Alzolay Struggles in What Could Be His Final Tune-Up

Adbert Alzolay is the top prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system. The 23 year old right hander profiles as a middle of the rotation starter at the big league level and has the repertoire and pure stuff to get him there. Continue reading

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Kris Bryant: Leadoff Extraordinaire?

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, people. “Kris Bryant at leadoff is an abomination” you say?! Well I’m going to break it to you that I think you are dead wrong on this one. My apologies in advance.

First I need to address why I am just now coming out and saying this.  Continue reading

Market Stays Ice Cold, Cubs Making Important Minor Moves

The free agent market has been ice cold this year, but that has not stopped the Cubs from making a flurry of minor moves to shore up their pitching depth going into the 2018 season. They may not be flashy transactions, but as we all know, it is much more than just the Opening Day roster that makes an impact throughout the season.

It is often the pitchers that start the season as the number seven or eight starter in the organization or the pitcher stuck in a middle relief role in Iowa that end up playing crucial roles for the team in the dead of the summer. Continue reading

How Pursuit of Ohtani Will Shape Chicago’s Rotation

It is no mystery to anyone that the Chicago Cubs front office will be on the lookout for starting pitching options to fill out the voids left in the rotation made by free agents Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. The real question is regarding the way in which Theo & Co. wish to fill out the back end of that rotation. Will it be with top of the rotation starters? Two middle of the rotation guys? Will they let guys come in on “prove it” deals? Continue reading

Arizona Fall League Recap & 40-Man Roster Shuffle

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up Saturday afternoon with the Mesa Solar Sox, the squad with all of the Cubs’ prospects, falling to the Peoria Javelinas by a score of 8-2. While watching Cubs prospects make it all the way to the league’s championship game is fun, the most important thing is seeing each player’s individual success (or lack thereof) while down in Mesa. Continue reading

What to do About the Rotation

To say that the Cubs rotation this season has been less than ideal would be an understatement. We have grown accustomed to seeing the starters allow run after run to score in the first innings of games for the last week or so, but the struggles extend further than just the first inning. The starting rotation ERA currently sits 22nd in all of Major League Baseball (4.28), the WHIP a tad worse than that at 23rd on the list (1.36), and batting average against at an abysmal .259 which sits 26th in the league. Continue reading