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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (0-0) at Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0)

In Series Previews by berselius

Baseball season we are in you! The Cubs open up against last year's surprise (ish) team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. They finished at 94-68 last year, beat the Reds in the inagural NL wild card game, and took the eventual champions to the full five games in the NLDS. They had no answer for Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals fireballing bullpen, but in …

Cubs opening day roster finalized

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

Alberto Cabrera DFA, Brian Schlitter takes final spot With the bullpen sorted out (for now), the Cubs opening day roster looks like: C Welington Castillo C John Baker  1B Anthony Rizzo 2B/SS Darwin Barney SS Starlin Castro 3B Mike Olt 2B/3B Luis Valbuena 2B/SS/3B/CF Emilio Bonifacio OF Ryan Kalish OF Ryan Sweeney OF Junior Lake RF Nate Schierholtz RF Justin …

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Better Know a Cub: Mike Olt

In Commentary And Analysis by myles

Mike Olt is a strong man. He's a patient man. He's a man with a good glove. And he is a man almost wholly written off in some parts. He's a man with undeniable warts and undeniable talents; this is a quality he shares with everyone in baseball not named Mike Trout. Most importantly to me, he's a man who …

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OV Daily Facepalm

In Facepalm by berselius

Weekend Roster Moves of note Darnell McDonald —-> AAA Chang-Yong Lim —-> Korea Tsuyoshi Wada —–> released Tsuyoshi Wada —–> re-signed to a minor league deal Neil Ramirez —–> AAA Javier Baez —–> AAA Jonathan Sanchez —-> AAA Casper Wells —-> AAA Blake Parker —–> AAA No real surprises here, except maybe Blake Parker, who was pretty decent last year …

Javier Baez OK after leaving yesterday’s game

In News And Rumors by dmick89

Javier Baez hit a grounder to shortstop yesterday and landed awkwardly on 1st base. He left the game and we were told by Hawk and Stone it could be career altering. They're full of shit and it's good to hear Baez is doing OK with just a bruise to his heel.  “It’s happened before,” Baez said Saturday. “I can’t wear …

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OV Daily Facepalm

In Facepalm by berselius

Aroldis Chapman hit in face by line drive There was a scary moment in last night's Reds game, as Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive. Trainers from both teams rushed to the mound immediately (and his father too from the stands), and he was taken off the field in a stretcher. Reports say he never …

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OV Daily Facepalm

In Facepalm by berselius

McDonald hurt, fifth starter competition winding down James Mcdonald threw two pitches in his start yesterday, the second one to the backstop before being pulled from the game. The Cubs are calling it shoulder soreness, which is not great news for McDonald as he only pitched in six games last year because of shoulder problems. It looks like Chris Rusin …

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OV Daily Facepalm

In Facepalm by berselius

Weekend spring training recap Brett Jackson had a big day on Saturday, homering and driving in five runs. He also hit a double off Justin Masterson on Sunday before finishing his day with two more strikeouts. Travis Wood had a rocky first inning on Sunday, capped off by a 2 RBI double by Jeff Francouer (ugh), but settled down as …

Better Know a Cub: Ryan Kalish

In Better Know a Cub, Commentary And Analysis by myles

Theo Epstein knows Ryan Kalish as well as any GM in the minors. Kalish was drafted by the wonderkid in the 9th round of the 2006 draft; one pick before Mark Melancon. Quick Aside: Look at the 2006 Red Sox draft. It's pretty great. Epstein drafted Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Josh Reddick, Brandon Belt (who didn't sign), and Matt LaPorta …