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Samardzija and Hammel Traded to Oakland

Wow.  Tom Loxas and Ken Rosenthal have broke the news that Samardzija,  and Hammel have been traded to Oakland for Addison Russell (#1 prospect) Dan Straily, Mckinney (#2 prospect), and a PTBNL.

More to come.

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Rizzo Walks Off (VIDEO)

Boom.  Nice to see the club bounce back after “blowing” it in the ninth, four straight wins!

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Cubs @ Yankees Postponed; Double-Header Tomorrow

Boo.

Cubs were already off on Monday, now they are rained out tonight.  The good news?  A day-night double header in the Bronx tomorrow.

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Welington Castillo! Three Run Bomb Wins It (VIDEO)

Welington Castillo destroys a Trevor Rosenthal fastball to beat the Cardinals.  Boom!

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Hammel Time as Cubs Outlast Pirates

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Two games into his Cubs career, Jason Hammel is 2-0, both wins coming against the NL Central rival Pirates.  Hammel was brilliant once again, as he worked seven strong innings, giving up three runs on three hits (all solo HR’s, more on that later), while walking one, and striking Olt Hr 4-9-14out six.  Pedro Strop made things interesting in the ninth as he gave up two more solo home runs to make things closer than they needed to be.  The Pirates had six hits tonight, five of which left the ballpark, and the Cubs still won, baseball.

More good signs from the Cubs offense in this one as well, the Cubs scored seven times on fourteen hits in the win.  (Insert Emilio Bonifacio had two hits sentence).  Anthony Rizzo is scorching hot right now, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .375 on the season.  Mike Olt, finally getting a start, responded in a big way, he went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Same goes for Junior Lake, as he went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

Tomorrow should be a dandy, as Travis Wood battles Gerrit Cole in the rubber game.

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Game Highlights:

Ruggiano’s RBI Double
Tremendous play by Castro
Mike Olt’s big two-run HR
Junior Lake goes back-to-back with Olt

** PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN KERSEY/GETTY IMAGES

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Cubs Battle Back Twice, Still Fall Short

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Such a tough evening, on one hand you have to be thrilled with the Cubs coming back two different times in this one, on the other, throw strikes!!!  The Cubs offense was up to the task tonight, but the pitching was dreadful, it started with Edwin Jackson, and ended with Pedro Strop, and James Russell.

Edwin Jackson “walked” away with a no decision in this one, and probably deserved worse.  Jackson worked 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, while Castro 4-8-14walking four (yuck), and striking out four.  Pedro Strop, who got the loss, worked a third of an inning, giving up one run, while walking two, and striking out one.  The issue in this one was James Russell coming on and failing to do his job against Pedro Alvarez, he walked Alvarez to load the bases and Russel Martin delivered a game winning sac-fly.

Starlin Castro!  What a night from Castro, he was 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI’s, and two runs scored.  It was Castro’s first time hitting two home runs in a major league game, it was awesome to see, Castro is now hitting .310 on the season, look at that.  Emilio Bonifacio continues to get hits, almost every time up to the plate, he was 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Anthony Rizzo is also going well at the plate right now, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and  a run scored in the loss.

I’ll leave you with this… STOP BUNTING!  Goodnight.

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Game Highlights:

Bonifacio’s RBI Single
Castro with a Three-Run Bomb!
Castro Goes Deep Again!
Rizzo RBI single
Renteria gets ejected 

** PHOTO CREDIT:  ANDREW NELLES/AP

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs – Series Preview (3 games)

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** Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL **

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 7:05 PM CST
(TV: CSN) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 7:05 PM CST
(TV: WGN) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 1:20 PM CST
(TV:  WGN, MLBN)  (RADIO:  WGN 720)

** SERIES VITALS **

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** PITCHING MATCHUPS **

Game One: Charlie Morton  (0 – 0; 0.00)  vs. Edwin Jackson (0 – 0; 1.69)

Morton (Career vs. Cubs) (2 – 4; 4.36 ERA, 10 appearance, 10 starts)
Jackson (Career vs. Pirates) (3 – 3; 5.36 ERA, 8 appearances, 8 starts)

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Game Two: Wandy Rodriguez  (0 – 1; 4.50)  vs. Jason Hammel  (1 – 0; 1.35)

Rodriguez (Career vs. Cubs) (9 – 8; 3.63 ERA, 25 appearances, 25 starts)
Hammel (Career vs. Pirates) (3 – 1; 3.62 ERA, 5 appearances, 4 starts)

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Game Three: Gerrit Cole (1 – 0; 2.57)  vs. Travis Wood (0 – 1; 4.26)

Cole (Career vs. Cubs) (2 – 0; 2.08 ERA, 2 appearances, 2 starts)
Wood (Career vs. Pirates) (4 – 5; 3.35 ERA, 10 appearances, 9 starts)

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Cubs Down Right Offensive Once Again

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Scoring runs in the Major Leagues is hard, it’s really hard for this Cubs group.  So far the 2014 season has featured outstanding pitching and horrendous clutch hitting, today Shark 4-5-14 picturewas no exception.  Jeff Samardzija was solid for the second straight time this year, and for the second straight time he walked away without a win.  Shark worked seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out eight as he took the loss.

I can’t really say that the Cubs were totally inept with the bats because they were able to get a number off hits against Cliff Lee.  Ten hits to be exact, but that’s ten hits with no runs, mind numbing right now.  One bright spot today was Starlin Castro who has been having better at bats as of late, he went 3-for-4 in the loss.  The Cubs were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position today, and are 4-for-40 on the season, I’m sorry that I had to spell out the disaster that is the Cubs offense, it will get better, it has to.

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Game Highlights:

MLB.com has no Cubs highlights, seems about right.

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Bats Cold as Cubs Open Wrigley with a Loss

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It was a day where all you had to do was “get the ball in the air, and it would go” — the problem with that is you Castillo Picture 4-4-14actually have to, you know, hit the ball.  That’s the one part of the equation the Cubs haven’t figured out yet this season.  Anyone that follows this team religiously, like I do, knew that scoring runs would be difficult for this group, but yikes.  Today’s hard to look at numbers?  Two runs on three hits, that’s it, three hits today for our boys in blue.

With the lack of scoring comes the increased pressure on the pitching to not make a mistake, because one run could be it.  Travis Wood pitched just fine today given the howling out wind, but made a few too many mistakes, and took the loss.  The Cubs pen was also a little ragged as well, both Wesley Wright, and Brian Schlitter gave up runs to make the final score a little more ugly.  Good news friends, it’s early, I think that’s a good thing.

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Game Highlights

Travis Wood’s Outing
Castillo’s Long Home Run
Castro’s RBI Single
Bonifacio Makes a Tough Catch

* Photo Credit – Andrew Nelles/AP

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs – Series Preview (3 Games)

Series Preview Opening Week 2014

 

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– Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL –

Friday, April 4, 2014 – 1:20 PM CST
(TV: MLBN, WGN) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 1:20 PM CST
(TV: CSN) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Sunday, April 6, 2014 – 1:20 PM CST
(TV:  WGN)  (RADIO:  WGN 720)

 

– Series Vitals –

 

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– Pitching Matchups –

 

Game One: Roberto Hernandez  (0 – 0; 0.00)  vs. Travis Wood  (0 – 0; 0.00)

Hernandez (Career vs. Cubs) (4 – 0; 1.95 ERA, 7 appearance, 7 starts)
Wood (Career vs. Phillies) (0 – 0; 2.11 ERA, 3 appearances, 3 starts)

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Game Two: Cliff Lee   (1 – 0; 14.40)  vs. Jeff Samardzija  (0 – 0; 0.00)

Lee (Career vs. Cubs) (6 – 2; 3.19 ERA, 10 appearances, 10 starts)
Samardzija (Career vs. Phillies) (1 – 3; 10.80 ERA, 9 appearances, 3 starts)

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Game Three: A.J. Burnett  (0 – 0; 1.50)  vs. Carlos Villanueva   (0 – 2; 13.50)

Burnett (Career vs. Cubs) (7 – 2; 2.99 ERA, 11 appearances, 11 starts)
Villanueva (Career vs. Phillies) (2 – 0; 1.71 ERA, 14 appearances, 1 start)

 

Let’s go Cubs!

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