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MLB, Chicago Cubs Future Odds with Mybookie.ag

March 2nd, 2015 at 5:15 AM
By Sports Media 101

With the winter almost over, focus has to shift. While most people look forward to the upcoming spring season, one of the major focuses of baseball fans is the MLB future odds. Every year comes with a wider and better fascination owing to the dynamics that arise. Speculation is high, despite the fact that we still have a few more months to go. Be sure to keep an eye on MLB odds.

2015 has been predicted to be a year full of surprises. A possible consideration would be teams from the Al East making it into the postseason. The Chicago Cubs, like any other team, are working to ensure they improve their position this season.

As it is, the early favorites are the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals, both currently at +450. The Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels have also been highly ranked by most, following the favorites at +600. The winners from the 2014 season, the San Francisco Giants have been favorite at +900 while the St. Louis Cardinals are at +700.

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Bold Predictions: Odd Men Out in Cubs’ Rotation

March 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Spring Training has only just begun for the Chicago Cubs but the debate over who will make the team’s starting rotation is already heating up. The top three spots are already locked up by Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel but the last two spots are completely up for grabs. Due to the depth of candidates vying for the job, a number of talented pitchers being left off the Cubs’ 2015 roster; today’s bold prediction is that Eric Jokisch, Jacob Turner, and Tsuyoshi Wada will not make the Cubs’ roster out of Spring Training.

The decision will not be an easy one and it will not be a fair one, but in the end, it will be the decision that is made. As of right now it looks like Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood are being penciled in as the team’s fourth and fifth starters but the motivating factor behind those appointments appears to be money. Travis Wood is due just shy of $6 million in 2015 and Edwin Jackson still has two years left on his four-year $52 million deal, and since there doesn’t appear to be an imminent trade involving either one, the Chicago Cubs will probably try and boost their value by allowing them to start. Jokisch, Turner and Wada have drawn the short sticks, unfortunately, because all three have insignificant contracts (although Wada did sign a major league deal this off-season) and lack legitimate MLB experience. Both Jokisch and Wada were fantastic in their big league debuts in 2014 but with such small sample sizes it’s hard to tell if that success can be replicated:

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Sunday Spotlight: Chicago Cubs’ Final Grade for The 2014/2015 Off-Season

March 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Now that the off-season is officially over and baseball season has begun it’s time to take one final look at how Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer did this winter. If nothing else, Theo and Jed have been incredibly busy over the past few months and have shown that they are willing to open their checkbook to get they guys that will make this team successful in 2015 and beyond. We’ll have to wait until they Cubs take the field in April to see if it was all worth it, but on paper, the roster looks strong.

Notable Additions:

LHP Drake Britton

OF Chris Denorfia

OF Dexter Fowler

RHP Jason Hammel

LHP Jon Lester

MGR Joe Maddon

C Miguel Montero

RHP Jason Motte

2B Tommy La Stella

C David Ross

A number of the Cubs’ new players had unimpressive WARs in 2014 but that shouldn’t discourage anyone from applauding their acquisitions because they will have different (and more off-the-field) roles with the 2015 Cubs than they did with their 2014 squads. And for some, namely Jason Motte, 2015 will be a new start and an opportunity to prove that they can still play at a high level.

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Down on the Farm: Breakout Prospects for 2015

February 28th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs have one of baseball’s best minor league systems and should be pumping out quality major leaguers for years to come. We are all familiar with the prospects who made their debuts in 2014: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Jorge Soler, and we know plenty about those who are waiting on the wing: Kris Bryant, CJ Edwards, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber. But the Cubs’ system goes even beyond this talented group of young ball players. The Cubs have quality players that most of their fan base hasn’t heard of yet; here are our breakout prospects for 2015.

LHP Carson Sands

The Chicago Cubs used their fourth round pick in last summer’s amateur draft to pickup the 6’3” lefthander and boy was it worth it. Sands, 19, logged 19.0 innings for the Cubs’ rookie league affiliate and was dominant:

Level

ERA

W-L

WHIP

.oba

IP

G;GS

K/BB

Rk

1.89

3-1

1.158

.221

19.0

9;4

20/7

(Stats per baseball-reference.com)

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Tom Ricketts: The Owner Cubs Fans Deserve

February 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Now that Spring Training 2015 is officially underway, today marks our first Fan of the Week of the 2015 season; Congratulations to Rick Farmer. Rick has submitted the most well-thought out and eloquently argued paragraphs that we have received thus far so without further delay, here are Rick’s thoughts:

I remember sitting with my father at the end of the first (disaster) season under the Ricketts family and listening to a 30-minute diatribe about the “bums” who took over the Chicago Cubs. “Ricketts doesn’t know anything about baseball. He’s too concerned about his image in Chicago. TD Ameritrade is a stupid company name”.

While I have no opinion on my father’s third point, time has shed some light on his first two observations. Regarding the Ricketts family’s knowledge about baseball, I think my Dad was most likely correct. Tom Ricketts is likely nothing more than a FAN of the game and a FAN of the Chicago Cubs franchise. That being said, is that such a bad thing?

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