Why is it that, when Alfonso Soriano swings as hard as he can, he looks like a fool; and yet when Carlos Zambrano swings as hard as he can, he hits two-run doubles? I guess that’s unfair given that Soriano didn’t play.
Month: July 2009
This can’t be real. Yet, this is our existence, friends. Apparently Ted Lilly could be bumped in the rotation for a couple days, as Sons of Ivy notes: Per Wittenmyer, because of his knee. Fortunately, this follows the All-Star break, so it would be relatively easy to rearrange the rotation as necessary to accommodate Lilly […]
We cautioned Chicago Cubs fans not to pin their hopes on the return of injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and Ramirez was quick to agree before he actually came back from a dislocated shoulder. After watching him play a few games, it’s pretty clear that he’s still hurting. I’m glad that he’s willing to play […]
The battery of catcher Geovany Soto and pitcher Ryan Dempster went down within days of each other before the All-Star break. The verdict on each had them out for more than a month. All was not well with the world. But after some early rehab, things are looking up for Soto and Dempster. Soto, rehabbing […]
Admit it. You missed the enhanced box score over the break. New rule for the Cubs: Rich Harden may only pitch on 10 days rest, may only pitch on the road, and may only pitch against the following teams: Nationals, Pirates.
It’s official, friends. The hopes of a generation lie in the largely unsuccessful and injured left hand and arm of BJ Ryan. Yes, I’m being melodramatic. And attractive. Ryan was 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA in 25 games with the Toronto Blue Jays before he was released on July 8. The Jays owe the left-hander […]
Well, it’s not quite the Blue Jays pitcher you’d hope the Chicago Cubs were leading the pursuit for, but it’s nice to be first in something. Team sources confirmed Monday the Cubs are the leading contenders for left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan, the former closer who was released Wednesday by the Blue Jays. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. A […]
The Cardinals are unfortunately legitimate contenders in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes – their GM was recently quoted as saying the team would give up “an arm or a leg” to get him (do they have both in their system?). Adding to that, Halladay, who has full no-trade protection, has intimated that he’d probably accept a […]
Although generally I avoid these large link dumps, there were too many good mid-season reviews/commentaries on the Chicago Cubs’ 2009 season in the Cublogoverse to only note and comment on a few. Thus, link dump. Bleed Cubbie Blue literally grades the Cubs and all of the players on the Cubs. As a whole, they get […]
Facts: 1.) David Patton was a Rule V pick from the Colorado Rockies. 2.) A team must keep a Rule V pick on the Major League roster (aka the 25-man roster) for the entire season or they must offer him back to his original team. 3.) A team must keep a Rule V pick on […]
Though when Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was first placed on the disabled list late last week, the word was not good: out one month, minimum. But Soto, currently rehabbing in Arizona, is hoping he can be back much sooner. “We’re going to attack [the injury] quickly and see where we’re at,” Soto said earlier […]
The All Star break marks the not-really-but-figurative mid-point of the season. It always seems like a good time to reflect on pre-season items, and how things have played out (read: cliche, but we’re doing it anyway). It is an easy time to look back with the benefit of hindsight … and regret. The Chicago Cubs […]
The Tribune Company is considering declaring the Chicago Cubs bankrupt in a legal maneuver designed to expedite the sale of the team. It sounds bad, but there’s really no concern. The key to the deal, for a team being sold for a reported $900 million that routinely draws 3 million fans a year to Wrigley […]
Daytona Cubs (High A) and top Chicago Cubs prospects Josh Vitters and Starlin Castro participated in yesterday’s rain-shortened Minor League Futures game. It’s basically an All-Star game for all of the Minor Leagues, where the U.S. takes on the World. It’s like if Minor League baseball was a metaphor for international relations under the Bush […]
Can the Cubs trade for the version of Freddy Sanchez that hits .350? Freddy Sanchez was in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup Friday night, putting to rest any thought that the second baseman would be traded in the next 24 hours. The Giants remain the team showing the most interest, according to one source with direct […]
The Cublogoverse is abuzz over this Tribune article, which suggests that the Cubs are interested in recently released Blue Jay reliever, BJ Ryan … even though we already noted that here at Bleacher Nation several days ago. But whatever. We’re not bitter. As interesting as a move on Ryan would be, is the impact on […]
Stupid doubleheaders. How frustrating was that 9th inning? Brilliant top half (including a beautiful Reed Johnson non-catch), and then three straight Ks looking in the bottom half. Sure, two of them were unbelievaballs, but you’ve got to protect with two strikes. Also, Ryan Franklin’s goatee is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. I thought […]
Why did there have to be a second game?
Doubleheaders are largely unique to baseball, and are a fan favorite. “Let’s play two,” as Ernie Banks used to say. Well, I’ve always hated them. It’s not that I don’t appreciate being able to watch two games in a day – that part is sweet. It’s the fact that it is nearly impossible to take […]
Derrek Lee’s bothersome neck is fine, he says. He’ll be ready for the doubleheader today. “I’m good; I’ll be in the lineup tomorrow,” he said. “There’s no story. I’m good. Just a tweak. I got out as a precaution.” DailyHerald.com. That’s quite a precaution, given that it was just a four-run game at the time. […]
The Cubs’ only All Star gets the job done. And I also got the job done with a new banner. Yeah. You see that? I did that. Don’t like it? I will punch you in the neck. Go Cubs.
Micah Hoffpauir came out to play the top of the 6th, with no explanation yet given. This could be great. We will update when we have details. UPDATE: Apparently it was neck spasms that got the best of Lee, which is not good news. As you’ll recall, Lee missed several games earlier this year with […]
Sam Fuld is heading back to Chicago to take Geovany Soto’s place on the roster once he’s DL’d. Fuld was more than adequate in a brief stint a couple weeks ago, and with Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley continuing to struggle, Fuld could actually see some at bats this time around. Then again, he may […]
When starting catcher Geovany Soto went down this week with an oblique injury, the Chicago Cubs had to scramble for a back-up catcher. And despite two adequately performing catchers at AAA Iowa – Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson – the Cubs decided to look outside the organization. The Cubs apparently tried to claim a catcher […]
Given the doubleheader on Saturday, now we just hope for a split, I suppose.
The worst part: Soto had an OPS well over .900 this past month. Was there ever any doubt that God was a Cardinals fan? Apparently, catcher Geovany Soto’s left-oblique strain is more serious than first thought. The Cubs are still calling it “mild,” but they will place him on the 15-day disabled list today, and […]