Cubs Update – Week of July 25
The secret about how good Anthony Rizzo might be completely out of the bag.
Though Cubs' fans and attentive baseball fans have known that Rizzo is a superstar-in-the-making for a while now, Rizzo's
recent home run tirade has grabbed the attention of the rest of the league. Rizzo homered five different times in the first
four games after the All-Star break, including two different two-homer games as the smooth-hitting first baseman continues
to put together an incredible season. With two more homers against the Padres on July 22, Rizzo is now up to 25 on the season
and looks like he'll have an excellent opportunity to make a run at 40 for the year if he can keep swinging a hot stick.
the recent home run barrage, Rizzo has also set his career high in home runs, pushing himself past the 23 that he tallied
a season ago. What's most impressive is that he's also holding a very high batting average as well as a very high on-base
percentage, indicative of a very good young hitter who seems to only be improving throughout the course of the season. Rizzo
also has his WAR (wins above replacement) up well above 3, making him one of the most productive players in the entire league.
With the 25 homers on the season and counting, Rizzo is also now the top home run guy in the National League.
Cubs will be hoping that Rizzo can keep it up as they hope to pick up a little momentum in the second half of the season.
After a tough series against the Diamondbacks in Arizona to start the second half, the Cubs hosted the Padres at home and
will continue the home stand by hosting the Cardinals and Rockies, giving them a couple tests against some potent lineup as
they hope to swing their way back into the middle of the N.L. Central.
Cubs Update – Week of July 18
been somewhat of a challenging season so far for the Cubs, but they continue to show some major flashes of big-time potential,
which is why the rest of the N.L. Central knows enough not to take them lightly from one game to the next. The Cubs also had
a couple of talented players on display during the recent Midsummer Classic, as both Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo got
the nod as two of the best players in the league at their given positions. Castro has had an enormous amount of pressure on
him since being proclaimed by many as the new face of the franchise, but the 24-year old shortstop has taken it all in stride.
With three All-Star appearances in four years, Castro looks like he'll be a mainstay of the Cubs for a very long time.
will Anthony Rizzo, the superstar-level first baseman who continues to turn heads around the league with his ability to do
it all at the plate. Rizzo has taken a dramatic leap forward in terms of his power potential and is on pace to absolutely
shatter his career high of 23 homers, as he already smashed 20 homers as of the All-Star break and could make a run at 100
RBIs if he puts together a couple of hot streaks in the second half of the season.
Of course, the Cubs will be able
to use all of that power as they hope to get rolling coming out of the All-Star break, as they'll head to Arizona to take
on the Diamondbacks before coming home for a nice 10-game home stand. At home, the Cubs will take on the Padres and the Cardinals
in three-game sets before hosting the Rockies for four games, which will bring together arguably the two best shortstops in
the National League in Castro and Rockies' star Troy Tulowitzki.
Cubs Update – Week of July 11
into the All-Star game goes Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs' rising star first baseman who finally gets a chance to showcase his talents
to the rest of Major League Baseball during the Midsummer Classic. With 20 bombs on the season and counting, Rizzo is the
number one home run threat in the National League as far as first basemen go, giving the Cubs a nice one-two punch with Starlin
Castro and showing the rest of the league what he's capable of. For Rizzo, it's his first All-Star appearance in just his
second complete season in the league and fans are anticipating watching him play in many more for years to come.
showing some major signs last season, Rizzo has been pointing out all season long that he's developing at a very rapid rate.
Last year, Rizzo hit 23 homers and drove in 89 runs, which are both numbers that he's looking to topple in the second half
of the regular season. More importantly, Rizzo has shown significant improvements in both batting average and on-base percentage,
which is a great sign that he's turning into the type of guy who can put up MVP numbers if he can continue to improve.
it's with talented players like Rizzo that the Cubs are starting to show the type of dynamic team that fans will be watching
for quite a while. Though the Cubs were sad to part ways with Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, they also picked up a collection
of potential stars that will give their long-term outlook a major boost. Shortstop Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney
and pitcher Dan Straily all have some big-time potential, providing a very bright future as the Cubs look to continue moving
in the right direction. Of course, it also helps that they have guys like Rizzo in the heart of the lineup, giving them plenty
of weapons to build around.
Cubs Update – Week of July 4
If any team in the league thought it was
a good idea to underestimate the Chicago Cubs, well, those sentiments might have changed during a recent road series against
the current world champs. Brewing up an old rivalry, the Cubs made their way into Boston and proceeded to topple the Red Sox
on three consecutive nights, giving them a nice little winning streak on the road heading closer to the halfway point of the
season. In the series, the Cubs started off with two well-pitched games, taking down the Sox 2-0 and then 2-0, though the
Cubs also wrapped up the series with an absolute offensive explosion. In the final game of the series, the Cubs jumped all
over Red Sox pitching, dominating the Red Sox 16-7 in the process and sending a clear message to the rest of the league.
the game, seven different Cubs ended up with at least two hits, with the Cubs ending up with 19 hits in total. The star of
the game, of course, was Justin Ruggiano belted a homer and drove in five RBIs on the day, leading the way in the heart of
the order. At the bottom of the order, the Cubs also got a major spark from Darwin Barney, who led the team with four hits
on the day. All in all, the Cubs would also belt four homers and mark one of their most impressive offensive displays of the
season, ranking right up there with 17 homers on the road against the Cardinals and 12 runs on the road against the White
Sox earlier in the year. With that type of offensive capabilities, the Cubs are looking to keep it rolling as they go up against
the Nationals the Reds on the road before coming back home to take on the Braves heading into the All-Star break.
Update – Week of June 27
As we get closer to what is considered the midway point of the regular season, the All-Star
break, it's the perfect time to look back to see how the Cubs have progressed so far. Though there have been a couple of difficult
stretches as the Cubs look to take their talented young team to the next level, they've also shown some major signs as well,
particularly with Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro. Neither player has been able to gather much momentum when it comes to
All-Star voting, but both are also extremely underrated at this point, making them two of the most overlooked stars in the
So far this year, Rizzo is having one of the most unheralded seasons in the N.L., whether the rest of
the league knows it or not. Rizzo leads all National League first basemen in homers and has also hit for average, making him
extremely potent in the heart of the Cubs' lineup. Even though Rizzo has shown some major power, he's also showed an uncanny
ability to patient at the plate, keeping his on-base percentage at or above.400 throughout the course of the season so far
– a gaudy number for anyone, particularly for a young player on the rise.
Then there's Starlin Castro, who has
drove in more runs than any other shortstop in the entire league, including N.L. leading vote-getter, Troy Tulowitzki. With
numbers like that out of a position that historically isn't known for run production, Castro is having an astoundingly underrated
season so far this year, giving the Cubs plenty of reasons for optimism as fans get to watch these two budding young stars
on a nightly basis. Whether they make it to the All-Star team or not, both Castro and Rizzo have shown that they're clearly
in the discussion for best players at their positions.
Cubs Update – Week of June 20
the Cubs at Wrigley is always a good idea, Cubs' fans have been treated to some very good baseball during recent road trips.
The Cubs took two out of three from the Phillies in Philadelphia and then kept it going by winning two out of three against
the Marlins in Miami, giving the Cubs a bit of momentum as they look to make a move up the N.L. Central standings. For the
Cubs, the series win against the Marlins was the fourth out of five different series, showing that this is a team that definitely
isn't going to be going quietly this season.
Within their little streak, the Cubs also got another example of what Travis
Wood is capable of when he's clicking. Against the Phillies to close out the series, Wood pitched eight scoreless innings
to hand deliver a 3-0 win for the Cubbies, improving his record on the season to 7-5. Wood is enjoying a bit of a hot streak
in June as he continues to come on strong, consistently lowering his ERA throughout the month and establishing himself as
a major part of the rotation for the Cubs.
Also starting to really pick it up is Starlin Castro, who is living up to
the hype in the heart of the order despite playing a position historically not known for run production. After batting in
12 runs in May, Castro has already surpassed that in June with plenty of games to spare, leading the Cubs' offense in many
major categories. Then there's Anthony Rizzo, who shook off a somewhat down month of May and is having a very productive month
for the Cubbies. With their pitching and bats starting to come on strong, the Cubs are looking to move further up the division
in the weeks to come, with fans expecting to see a few more home wins to go along with the strong road performances that are
coming more and more regularly for the talented young Cubs.
Cubs Update – Week of June 13
a couple of ups and downs this season, the Cubs proved recently that they still have plenty of fight. Despite being at the
bottom of the N.L. Central, the Cubs have no intention of going quietly, which they showed recently by winning five straight
games against the Mets and the Marlins to help the Cubs build a little bit of momentum. Outside of their five-game winning
streak, the Cubs also had a nice win recently in Pittsburgh, where Anthony Rizzo and Travis Wood combined to help overshadow
the big league debut of touted Pirates' star Gregory Polanco in a 7-3 win on June 10.
Cubs' fans were also glad to see
another entry in the win column for Jeff Samardzija, who beat the Marlins recently with yet another dominant performance.
Though Samardzija has struggled to actually get wins, it's been a different story in more recent outings and Samardzija still
is pitching like a Cy Young candidate at the top of the rotation. It obviously helps that the Cubs' bats are also starting
to come alive in a very big way, with Anthony Rizzo definitely leading the charge. With an on-base percentage over.400 still,
Rizzo is showing to be as patient as he is dynamic at the plate, leading the team in homers, RBIs and batting average in the
heart of the Cubs' lineup.
The Cubs will also hope that their recent pitching and hitting will continue as they continue
a grueling road trip that will take them to Philly and Miami. Though the Cubs still have a way to go if they want to get back
into the hunt in the N.L. Central, the word is out in the National League team that they have a talented team that can beat
anyone if they start clicking, giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism as they look to continually make progress throughout
the rest of 2014.
Cubs Update – Week of June 6
The Cubs have had a couple downs to go with the ups
this season, but they showed a little bit of what they're capable of recently in Milwaukee, where they shutout the N.L. Central-leading
Brewers to close out the month of May. Leading the way was Jason Hammel, who worked seven shutout innings to improve his record
to 6-3, lowering his ERA to 2.78 in the process. Hammel's great season has somewhat gotten lost in the shuffle as far as the
national conversation goes, but Cubs' fans know that the Hammel can still deal in a big way no matter who he's pitching against.
it wasn't just about the pitching in their end-of-the-month romp of the Brewers, as the Cubs also got some timely hits as
well on their way to their 8-0 win. Anthony Rizzo got it all going by belting his ninth and 10th homers of the season while
the rest of the Cubs pitched in with some timely hitting – including from starting pitcher Hammel, who got a hit in
three at-bats and scored a run to boot. Though the Cubs haven't quite been as consistent as they would like, they have been
showing major flashes of their potential against some of the toughest teams in the league this season.
Not to be taken
for granted this season, of course, has been the solid play of Starlin Castro, who continues to be one of the top-hitting
shortstops in the league. Leading the team in RBIs midway through the month of June, Castro continues to be a rock in the
heart of the order while playing a position that is generally considered a defensive one, providing the type of franchise
centerpiece that the Cubs were hoping he'd be. Though he hasn't quite reached his abilities just yet, the 24-year-old phenom
is already one of the most dangerous players at his position and his future looks extremely bright in Chicago.
Update – Week of May 16
After a couple of tough road losses to the Braves, the Cubs showed what they were made
of recently on the road against the Cardinals, where they dominated the Cards and put up 17 runs on the way to a 17-5 romp.
In the game, Emilio Bonifacio was up to his usual tricks at the top of the lineup, going four for five, walking once and scoring
five total runs on the day to set the table. From there, Junior Lake mainly picked up the rest, as he belted a homer and drove
in six total runs on the day, with Anthony Rizzo, Starling Castro and Mike Olt all contributing at least two RBIs apiece.
the Cubs have had some rough stretches so far this season, the Cubs have shown quite a few times already this season that
they have the type of talent that can turn on a dime and light up the scoreboard in a real hurry. When all things are clicking,
the Cubs can even be one of the most potent in the entire league, giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism as the Cubbies
head deeper into the season.
But one of the main reasons for optimism for the Cubs is Jeff Samardzija, who has been
one of the most electrifying starting pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. Following his eighth start of the season,
Samardzija lowered his ERA all the way down to a ridiculous 1.45. Even though the wins haven't quite come just yet for Samardzija,
he's shown that he can be as dominant as anyone else in the league, and Cubs fans know that it's only a matter of time before
the wins start coming at a much more rapid pace. The schedule won't get any easier, with upcoming matchups against the Brewers
and Yankees at home, but the Cubs will be looking to come together and get a few winning streaks going.
Update – Week of May 9
The Cubs may have had a fairly rough start to the season, though there are still plenty
of reasons for optimism in the Windy City as the Cubs head deeper into their 2014 schedule. The main reason, of course, has
been Jeff Samardzja, who has been absolute terror on the mound and boasts one of the very best ERAs in the entire league for
a starting pitcher. With an amazing ERA of 1.62 through his first seven starts of the season, Samardzja looks like the ace
that the Cubs thought he might be, providing a backbone to build upon as the 29-year-old fireballer continues to improve at
the top of the Cubs rotation.
On offense, the Cubs continue to be led by both Anthony Rizzo and Emilio Bonifacio. With
Bonifacio terrorizing opposing pitchers and catchers with his ability to get on base and swipe second, the Cubs have instant
offense at the top of their lineup. Then there's Rizzo, who continues to lead in power categories to give the Cubs a major
bat in the heart of their order. But one of the most impressive thing about Rizzo has been his eye at the plate, as the 24-year-old
also holds an on-base percentage above.400 and is showing that he has the type of patience to make him a superstar.
one of the beautiful things about baseball is that a long season gives you plenty of chances at redemption. Even though it's
been a rough start to the season, the Cubs have lots of opportunities in the coming weeks to start getting the ship headed
in the right direction. With a tough road trip against both the Braves and then the Cardinals, the Cubs will be hoping to
do exactly that and then they'll come home to take on the Yankees and the Brewers in two highly anticipated series.
Cubs Update – Week of April 18th
Even though it's a little bit bumpy so far for the Cubs, they still have
shown some flashes of dominance as they look to get on the right track and make a big move up the N.L. Central standings.
It helps that they have a major spark plug in Emilio Bonifacio, who leads the team with batting average and stolen bases in
the early going and has given the Cubs plenty of ways to score. Anthony Rizzo has also been doing well when he squares up
in the batter's box, with an on-base percentage over.400 through the first half of the month and serving as a major catalyst
for the entire lineup. With an OPS over.900 in the early going, Rizzo has been one of the better hitters in the division so
far, and the Cubs are hoping he can keep it up as the rest of the hitters look to hit full stride.
On the mound, Jeff
Samardzija put together quality starts in each of his first three outings and he's already showing that he's capable of anchoring
a pitching rotation, giving Cubs plenty of hopes for the future. Jason Hammel also won two of his first three starts and has
also posted a quality save in all three of his early starts for the season, helping give the Cubs some serious talent in the
rotation as they hope to pile up the wins and make a move up the standings.
Though the Cubs didn't win a series in the
first half of April, they are looking to turn that around as they take on the Reds and Diamondbacks in back-to-back home series
in the coming weeks. Then it's back onto the road for tests against the Brewers and the Reds before starting the month of
May with a home series against division rivals St. Louis. With plenty of options on the schedule coming up and the talented
Cubs looking to turn the corner and start getting a few winning streaks going, there has never been a better time to get out
and see if the Cubs have what it takes.
Cubs Update – Week of April 11th
With the Cubs back in action,
fans have already gotten an early taste for how explosive they can be, with some major nail-biting moments already and plenty
more on the way. Leading the way has been Emilio Bonifacio, who was hitting well above.400 in the early going and was stealing
nearly a base per game, putting plenty of pressure on opposing pitchers and showing that the Cubs can do a lot more than just
swing for the fences. Of course, one player who can definitely swing for the fences is Starlin Castro, who was leading the
team in the early going in power categories as he continues to establish himself as one of the best young shortstops in the
game. Anthony Rizzo and Junior Lake have also provided a big-time spark, flashing the potential of the Cubs' lineup as they
take aim at the rest of the N.L. Central.
Also helping the outlook for the team is number one starter Jeff Samardzija,
who has slipped to the top of the rotation and put together quality starts in each of his first two outings. Jason Hammel
and Travis Wood also provided quality starts in their first two starts of their seasons, giving them a well-balanced roster
that has plenty of potential this season as they look to pile up the wins and make their move up the divisional standings.
After some tough early-season away matchups against the Cardinals and the Yankees, the Cubs will then come home to take on
the Reds and Diamondbacks at home before wrapping up the first month with away games against the Brewers and Reds. With the
Cubs flashing some major signs of life and looking to end the first month of the season on a high note, there are sure to
be plenty of memorable moments as they continue to swing their way to prominence in the N.L. Central.
The Chicago Cubs boast one of the most dedicated fans bases in Major League Baseball, something that
is on full display every time the Cubs take to the diamond at Wrigley Field. With early season home matchups against the D-Backs
and the Reds, Cubs' fans have plenty to look forward to in the early going as the Cubs look to pile up the wins and end up
as major factors in the N.L. Central. But even though home games are obviously great, there's also plenty of Cubs fanfare
on the road, which you can bank on continuing when they head out to Milwaukee and Cincinnati to wrap up April. From there,
it's a steady string of unbelievable matchups throughout the season as the talented Cubs look to reach their potential and
swing their way to being major factors in the National League.
But some of the very best games that go down from season
to season take place against big-time N.L. Central rivals. The Cardinals were able to win the National league Central title
last season and advanced all the way to the World Series, so they're naturally going to be a tough team to take down in 2014.
The Cardinals again look like a formidable team, so any wins against this ball club would go a long way for a Chicago team
that is looking to climb to the top of the division standings. The Chicago Cubs will also have to give it everything they've
got on the baseball diamond when the Pittsburgh Pirates come to town. The Pirates were able to finish second in the National
League Central standings last season, winning 94 games and earning a Wild Card berth into the playoffs for the first time
in quite a while. With the Reds and Brewers also not going quietly, there are sure to be plenty of amazing games loaded with
towering homers, spectacular catches and jaw-dropping moments that you'll be talking about a long time after the final pitch.
Chicago Cubs Team Info
The Chicago Cubs play in the National League Central division of Major League Baseball,
a division that also features the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs
ended last season in last place in the N.L. Central, but there is nowhere to go but up from there. The Cubs have loads of
young talent that the organization is ready to let loose on the rest of the league, and that should help the team increase
their win total in 2014. This Cubs team has very high hopes for the 2014 season, and will be playing their hearts out in an
effort to shoot up the standings in the National League Central. It also helps that they have budding superstars like Starlin
Castro in the middle of the lineup, helping make them a formidable foe throughout the season as they look to round into form.
In the pitching rotation, they also aren't exactly lacking in major talent, with Jeff Samardzija leading the way and showing
how it's down at the top of the rotation.
The MLB Experience
Nothing compares to being in the ballpark
when two good Major League Baseball teams match up for a battle of the ages. Being there in person when the Cubs hit the field
this season is sure to be one heck of a good time, as it is each and every season. Wrigley Field is one of the oldest stadiums
in the country, and you'll be wowed by the rich history that the ballpark has. The Cubs always play hard and their fans always
cheer hard, which makes for a great atmosphere in which to take in a game. Make sure to be a part of it all this season when
the Cubs hit the field to take on a division rival or a cross-league foe that will guarantee plenty of fanfare. Though there
are plenty of different ways to be entertained these days or to follow baseball, it still doesn't get any better than actually
being there and watching all the action first-hand as the best ballplayers in the world clash on the diamond.
The Chicago Cubs franchise was founded in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings, but didn't settle on the
name The Cubs until 1903. The Cubs have called Wrigley Field home since 1916, making Wrigley one of the oldest ballparks in
the country. The Cubs currently suffer from the longest World Series title drought, as the last time the team won the World
Championship was in 1908. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. Since then, however, they've still managed to
build an enormous fan base thanks to a steady stream of great players and potent teams, with all-time greats like Ryne Sandberg,
Andre Dawson, Sammy Sosa and more all playing their best years in Chicago and showing fans what great baseball is supposed
to look like.
Chicago Cubs Trivia
Who was the last Chicago Cubs pitcher to win the Cy Young Award?
answer is Greg Maddux, who won the award in 1992. Even though Maddux never had overpowering stuff, he would go down as one
of the geniuses of the pitching rubber. Maddux even had a streak of 17 straight seasons of winning at least 15 games, setting
a Major League Baseball record in the process. What started in a Chicago uniform also continued in Atlanta, as Maddux won
four straight Cy Young Awards and won a ridiculous 18 Gold Gloves just for kicks.
Fans of the
Chicago Cubs are readily awaiting a trip to the World Series for the Cubs, and every year they seem to get a bit more passionate,
which is really saying something. Cubs fans are among the most loyal in all of Major League Baseball, cheering on their Cubs
whether they're winning or losing, rain or shine. The Cubs are an historic franchise, and normally that means the team has
great fans. That is certainly the case with the Chicago Cubs, and you can see that for yourself when you head to the ballpark
this season. As soon as you're there soaking up the vibes of a great game, you'll see why it doesn't get any better than a
little bit of America's Pastime at Wrigley.