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2015 Chicago Cubs season

2015 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Chicago, Illinois (since 1870)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Ricketts
    General manager(s) Jed Hoyer
    Manager(s) Joe Maddon
    Local television WGN-TV
    CSN Chicago
    CSN Chicago Plus
    WLS-TV
    WPWR-TV
    (Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
    Local radio WBBM (AM)
    Chicago Cubs Radio Network
    (Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Judd Sirott)
    Stats ESPN.com
    BB-reference
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    The 2015 Chicago Cubs season is the 143rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 140th in the National League and the 100th at Wrigley Field. They began the season on April 5, 2015 in a first-ever night game home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals at partially renovated Wrigley Field, and will finish on October 4, 2015 on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Offseason

    Stadium changes

    On Monday, September 29, one day after the conclusion of the 2014 season, a $575 million four-year renovation project to Wrigley Field was begun. The bleachers in left and right field will be expanded, the stadium will extend further onto both Waveland and Sheffield Avenues, and seven new outfield signs will be installed along with a 2,400 square foot video scoreboard in right field. The parking lots along Clark Street will be excavated for underground players' locker rooms and lounges.[1][2]

    Trades and acquisitions

    Coaching changes

    The Cubs decided not to retain Mike Brumley as the assistant hitting coach. Bill Mueller, the hitting coach, resigned over the decision. On October 9. 2014 John Mallee, formerly the Astros hitting coach, was hired as his replacement. Eric Hinske is the assistant hitting coach and Doug Dascenzo was signed to replace him as first base/outfield coach.[12] In late October 2014 quality assurance coach Jose Castro resigned to work with Atlanta Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.[13] On October 31, the Cubs fired first year manager Rick Renteria.[14] On Monday, November 3, The Cubs announced the signing of Joe Maddon to a 5-year contract as manager of the team.[15] Former Cub Henry Blanco was hired to be the quality assurance coach on November 22.[16] At the start of the 2015 season, Brandon Hyde went from 2014 season bench coach to first base and Doug Dascenzo was the outfield coach. Dave Martinez started the year as bench coach.

    Broadcast changes

    In June 2014 the Cubs announced an end to their play-by-play history on WGN (720-AM) radio which dates back to 1924. In a new partnership with CBS Radio they will be moving radio broadcast of their games to WBBM (780-AM) for the 2015 season.[17]

    The Cubs finalized a new television broadcast agreement with long-time over-the-air carrier WGN-TV (Channel 9), in which the station will carry a reduced slate of 45 games per season. The team also signed a new broadcast agreement with ABC-owned station WLS-TV (Channel 7), in which they will show 25 games annually;[18] this deal replaces WCIU-TV as the Cubs' secondary over-the-air television outlet. Both agreements with WLS and WGN will run through the end of the 2019 season. Play-by-play announcer Len Kasper and color commentator Jim Deshaies will become employees of the Cubs rather than WGN-TV.[19]

    As a result of a new programming strategy implemented by Tribune Media for WGN America, the cable superstation will no longer televise Cubs games (as well as that of the Chicago White Sox and Bulls) to a national audience, as of January 2015. This marks the end of a 36-season run of Cubs games televised on the national version of WGN-TV.

    The Chicago Cubs have created affiliate stations to complement the 2015 television and radio schedule.[20]

    Season notes

    Opening day starters and lineup

    Opening Day Starters
    Name Pos.
    Fowler CF
    Soler RF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Coghlan LF
    Olt 3B
    Ross C
    Lester SP
    La Stella 2B

    40th game starters and lineup

    Away game vs. San Diego Padres
    Name Pos.
    Fowler CF
    Bryant 3B
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Montero C
    Soler RF
    Coghlan LF
    Lester SP
    Russell 2B

    Season standings

    National League Central

    Template:MLB standings


    National League Wild Card

    Template:MLB standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Record vs. opponents

    2015 NL Records

    Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
    Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
    Arizona β€” 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–1 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–3 3–4 4–3 0–0 1–2 1–1
    Atlanta 0–0 β€” 0–0 3–4 0–0 0–0 7–2 3–1 2–4 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–5 3–2
    Chicago 0–0 0–0 β€” 4–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 4–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0
    Cincinnati 0–0 0–0 1–4 β€” 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–3 1–5 3–0 0–0
    Colorado 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 β€” 0–3 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 6–3 0–0 0–0 0–0
    Los Angeles 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 β€” 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–7 0–0 0–0 3–0
    Miami 0–0 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0-0 β€” 0–0 0–4 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 3–1 1–2
    Milwaukee 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–3 1–0 0–0 β€” 0–0 0–0 1–5 0–0 0–3 2–4 0–0 0–0
    New York 0–0 4–2 0–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 β€” 5–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 3–2
    Philadelphia 3-0 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–5 β€” 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–4 1–2
    Pittsburgh 3–0 0–0 3–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–1 0–0 0–0 β€” 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2
    San Diego 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 β€” 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0
    San Francisco 3–4 0–0 0–0 3–1 3–6 7–2 2–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 β€” 0–0 0–0 4–1
    St. Louis 0–0 0–0 4–2 5–1 0–0 0-0 0–0 4–2 0–0 3–1 4–2 0–0 0–0 β€” 2–1 3–3
    Washington 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 0-0 1–3 0–0 1–2 4–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 β€” 1–2


    Regular season

    April

    At the conclusion of the first month of the season the Cubs had a won/lost record of 12-8. It was their first winning April since the 2008 season. They led the National League in stolen bases with 25, they were third in on-base percentage with .329 and sixth in acquiring walks with 71. [21]The pitching staff allowed the fewest walks in the National League with 41, they were third in WHIP with 1.15, fifth in striking out opposing batters with 181, sixth in opposing players batting average with .240, sixth in earned run average with 3.71 and allowed only 14 home runs against them. [22] During the month, the Cubs played in three extra-inning ballgames, winning all three. [23]

    • April 5 - The Cubs pay tribute to the late Ernie Banks before the first opening night game in Cubs history.[24]
    • April 17 - Heralded rookie Kris Bryant plays in his first Major League game.[25]
    • April 5-30 - Due to delays in the 1060 Project, the entire outfield section was unavailable for use by fans attending Cubs games. Attendance figures for the month of April were affected by approximately 5,000 fans per home game.[26]

    May

    • May 11 - Left and center field bleacher seats were available for occupancy for the first time this season during a night game with the New York Mets. [27]
    • May 14 - The Cubs four-game sweep of the NY Mets was their first over the Mets at Wrigley Field since Aug. 6-9, 1992. The May 14th victory was Joe Maddon's 800th career win.

    Game log

    2015 Game Log (27–22)
    Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
    Bold = Cubs team member

    Current roster

    Chicago Cubs roster
    Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

    Pitchers
    Starting rotation

    Bullpen

    Closer

    Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders


    Pitchers

    Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders


    Manager

    Coaches

    60-day disabled list


    25 active, 14 inactive

    10px 7- or 15-day disabled list
    † Suspended list
    # Personal leave
    Roster and coaches updated May 19, 2015
    Transactions β€’ Depth chart
    β†’ All MLB rosters</small>

    Statistics

    Batting

    (Updated as of 05/27/15)

    List does not include pitchers. Stats in bold are the team leaders. Players in bold are on the active roster.

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; SB = Stolen Bases; Avg. = Batting Average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging; OPS = On Base + Slugging

    Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
    Alcantara, ArismendyArismendy Alcantara 11 26 5 2 0 0 0 1 .077 1
    Baxter, MikeMike Baxter 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
    Bryant, KrisKris Bryant 38 138 26 38 5 1 7 31 .275 5
    Castro, StarlinStarlin Castro 46 189 16 51 4 0 3 24 .270 4
    Coghlan, ChrisChris Coghlan 46 134 16 28 6 1 7 11 .209 4
    Denorfia, ChrisChris Denorfia 12 21 2 9 1 0 0 1 .429 0
    Fowler, DexterDexter Fowler 45 174 33 43 7 3 6 14 .247 11
    Herrera, JonathanJonathan Herrera 23 46 5 10 0 1 0 5 .217 3
    Lake, JuniorJunior Lake 10 27 1 7 2 0 0 1 .259 2
    La Stella, TommyTommy La Stella 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167 1
    Montero, MiguelMiguel Montero 39 107 10 28 4 0 5 16 .262 0
    Olt, MikeMike Olt 6 15 1 2 0 0 1 1 .133 0
    Rizzo, AnthonyAnthony Rizzo 46 165 27 52 13 1 9 29 .315 9
    Ross, DavidDavid Ross 23 37 0 6 4 0 0 3 .162 0
    Russell, AddisonAddison Russell 32 119 15 30 11 0 3 13 .252 1
    Soler, JorgeJorge Soler 46 177 19 49 12 1 3 16 .277 0
    Szczur, MattMatt Szczur 18 29 3 5 2 0 0 5 .172 2

    Pitching

    (Updated as of 05/27/15)

    Stats in bold are the team leaders. Players in bold are on the active roster.

    Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

    Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
    Arrieta, JakeJake Arrieta 4 4 2.95 9 9 0 58.0 23 19 14 62
    Beeler, DallasDallas Beeler 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Coke, PhilPhil Coke 0 0 6.30 16 0 0 10.0 7 7 3 9
    Edwards, C. J.C. J. Edwards 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Germen, GonzalezGonzalez Germen 0 0 7.50 6 0 0 6.0 5 5 5 8
    Grimm, JustinJustin Grimm 1 0 1.23 9 0 0 7.1 1 1 6 13
    Hammel, JasonJason Hammel 3 2 2.98 9 9 0 60.1 23 20 7 58
    Hendricks, KyleKyle Hendricks 1 1 3.76 9 9 0 52.2 22 22 11 41
    Jackson, EdwinEdwin Jackson 2 1 3.86 10 0 0 11.2 7 5 5 9
    Jokisch, EricEric Jokisch 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Lester, JonJon Lester 4 3 3.30 10 10 0 62.2 27 23 17 61
    Motte, JasonJason Motte 2 1 4.26 19 0 0 19.0 9 9 7 12
    Parker, BlakeBlake Parker 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Ramirez, NeilNeil Ramirez 1 0 3.00 5 0 0 3.0 1 1 3 4
    Rondon, HectorHector Rondon 3 0 3.43 0 0 9 21.0 8 8 5 20
    Ross, DavidDavid Ross 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0
    Rosscup, ZacZac Rosscup 1 1 4.08 19 0 0 17.2 9 9 6 17
    Russell, JamesJames Russell 0 1 2.00 11 0 0 9.0 3 2 3 5
    Schlitter, BrianBrian Schlitter 0 2 8.10 9 0 0 6.2 6 6 2 4
    Strop, PedroPedro Strop 1 2 3.74 24 0 0 21.2 9 9 7 24
    Turner, JacobJacob Turner 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Wada, TsuyoshiTsuyoshi Wada 0 0 2.70 2 2 0 10.0 3 2 3 15
    Wood, TravisTravis Wood 2 2 5.40 10 7 1 40.0 26 24 12 43

    Farm system

    (Updated as of April 24, 2015.)

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