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Cubs face the Rangers today…… again. Matt Garza takes the ball today, hoping to get a good 5-6 innings of work in. The game can be listened to or watched live on Cubs.com. This is an exclusive broadcast, and I believe it is free, if it isn’t you can blame me for lying to you. Here’s how the Cubs lineup today. Go Cubs!
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Davey Johsnon has announced that Stephen Strasburg will be the Washington Nationals opening day starter against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, April 5th. He has never been to Chicago, let alone Wrigley Field, but obviously said it is a “tremendous honor.” Hopefully we can make his first appearance in Wrigley one he would like to forget. The Cubs have yet to announce their opening day starter, it appears it will either be Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster.
Joe Mather continues to impress as he hit a game winning solo homerun yesterday against the Texas Rangers. He is making a strong case to make the opening day roster with a rather impressive spring thus far. Not only has Mather had a nice spring with the bat, but his versatility should only improve his chances of making the team. He can play the corner outfield spots and can also play both corner spots in the infield. Mather, 29 hits from the right side of the plate, which if he makes the team he should get plenty of playing time against left-handed pitching as he could spell DeJesus, LaHair, and Sewart. (more…)
The Cubs removed RHP Casey Weathers from the 40-man roster today. He was obtained this offseason with Ian Stewart in the deal that sent Tyler Colvin and D.J. Lemahieu to the Rockies. (more…)
The Cubs beat the White Sox today 5-1. The pitching was the difference as the Cubs staff only surrendered four hits today. Starting pitcher Travis Wood pitched well and so did Randy Wells who induced a bases loaded double play to Paul Konerko to end the 3rd. Also in relief today was Lopez, Rhee, and Castillo. The Cubs offense was powered by Edgar Gonzalez, Steve Clevenger, and Marlon Byrd who all hit their first homers of the spring. Soriano stayed hot leading the game off with a double later scoring on a Darwin Barney base hit. It is always nice to beat the Chicago White Sox whether it is spring training or not.
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Right handed pitcher Rafael Dolis, 24 has looked impressive so far this spring and he, like many other young players are hoping to make a good impression with the new Cubs brass and make it a hard decision to send him back to the minor leagues. (more…)
“You’ve got to be careful because there are a lot of bad people in the world.” This coming from Castro today, marking the first day he has spoken to the media about the alleged sexual assault case. He would not say much more about the claim except that he has cooperated with the police, which he talked to when he was in town for the Cubs Convention in mid January. (more…)
After four months, the Cubs and Red Sox have finalized the deal that brought Theo Epstein to Chicago. Headed to Boston is relief pitcher Chris Carpenter, who impressed in his short time up with the Cubs at the end of last year. Carpenter, who is 26 years old, will be given a shot in the Red Sox bullpen, where I expect him to have some decent success. The deal also says that the Red Sox will receive a player to be named later, and the Cubs will receive a player to be named later (April 15th deadline already in place). I don’t anticipate either of the players being anything more than fringe prospects. All parties have been assured that these players will be named before the conlcusion of Spring Training. Theo Epstein released a statement this morning regarding Carpenter going the other way, in a word, he is relieved.
The Chicago Cubs have added another veteran depth pitcher. According to Eyewitness Sport, LHP Nate Robertson has signed with the Chicago Cubs to a minor league deal. Robertson, 34, is most known for the years he spent in Detroit from 2003-2009. He has been used mostly as a starting pitcher throughout his career, with his best season coming in 2006 where he posted a 13-13 record with a 3.84 ERA. Since, his career has been on the decline and last year he had a 7.14 ERA in 18 starts while pitching in Tacoma, the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate.
This signing is yet another way to get depth in the organization. Evident from last year the Cubs do not have a lot of pitching depth and they have spent a lot of the offseason attempting to improve it. While being mainly a starter, it is possible the Cubs picked him up hoping he would be more successful in a left-handed reliever role, but only time will tell. Ultimately this ends up being a low-risk low-reward type signing that might help the team at some point throughout the year, or we may never hear his name again.
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It was eleven days ago when Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment. Today the 26-year old utility player cleared waivers and the Cubs have sent him to Triple-A Iowa. I am guessing DeWitt will be a non-roster invitee to Spring Training with a chance to win a reserve role, much like the one he had last year. If he makes the team he will earn $1.1 million for the upcoming season. If he does not make the team the Cubs will have to decide if they want him to play in Iowa in case of injury in Chicago, or they could release him. Obviously the Cubs also could look to trade him between now and the start of the season as well.
Coming soon: Pitchers and Catchers Report……. And hopefully
we have the Epstein compensation issue resolved soon.
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