Jon Lester needed to take a leap of faith with the Cubs front office, but in Year 2 in Chicago, it's World Series or bust time for the 32-year-old lefty.
Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell have already showed early promise during their rookie seasons, and the Cubs believe they will continue to produce that kind of big-time talent.
The Cubs understood there would be no sneaking into the playoffs this year with a strong National League. In order to become a World Series favorite, Theo Epstein & Co. had to think big.

Team talk

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    With one inning pitched against the Brewers on Monday, Kerry Wood made his first appearance in a Cubs uniform since 2008. While Wood knows he's a key piece of the bullpen, he's also enjoying his role as mentor.
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    Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 6:48 p.m. By Patrick Mooney MESA, Ariz. - There may not be another pitcher the Cubs are watching as closely as Andrew Cashner this spring. This is a case study in the question they've faced since selecting him 19th overall in the 2008...
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    Matt Garza struggled in his spring debut Sunday, but there's no cause for concern. The big off-season addition is already paying off in the locker room and making a big impression on Mike Quade.
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    After a busy offseason, Carlos Zambrano doesn't want to reflect on the past. He's ready to move forward and started that process by throwing two scoreless innings in the Cubs 15-7 loss to the A's at HoHoKam Park.
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    The Cubs still have to make tough choices in their starting rotation and on their bench. Insider Patrick Mooney looks into what's left to be figured out. Plus, which player is Mike Quade 'dying to see play?'
  • 4y
    As the Cubs prepare for their Spring Training opener, WGN Radio moves on without the beloved Ron Santo. New color commentator Keith Moreland spent Saturday getting the lay of the land.
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    Josh Vitters was just 18 years old when the Cubs selected him with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. Now, more than three years later, Vitters still hasn't reached his potential, but he's not worried in the least.


Today's Poll

Will the Cubs advance to the World Series in 2016?

Injury Report

10/12A. RussellHamstring (day-to-day)
9/23J. Perezoff 60-day DL
9/14K. Negronoff 60-day DL
8/24J. Leathersichoff 60-day DL
8/24J. Soleroff 15-day DL
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Team Stats

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A. Rizzo1605869416338331101.278
K. Bryant151559871543152699.275
A. Jackson13649156131253948.267
S. Castro151547521452321169.265
C. Coghlan148440641102561641.250
D. Fowler1565961021492981746.250

C. Denorfia00-1000.100.00
D. Ross00-2002.000.00
H. Rondon64.6007203070.0691.67
J. Arrieta226.78633330229.02361.77
J. Grimm35.375620349.2671.99
P. Strop26.250760368.0812.91
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