2015 Chicago Cubs season
|2015 Chicago Cubs|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Jed Hoyer|
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(Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Judd Sirott)
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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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Season notes
- 3 Season standings
- 4 Regular season
- 5 Current roster
- 6 Statistics
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
Trades and acquisitions
- RHP Donn Roach was claimed off the waiver list from the San Diego Padres.
- The Atlanta Braves traded second baseman Tommy La Stella to the Cubs for relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino and international signing bonus slots.
- RHP Jason Hammel signed with Chicago Cubs for a 2-year, $18 million contract after being previously traded in July 2014 to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for top prospect Addison Russell, among other players.
- C Miguel Montero was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley. Mejia pitched for the Arizona League Cubs in 2014 and Godley pitched for the Daytona Cubs and the Kane County Cougars in 2014.
- LHP Jon Lester signed with the Chicago Cubs for six years for $155 million, with a vested option for a seventh. He was officially introduced on December 15, 2014.
- Jonathan Herrera signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs in December 2014.
- Infielder Logan Watkins and relief pitcher Donn Roach were designated for assignment on December 19 to make space for recently claimed Ryan Lavarnway and Shane Peterson.
- On December 23, 2014, The Cubs announced that they had signed catcher David Ross to a two-year, $5 million contract.
- Chris Denorfia signed a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $2.6 million with $400k in incentives with the Chicago Cubs on January 9, 2015.
- On January 19, 2015, outfielder Dexter Fowler was traded to the Cubs from the Houston Astros for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily.
- Gonzalez Germen was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on January 23, 2015.
- Back-up catcher Welington Castillo was traded to the Seattle Mariners for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina on May 19.
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. In late October 2014 quality assurance coach Jose Castro resigned to work with Atlanta Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. On October 31, the Cubs fired first year manager Rick Renteria. On Monday, November 3, The Cubs announced the signing of Joe Maddon to a 5-year contract as manager of the team. Former Cub Henry Blanco was hired to be the quality assurance coach on November 22. 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.
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.
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; 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.
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.
Opening day starters and lineup
|Opening Day Starters|
40th game starters and lineup
|Away game vs. San Diego Padres|
National League Central
National League Wild Card
Record vs. opponents
2015 NL Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
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. 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.  During the month, the Cubs played in three extra-inning ballgames, winning all three. 
- April 5 - The Cubs pay tribute to the late Ernie Banks before the first opening night game in Cubs history.
- April 17 - Heralded rookie Kris Bryant plays in his first Major League game.
- 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.
- 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. 
- 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.
|2015 Game Log (27β22)|
April: 12β8 (Home: 6β5; Away: 6β3)
May: 14β14 (Home: 9β6; Away: 5β8)
June: 1β0 (Home: 0β0; Away: 1β0)
July: β (Home: β; Away: β)
August: β (Home: β; Away: β)
September: β (Home: β; Away: β)
| Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Cubs team member
Chicago Cubs roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day disabled list
25 active, 14 inactive
10px 7- or 15-day disabled list
(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
|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|
(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
|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|
(Updated as of April 24, 2015.)
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