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Jim Hendry Takes the Blame … Sort of

Jim Hendry Takes the Blame … Sort of

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[Read More...]

by August 20, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Padres 1 – August 19, 2009

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Padres 1 – August 19, 2009

I had started to forget what a win feels like.

by August 20, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores
Two Moves That Prove Lou Piniella Has Lost His Mind

Two Moves That Prove Lou Piniella Has Lost His Mind

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[Read More...]

by August 19, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
Wouldn’t Matter if it Were Any Other Team: Smoltz Nearing Deal with Cardinals

Wouldn’t Matter if it Were Any Other Team: Smoltz Nearing Deal with Cardinals

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,[Read More...]

by August 19, 2009 MLB News and Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Padres 6 – August 18, 2009

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Padres 6 – August 18, 2009

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[Read More...]

by August 19, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores

Carlos Marmol is the Cubs’ New Closer, Lou Piniella is the Cubs’ New Crazy Person

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[Read More...]

by August 18, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
What Will It Take for the Cubs to Make the Playoffs?

What Will It Take for the Cubs to Make the Playoffs?

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’[Read More...]

by August 18, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
Kevin Gregg is Not a Closer Anymore

Kevin Gregg is Not a Closer Anymore

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[Read More...]

by August 18, 2009 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Padres 4 – August 17, 2009

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Padres 4 – August 17, 2009

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[Read More...]

by August 18, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores
Warning: Shameless Promotion to Follow

Warning: Shameless Promotion to Follow

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[Read More...]

by August 17, 2009 Cubs Humor

Ted Lilly to Chicago, Justin Berg to Iowa

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[Read More...]

by August 17, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Series Preview: Cubs v. Padres, August 17 – August 19, 2009

Series Preview: Cubs v. Padres, August 17 – August 19, 2009

The Chicago Cubs take on the team formerly known as the San Diego Padres. I guess Jake Peavy probably wouldn’t have been playing at this point anyway. Still, it’s good[Read More...]

by August 17, 2009 Series Previews
God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano to Rehab, Ab Lounge

God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano to Rehab, Ab Lounge

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,[Read More...]

by August 17, 2009 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Deal Signed on Friday

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Deal Signed on Friday

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[Read More...]

by August 17, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

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