The Sun Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer looks at Jeff Samardzija’s development into the staff ace and Ian Stewart’s disappointing spring; and he predicts how many wins the Cubs will have in 2013.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) walks to the dugout after finishing the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League game at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (José M. Osorio/ Chicago Tribune)
But Cubs manager Rick Renteria will manage his relievers' workload carefully, especially that of his left-handersMESA, Ariz. — James Russell , who is set to make his spring debut Wednesday night against the Mariners in Peoria, Ariz., joked that "it feels good finally to be part of the team.'' […]
Cubs' 22-year-old pitching prospect plans to build off success he had at end of 2013 1st in Double A and then to Chicago MESA, Ariz. — Kris Bryant and his core four teammates have accepted the hype and expectations associated with their projected stardom with the Cubs. […]