Another Dinger for Kris Bryant, Yawn (VIDEO)

The Cubs are also participating in a B game today, it really doesn’t count, tell that to the baseball that was just annihilated.  Thanks to Jason Witt (@JasonWitt) for getting it.

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Spring Fever – March 19, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs and Diamondbacks battle under the lights tonight, 8:40 PM CST to be exact, and the game is on CSN Chicago.  Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Cubs tonight looking to build on a strong start his last time out.  Decisions are looming in regards to who makes the team, and specifically who makes the rotation.  The 5th spot looks to be coming down to Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson, I think Wood has that spot nailed down, but then that leaves a question mark of what to do with Jackson.  A good start might go a long way for Jackson who I don’t think will be an effective arm out of the pen, he really hasn’t been effective in the rotation either, we’ll see.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Coghlan – LF
3. Castro – SS
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Soler – RF
6. Olt – 3B
7. Baez – 2B
8. Castillo – C
9. Jackson – SP

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Cubs Video to End the Day; Arrieta Baffles Boston

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As we get closer to opening day I thought we would share a Cubs video each night to help pass the time, and get pumped up for 2015.  Tonight’s video is of Jake Arrieta flirting with perfection in Boston, Jake was lights out that night, and just came up short, but enjoy the video anyway.

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Cubs Outlast Dodgers For Another Win (VIDEO)

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You would think a five run lead with Jake Arrieta on the mound would be safe, it almost wasn’t.  The Dodgers knocked around Arrieta in the second inning as they scored four times to cut a five run deficit to one.  To Arrieta’s credit he battled and was able to work four innings, giving up said four runs on seven hits while walking two, and striking out five.  The bullpen did the job today as C.J. Edwards, Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, and Joe Ortiz combined to work five scoreless innings, giving up five hits while walking one, and striking out four.

A lot of good swings from the Cubs today as they pounded out thirteen hits while scoring seven times.  Chris Coghlan made some loud noises with his bat, he finished the day 1-for-3 with a two-run blast, three RBI, and a run scored.  Jorge Soler, and Albert Almora both continued their strong springs this afternoon with two hits each.  Almora finished the day 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .353 on the spring.  After starting the spring 1-8-1, the Cubs have now won six of seven, and are playing all around better baseball.

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Spring Fever – March 18, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

Arrieta FIRE

Jake Arrieta is back at it today as the Cubs take on the Dodgers at 3:05 PM CST on MLB.tv (with paid subscription), the game can also be heard on Cubs.com.  The plan is for Arrieta to go four innings or so, obviously it depends on pitch count, and how well he is throwing the ball.  The Cubs lineup this afternoon is intriguing because Matt Szczur is hitting 5th, the kid has a real shot at making this team, I hope he does.  No Kris Bryant today as he is still resting his shoulder, not sure if he will make it in later today as there is no DH.

1. Coghlan – LF
2. Alcantara – 3B
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soler – RF
5. Szczur – CF
6. La Stella – 2B
7. Ross – C
8. Russell – SS
9. Arrieta – SP (Hitting today)

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Hammel Leads Cubs Back Into Win Column

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Jason Hammel cemented his status as the Cubs number three starter this afternoon by baffling the defending AL Champ Royals in a 4-3 win.  Hammel was brilliant going four scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three, the outing lowered his spring ERA to six, it’s been rough.  Phil Coke, Zac Rosscup, and Stephen Perakslis all had scoreless outings with Perakslis nailed down the save.  Anthony Rizzo who has struggled in finding his timing this spring had a solid game, he went 2-for-2 with an RBI, his second of the spring.  Junior Lake, Starlin Castro, and Jonathan Herrera all chipped in with one RBI each in the win.

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Spring Fever – March 17, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re into that kind of thing.  Jason Hammel gets the ball for the Cubs as the host the defending AL champ the Kansas City Royals, still sounds weird saying that.  First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, there is no TV that I’m aware of, but the game can be heard through mlb.com.  It’s been a rough spring for Hammel, I don’t think it’s more than just working on his stuff, but it would be nice to see him find a groove today.  Three big surprises from camp so far are in the lineup today, Mike Olt, Junior Lake, and Matt Szczur, all are fighting for spots on the opening day roster.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Denorfia – DH
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Castro – SS
5. Montero – C
6. Lake – RF
7. Baez – 2B
8. Olt – 3B
9. Szczur – LF

SP – Jason Hammel

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Cubs Sluggish in 7-0 Loss to Padres

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Chalk it up to a rough afternoon after a busy weekend, the Cubs made a couple errors, and struggled at the plate throughout the loss today.  Jon Lester struggled with his command on both sides of the plate today, and made too many mistakes in the middle of the zone.  The result was a tough outing for Lester as he gave up six earned runs in just 3.1 innings of work.  The Cubs as a team were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, at least they had twelve chances, right?  Jorge Soler was 1-for-2 with a walk, and Kris Bryant was clearly fatigued as he could only manage a loud double off the wall in three at bats.

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Spring Fever – March 16, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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After a sluggish start this Spring the Cubs have turned things around going 5-2 in their last seven, and winning four straight.  Jon Lester will take the mound hoping to extend that streak this afternoon against Brandon Morrow and the Padres.  Lester has been really good so far this spring, look for 4-5 innings today based on how quickly he can mow down Padre hitters.  First pitch this afternoon is at 3:05 pM CST, the game is on MLB.tv with a subscription, and also on MLB Network.  Here is how the Cubs will lineup today, Kris Bryant is back in the lineup, so is Soler, excitement.

1. Alcantara – 3B
2. Coghlan – LF
3. Castro – SS
4. Soler – RF
5. Bryant – DH
6. Sweeney – CF
7. Castillo – C
8. Olt – 1B
9. Valaika – 2B

SP – Jon Lester

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Cubs Get One Hit, Win Anyway

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Absolutely nothing doing with the bats today, except for Chris Denorfia who went bonkers on Johnny Cueto pitch with two outs in the third.  The story of the day was the pitching, Travis Wood dazzled in his outing as he closes in on the number five spot in the rotation.  Wood worked five scoreless innings, giving up four hits while walking one, and striking out four.  It’s been a rough go of it for Brian Schlitter so far this spring, but he turned in two spotless innings out of the pen in the win.

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