about Tony Campana, I think she is still getting over his departure.

Katie C

Here is her video entry

You can follow Katie on Twitter, I do, you should too, she can talk baseball and specifically Cubs with the best of them, @Katiecernek.  Give her a follow to get a first hand look at her Fan Cave journey as it hits a new level at Spring Training in Arizona.  Go Cubs Go, and Go Katie Go!  Born on Third is wishing you the best of luck and congratulating you on making it this far!

Thanks for reading,
– George

Experience is Everything for Baez; Cubs Say So

Every year around this time there is a name or two that shows up on the spring training roster that send the interwebs into a delirious state of being because THAT guy might make the team.  This year I think it’s safe to say that guy is Javier Baez.  Baez was highly touted last year, but after a stellar 2012 he is now considered a legit top twenty guy, not just in the Cubs system, but in all of baseball.  Jonathan Mayo put that notion to paper, or internet web page, when he came out with his 2013 MLB prospect watch list, which has Baez sitting nicely at sixteen.  That is seven full spots up from last year when he was at twenty-three, sure, seven spots might not seem like a major jump but when you crack the top twenty more people pay attention.

Before we get too far into what is expected of Baez in 2013, let’s recap what solicited that seven spot jump by remembering what he did last year.  Baez destroyed Midwest League pitching, he hit .333 with 12 home runs, and 33 JavierBaezRBI’s in just 57 games, he also stole 20 bases.  He made the jump to Daytona late in the season and struggled, part of that was due to the increase in talent on the mound, and part of it might have been playing once a week because apparently August and September is monsoon season in Florida.  Baez capped off his 2012 season with a stint in the Arizona Fall League for the Mesa Solar Sox and he destroyed the ball when he made contact.  A thumb injury ended his AFL season too soon, but Baez still managed to hit the second most home runs (4) in the league, and had 40 less at bats than the leaders (5).  There was a lot of talk about his bat, and rightfully so, but the knock on Baez was his ability, or inability to stick at short-stop as he progresses through the Cubs system.  A lot of people, including myself, think that a move to third base would make the most sense, but another thing Baez did during the 2012 season was show everyone that he can stick at short-stop if he has to, as evidenced by this Jonathan Mayo quote, “Many were ready to move Baez to third right away, but he showed some ability at shortstop, with a very good arm and good hands. His instincts allow his average speed to play up on both sides of the ball. Even if he has to move to third, his bat should profile just fine there.” 

We made a few trips to see the Cubs farm system in action, obviously the guy who impressed us the most was Jorge Soler, but a close second was JavierBaez neck Baez.  Why you ask?  I’ll tell you my inquisitive friend, he exudes confidence, some might call it cockiness, well most everyone will call it cockiness, because that’s what it is.  Baez knows he belongs, and knows he is good (the tattoo on the MLB logo on the back of his neck should tell you everything you need to know), he is twenty years old, I really don’t expect much more from him, but that’s where this whole experience thing comes into play. 

This camp isn’t about can Baez make the team, it’s about seeing how guys who will make the team go about their business, and for him to work on things at a different level.  Jed Hoyer spoke to that, “He’s here to get a feel for what big league camp is all about, see how these guys go about their business,” general manager Jed Hoyer said of Baez. “It’s nice for fans to be able to see him, nice for us to be able to see him. But it’s not about making the major league team. This is about (getting) experience.”  That’s exactly what I was hoping to hear out of Hoyer, there shouldn’t be unnecessary expectations for Baez, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited about seeing him in a spring game.  Theo Epstein expanded on Hoyer’s comments by giving Cubs nation the following quote, he said that Baez “has a lot of work to do” before he gets called up.  Most of that work will be learning how to work counts, because after all there is a Cubs way now, regardless, Baez needs to see more pitches to have his game translate to the big leagues successfully.  So if you want to get excited about seeing Baez in a Spring game this year go for it, but don’t get excited because you think he will make the team, get excited because you are watching him take the next step towards making the team when he is ready, maybe that will be this year, you never know.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Let There Be Baseball! Pitchers and Catchers Report; Day One Notes: Campana DFA’d

It seems to come earlier and earlier every year, but today Cubs’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report, you know what that means…BASEBALL!!  Well, soon enough there will be baseball, but today marks the beginning of the 2013 baseball season, and players actually on the field to report on.  Over the next few days we will hear about minor muscle strains, a hamstring issue here and there, and maybe a groin problem, if we’re lucky.  But it’s baseball news, and that is glorious.  What else is glorious is daily blog posts, which will begin again, hooray for all of us.  Here are a few notes from the first day of the 2013 baseball season.

Carrie Muskat gives us updated uniform numbers, of course we need this.

40-man roster
32 – Scott Baker
46 – Scott Feldman
71 – Trey McNutt
56 – Hector Rondon
57 – Carlos Villanueva
41 – Arodys Vizcaino
67 – Robert Whitenack

4 – Dioner Navarro

61 – Christian Villanueva
74 – Logan Watkins

19 – Nate Schierholtz
68 – Jorge Soler

Non-Roster Invitees
76 – Drew Carpenter
77 – Dayan Diaz
60 – Jensen Lewis
85 – Barret Loux
50 – Blake Parker
63 – Zach Putnam
81 – Nick Struck
47 – Hisanori Takahashi
59 – Cory Wade

79 – J.C. Boscan
78 – Michael Brenly
82 – Rafael Lopez

70 – Javier Baez
6 – Alberto Gonzalez
20 – Brent Lillibridge
65 – Edwin Maysonet
75 – Brad Nelson

66 – Brian Bogusevic
80 – Johermyn Chavez
16 – Darnell McDonald

Sorry, but I can’t help but get excited to see Javier Baez, and Jorge Soler’s name on this list.

The other “big” news (you’ll get it in a second), is Tony Campana has been DFA’s by the Cubs today to make room for Scott Hairston who was signed by the Cubs in the off-season.  The Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release, or waive Campana.  SPRING 2013I have no problem with this, as Campana has not been able to fully utilize his number one asset, his speed.  He has game changing speed, that is a real thing, and I think he has a place on the 25 man roster here or somewhere else, but improvement in his all around game needs to be there before that can happen, the whole “can’t steal first base” thing applies here.  I hope that all the Campana lovers can get over this quickly as I think this makes the most sense for the Cubs at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cubs work out a deal with a team, and no Campana is not really going to fetch anything that is going to knock your socks off, it’s just a numbers game right now.

Make sure to visit the blog daily as our Spring Training coverage is unmatched, from spring stories to box scores and recaps for every game.  Hope you are as excited as I am.

Thanks for reading,
– George