Jeff Samardzija has always wanted to be a starter and got his shot in spring training this season. He's taken his opportunity and run with it so far.
The Cubs are using extreme shifts to try to tip the odds in their favor in the early going here in 2012. Theo Epstein, Dale Sveum and the staff are just trying to play the percentages.
After being rained out Tuesday night, the Cubs and Reds resume play Wednesday night in Cincinnati. In-game live is brought to you Liberty Mutual.
The Cubs named Anthony Rizzo their minor league player of the month after he hit .384 with seven homers in April. Frank Batista was named the pitcher of the month.