Luis Valbuena got off to a great start in his bid to win more playing time with the Cubs, hitting a home run that helped Chicago beat a Los Angeles Angels split squad 11-2 Saturday in the spring training opener for both teams.
After 101 losses – and 61 uninteresting wins – the 2012 Cubs season is finally, thankfully and mercifully over.
The Cubs have now lost five of their last six games, after falling to the Colorado Rockies 4-3 at Wrigley Field Saturday.
Xavier Paul led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit triple and Ryan Hanigan followed with a single Sunday, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
It doesn’t take any kind of experienced scout to see outs being made, or any kind of analytical wizard to see month-by-month batting numbers sliding into frightening territory.
The weekend ended with the Chicago Cubs surprising many fans by calling up prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters without much warning. Jackson started in center field and went 2-4 in his MLB debut, while Vitters pinch-hit in the seventh inning, flying out to right.
To put it simply, things are bleak for Cubs nation right now.
When Theo Epstein first arrived in Chicago, one of his first moves was to trade arguably the Cubs best left-handed pitcher in Sean Marshall.
Top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson were cut by the Cubs on Friday.
Brett Jackson is the future for the Cubs. The question is, when is that future? Is it near or is it far?
The compensation for the Cubs getting Theo Epstein from the Red Sox will be decided soon.
Mike Quade has a tough road ahead in trying to find the proper balance of winning and developing unproven talent that may affect the organization’s future.
The Chicago Cubs and Indians were stuck with a 1-1 score into the ninth inning. That was until they broke the tie with Brett Jackson’s walk-off, RBI single with two outs. Randy Wells had a strong outing, not allowing an earned run in his four innings on the mound.
Day three of the Cub’s training camp and so far the operative word is vanilla. Vanilla as in not much is happening here. The anticipation of the arrival of some of the everyday players is about the biggest news.
There will be a lot of familiar faces at this year’s Chicago Cubs spring training. Over the offseason the Cubs have signed former players Kerry Wood, Reed Johnson, Todd Wellemeyer and Augie Ojeda.