Chicago Cubs

Stadium: Wrigley Field | Manager: Rick Renteria
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Cubs.2396141573.91
NL Central4th4th1st5th
National League 10th11th2nd12th

Schedule

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3:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
OAK
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3:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
at SF
*
3:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
CIN
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3:10 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
at COL
*
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
TEX
*
4:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
SD
*
4:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
at CLE
*
4:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 11
LAD
*
4:10 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
at LAA
*
4:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
CLE
*
8:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
OAK
*
3:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
OAK
*
4:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
at MIL
*
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 15
CIN

Standings

NL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
St. Louis82-6090-72
Pittsburgh77-6588-74
Milwaukee71-7182-80
Cincinnati70-7276-86
Chicago64-7873-89
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Jackson, Wood among five vying for final spot in Cubs' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

With Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicating Monday that Kyle Hendricks has a spot in the rotation locked up behind Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel, that leaves Travis Wood, Edwin JacksonFelix Doubront, Jacob Turner and Tsuyoshi Wada vying for the final spot in the team's rotation.

“Everybody understands what’s going on here. There are no dummies," Maddon said, per MLB.com. “The line I like is that, I’m not going to lie to you. If I tell you the truth, you might be upset with me for about a week or two but then you’re going to be OK. But if I lie to you, you’re going to hate me forever.

“They’re very competitive and the fact we have a lot of folks for some really narrow choices, it’s going to be an interesting spring. I know that competition normally brings out the best in everyone.”

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New team, same story: Jon Lester to start Cubs' season opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced Monday starting pitcher Jon Lester will start the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals. Maddon said he wanted to talk to Lester before making the announcement.

It was be the fifth straight year Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract in December, will start opening day. He started the last four opening days for the Red Sox.

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Maddon: Kyle Hendricks pretty much a lock for Cubs' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Monday starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks is pretty much a lock for the team's rotation, leaving just the fifth spot in the rotation open, according to CSNChicago.com.

Hendricks was outstanding as a rookie in 2014, going 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts. He struck out 47 batters and issued 15 walks in 80 1/3 innings. He also allowed just 72 hits and four home runs.

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Cubs' Joe Maddon impressed by Kris Bryant
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said third baseman Kris Bryant has been one of the most impressive position players this spring, reports MLB.com

"He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said. "He's got a really nice way about him. He's really good, he knows he's really good, but he carries that very well. I like that. False humility doesn't do anything. It's kind of a worthless quality. I think his humility is sincere, but he also knows that he's good."

Despite Maddon's endorsement of Bryant, Maddon would not commit to Bryant making the Opening Day roster.

"Somewhere," Maddon said. "There's all kinds of Opening Days."

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Miguel Montero trying to become workhorse with Cubs in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

New Cubs catcher Miguel Montero played the third most games behind the plate of all catchers in 2014 and he's not asking for any extra time off heading into 2015, reports MLB.com.

"I think the results of how you're playing as a team will dictate how you feel," Montero said. "You go to the playoffs, you're never tired. Your adrenaline goes so fast. You don't have time to think about, 'Oh, I've been catching 140 games.' Your mindset is, 'Let's go.'"

Manager Joe Maddon loves what he's seen from Montero, but knows expecting 162 games out of him is just too much.

"It won't be 162," Maddon said, "but we'll talk and try to figure out a nice little program to keep him on top of his game and provide that opportunity for other guys to play, too."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGStarlin Castro , SS.292
HRAnthony Rizzo , 1B32
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B78
OBPAnthony Rizzo , 1B.386
SLGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.527
RAnthony Rizzo , 1B89
SBArismendy Alcantara , CF8
WJake Arrieta , SP10
ERATravis Wood , SP5.03
WHIPTravis Wood , SP1.53
KJake Arrieta , SP167
SVHector Rondon , RP29

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