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 […]
Month: August 2009
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
After seven days out, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to return for today’s series finale against the Pirates. Ramirez’s ailing shoulder received a cortisone shot nearly a week ago, and he was set to return on Friday, but a nasty cold kept him out. — Sent from my mobile device
So, as you may have guessed by the stark absence of a box score below, there isn’t going to be one today. I am in Chicago this weekend to visit Wrigley, so I don’t have the capabilities to do the whole cute box score thing. If I were going to post one today, it would […]
Laughing is probably the wrong word, gents. But that’s one of our “memes” here at BN, so we’re sticking with it. Warning – this story is not for the faint of heart, or for Michael Barrett. As a member of the infield, particularly at the hot corner, there are a few things you can expect […]
Aramis Ramirez missed yesterday’s game, after four days off for his ailing shoulder. So it was still the shoulder, right? Apparently not. It seems Ramirez is suffering from a really bad, um, cold. Presumably this is a short term issue, unlike his shoulder, which will continue to be a problem for the rest of the […]
Well that was fun. And with that, the Cubs are scrambling to schedule the Pirates for every game remaining this year. That’s pretty much the only way they’ll win another series, anyway.