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Cubs @ Reds – Series Preview (April 24 – April 26, 2015)

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The Cubs head to Cincinnati to continue their seven game road trip, and they have a sour taste in their mouth.  Although a four game series split in Pittsburgh is all you can ask for, the Cubs feel that they should have won the series.  While they should have closed that one out yesterday, they probably should have lost game two, so I’ll call it even.  The Cubs bullpen is reeling however, and they will need some deep starts from their best pitchers in this series.  The Reds come into this series feeling pretty good about themselves as they took three out of four against a crapshow of a Milwaukee team, and sit just a half game behind the Cubs for second place in the Central.

Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, April 24, 2015 – 6:10 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 12:10 PM CST – ABC 7 Chicago
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 12:10 PM CST – WGN TV

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Reds:  Zack Cozart is out of his mind right now, he’s putting up almost impossible numbers over his last seven games.  Cozart is hitting .393 (11-for-25) with a double, FOUR dingers, and seven RBI’s, wut?
  • Cubs:  After a bumpy start, Starlin Castro has been scorching hot.  In his last seven games Castro is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with one homer, and seven RBI’s, looks like a middle of the order guy.

Who is Not:

  • Reds:  It appears that Marlon Byrd is regressing to meet the levels of his Cubs career.  Over his last six games he is hitting .095 (2-for-21) with one home run, and eight strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  The magic that Chris Coghlan had at the beginning of the season seems to be fleeting.  In his last seven games he is hitting .150 (3-for-20) with one RBI, one walk, and seven strikeouts.

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Cubs Rally to Win a Wild One

Cubs Final 4-21

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It’s noticeable, the Cubs don’t quit.  After blowing a 4-2 lead in the sixth, and falling behind 8-5 in the 7th, the Cubs charged back, scoring four times over the final two innings to win 9-8.  Trailing 8-6 in the ninth, the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs and Starlin Castro came through with his third hit of the evening to tie things up.  Kris Bryant scored on a Welington Castillo ground out, and Hector Rondon shut the door, what an absolutely outstanding victory.  With the win the Cubs have now won two games after trailing heading into the ninth, you know how many times that happened last year?  Zero.  Welcome to Chicago Cubs baseball, you should probably start watching.

At the Plate:

  • Anthony Rizzo is an on base machine, he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and he was hit by another pitch.
  • Jorge Soler finished strong in this 0ne, he was 2-for-5 with a double, and two runs scored.
  • Kris Bryant, just wow, he was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI’s, and one run scored.
  • Starlin Castro is shutting a lot of people up, he was 3-for-5 with a dinger, four RBI’s, and a run scored.  He’s hitting .352 on the season.
  • Welington Castillo got a start tonight, and he made it count, he was 2-for-5 with a homer, double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Travis Wood got the start tonight, and was decent, he worked five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out five.
  • Brian Schlitter continued his rough 2015, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one.
  • Phil Coke got out of Schlitter’s trouble, he retired the last batter of the sixth.
  • Jason Motte struggled tonight, he worked one inning, giving up three runs on two hits while walking one.
  • Edwin Jackson was perfect tonight, and he picked up the win, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Hector Rondon was just disgusting tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.

Kris Bryant with an RBI double.

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Cubs GameDay – April 21, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  6:05 PM CST
TV:  WGN TV
Radio:  WBBM Newsradio 780
Weather:  56 degrees, cloudy.  10% of rain

Cubs Lineup:

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – 1B
3. Soler – RF
4. Bryant – 3B
5. Castro – SS
6. Denorfia – LF
7. Castillo – C
8. Wood – SP
9. Russell – 2B    (LOUD NOISES!)

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Cubs @ Pirates – Series Preview (April 20 – April 23, 2015)

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After having eight of their first eleven games at home the time has come for the Cubs to hit the road, and face some stiff NL Central competition.  Tonight’s game in Pittsburgh starts a seven game road trip that will see the Cubs battle the Pirates for four, then head to Cincinnati for three.  The Pirates are playing solid baseball right now as they have won three straight games, and sit a half game behind the Cubs for second place in the Central.  The Cubs are coming off a tough series loss to the Padres, their first of the season.  All three games could have went the Cubs way, but a burnt out bullpen, short starts, and lack of clutch hitting came back to bite them.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, April 20, 2015 – 6:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago Plus (Channel Finder)
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 6:05 PM CST – WGN 9 Chicago
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 6:05 PM CST – CSN
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 11:35 AM CST – CSN, MLB Network

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Pirates:  After a slow start, and a big new contract, Josh Harrison is starting to heat up at the plate.  He is hitting .292 (7-for-24) over his last seven with a double, homer, and two RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  Anthony Rizzo was getting on base earlier in the year but wasn’t seeing too many hits dropping, that is changing.  Rizzo is hitting .318 (7-for-22) over his last six games with a home run, three RBI’s, a double, and SIX walks.

Who is Not:

  • Pirates:  After a productive 2014, Jordy Mercer has come out of the gate struggling.  Mercer is hitting just .118 (2-for-17) over his last seven games with only one walk, two strikeouts, and no runs scored.
  • Cubs:  Second base is an issue for the Cubs right now, as both Jonathan Herrera, and Arismendy Alcantara are scuffling.  Herrera is hitting just .158 (3-for-19) over his last six games, while Alcantara comes in at a .143 (2-for-14) clip, with six strikeouts.

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Wood Dazzles in Win Over Reds

Cubs Final 4-15

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Travis Wood was dominant all night long as the lefty shut down the Reds, and led the Cubs to a 5-0 victory to take the series.  It didn’t take long for the Cubs to grab a lead as Anthony Rizzo blasted his first home run of the season in the first, a majestic two-run shot to right.  The Cubs flashed the leather all night behind Wood, Starlin Castro in particular, he made two outstanding plays to help preserve the shut out, and the lead.  The only bad news in this one was an injury to Neil Ramirez, the right-hander left after just three pitches in the ninth inning.  Ramirez will go for an MRI tomorrow, the initial diagnosis is right shoulder discomfort, that doesn’t sound great.  First place!

At the Plate:

  • Dexter Fowler is proving to be a solid lead-off hitter for the Cubs, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored.
  • Anthony Rizzo finally got on the board with a dinger, he was 1-for-4 with said homer, a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Jorge Soler continued his production, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI.
  • Starlin Castro had an outstanding game, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.

Rizzo goes way back!

On the Mound:

  • All Travis Wood tonight, stellar.  He worked seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits while walking two and striking out seven.
  • Phil Coke worked a solid scoreless inning in relief.
  • Neil Ramirez got hurt in the ninth, so Brian Schlitter had to close it out, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out one.

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Cubs GameDay: April 15, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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First Pitch:  7:05 PM CST
TV:  WPWR-50
Radio:  WBBM Newsradio 780
Weather:  Partly Cloudy, 56 degrees

Cubs Lineup:

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – 1B
3. Soler – RF
4. Montero – C
5. Coghlan – LF
6. Castro – SS
7. Alcantara – 2B
8. Wood – SP
9. Herrera – 3B

Reds Lineup:

1. Hamilton – CF
2. Votto – 1B
3. Frazier – 3B
4. Phillips – 2B
5. Byrd – LF
6. Bruce – RF
7. Pena – C
8. Cozart – SS
9. Marquis – SP

Money line:  Cubs -142
Over/Under:  7 runs

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Reds @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 13 – April 15, 2015)

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The Cubs are flying high after a dramatic win yesterday in Colorado thanks to Dexter Fowler‘s two-out, two-strike bomb.  Waiting for the Cubs at Wrigley Field is a Reds team that was feeling the same way heading into this past weekend, not so much now.  The Reds beat the Cardinals on Friday to push their record to 4-0 on the season but lost the last two games of said series.  It’s still been a solid start for the Reds as they have thrown the ball well, and been able to get big hits when needed.  The Cubs have a great opportunity to get a bit of a winning streak going as they will turn to Lester and Arrieta in games one and two of the series.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, April 13, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN+ (Channel Finder)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WPWR

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Reds:  It appears that Joey Votto has once again found his power stroke, the Reds’ first baseman has blasted three dingers so far this season.  He is hitting .333 (8-for-24) on the season with said three homers, eight RBI’s, four walks, and two stolen bases.
  • Cubs:  Dexter Fowler had a rough first few games in a Cubs uniform, but he put that well behind him over the last two games.  Fowler had a monster series in Colorado, registering two triples, and a monster home run to give the Cubs a comeback win yesterday.  On the season he’s hitting .238 (5-for-21) with a double, two triples, a home run, four RBI’s, two walks, and a stolen base.  He fills up the box score.

Who is Not:

  • Reds:  After a breakout year last year, Devin Mesoraco is having a rough start to the season.  Mesoraco is hitting just .095 (2-for-21) on the season, with five strikeouts, he can stay in that slump until about Friday of this week.
  • Cubs:  It’s been a rough go of it for Arismendy Alcantara as far as getting hits, he has none.  He has been having really good plate appearances though, he’s just struggling to find that first hit of the 2015 season (0-for-12).

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The Bats Remain Afraid in Loss to Rockies

Cubs 4-10 Final

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Through three games the Cubs have a total of seven hits, that’s not so good, the numbers with runners in scoring position are even worse.  I guess the good news is that the Cubs continue to get opportunities with guys in scoring position, but they are less than clutch right now.  The struggles were front and center this afternoon against the Rockies as the Cubs were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  In a park where walks are more dangerous than usual, the Cubs earned four of them, and Rizzo was hit by a pitch twice, that’s six free passes, but not one guy could come up with a big hit.  Not so for the Rockies as they managed to push five runs across the plate on eleven hits en route to a 5-1 victory, Travis Wood picked up the loss.

Cubs 4-10 box

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Cubs GameDay – April 10, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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FIRST PITCH:  3:10 PM CST • TV:  WGN TV (9) • RADIO:  WBBM-780 AM

Cubs Lineup:

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

Rockies Lineup:

1. Dickerson – LF
2. Tulowitzki – SS
3. Arenado – 3B
4. Gonzalez – RF
5. Rosario – 1B
6. Stubbs – CF
7. Hundley – C
8. Matzek – SP
9. LeMahieu – 2B

Both pitchers hitting 8th, modern baseball.

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Cubs @ Rockies – Series Preview (April 10 – April 12, 2015)

Series Preview ROAD Rockies

Two games in five days so far for the Cubs as the descend upon Coors Field for a three game set with the Rockies this weekend.  The Rockies spent their first week in baseball embarrassing the Brewers pitching staff to the tune of twenty(!) runs in three games, good for a sweep.  By comparison the Cubs have scored just twice this season, but they have only given up three while splitting a rain shortened series with the Cardinals.  The weather is actually supposed to be pretty nice in Colorado, and I would expect that translates to a few more runs being scored, hopefully by the Cubs.

Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, April 10, 2015 – 3:10 PM CST – WGN TV (Local 9)
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 7:10 PM CST – CSN+ (Channel Finder)
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 3:10 PM CST – WGN TV (Local 9)

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Rockies:  All of them?  Seven regulars are hitting over .385 on the season, and they started on the road.  Nolan Arenado is picking up where he left off last year, he’s hitting .462 (6-for-13) with three doubles, a dinger, and five RBI’s.  Corey Dickerson is not impressed, all he has done is hit .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles, two dingers, and has six RBI’s so far this season.
  • Cubs:  I’m not going to talk about anyone that has to use a bat regularly here.  It’s the Cubs pen, they have been brilliant so far, they have yet to allow an earned run in 6.2 innings, and have only allowed three hits.

Who is Not:

  • Rockies:  I found someone!  Justin Morneau is one of just a couple of guys not to join the party so far.  Morneau is hitting .077 (1-for-13) in the early going, he’s only struck out once so he appears to be a victim of BABIP (Batting average on balls in play).
  • Cubs:  The whole offense, the Cubs are hitting .125 (7-for-56) as a team, and have walked just three times while striking out 23 times.  It’s super early, and the conditions were not great for hitting, so I’m not worried, yet.

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