September 18, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Reds

Justin Germano will take the mound to face Homer Bailey and the first place Reds tonight.  Here is how the Cubs will lineup for this evening.  The game is set to start at 7:05.

DeJesus – RF
Valbuena – 3B
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Clevenger – C
Jackson – CF
Barney – 2B
Germano – P

Go Cubs!!
-Mark

September 18 – 20, 2012 vs. Reds – Series Preview

 

The Reds come to Chicago for a three game series starting Tuesday, September 18.  The Reds have all but locked up the division, but are just 5-5 in their last ten, including losing series’ to both the Marlins and the Astros.  The Reds have gotten Joey Votto back since we last saw them, but Aroldis Chapman has been shut down for a little bit and the Cubs will not face him this weekend.  The Cubs on the other hand have been playing good baseball as of late going 7-3 in their last ten and splitting their most recent series against the Pirates.  The Cubs can’t really play spoiler against the Reds, but they can postpone the Reds clinching the division for a few days and hopefully against somebody else.  Alfonso Soriano went over the 100 RBI plateau last week and he will look to hit his 30th home run this series against the Reds.

Record:  88-59 (road, 41-31) 1st in Central
Runs Scored:  627 – 8th in NL
Team ERA:  3.44 – 2nd in NL
Last 10:  5-5
Last Series:  Lost two of three to the Marlins

Record:  58-89 (home, 36-36) 5th in Central
Runs Scored:  565 – 15 in NL
Team ERA:  4.46 – 14th in NL
Last 10:  7-3
Last Series:  Split with the Pirates

Here are the pitching matchups for the series.

Tuesday September 18, 2012
Cincinnati: Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-7, 5.60)

Wednesday September 19, 2012
Cincinnati:  Mike Leake (8-9, 4.69 ERA)
Cubs:  Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.06 ERA)

Thursday September 20, 2012
Cincinnati:  Johnny Cueto (16-9, 2.92 ERA)
Cubs:  Jason Berken ( 0-1, 7.20 ERA)

Season Series:  Reds lead series 9-4

Prediction:  Cubs lose series 2-1

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Cubs Delayed [UPDATE #3] 10:40 PM Start Time

The tarp is on the field, and the Cubs game will not start on time.  We’ll keep you posted if and when a new start time is announced..

[UPDATE]  Looked like the game was going to start around 8:00 PM CST, but another wave of rain came through, still expecting baseball tonight.

[UPDATE #2] It’s now 10:00 PM CST, and we are still in a delay, and nothing has been called yet, still waiting.  Almost three hours and counting, at least 30 minutes of field prep after tarp is off, game might not start till 10:30 PM CST at the earliest.

[UPDATE #3] First pitch, 10:40 PM CST, not kidding.

– George

September 17, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Pirates

I should caution that this is weather permitting as widespread rain is supposed to cover the area by game time, I hope that’s not the case because I want to watch Anthony Rizzo hit baseballs, hard.  Travis Wood gets the ball tonight as the Cubs try to win three out of four from the Pirates.  I’m sure the Pirates will be very happy to be done with the Cubs this year as they are a big reason why the Pirates are fading down the stretch.  Here is how the Cubs will line up tonight behind Travis Wood.

Thanks for reading, GO CUBS!
– George

2013 Cubs Convention Dates Announced / Moved to Sheraton

The Cubs Convention usually gets the baseball blood boiling in the dead of winter for most Cubs fans.  I’m sure this year will be no different, today the Cubs announced that the 28th annual Cubs Convention will be held January 18-20, 2013 at  the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers at 301 E. North Water Street.  Yes, you heard correctly, new location this year. 

Via the Sun-Times:

“We’re excited to offer our fans new experiences at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers for the 28th Annual Cubs Convention, as Cubs players, coaches, legends and executives come together to kick off the 2013 season,” said Wally Hayward, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, Chicago Cubs. “The Cubs Convention is a great way for fans of all ages to gain access to the team, get excited for Spring Training and the season, and have fun in downtown Chicago with interactive exhibits, games and player panels.”

The Sun-Times also provides the hours

Cubs Convention will take place Friday, January 18, from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, January 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your rooms early, by early I mean you can start booking them in two days.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m., Cubs fans can book rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers by calling the hotel at 800-233-4100 and asking for the Cubs Convention rate of $179 per night plus tax. Guests who book a two-night stay will receive a limited-edition authenticated, autographed photo of Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson. Hotel guests may purchase up to four Cubs Convention passes for a reduced rate of $20 each. Individual Cubs Convention passes for guests not staying at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers will be sold for $60 per pass at a later date.

We will be sure to provide you with the date the individual passes go on sale to the public.

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

 

 

 

Big Time Prospects Ready For Instructional League

As we heads towards the end of the season it starts to become a reality, there’s only a handful of Cubs games left this year.  For most, this is a blessing as some fans can’t “bear”…. (get it?) to watch anymore given how bad the team has been and other sports have started.  For this Cubs fan it’s not so great as I enjoy watching this team play, no matter how infuriating it is at times.  With that said it’s time to start focusing on the off-season baseball that will take place, first up is the Cubs instructional league that starts today.  This is an important step for many of these players as they are going to get more game experience, and another opportunity to impress the front office heading into next season.  Below is a breakdown of everyone that will participate this year, the games begin on September 21.  We will give you much more information on these players as our player cards come out, we will also do our best to give you results and box scores of these games, so stay tuned!

 

Thanks for reading,
– George

Rizzo’s Huge Day Fuels Cubs Comeback

For the second day in a row the Cubs got down early and stormed back, unlike yesterday, Anthony Rizzo made sure that the Cubs completed the comeback this time.  Chris Volstad got the start today for the Cubs and was pretty horrible right from the get go.  Volstad only lasted 4.2 innings giving up six runs on ten hits while walking three and striking out three.  By the time Volstad left this one the Pirates had built up a 6-1 lead, but the Cubs were able to get a big chunk back in the bottom of the fifth.  The Cubs were able to score four times in the fifth thanks to a Joe Mather solo shot, an Anthony Rizzo two-run homer and a Welington Castillo run scoring single.  After all but squandering a five run lead the Pirates pushed across three more runs in the sixth to make it a 9-5 game.  To conclude what might be the craziest two innings of the year the Cubs exploded in the bottom of the inning for five runs to take a 10-9 lead.  The big blow was an Anthony Rizzo grand slam, the first of his career, and the second homer of the day giving him six RBI’s.  Just for good measure the Cubs scored three more times in the bottom of the eighth, and Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth for a 13-9 victory.  Alfsonso Soriano also had a big day at the plate going 3-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s, that’s now 101 RBI’s on the season, that is an absolutely amazing accomplishment from Soriano.  The final game of the four game set will be tomorrow night as the Cubs look to take three out of four.

FULL BOX SCORE

Game Highlights:
Rizzo’s Grand Slam
Game Ending Double Play
DeJesus’ Two Run Single
Soriano’s RBI Double
Barney’s Great Play
Rizzo’s Two-Run Homer
Mather’s Solo Homer
Soriano’s 100th RBI

Thanks for reading,
– George