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Chicago Cubs: So long, Edwin Jackson

Remember the days when all of Chicago Cubs nation was counting down the days that Alfonso Soriano had left on his contract? And then when he was finally traded there was an undeniable letdown? The departing of Soriano wasn't as "fun" as it was supposed to be. Instead, it felt like a sucker punch to the kidneys. Soriano's departure wasn't just an overpaid, aging veteran being shown the door, but with him wen ...

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Chicago Cubs first half grades: Pitching

Entering the 2015 season, opinions varied wildly as to where exactly the Chicago Cubs were going to fit. Some well-intentioned, over-eager supporters declared the Cubs were ready for prime time --that Kris Bryant would hit 84 home runs and drive in 250 runs. Others thought a .500 finish would be a sign of "The Plan" functioning properly. Some thought a little over .500 was in the works, and that a wild card ...

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The Chicago Cubs Bullpen: way more reliable than you thought they were

Bullpens are a little bit like NFL kickers: the screen time is minimal, the glory only as deep as your last appearance, and you're mostly ignored...unless you screw it up. For the last month, the Chicago Cubs bullpen hasn't been screwing it up. In June, the Cubs bullpen has pitched the 4th most innings in the majors (82.1), but has given up the second fewest runs (15). That works out to a sparkling 1.42 ERA ...

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Chicago Cubs year in review – Starting pitching

Cubs pitching had a little bit of everything in 2014. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The good with Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks, the bad with Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson continued to be ugly. I would say something about the progress of Jeff Samardzija, but he pitched his way out of my piece. Here are my thoughts on Jason Hammel, thanks for being a top-10 for the Cubs and helping us get Addison Russel ...

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Chicago Cubs rotation outlook for 2015

What is the Cubs rotation going to look like next year? Since Theo Epstein and his crew took over four years ago, the Cubs rotation has been a rotating door of players and next season might be the first year that players leave midseason. Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks have cemented their spots, but the rest is up for grabs  and there are a variety of options for the Cubs to choose from. The number one name ...

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Jackson makes it rain, Cubs beat Brewers 6-1

We got a taste of the future tonight as three key players locked in for the next several years did their part to make the rain go away. Starter Edwin Jackson appeared determined as ever to let nothing get in the way of tonight’s Cub’s victory. Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs a two run lead in the third after he took one out to center (14), plating David DeJesus. Starlin Castro would follow suit homering in the ...

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Rizzo racks up RBIs in Jackson’s 3-0 shutout of Cards

It took him half the season, but Edwin Jackson appears to have finally arrived. The pitcher is earning his contract one game at a time and tonight he threw a three-hit beauty that, with Anthony Rizzo’s run support, was enough to snag game one of a four gamer against baseball’s best. The first basemen had some help in Starlin Castro. The shortstop singled in both the first and third innings to get on base. R ...

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Cubs Season Preview: Starting Pitching

Before I started on the season previews, I wrote an article on the outlook of the Cubs rotation. Since that covered almost everything, this will just provide updates as well as a new prediction on the rotation. Scott Baker- Baker was the Cubs first signing of the off season, and he is a low risk, high reward pitcher, the type that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer love to gamble on. Baker put together a few nice y ...

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The Cubs Top Fantasy Players in 2013

Unfortunately for Cubs faithful, 2013 doesn’t have the most promising of outlooks. As the rebuilding project continues, us Northsiders need distractions to make the 162-game season seem, well, not as soul-crushingly long. Is ‘soul-crushingly’ even a word? It is now. The good news is that fantasy baseball exists, and is there to help all fans, from the fair-weather to the die-hard, get through another potent ...

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An Early Look at the Cubs Starting Rotation

By Jacob Janower  ChiCitySports.com Cubs Writer Opening Day is still a few months away, but the Cubs seem to be done making roster moves that involve their starting rotation. They currently have seven pitchers capable of starting, and I examined them, as well as their chances of making the rotation.                   Scott Baker- Baker was the Cubs first signing of the off season, and he is a low risk, high ...

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