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Cubs Ambush Cardinals

Cubs are all over the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright.  Ian Stewart hit a 3-run homer in the first, and Bryan LaHair launched a grand slam in the 3rd, Samardzija looking good again.  Bottom of the 3rd, Cubs lead 8-0

- George

April 12, 2012 – Today’s Lineups

I feel better today, today will be a good day, the Cubs will win today, or they won’t.  Grienke vs. Garza this afternoon at 1:20 PM Central, another solid pitching matchup.  Here is how both teams lineup today, for my money this is the best lineup the Cubs can put on the field at this point.

 

 

LINEUP

RF – DeJesus
2B – Barney
SS – Castro
LF – Soriano
3B – Stewart
1B – LaHair
C – Clevenger
CF – Johnson
P – Garza

 

 

LINEUP

2B – Weeks
CF – Morgan
LF – Braun
RF – Hart
1B – Gamel
SS – Gonzalez
C – Lucroy
3B – Izturis
P – Grienke

How about a win today?  I’ll settle for Grienke throwing more then 90 pitches by the 5th.  Take a pitch!  Go Cubs!

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

March 17, 2012 – Split-Squad Saturday

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone, the Cubs celebrate by playing two games, one of which is in Vegas.
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Big Prospects Among Latest Cuts

As we get closer to heading North for the 2012 season, the names being cut get bigger.  That was definitely the case today.

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March 5, Cubs Lineup vs Athletics

This is how the Cubs will lineup today against the Oakland A’s.  Game starts at 2:05 PM Central, and will be broadcast on WGN radio in the Chicagoland area, tune in!  A’s scheduled to send Bartolo Colon to the mound, while the Cubs will counter with Ryan Dempster.

CF Campana

2B Barney

SS Castro

1B LaHair

RF Baker

LF Johnson

C Clevenger

DH DeWitt

3B Vitters

Recap following the game this evening.

Intrasquad Lineups for Today

Once we have an update from the game today we will post a few things, in the meantime here are the lineups for today’s game via Carrie Muskat

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

SS Castro

1B LaHair

CF Byrd

RF DeJesus

C Lalli

2B Barney

DH DeWitt

* Randy Wells will start for the other team and here’s the lineup:

CF Jackson

RF Szczur

2B Baker

1B Rizzo

LF Johnson

3B Vitters

SS Lake

C Brenly

DH Campana

Soriano leading off, there have been rumblings about this, could he leadoff when the season opens?  For sure, it will be fun to see how this plays out during the Spring.

MLB Adds Two New Playoff Spots

How does a team win a World Series?  Blood, sweat, tears, all of those things, but the most important thing is getting into the playoffs in the first place.  Something that the Cubs have had trouble with, only making it to the season ending tournament 15 times in their 136 year history.  Major League Baseball added two wild card spots, one in the National League and one in the American League today, bringing the total numbers of teams making the playoffs to ten.  “This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year,” commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.  I’m never going to argue with something that gives the Cubs a better chance to make the playoffs year in and year out.  I also can’t disagree with increasing the importance of winning the division, it’s an accomplishment and too many years have gone by without a reward for such a thing.

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