Monday, October 10, 2022


That’s a wrap, fans. 2023 wasn't a surprise, given what the Cubs' front office did before, during, and after the 2022 season. But it was disappointing nonetheless, especially given the assurances that Tom Ricketts gave to the fans last offseason. 

The 2022 season started promisingly enough, as a 6-4 start had the North Siders atop the NL Central on April 18. But then the wheels fell off, as the Cubs dropped 14 of their next 17 games. A ten-game losing streak in June and a nine-game skid in July put them 23 games under .500 on July 16.

Cubs' management then cleared out the bullpen, trading Scott Effross, David Robertson, Chris Martin, and Mychal Givens. That effectively installed a revolving door in the bullpen:  the Cubs used an MLB record 42 different pitchers in the 2022 season. While the bullpen certainly had a few struggles after the fire sale, the Cubs' starting rotation stepped up by posting a 3.15 ERA in August and a 2.74 ERA in September. All told, the Cubs' team ERA after the All-Star break was 3.24, good for 5th best in MLB. Good pitching was largely responsible for the team's 39-31 record in the second half.

We wouldn't be Cubs fans if we didn't have a little hope on the North Side, and those numbers certainly offer some hope ... on one side of the ball. However, to really be competitive in 2023, the offense will need to improve. The 2022 Cubs were 22nd in runs scored, 19th in batting average, and 17th in OPS. And those ranks didn't improve after the All-Star break (22nd, 24th, and 22nd, respectively). 

There were a few offensive bright spots, however. All-Star Ian Happ had the best season of his career (.271/.342/.440 and 4.3 WAR), All-Star Willson Contreras had another solid season (22 HR, .815 OPS, 3.9 WAR), Patrick Wisdom added 25 HR, Nico Hoerner hit .281 (8th best in the NL, and, along with his defense, good for 4.5 WAR), and Seiya Suzuki had a strong start (.934 OPS in March & April) and a strong finish (.847 OPS in September) sandwiched around adjustments and injury.

But ... that's not enough offense to win a division or play deep into October, and there's no guarantee that all of these players will be on the Cubs' 2023 roster.

So, here’s to some off-season acquisitions to complement the promising pieces we saw in 2022.  There’s no reason a big market team shouldn’t be competitive every season.

Go Cubs go! (And, extend Willson Contreras and Ian Happ.)

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October 11, 2022View Online
Cubs Fans,

This past season ended too soon. While we knew 2022 was going to be a year of transition, we were cautiously optimistic with our offseason moves we could compete for a spot in the expanded postseason format. Obviously, our poor start ended those hopes early in the season.

Yet as I look back, 2022 felt like two different seasons. The first half of the year was defined by young players struggling to adjust to everyday roles and injuries that exposed a lack of overall team depth. However, the second half of the season had a much different feel. It showcased young players, particularly young pitchers, growing into their roles and competing hard in every game.

As the season progressed, it was clear that David Ross and his coaching staff were doing an excellent job leading and developing our young team. We closed out the season's second half with a 39-31 record (a .557 winning percentage), which is fifth-best in the National League. Several of our position players proved that they belong at the major league level while our pitching infrastructure continued to improve. This improvement is perhaps best evidenced by our starting pitchers posting a 2.89 ERA following the All-Star break, third-best in the majors.

To win the World Series again we need to build a team that can consistently make the playoffs. That means having a strong farm system. In fact, the last 15 World Series winners were ranked in the top 10 farm systems in MLB in the years leading up to their titles. Our system made tremendous progress this year and it’s clear the efforts we have made in recent drafts and at the trade deadline are showing positive results. FanGraphs recently ranked our farm system 5th in baseball, a significant improvement over our preseason ranking of 8th and our 2021 preseason ranking of 22nd. Additionally, our prospects are learning to win as a team as three of our four minor league affiliates reached the postseason, with the South Bend Cubs winning the Midwest League championship.

There is positive momentum in our organization. Jed Hoyer and his team are building an expansive core of young high-ceiling players while making investments in infrastructure and technology to help them reach their maximum potential. We will be active in free agency and have the necessary resources available to substantially supplement our current roster. As Jed has demonstrated, we will be driven by intelligent decision-making as we build a roster that can win games in the postseason – year in and year out.

On a personal level, I want to thank Cubs fans for their unwavering spirit and support. I always look forward to meeting fans on my gameday walks through the ballpark. What those special interactions reinforce is your passion for our team, ballpark and mission to win another World Series. My family does not take your loyalty for granted nor our responsibility to be stewards of this beloved franchise. It was certainly on display at the MLB at Field of Dreams game, which was among the most-watched regular season game on any network this year. I have no doubt that passion will again take the center stage during the much-anticipated MLB London Series in 2023.

So, as we look to the future, I want to say thank you. Thank you for your ongoing support of this team. I remain committed to getting back to championship baseball and look forward to sharing our love of the game together in 2023.

Tom Ricketts
Tom Ricketts

Thursday, August 11, 2022


Holy cow! The Cubs came back to beat the Nats 4-2 on Wednesday with two-hit days from Reyes, Hoerner, & Madrigal and a quality start from Steele (6 IP, 2 ER, 9 K), who's looking awfully sharp of late.

Tonight, the North Siders take on the Reds in the Field of Dreams game in Iowa.
 Enjoy ... and go Cubs go!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022


Hey hey! The Cubs won their 6th straight game by sweeping the Bucs with a 4-2 win on Tuesday paced by Thompson’s dominant start (7 IP, 0 ER, 7 K), 2 RBI from Happ, 2 hits from Hoerner, and a HR from Suzuki. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022


Wednesday, May 18, 2022


Hey hey! The Cubs came back to down Arizona 5-4 on Sunday behind eighth inning back-to-back jacks from Schwisdom, 3 RBI from Higgins, a quality start from Miley (6 IP, 3 ER, 3 K), and 3 solid relief innings from Thompson.

The Cubs head to Cincinnati on Monday to kick off a four-game series. 40 games down, 122 to go.
Go Cubs go!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022


Holy cow! The Cubs beat the Padres 7-5 on Wednesday night in San Diego behind a 2-for-3 night from Contreras, 2 RBI apiece from Rivas & Schwindel, and a two-inning save from Wick.

The win gave the North Siders their first series win since their first of the year, when they took two out of three from the Brewers.

The road trip continues Thursday in Phoenix.  30 games down, 132 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022


Hey hey! The Cubs beat the Braves 6-3 in 10 innings on Wednesday night in Atlanta. Willson Contreras's RBI double and Patrick Wisdom's two-run homer broke the tie in the 10th.

David Robertson (of the 0.00 season ERA) and Rowan Wick took care of business after the Braves came back to tie things up late.

The series wraps up Thursday at Truist Park.

18 games down, 144 to go. Go Cubs go!

Monday, April 18, 2022


Hey hey! The first place Cubs beat the Rays 4-2 on Monday night at Wrigley behind homers from Schwisdom, a clutch RBI from Happ, and a great performance from Keegan Thompson (3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K).

Wisdom's first round-tripper of the season put the North Siders up 2-0, and Happ's clutch RBI single broke a 2-2 tie. Schwindel's solo shot added an insurance run.

Keegan Thompson picked up Kyle Hendricks (4.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 K) nicely, and David Robertson picked up another save to close out the game.

The series continues Tuesday at Wrigley.

10 games down, 152 to go. Go Cubs go!

Sunday, April 17, 2022


 Cubs split the series and the road trip with a final win over the Rockies! Let's go... Back to Wrigley! 

Thursday, April 14, 2022


The FIRST PLACE Cubs came into Denver to face the top ranked Rookies, and got the job done! 

Cubs take the first game of the series 5-2 with a amazing performance from reliever Keegan Thompson who held the Rookies 3 1/3 innings.

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 The Cards lost 5-1 to the Brewers, so the number drops. Stay tuned as it may drop again tonight! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022


Cubs take the first game of two against the Pirates. Suzuki remains hot, scoring the Cubs' two runs on two long balls. Smyly takes his first win of the season with five shutout innings!

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Sunday, April 10, 2022


The Cubbies lost the final game of the series, but took the series against the Brew Crew. With the Cards taking their first loss today, the number drops to 160!

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Thursday, April 7, 2022


Friday, April 1, 2022



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