David DeJesus named new CSN Cubs studio analyst

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David DeJesus named new CSN Cubs studio analyst

Former Cubs standout to also make regular appearances on "SportsTalk Live," "In the Loop," and CSNChicago.com’' "Cubs Talk" podcasts throughout the upcoming MLB season

Chicago, IL (March 22, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, has announced former Cubs/MLB standout and fan favorite David DeJesus has been named the new Cubs studio analyst for CSN's Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group and Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois beginning with the 2017 MLB regular season. DeJesus will be paired with veteran CSN Cubs Pre/Postgame Live host David Kaplan to provide expert analysis for CSN's slate of 81 scheduled Cubs games beginning in April. In addition to his Cubs studio analyst duties, DeJesus will also make regular appearances on CSN's weeknight sports discussion program, SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, along with select appearances on the early edition of In the Loop presented by Comcast Business and on CSNChicago.com’s "Cubs Talk" podcasts. The announcement was made by Kevin Cross, Senior Director of News & Original Content for CSN Chicago. 

"I'm thankful to CSN for giving me this opportunity to once again be a part of the best organization in baseball," said DeJesus. "I loved my time with the Cubs and I am excited to be able to bring my insight to the viewers and enjoy the ride to another championship."

"During his time spent in Chicago, David quickly became a fan favorite for his dedication and hard-working approach not only on the field, but also in the community," added Cross. "David’s contagious enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the game will definitely be major assets to our Cubs studio shows beginning this season and we can’t wait to get David & 'Kap' together to bring Cubs fans the expert coverage and analysis they have come to expect from our network."

DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3), a standout defensive outfielder who played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues, including two for the Cubs in 2012 & 2013, made his Major League debut in September of 2003 with the Kansas City Royals. In his first full season with the Royals in 2004, DeJesus finished sixth in American League “Rookie of the Year” voting when he hit .287 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in just 96 games. DeJesus enjoyed his finest offensive season during the 2008 campaign with the Royals hitting .307 with 12 homers, 73 RBI and 11 steals. In his 13-year MLB career, which included stints with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels, DeJesus compiled a .275 career batting average with 99 home runs and 573 RBI. 

Road Ahead: Cubs look for revenge against Pirates

Road Ahead: Cubs look for revenge against Pirates

CSN's Cubs Pregame and Postgame host David Kaplan and analyst David DeJesus discuss the upcoming matchups in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Cubs' bats are finally coming around. 

On the back of Anthony Rizzo, who hit three homers this weekend, the North Siders took two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds and have been winners of four out of five overall. 

The offense will attempt to stay in their groove against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who swept the Cubs at Wrigley during the teams' last meeting. 

Luckily for Chicago's pitching staff, Starling Marte won't be anchoring the Pirates' order. The outfielder is serving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. 

After Pittsburgh, Joe Maddon's club hits Fenway Park for what should be a wild three-game set against the Red Sox. 

Watch David Kaplan and David DeJesus break down the upcoming matchups in the video above. 

 

John Lackey struggles as Cubs drop series finale to Reds

John Lackey struggles as Cubs drop series finale to Reds

CINCINNATI — With his high leg kick and below-the-radar breaking balls, Bronson Arroyo showed the Cubs a little old-style pitching. Who needs to throw 90 mph to beat the World Series champions?

The 40-year-old righty gave his best performance yet in his long comeback from elbow problems, pitching three-hit ball over six innings on Sunday, and the Cincinnati Reds salvaged a 7-5 victory . Arroyo worked fast, varied the angles of his deliveries, and kept `em guessing with his minimalist pitches.

"I'm happy for him, to see him back up," Chicago catcher Miguel Montero said. "He's a tough pitcher to face. Obviously he's throwing below hitting speed right now."

Arroyo (2-2) needed more than two years to recover from Tommy John surgery. The Reds gave him what amounted to a final chance this spring, and he's back to fooling `em with his unusual repertoire. Jon Jay saw pitches of 67, 74, 83, 75 and 70 mph during one at-bat.

"I don't want to say I had pinpoint control, but I was throwing the breaking ball down and out where it was almost impossible to hit," Arroyo said. "They knew where I was going, but I still had enough late movement to surprise them."

Arroyo allowed Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer - his third of the series - and struck out seven batters for the first time since May 13, 2014.

"This was the first time he looked like the Bronson of his first time through here," manager Bryan Price said, referring to Arroyo's 2006-13 stay in Cincinnati.

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Raisesl Iglesias gave up a pair of runs in the ninth before finishing off the Reds' 3-7 homestand.

Patrick Kivlehan's bases-loaded double highlighted a four-run sixth inning off John Lackey (1-3) and decided a matchup of up-in-years starters. The 38-year-old Lackey and Arroyo have combined for 793 starts in the majors.

Despite the loss, the defending champs took two of three in the series and moved back into first place in the NL Central. No surprise that it happened in Cincinnati - the Cubs have won 17 of their last 22 at Great American Ball Park. They've taken 20 of their last 25 overall against the Reds.

"I have nothing to complain about," manager Joe Maddon said.

Rizzo extended his hitting streak to 12 games - matching his career high - with his two-run homer in the fourth inning. His three-run shot with two outs in the ninth helped the Cubs rally for a 6-5, 11-inning victory in the series opener. He had another three-run homer during a 12-8 win on Saturday.

The Cubs have homered in their last 15 games at Great American. They hit seven in all during the series.