Albert Almora Jr. Hits First Career Grand Slam in Win over Phillies

Fan favorite OF Albert Almora Jr. delivered the game-winning blow in the Northsiders' 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday evening in Chicago. Cubs SP Cole Hamels had a rough outing against the front-running Phillies, allowing three runs on nine hits in just 4.0 IP with two BBs and six SO. INF Anthony Rizzo…

Get Out the Brooms – Cubs Sweep Rivalry Weekend

The Chicago Cubs hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for their first series of the 2019 season this weekend. The Cubs entered the series with a record of 16-12, looking for a possible sweep in order to take over sole possession of first place from their arch-rival Redbirds, and the team delivered in magnificent fashion. Sunday's…

Tyler Chatwood Takes Control to Give Cubs a Win in Extra Innings

The Chicago Cubs met the Arizona Diamondbacks for the rubber match of their three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon in Arizona. The Cubs took an early lead on long balls by INF Kris Bryant (3) and C Willson Contreras (7) behind SP José Quintana, who was efficient in the early going but was ultimately lifted…

Exploitation of Young Baseball Players Is Under Scrutiny in the DR – but Are North Americans Paying Attention?

If you follow social justice-minded national baseball writers on social media, you might occasionally run across the opinion that MLB's international free agent signing process is "gross" and takes advantage of youth. However, it seems that most of the research about the history of baseball in Latin America and its current impact there is being…

Blue Jays Rotation Off to an Impressive Start – but Will It Hold?

The Toronto Blue Jays split their opening four-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Although the results weren't exactly weren't the best against another expected bottom-dweller in the American League, the Jays' starting rotation, which I had expected to be questionable based on past history and inexperience, has gotten off to a great start: Marcus Stroman…

Allen Webster and Nico Hoerner Are Lighting Up Cubs Spring Training

While there have been encouraging starts from major-league regulars like C Willson Contreras, INF Kris Bryant and SP Tyler Chatwood in Cactus League play, two of the most notable spring performances have come from Cubs prospects Allen Webster and Nico Hoerner. SP Allen Webster is a non-roster invitee to the Cubs camp in Arizona. So…