For the balance of Aramis Ramirez’s absence, it appears Mike Fontenot will be the Chicago Cubs’ primary third baseman. “I think what you’re seeing is the way we’ll go,” manager Lou Piniella said of Saturday’s lineup, with Fontenot at third and Bobby Scales at second. Scales had been given a chance to try third as […]
Month: May 2009
That was the first game in a long time where it felt like the Cubs were going to win from the word go.
There was an excellent dialogue flying back and forth in the Cublogoverse a couple weeks ago (yes, yes, I’m late to the party) on the subject of booing. It’s actually consistently a hot topic in the Cubs world year in, year out. It must have something to do with the combination of increased expectations and […]
Without getting into complicated finance stuff (that I don’t fully understand), the gist is that this past week, lending institutions got a whole lot less likely to be happy about doing long-term financing, especially at the very nice interest rates of a month ago. Folks in the know (read: not me) were afraid that this […]
Turnabout is fair play, eh Dodgers? Beating Billingsley is a serious accomplishment. Series is tied 1-1, and a split would be juuuust fine with me.
We’ve all accepted the fact that the Cubs sale is not going to be finalized any time soon. But it sounds like MLB is none too pleased about that fact. A highly placed MLB source said Wednesday that the slow pace has been due to the ongoing negotiations between Ricketts and Zell, as well as […]
Major League Baseball suspended Carlos Zambrano for six games for his outburst on Wednesday, culminating in a street beating of the dugout Gatorade machine. Zambrano does not plan to appeal the ruling and the suspension period begins with tonight’s game. The MLB statement said the suspension was for “inappropriate and violent actions” on and off […]
The good news is that Rich Harden’s shoulder seems to be holding up despite a pre-existing tear. The bad news is that the seemingly manufactured back injury is actually real. And actually kind of bad. Slipped into a game recap by the Tribune was this unfortunate nugget: Rich Harden’s DL time may be extended, and […]
Well, the offensive woes are somewhat back. Lots of baserunners, just one run. Frustrating to be that close in the 8th and 9th innings and come up short. Totally wasted another great outing by Randy Wells, too.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, one of 15 Chicago Cubs currently up for possible fine and suspension by MLB, is a big fat liar according to the MLB ump who tossed him on Monday (in a game Lilly was not starting). “He said I was embarrassing myself, so that’s why I threw him out,” he […]
Bobby Scales had to suffer the indignity of a return to Iowa after performing admirably in the bigs. Um. For one day. Scales was called back up after Ryan Freel suffered a strained hamstring and was placed on the DL.
Yeah, so Carlos Zambrano went ape nuts yesterday when a call at the plate didn’t go his way, and he’s probably going to face a little suspension. Quick, how many Cubs are currently having incidents reviewed by MLB disciplinarian Bob Watson? h/t to my good buddies over at the excellent Friendly Blogfines.
Awww yeeeah. Two wins in a row. How recently did that seem absolutely impossible?
Not only has Jake Fox been called up from Iowa and Neil Cotts been sent down to AAA, but the Cubs did a whole lot more. Jake Fox, who is hitting .423 with 17 home runs and 50 runs batted in for Triple-A Iowa over 40 games, was called up. Joining the infielder from Iowa […]
Apparently there’s a theme today. Get on board. Left-hander Neal Cotts has just about worn out his welcome with manager Lou Piniella as the only left-hander in the Cubs’ bullpen. Jason Waddell, who signed as a free agent in November, could be called up to replace Cotts. Through Monday’s games, Waddell’s owns a 0-1 record […]
Probably the hottest hitter in professional baseball, Jake Fox has been absurd with the bat so far this year for AAA Iowa. And given that his parent club has been an offensive disaster for two plus weeks, the call-up-Jake-Fox drum beat has grown ever more difficult to silence – regardless of his defensive shortcomings. Well, […]
It was only a matter of time before the continued offensive struggles (the last two games against the Pirates aside) of the Chicago Cubs led to calls for a temporary replacement at third base while Aramis Ramirez is out. One guy possibly available is San Diego Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Though nothing firm has […]
DING DONG, THE WITCH IS DEAD!
Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly – one of the few bright spots over the past two weeks – got booted from last night’s game for arguing balls and strikes. Did I mention Lilly was not pitching last night? Lilly was apparently too vociferous in his complaint about a Jose Ascanio pitch to pinch-hitter Craig Monroe […]
“In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” ~ The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera. Late last week, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was set to come back from the disabled list. This was great news for the team, but could be bad news for someone […]
So let me get this straight. The Cubs finally score some runs. A lot of runs, actually. More runs than they’d scored in the previous six games combined. And they lost? There’s only one thing you can say to that.
If his terribly poor performance thus far had not already made him a fan favorite, surely Milton Bradley’s courage in blaming everyone else for his struggles would be the ticket. Bradley’s latest drumbeat is that because of his previous travails with umpires, the men in black have gotten together in an evil cabal, deciding to […]
Tired of thinking about the seven-straight-loss Cubs? Prefer to think about the mythical “future” that will some day be? Me, too. Enter top Chicago Cubs prospect, Josh Vitters. Josh Vitters smacked his seventh homer in nine games Sunday for low Single-A Peoria. Forget moving him up to Daytona: how about just bringing him right to […]
So, the Padres are supposed to be bad, right?
As I said before, the Chicago Cubs have scored just 3 runs in their last 45 innings. Such a streak could certainly be the product of once-in-a-decade bad luck, but more likely, it is a combination of controllable problems. Heck, maybe it begins as bad luck, and then a couple guys start pressing – you […]
The Chicago Cubs have scored 3 runs in their last 45 innings. Allow that to sink in for a moment. Let the disbelief, horror, and hilarious-ridiculousness of that stat wash over you.