The last two decades of professional baseball have been marked by many things – steroids, dramatic salary increases, lavish ballparks. But one of the defining elements of the era has been the schism between those who still ascribe to the “scouting” method of talent evaluation, and the new breed of statistic/sabermetric hounds. The former focus […]
Month: May 2009
And you better catch it quick before the author gets demoted. Just kidding. I mean, did you see his homer last night? Bobby Scales is a new blogger on MLB, with perhaps the greatest player-named blog ever: 30 is the new 20. Here’s hoping Bobby keeps up with the entries (last one was a few […]
Jake Peavy comes to Wrigley to pitch against the Cubs, and woot woot the Cubs win. And Milton Bradley hit a 900 foot homer. But there can be only one enhancement.
About a month ago, there were whispers that Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella would like to see Sean Marshall in the bullpen because he is a reliable lefty. But at the time, Marshall was a significantly better starting pitcher than the next in line, and it didn’t make sense to make the switch. With the […]
The Cubs may be one step closer to full strength tonight in the series opener against the San Diego Padres. Derrek Lee, who’s been out almost a week could be back. I mean, he’s not necessarily a better hitter than Micah Hoffpauir at this point, but he’s nominally the starter. Lee, who has missed the […]
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha is only a douche by association: he is the new manager of the Brewers, and the Brewers are a collective douche, thus, he is a douche. But that’s just a syllogism – it doesn’t mean that he, personally, is a douche. Until now. Ken Macha has started asking for an […]
Our friends over at View from the Bleachers are conducting a Cubs Confidence survey, and they’d like you to hop over for a quick 30 second survey. Should be fun – though, for some of the spots, it’s quite difficult to find any Cubs in whom to have confidence these days.
Just a good, solid win, folks. And that’s saying something.
The predicted Chad Fox elbow supernova happened, and so he heads to his home away from home, the disabled list, and the Cubs have called up young righty Jose Ascanio from AAA Iowa to replace him in the pen. Ascanio was in Iowa’s starting rotation, going 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA and a WHIP of […]
God really is an angry kid with a magnifying glass, gleefully and sadistically watching the ants that play for the Chicago Cubs burn. We have joked for years that the Cubs are consistently the most injured team in baseball – but usually succumb to the notion that every team deals with injuries, and thinking otherwise […]
Man the bullpen sucks. Man the injuries suck.
Look, I know you’re down about the Aramis Ramirez injury. So I’m here to help. Enjoy Rick Ankiel repeatedly smashing his face into the outfield wall. Okay, well don’t enjoy it. That would be sick. Just watch it.
There will be no avoiding the DL this time for Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. According to a baseball source, Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez could be lost to the team for at least a month after dislocating his left shoulder in the third inning of Friday’s game in Milwaukee, ESPN1000’s Bruce Levine reported. […]
Well, that was awesome. Obviously the big news from the game is the Aramis Ramirez injury. Secondary news includes Randy Wells’ fine outting and Aaron Heilman’s implosion. But none of them get the enhancement.
Details as they become available, but it doesn’t look good. Ramirez dove for a Ryan Braun ball (more reason to hate that goony looking freak), and landed awkwardly. Early thoughts are that it could be a dislocated shoulder, which would be great news compared to a torn anything. UPDATE: Yup, it’s a dislocated shoulder. X-rays […]
Sure enough, Joey Gathright was a goner – out the door to the Baltimore Orioles for utility man Ryan Freel. The Cubs convinced Baltimore to pay around $2.7 million of the remaining $3.3 million on Freel’s contract, while Baltimore will take on the $600,000 or so remaining on Gathright’s contract. General manager Jim Hendry said […]
I’m so witty. First baseman Derrek Lee, suffering a relapse with a bulging disc in his neck, was kept out of pregame activity and the lineup for the second consecutive day. But manager Lou Piniella said he expects Lee to be available this weekend in Milwaukee, as long as he gets through the three-hour flight […]
AAA Iowa starter Randy Wells is being called up today to take Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the rotation, but the decision on whom to send down to make room had not yet been made. Most (and by most, I mean, I) assumed that Wells would simply replace the guy that was called up when Z […]
Lots of good to point out in the Cubs win, and two-game sweep of the Astros, but the enhancement can’t help but be snarky.
Wow. I’m not shocked by the fact of it – I’m shocked that MLB is actually taking down one of its biggest, albeit troublesome, stars. Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games starting today, The Times has learned. The test result and suspension is expected to be announced […]
Milton Bradley had his appeal of the two-game ump-bump suspension heard yesterday. Bradley said no decision was announced during the nearly two-hour hearing, but he expected to hear something in the next two days. He started Wednesday night’s game at Houston, batting third in the order. cubs.com. At best, one game will be shaved off […]
As we discussed yesterday, when Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has decided one of his players is no longer a good fit, that player is playing on borrowed time. This time, it’s Jeff Samardzija who got the boot. Fortunately for the Cubs, it didn’t require releasing or trading Samardzija; instead he’ll simply head to AAA […]
Hey, there’s a real lineup!
The Chicago Cubs designated reliever Luis Vizcaino, earlier received from the Rockies for Jason Marquis, for assignment two weeks ago, and now have officially released him. The Cubs will be on the hook for $4 million, less the league minimum if a team signs him, which seems likely. The assumption when Vizcaino was given the […]
It seems Lou Piniella was ready to lose a game.
The Chicago Cubs DL’d pitcher Carlos Zambrano yesterday after he strained his left hamstring running out a bunt. So how long is he actually going to be out, and what’s the deal with a “strain of the hamstring”? Well, the answers kind of suck.