Cubs GameDay! May 6, 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  7:15 PM CST
Television:  CSN Chicago
Radio:  WBBM Newsradio 780
Weather:  Sunny, 81 degrees

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Fowler – CF
2.  Coghlan – LF
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Bryant – 3B
5.  Soler – RF
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Ross – C
8.  Lester – SP
9.  Russell – 2B

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Pirates @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 27 – April 29, 2015)

Series Preview HOME Pirates

Both the Cubs and Pirates head into a three game series on the Northside with some momentum.  The Cubs are coming off an exciting, rain shortened series in Cincinnati where they took both games, one of which was another come back victory.  After taking the last two games of the series against the Cubs, the Pirates swept the Diamondbacks this weekend and have won their last five games.  It’s a battle for second place as the Cubs (10-7) and the Pirates (11–8) are both two games back of the Cardinals in the Central.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, April 27, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WPWR 50
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Pirates:  Noted Cub killer Neil Walker is apparently not just killing the Cubs lately, he’s scorching hot.  Over his last seven games, the Pirates second baseman is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with five doubles, and five RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  There are a lot of good first basemen in the National League, Anthony Rizzo might be the best.  Over his last seven games, Rizzo is hitting .455 (10-for-22) with two doubles, a dinger, two RBI’s, four walks, and one strikeout.

Who is Not:

  • Pirates:  I’m not sure I want to mention this, because you know it won’t last.  Andrew McCutchen is hitting .143 (3-for-21) over his last seven games with one double, and seven strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  It’s probably not easy to be a 21 year old in the Majors, Addison Russell is proving that.  In his first five games he’s hitting .136 (3-for-22) with two doubles, four RBI’s, and twelve strikeouts.

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

Series Preview ROAD Pirates

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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Padres @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 17 – April 19, 2015)

Series Preview HOME Padres

The Padres come to town for a three game set this weekend, and look who will great them…. KRIS BRYANT!!  That’s right, it’s Bryant time on the Northside as the phenom will make hi major league debut today.  Both teams come into this series playing solid baseball as the Padres sit at 6-4 on the season and just took two out of three from the Diamondbacks.  The Cubs have played one of the toughest schedules in baseball, and have yet to lose a series, the Padres are another great test.

Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, April 17, 2015 – 1:20 PM – ABC 7 Chicago
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – WGN 9 Chicago

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Padres:  Newcomer Justin Upton is paying dividends right away for the Padres.  Over the last seven games Upton has been unreal, he’s hitting .450 (9-for-20) with a double, two dingers, and four RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  The Cubs are starting to swing the bats much better, and it’s Jorge Soler leading the charge.  Soler has been pounding the ball as of late, he’s hitting .360 (8-for-22) over his last seven games, during that span he has two dingers, and seven RBI’s with an OPS of 1.081, loud noises!

Who is Not:

  • Padres:  Jedd Gyorko is still terrible, sorry.  Gyorko has been really bad again this year, and he’s only hitting .091 (1-for-11) over his last seven games with zero walks, and four strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  Miguel Montero is still looking for some solid footing on his new club as he has struggled out of the gate.  Montero is hitting .143 (2-for-14) over his last seven games with just two RBI’s.

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Cardinals @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 5 – April 8, 2015)

Series Preview HOME Cardinals

The 2015 season is finally here, and the Cubs get a golden opportunity on National television to serve notice that they are a team to be reckoned with in the NL Central.  Sure, I think winning the NL Central in 2015 is a reach, but that doesn’t mean the Cubs can’t make some noise, and turn some heads.  A revamped roster, and a confidence that hasn’t been seen here in the better part of a decade should help the Cubs compete, something they actually did last year when facing the Cardinals.  Despite another down year in 2014 the Cubs finished the season 9-10 against the Cardinals, all things considered that is not that bad seeing as the Red Birds won 90 games and the Central a year ago.  Speaking of things that are new this year…. the video board.

Yes, Wrigley Field is undergoing a massive face lift, and the video board will be on full display Sunday night, it’s extra-mongus, just like the 2015 expectations.  The other thing about the Wrigley construction is that it’s not done yet, and I’m sure ESPN will cover it extensively tonight.  There was a rumored plan to place Ernie Banks memorial tarps over the construction in the bleachers, I wasn’t thrilled about it, but it came out great, looks like it belongs.

Wrigley opening night

Game One (April 5, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – ESPN2)
Adam Wainwright  vs.  Jon Lester

Wainwright:
2014 – (20 – 9, 2.42 ERA)
Career vs. Cubs [36 G/ 27 GS] – (11 – 7, 4.09 ERA)

Lester:
2014 – (16 – 11, 2.46 ERA)
Career vs. Cardinals [1 G / 1 GS] – (0 – 0, 2.45 ERA)

Game Two (April 7, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WGNTV)
Lance Lynn  vs.  Jake Arrieta

Lynn:
2014 – (15 – 10, 2.74 ERA)
Career vs. Cubs – [11 G / 10 GS] – (6 – 3, 3.18 ERA)

Arrieta:
2014 – (10 – 5, 2.53 ERA)
Career vs. Cardinals – [5 G/ 5 GS] – (2 – 0, 0.92 ERA)

Game Three (April 8, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – ABC 7)
John Lackey  vs.  Jason Hammel

Lackey:
2014 – (14 – 10, 3.82 ERA)
Career vs. Cubs – [3 G / 3 GS] – (1 – 1, 2.70 ERA)

Hammel:
2014 – (10 – 11, 3.47 ERA)
Career vs. Cardinals – [4 G / 4 GS] – (1 – 2, 6.10 ERA)

Prediction:
Cubs win two out of three games, and Jorge Soler does bad things to Cardinals pitching.

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Spring Fever – March 15, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs make their 2015 WGN debut today as they battle Johnny Cueto and the Reds at 3:05 PM CST from Sloan Park.  Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs as he looks to continue a strong-ish spring with eyes on the 5th spot in the rotation.  Command has been much better for Wood as he has yet to walk a batter this spring, he has given up seven hits in five innings, but no free passes helps.  The Cubs lineup is missing Bryant so that will make everyone sad, but there are some exciting players to watch today, like Addison Russell who is having the best spring of anyone not named Kris Bryant.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Denorfia – LF
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Montero – DH
5. Baez – 2B
6. Baxter – RF
7. Ross – C
8. La Stella – 3B
9. Russell – SS

SP – Travis Wood

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