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Month: March 2010

One Lefty and One Righty Will Win Rotation Spots

Chicago Cubs pitchers Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Marshall are competing for two spots in the rotation (at least while Ted Lilly is out), and until now, it was unclear whether their handedness would impact the decision on who gets the call. But now, it looks like it’s going to be a […]

Ted Lilly: Junk Thrower

Everything is still going according to plan for recovering Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly, who threw 35 pitches to hitters – including all of the pitches in his repertoire – in a simulated game yesterday. “I felt good,” Lilly said. “I was able to throw some curveballs, sliders and a few changeups. For the most […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 22, 2010

The Chicago Cubs got stomped by the Cleveland Indians 9-2 yesterday, and unfortunately, the Cubs’ lineup was the one featuring most of the regulars. Oopsie doodle. But, hey, it’s all about the battles… Jeff Samardzija tried to impress in what is almost certainly his last Spring outing before Lou Piniella makes his rotation decision. Unfortunately, […]

The Cubs and Blue Jays Continue to Talk Trade

With a youthful bullpen, light on solid options at the end of the game, the Chicago Cubs continue to consider options for adding a veteran right-hander. To that end, Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor is still on the table. The Toronto Blue Jays continue to scout all of the Cubs’ spring training games, and the […]


Cubs Bench Situation is Crowded and Cloudy

The Chicago Cubs will be making a final decision on who will be making the team very soon, but before they can do so, they’ve got to decide which mix of players they want on the bench. With Lou Piniella having confirmed that the team will go with seven pitchers in the bullpen, there are […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 21, 2010

The Chicago Cubs worked a 1-1 Bud Selig special with the Cincinnati Reds today. Very few regulars in the lineup today is what we’ll blame for the lack of offense… Carlos Silva pitched two innings, giving up a solo homer and a walk, and striking out two. He was pulled for his at bat in […]

God’s, Um, Wrath Watch? Carlos Silva Leaves with Leg Issue

I really don’t know what to make of today’s news that Carlos Silva had to leave his Spring outing a bit early with leg issues. Is that the product of a vengeful God, or a benevolent one? You know, a broken road kind of deal? Carlos Silva left his start two innings with what was […]

One More Bullpen Spot Up for Grabs

The Chicago Cubs will indeed carry seven pitchers in the bullpen, manager Lou Piniella confirmed yesterday. And six of those seven are already known, with four guys trying to win that last spot. Lou Piniella said there are four pitchers competing for one spot and that group includes John Gaub, James Russell, Marcus Mateo and […]

The Fourth Cut is the Prospectiest: Starlin Castro Gets Axed

The Chicago Cubs clipped two more guys from the Spring roster, and although Starlin Castro will get all the headlines, it was the other guy who actually had a shot to make the big club. The Cubs trimmed two more players Saturday and sent highly touted shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Brad Snyder to the Minor […]


Spring Training Battle Watch: March 20, 2010

Half the Cubs took down the Royals, while the other half lost to Ben Sheets and the A’s. Wouldn’t you know it, Sheets had been God-awful all Spring until he faced the Cubs. Just keep reminding yourself, it’s just Spring Training… Jeff Baker, in what is a perfectly recurring theme, played third base and went […]

The Third Cut is the Unsurprisingest: Cubs Cut Eight

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs made their third set of Spring Training roster cuts, and although it included a few guys who had legitimate shots to make the team, none was a huge surprise. The Cubs trimmed eight players from the spring camp roster, including 2008 No. 1 Draft pick Andrew Cashner. Cashner, who was on […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 19, 2010

The Chicago Cubs were homer happy yesterday against the White Sox, but all of those homers came from guys who are certain to make the team. And we don’t care about that in this space… Chad Tracy and Kevin Millar each got just one at bat, coming into the game late, and neither did anything. […]

Piniella: Not Only Is Justin Berg in the Pen, He Might Set-Up

We’ve received very few insights into the open spots in the Chicago Cubs bullpen. Obviously we know who is pitching well and who isn’t, but we don’t have too many comments from manager Lou Piniella on whom he believes will be heading north with the Cubs. And then he casually dropped a bombshell. The Cubs […]

Chicago Cubs Minor Leaguer Busted for Steroids – Again

A youngster in the Chicago Cubs’ system – don’t worry, you haven’t heard of him – has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. For the second time. Cubs outfielder Gregorio Robles has tested positive twice for a banned performance-enhancing drug. His 100-game suspension will begin with the start of the 2010 season. He still has 43 […]


Angel Guzman Will Have Surgery – Season, Time with Cubs, Might be Over

As we learned yesterday, Chicago Cubs pitcher has opted for surgery on his right shoulder. The procedure, he believes, gives him the best chance of having a Major League career going forward. ”I’ve always been a positive guy,” Guzman, 28, said Thursday. ”I consider myself a hard-working guy. And I’m just going to keep it […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 18, 2010

We’re starting to get down to it, where it’s a bit easier to see who’s going to wind up where, but there are still a few battles to be worked out. Yesterday, the Cubs lost to the Dodgers 7-3, and… Tyler Colvin just won’t stop. He went 1-4 with an RBI single, but one of […]

Why the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare:St. Louis Cardinals,Cincinnati Reds, […]

Cubs Haven’t Decided What to Do About Tyler Colvin

It’s a dilemma that teams face this time every year: a youngster comes along, puts together an impressive Spring Training, suggesting to the world that he’s ready for the Majors, but there is no starting room at the inn. Just a lowly bench spot. Does the team bring the kid along with them to the […]

The Second Cut is the Shallowest: Dolis Out

Quick Spring Training roster update: pitcher Rafael Dolis, who had an outside shot at landing in the bullpen, didn’t make it this year. He’ll start the year out at AA. The Chicago Cubs today optioned right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis to Double-A Tennessee, reducing their spring roster to 50 players. Chicago’s spring roster of 50 players […]


Hmm – Seattle Seems to Not Hate Carlos Silva

I’m not going to say that Chicago, collectively, hates Milton Bradley. But as we’ve all seen, the city does have trouble getting past the Bradley experience – you can scarcely pick up a local paper without seeing a story about him. Bradley, of course, brings most of it on himself, but he’s never discussed without […]

Ted Lilly Could Miss Just Two Starts

As we guessed a couple days ago, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has confirmed that if pitcher Ted Lilly sticks to his current schedule, he’d miss just two starts in April. Lilly, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery (and a knee-pain setback, and a viral setback), will throw to live batters for the first time on […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 16, 2010

The Chicago Cubs continued being one of the better teams in the Cactus League, which is of course meaningless, but still nice to say. They beat the Texas Rangers 4-1, behind the effort of… Carlos Silva. Man… the guy had a great outing. There’s no getting around it, much like there is no getting around […]

Ryan Theriot: Leadoff Hitter

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed yesterday that there would be no leadoff platoon this year, and announced that Ryan Theriot would be the leadoff hitter. Theriot batted .283 in 42 games in the leadoff spot last season when he took over for Alfonso Soriano, who was dropped to sixth. The Cubs, who used six […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Jeff Gray Will Finally Face Live Hitting

When the Chicago Cubs acquired Jeff Gray from the Oakland A’s earlier this offseason, he was a presumed member of the 2010 bullpen. But a nasty groin strain has kept him out of action for more than a month, cutting into his chances to land a spot in the bullpen. Finally, though, he’ll soon be […]

Ted Lilly is Still a Recovery Machine

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, who just welcomed his first child into the world, is somehow ahead of his recovery schedule from shoulder surgery, despite a viral setback a couple weeks ago. “We want to keep him under the radar gun and not talk much about it,” Piniella said of Lilly’s progress. “He’s coming along […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 15, 2010

The Chicago Cubs headed down to Tucson to take on the Colorado Rockies, and it totally wasn’t worth it because the Cubs lost 5-2. And there wasn’t much settled in the way of battles, either: Rule Five pick Mike Parisi had his first really bad outing of the Spring, giving up three runs, two earned, […]