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Cubs manager Rickey Renteria is doing his best to cajole and push his players to better performance levels.
So do they do shootouts? What about shootouts? Those in the playoffs or no? Shootouts after five minutes, or do they just keep going, or what?
670 The Score–04/18/2014
It appears that the Cubs may have figured out a solution to their lack of a closer: Just never lead again.
670 The Score–04/18/2014
Michael Pineda followed an overpowering outing by Masahiro Tanaka with one of his own, pitching six innings of four-hit ball as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night to complete its first doubleheader shutout sweep since 1987.
Matt Carpenter drove in two runs and Adam Wainwright saved a tired bullpen by lasting seven innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 10-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Wednesday night despite allowing five solo home runs.
Pedro Alvarez had two hits and two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame two home runs by Starlin Castro to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Ryan Kalish hit a two-run double and an RBI triple and the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 on Sunday to avoid a sweep.
As the days get longer and spring evolves into summer, a shorter view of time is in the baseball mirror of Cub starter Jeff Samardzija.
There are more loopholes and flaws than anyone envisioned with the new system.
The Cubs left 19 runners on Wednesday and have gone 1 for 27 with runners in scoring position in their first two games. Yet first-year manager Rick Renteria is remaining positive.
Neil Walker homered off Carlos Villanueva leading off the 10th inning Monday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates benefited from an overturned to call to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on opening day Monday.
Before the rainbow, there must be rain. And it’s raining right now on Chicago baseball.
A starting rotation of Sale-Samardzija-Quintana-Wood-Danks is solid.
Javier Baez was sent down to minor league camp Saturday.
Travis Wood will start the Cubs’ home opener on April 4 against the Phillies.
Cub shortstop Starlin Castro will try his hand at game competition for the first time since March 2. Castro, who has been rehabbing a strained hamstring, will get numerous at bats in a minor league game at the team’s Mesa complex this afternoon.
Due to the rehabbing status of Jake Arrieta, Carlos Villanueva will most likely begin the season as the Cubs 5th starter.
The Cubs got some good news on Sunday as RHP Jake Arrieta threw his first simulated game with no discomfort. Arrieta came up with a sore shoulder in the middle of February. He spent most of the last month rehabbing the arm.