Chicago Cubs 2014 News and Updates
3/10/14 - The Chicago Cubs put on a show in front of a Cactus League record-crowd of 14,770 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Breakout player Justin Ruggiano batted 3 for 3 and hit a two-run homer with three RBIs for the 10-8 victory. Starlin Castro, who sustained a hamstring while sliding into second in early spring, will be back in practice tomorrow and potentially ready for a game this weekend. Unfortunately, as Castro gets ready to return from injury, right fielder Ryan Sweeney garnered a new one. The outfielder was forced to leave in the top of the second with knee soreness, and is now listed as day to day. In the front office, former Cubs' left-hander Ted Lilly will rejoin the organization as a special assistant to President Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer. Chicago Cubs tickets for their special spring series against the New York Mets at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, NV start at $43 on Saturday and $52 on Sunday.
3/3/14 - The Cubs have had a pretty rough start to Cactus League play, and it's not just because of the two rained-out games on Saturday. The Cubbies have totaled three losses and zero wins so far. Though they lost the opening game at their brand new park, 5-2 to Arizona, it was the 15-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that really stung. The Cubs will have the opportunity to turn things around when newly acquired Emilio Bonifacio gets another start in his endeavor to be the team's leadoff man. See this base-stealer and the other members of the Windy City's young core turn around their Spring Training with Chicago Cubs tickets! The cheapest Cubs tickets of the week are tomorrow's match against the Oakland Athletics (get-in for $10) and Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies (get-in for $10) at Cubs Park in Mesa, AZ.
2/24/14 - The Chicago Cubs have a farm system "bursting at the seams" with talented position players, and proved it this weekend, when Javier Baez hit a massive home run during practice that shattered a car window. Be there when Kyle Hendricks, the 2013 minor league Pitcher of the Year, hits training for his first major-league spring camp. Chicago Cubs tickets have seen a $7 drop in price, from $63 to just $56 on average for spring training.
2/11/14 - The Chicago Cubs will be in Arizona by the end of this week! Pitchers and catchers report on 2/13 and the whole team will take the field a week from now. If you need a warm welcome from the bitter Windy City, join the Cubbies at their new springtime home—a brand new facility named Cubs Park in Mesa, AZ, and the largest in the Cactus League. The Cubs will take on the D-Backs for their first game, with tickets starting at $35.
1/27/14 - Help make the Cubs a winning franchise again! With the maturation of a number of young prospects, the Cubbies could easily be on their way to victory in the New Year. The sheer optimism surrounding the team will be on display this February as Chicago Cubs tickets for Spring Training are popular, averaging at $63. Be there to see the newest mascot and players for the upcoming season!
3/27/13 – The Chicago Cubs may have the most expensive ticket in MLB, but the team’s average ticket price in April is 8th cheapest in the League. Apart from Cubs Opening Day tickets against the Milwaukee Brewers April 8th, cheap Cubs tickets under $20 are available for every home game this month. With Matt Garza and Scott Baker out this month due to injury, the Cubs starting five will need to step up – specifically Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson putting in quality starts. The Cubs April home schedule is highlighted with a 4-game series against the reigning World Series Champs, San Francisco Giants, where tickets are averaging $44. Following the Cubs home opening series against the Brewers and that against the Giants, they’ll play the Texas Rangers ($41) and San Diego Padres ($33) at Wrigley Field.
Chicago Cubs 2014 Season
This winter, the Cubs have made more news in the way of Wrigley Field
renovations and revealing a new mascot than any offseason player acquisitions. Chicago has focused on signing and drafting young power hitters, resolving to pay for starting pitchers. But alas, the Cubs are another team that lost out on the Masahiro Tanaka procurement, and must now add another reliable arm to the rotation from free-agent leftovers. For now, the front office has shown interest in Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, and must make moves quickly, considering pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training in less than a month.
Last season heralded the Cubs’ third consecutive year with over 90 losses, and their fourth straight season placing fourth in the NL Central. In their rebuilding effort, the Cubs enlisted Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo last year; the two fresh faces fell flat, but are gearing up to bounce back this season with the help of Junior Lake, Welington Castillo and recently acquired Gary Jones.
The Chicago Cubs would probably like to forget that 2012 even happened, finishing fourth out of five teams in the competitive National League Central Division, six games ahead of now-departed Houston, who will contest 2013 in the American League, but 18 games in arrears of Pittsburgh. As a team the Cubbies were near the bottom in most of the major offensive measurements — 29th out of 30 teams in on-base percentage, 27th in slugging percentage, 28th in runs scored — which can only mean there's plenty of room for improvement in 2013. Pitching was not much better — 24th in earned run average, 20th in batting-average against, 26th in WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched). Alfonso Soriano led the Cubbies in the power stats, while shortstop Starlin Castro led in batting average, and David DeJesus was tops in on-base percentage. Cubs pitching was a huge problem last season; only one player, Jeff Samardzija, had sufficient innings pitched in 2012 to qualify for the ERA title. Samardzija also led the team in wins and strikeouts, so much will be expected from him in 2013. Unfortunately for the Cubs, they won't be able to spend all season playing Atlanta, the New York Mets, and San Diego, the three teams, aside from the Astros, the Cubs had winning records against in 2012; but with a hot dog in one hand, a cold drink in the other, and the sun shining overhead, a day at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field will always be a good time.
Chicago Cubs tickets at Wrigley Field average $107, tied with the Washington Nationals as the second most expensive MLB tickets in 2013. The Cubs schedule features home series with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and South Side-rivals Chicago White Sox. Cubs fans and tourists looking to buy cheap Cubs baseball tickets will find them as low as $8 in the Upper Deck at select home games. On the road, Cubs tickets average $85, more than $20 less per ticket than at home.