Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella’s agreement with the Chicago Cubs was bumped last year to run through the 2010 season. But that didn’t necessarily mean the elder statesman would actually return next year, especially after a disastrous 2009 campaign. Well, the season isn’t over – so I guess “disastrous” is technically jumping the gun – […]
Month: August 2009
Even though we predicted it would happen, a small part of us refused to believe that, after putting up an ERA over eight with the Boston Red Sox, John Smoltz would somehow come to the St. Louis Cardinals and pitch well. That small part of us is a retard. Smoltz, making his Cardinals debut, pitched […]
After a successful mini-rehab stint, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is ready to return to the Cubs tomorrow, when he’ll start against the Washington Nationals. It should therefore feel a good bit like his last outting, when he played a nondescript A-ball team. Zambrano’s lower back issues have subsided, but are probably not gone for […]
Although it’s always nice to get a win on getaway day, this one has the classic too-little-too-late feel to it.
And no, not by the fans who’ve seen their ticket dollars evaporate like morning dew met by the heat of mid-day. No, this is actually kind of sad: The family of a 21-year-old man who died in 2007 after a Cubs-owned car wash next to Wrigley Field collapsed on him during a violent August storm […]
As a friend of the Nation, DK remarked, apparently the plan is now for the Cubs to score -1 runs tomorrow.
Well, the Cubs needed to split in LA to have any real hope this year. And it’s an 0-2 start. That ain’t good. Neither is 3 runs total scored in those first two games. Does anyone even remember the words to “Go Cubs Go”?
According to Dave Kaplan, the Cubs sale is done. Interestingly, the sale price was $845 million, not the $900 million originally reported as accepted. The next owners’ meeting isn’t until November, but the approval from them may yet come sooner.
Last year, Mark Prior was on a big league deal with the San Diego Padres as he rehabbed from another shoulder injury and surgery. This year, he returned to the Padres on a minor league deal, still trying to make it back to a big league mound. It didn’t work out, and the Padres released […]
Carlos Zambrano threw five innings last night for A ball Peoria, and things went well. Not only in result, but in how he felt. Pitching against the Clinton LumberKings, Zambrano tossed 5 uneventful innings, giving up 4 hits and no runs. He walked none, struck out five and uncorked 1 wild pitch. Zambrano threw 76 […]
The sale of the Chicago Cubs to Tom Ricketts is ‘imminent’, according to the Chicago Tribune. The final papers are expected to be signed within days, and then it’s just a matter of MLB approval (and, of course, the Tribune’s bankruptcy court approval). Both approvals are expected without difficulty. Yup. There’s not much else new […]
While I’ll continue to complain about the bullpen, once again, the real problem is the offense.
It’s no secret that this year’s Chicago Cubs team is very, very well paid. With a payroll over $135 million, the Cubs are by far at the top of the NL Central, and have a top five payroll in all of baseball. And with a payroll like that, expectations should be high – for the […]
I had started to forget what a win feels like.
Lou Piniella has always been a little quirky – at least in his time with the Chicago Cubs. At first, it was endearing. Then, it was tolerable. Now, it’s really starting to piss me off. I’m probably falling victim to the old “fire the coach (manager)” saw, but I can’t help it. This team is […]
A Smoltz with any other team would not smell as sweet – or perform as well. John Smoltz is apparently close to signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. Smoltz, 42, put up a snowman+ ERA with the Red Sox this year, so most assume he’s done for. Ah, but they have not seen the redeeming […]
No amount of managerial machinations are going to save this team right now. Still, I’m going to criticize. Theriot has been out for days with the flu. Kosuke Fukudome has done nothing but get on base at the top of the lineup.
If you thought Kevin Gregg in the 9th was a roller coaster, say hello to the Chicago Cubs’ new closer: Carlos Marmol. According to Len and Bob’s twitter, he’s the guy. He comes complete with a devastating slider, a huge strikeout rate… and enough walks to load – and sink – the Titanic. Bottom’s up.
Speaking strictly statistically, things are not looking good for the 2009 Chicago Cubs. Last night’s heartbreaking loss (haven’t they all been heartbreaking this year?), coupled with the St. Louis Cardinals’ win over the Dodgers dropped the Cubs six games back in the National League Central. Though the Cubs are just five games back in the […]
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kevin Gregg is out as the team’s closer, following a spectacularly awful 4-run 9th inning last night against the San Diego Padres. Manager Lou Piniella said he would make the change on Tuesday, but declined to say who would fill the role the rest of the season. Gregg stared into his […]
It’s easy to blame this one on Kevin Gregg (and I do), but once again the offense failed to do anything. If the Cubs continue to fade away, this season will be laid at the feet of the offense, not the bullpen.
Fact: the world doesn’t have enough humorous/awesome tee-shirt vendors. That’s where I come in. A friend of mine – Butcher of Bricks and Ivy Radio fame – and I have teamed up to make the Chicago Cubs tee-shirt universe just a little bit more swell. Or diluted. Our venture is called Unholy Cows (get it? […]
With the good comes the sad: the Cubs activated Ted Lilly from the disabled list, and in a corresponding move sent down reliever Justin Berg to AAA Iowa. Berg was moderately successful in his mini-stint with the Cubs, and at a minimum, will be back when rosters expand in September.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano has been out for a couple weeks now with lower back problems. He’s eligible to return from the disabled list today, but he’s, well, not returning. Zambrano threw 45 times in the bullpen before yesterday’s rainout, and all went well. Zambrano reported no problems, and said he felt fine […]
We’ve heard this before, but maybe this time it’s legit: according to Dave Kaplan, the sale of the Chicago Cubs to Tom Ricketts will be completed this Friday – at least as far as those two parties are concerned. Excellent sources have assured me that there are no more hurdles to clear and the paperwork […]
Another box scoreless enhanced box score. This time the rain won, and nobody else. It was the Pirates last and best weapon. — Sent from my mobile device