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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

Enhanced Box Score: Rain 100, Cubs 0 – August 16, 2009

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

by August 17, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Back Today

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[Read More…]

by August 16, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 1, Cubs 3 – August 15, 2009

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[Read More…]

by August 15, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores
Laughing Because it isn’t the Cubs: Or, Why You Always Wear a Cup

Laughing Because it isn’t the Cubs: Or, Why You Always Wear a Cup

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[Read More…]

by August 15, 2009 Cubs Humor
Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Er, Head Cold Watch?

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Er, Head Cold Watch?

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[Read More…]

by August 15, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 2, Cubs 17(!) – August 14, 2009

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 2, Cubs 17(!) – August 14, 2009

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[Read More…]

by August 14, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores
Series Preview: Pirates v. Cubs, August 14 – August 16, 2009

Series Preview: Pirates v. Cubs, August 14 – August 16, 2009

The Chicago Cubs now welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates. If a series with the Pirates doesn’t cure what ails the Cubs, nothing will. Hmm. Seems I’ve tried that one before. A[Read More…]

by August 14, 2009 Series Previews
Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Samardzjia to Iowa

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Samardzjia to Iowa

In case you missed the move yesterday (and missed the guy pitching at the end of yesterday’s game), the Cubs optioned pitcher Jeff Samardzija back to AAA Iowa in favor[Read More…]

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