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Reed Johnson Thinks David Patton Is Making the Team

I actually missed this bit a couple days ago, but as we’re on the verge of Lou Piniella’s announcement regarding the bullpen, it was too good not to post. Reed Johnson, who has his own excellent blog, had a great many thoughts to share about bullpen competitor and Rule V pick David Patton. I love […]

Angel Guzman Drawing More Interest Than Chad Gaudin

The Chicago Cubs are going to have to move at least one of the four pitchers competing for two bullpen spots, and the two likely candidates for moving are Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman. Each has stunk it up in Spring Training. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues to work the phones to try to […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Bullpen Battlewatch: No One Stepping Up

The four men competing for the last two bullpen spots are running out of time to dazzle – and none are stepping up to the… er, rubber. Two pitched yesterday, two the day before, and all four disappointed. Chad Gaudin continued to show that whatever he hurt at the end of last year is not […]

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Sean Marshall’s Grasp on the Fifth Starter Spot Already Shaky

It wasn’t but a week ago that Sean Marshall officially claimed the fifth starter spot in the Cubs rotation, but after back-to-back poor outings, his claim seems a little less certain. Manager Lou Piniella seemed a little concerned about Marshall’s poor finish to an otherwise successful spring. “The last two starts for Marshall have been… […]

Cubs Considering Offers for Pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman

There are no fewer than five remaining pitchers in camp who are battling for just two bullpen spots – Jeff Samardzija, David Patton, Chad Fox, Chad Gaudin, and Angel Guzman (assuming Luis Vizcaino’s spot is assured). The matter of how to fit five into two is the last remaining item on the Chicago Cubs’ agenda […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: The Bullpen

Yesterday’s game against the Rockies was a big one with the bats, but more importantly, it showcased many of the arms trying to make the Cubs bullpen. Chad Gaudin started, though the spot he’s trying to secure is a bullpen spot, and gave up two runs (one earned) in two innings. Struck out two, walked […]

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: March

Announcing a new feature here at Bleacher Nation: the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll – not unlike a college football or college basketball poll – ranking the top Chicago Cubs prospects. With twelve blogs in tow for this first […]

The Cubs Used to Have Nice Prospects

Rotoworld recently reflected upon it’s top 100 prospects from 2004, and sure enough, the Cubs had several entries in the list. That year or perhaps slightly before marked perhaps the pinnacle of the Cubs farm system in the last fifteen years. Given that, depending on what service you ask, the Cubs now only have one […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: Lou Spills Some Beans

Today, instead of looking at box scores, let’s just look at some things manager Lou Piniella said yesterday. “There are two jobs open in that bullpen as far as I’m concerned,” Piniella said. “We’ve got probably about six candidates, and we’ll let them compete here the last two weeks and see who wants to grab […]

Jeff Samardzija Might End Up in the Big League Pen – Seriously

Jeff Samardzija’s chance to make the Chicago Cubs rotation blew up in smoke Monday, but apparently his chance to make the big team hasn’t quite yet. Piniella said he would have the starting rotation and many of the bullpen slots figured out “by Thursday or Friday, but if Samrdzija doesn’t win a starting spot, he’ll […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 17, 2009

The Chicago Cubs exacted more fake revenge on the Los Angeles Dodgers for last year’s pathetically, embarrassingly, awfully, ridiculously, pathetically, I know I already said pathetically but it was really pathetic, terribly poor playoff effort. Battles! Esteban German and Corey Koskie – making his debut – split time at third. Koskie went 1-2 with a […]

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Spring Training Battlewatch: March 16, 2009

The Cubs played the dreaded, evil Brewers. And lost. Grrr. I’m so angry. Psyche. Psyche about saying psyche. That sound you hear is the sound of Jeff Samardzija’s last, lingering hope to make the Cubs rotation being sucked out the door. He got thoroughly beaten down by a lineup of most of the Brewers regulars. […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 9, 2009

In a game that Alfonso Soriano called a “must win” (with a wink), the Cubs ended a billion game losing streak. In Spring Training. The battles: Mike Fontenot continued to perform significantly better than Aaron Miles. Fontenot went 2-3 with a homer and a walk. Miles, playing short and third (telling?), went 1-3. Micah Hoffpauir, […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 4, 2009

The Chicago Cubs played two meaningless exciting Spring Training games yesterday. Perhaps the most important thing to come out of them was the healthy performance of Milton Bradley. Of course, he was DH’ing… but whatever. On to the battles: Joey Gathright had a nice two-hit game against the Indians. Shock: they were both singles. Aaron […]

Josh Vitters is Still an Awesome Chicago Cubs Prospect

Keith Law said in a lengthy discussion that Chicago Cubs youngster Josh Vitters is the 14th best prospect in baseball, effectively making him quite awesome. Well, Baseball America doesn’t think of him quite so highly, but they still think he’s awesome. They’ve got him ranked the 51st prospect in baseball, and have this pithy remark: […]

Spring Training Positional Battlewatch: February 25, 2009

Quick hits (or some equally cheesy way of saying I’m not going to type out a full recap): Micah Hoffpauir makes a powerful (get it? GET IT?!?!?) case for the last spot on the Cubs bench with a grand slam. Jeff Samardzija doesn’t look any more likely to claim the fifth starter spot after allowing […]