Spring Fever – March 24, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)


We are twelve short days away from real Cubs baseball, which means that important decisions are looming for this coaching staff.  Edwin Jackson figures to be involved in one of those decisions, in a good way or bad, depending on how you look at it.  Joe Maddon has talked about thinking out of the box when it comes to Jackson by possibly piggybacking Travis Wood and Jackson in the 5th spot.  I’m not a huge fan of that, but if both guys prove worthy of a roster spot then there aren’t many more options that don’t involve the Cubs eating a lot of money.  E-Jax gets the ball today for the Cubs as they take on the A’s at 3:05 PM CST, the game can be heard on cubs.com, no TV.  It’s unfortunate that the game is not on because the lineup is tasty today.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Lake – LF
3. Soler – RF
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Bryant – 3B
6. Montero – C
7. Baez – 2B
8. Russell – SS
9. Jackson – SP

Still no Starlin Castro as he is working back from a groin issue.

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Spring Fever – March 20, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)


It’s the first taste of the 2015 Cubs/White Sox rivalry today at 3:05 PM CST on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs as he closes in on the 5th spot in the rotation, if his arm doesn’t fall off today then I think he’s announced as said 5th starter shortly.   A number of regulars are on the bench today after playing last night against the D-Backs, still some exciting players to watch.  One of those players is Albert Almora, he’s having a tremendous spring and looks to be healthy and ready to break out this year.

1. La Stella – 3B
2. Alcantara – 2B
3. Sweeney – RF
4. Lake – LF
5. Baxter – 1B
6. Almora – CF
7. Ross – C
8. Herrera – SS
9. Wood – SP

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Spring Fever – March 10, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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Travis Wood will make his second start of the spring today as he takes the mound against the Indians.  Wood was very good his first time out, and a second solid performance would go a long way towards cementing that 5th spot in the rotation.  It’s a prospect heavy lineup for the Cubs today as Alcantara, Soler, Baez, Bryant, and Russell are all starting.  First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, and the game will be on TV!  Well, it’s on MLB.tv, you need a subscription to watch, but you can listen for free if you have an account via MLB.tv as well.

1. La Stella – DH
2. Lake – LF
3. Alcantara – CF
4. Soler – RF
5. Baez – 2B
6. Bryant – 3B
7. Castillo – C
8. Valaika – 1B
9. Russell – SS

SP – Travis Wood

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Just Some Kris Bryant Dingers (VIDEO)

This is the part of spring training that is slow.  The excitement of baseball being back is now a steady stream of pictures of pitchers throwing, and players stretching, so here is a video of Kris Bryant hitting HR’s from last year.  Cubs start playing games against other teams on March 5th, we will have recaps, and everything else that is available from those games, getting close.

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Let There Be Baseball! Pitchers and Catchers Report; Day One Notes: Campana DFA’d

It seems to come earlier and earlier every year, but today Cubs’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report, you know what that means…BASEBALL!!  Well, soon enough there will be baseball, but today marks the beginning of the 2013 baseball season, and players actually on the field to report on.  Over the next few days we will hear about minor muscle strains, a hamstring issue here and there, and maybe a groin problem, if we’re lucky.  But it’s baseball news, and that is glorious.  What else is glorious is daily blog posts, which will begin again, hooray for all of us.  Here are a few notes from the first day of the 2013 baseball season.

Carrie Muskat gives us updated uniform numbers, of course we need this.

40-man roster
32 – Scott Baker
46 – Scott Feldman
71 – Trey McNutt
56 – Hector Rondon
57 – Carlos Villanueva
41 – Arodys Vizcaino
67 – Robert Whitenack

4 – Dioner Navarro

61 – Christian Villanueva
74 – Logan Watkins

19 – Nate Schierholtz
68 – Jorge Soler

Non-Roster Invitees
76 – Drew Carpenter
77 – Dayan Diaz
60 – Jensen Lewis
85 – Barret Loux
50 – Blake Parker
63 – Zach Putnam
81 – Nick Struck
47 – Hisanori Takahashi
59 – Cory Wade

79 – J.C. Boscan
78 – Michael Brenly
82 – Rafael Lopez

70 – Javier Baez
6 – Alberto Gonzalez
20 – Brent Lillibridge
65 – Edwin Maysonet
75 – Brad Nelson

66 – Brian Bogusevic
80 – Johermyn Chavez
16 – Darnell McDonald

Sorry, but I can’t help but get excited to see Javier Baez, and Jorge Soler’s name on this list.

The other “big” news (you’ll get it in a second), is Tony Campana has been DFA’s by the Cubs today to make room for Scott Hairston who was signed by the Cubs in the off-season.  The Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release, or waive Campana.  SPRING 2013I have no problem with this, as Campana has not been able to fully utilize his number one asset, his speed.  He has game changing speed, that is a real thing, and I think he has a place on the 25 man roster here or somewhere else, but improvement in his all around game needs to be there before that can happen, the whole “can’t steal first base” thing applies here.  I hope that all the Campana lovers can get over this quickly as I think this makes the most sense for the Cubs at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cubs work out a deal with a team, and no Campana is not really going to fetch anything that is going to knock your socks off, it’s just a numbers game right now.

Make sure to visit the blog daily as our Spring Training coverage is unmatched, from spring stories to box scores and recaps for every game.  Hope you are as excited as I am.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Hello Spring Training!

After an off season full of excitement, and building, the 2012 Cubs baseball season is kicking off today in Mesa Arizona.  Pitchers and catchers are due to report today, and many have showed up early.  On Friday, Kerry Wood and Rodrigo Lopez each threw off the mound, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo worked with some players in the cages, and Darwin Barney, Bryan LaHair and Josh Vitters were among those practicing on the half field.  The most telling quotes coming out of Mesa might have been from Marlon Byrd via (Carrie Muskat)

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