As many bad teams do, the Cubs enter 2014 with undecided starters at a few spots. We start at the hot corner, where the question is if the Cubs will return to the platoon that was one of the more pleasant surprised of 2013, or turn to former top prospect Mike Olt.
In today’s episode, Joe and Sean discuss the roster after the last week of games, including what we’ve seen from the bullpen as well as Mike Olt. They also discuss the Stat of the Week, home runs, and use it to give reason for hope for the Cubs in 2014. Remember to subscribe to the show on iTunes and follow us on Twitter – @vftb @powell_sean @JCStatsFull Story »
The first full week of spring training games is in the books. Let’s take a look at two notes that stood out over the weekend.Full Story »
The Cubs may have a classic “nice” problem in the near future. Several of the team’s top infield prospects will either be on the major league team coming out of spring training – or will be pounding at the door. There’s not enough room on the team for all of them in the future, so something will have to give.Full Story »
GirlieView is a VFTB recap column on alternate Thursdays. We give our readers props for having timely and funny quotes from the past two weeks of VFTB commentary. Join us for a few good laughs!Full Story »
Every year, fans and media tout a pitcher in the Cubs’ system with the high 80s fastball who had a great year in Tennessee or Iowa the prior season, saying that pitcher deserves a shot. This year, that pitcher is Kyle Hendricks. Invariably, that pitcher with the underwhelming fastball is compared to Greg Maddux. But how dubious is that comparison?Full Story »
In this episode, the guys look at the results of the early spring training games to begin to construct the opening day roster before answering a few mailbag questions, discussing the stat WAR in a new feature called JC Stat of the week, and playing a new game called “What the Blank?” Also included are details on the contest being run in March and how you can win a great Cubs prize.Full Story »
We’re back! Baseball returns with the first game at the new Cubs park in Mesa. We’ll discuss the game, the new park, and highlight some interesting quotes from Cubs President Theo Epstein.Full Story »