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God’s Wrath Watch: Esmailin Caridad, Remember Him?

God’s Wrath Watch: Esmailin Caridad, Remember Him?

Not but one week into Spring Training, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was all too eager to name youngster Esmailin Caridad his right-handed setup pitcher. Flash forward to the season[Read More…]

by April 30, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Diamondbacks 13, Cubs 5 – April 29, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Diamondbacks 13, Cubs 5 – April 29, 2010

Yes, well, so, that happened. And it does happen. At least it wasn’t a heartbreaking one-run loss, right?

by April 30, 2010 Enhanced Box Scores
Starlin Castro Could Be Headed to Chicago Soon

Starlin Castro Could Be Headed to Chicago Soon

Chicago Cubs super prospect Starlin Castro has been raking at AA this year, and, together with his AFL dominance last fall and his impressive Spring Training, he’s proving that he’s[Read More…]

Lou is Getting Grousy

Lou is Getting Grousy

After yesterday’s tough loss to the Nationals, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was in no mood to be second-guessed about his decisions in the game. Piniella was asked by a[Read More…]

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 2 – April 28, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 2 – April 28, 2010

The Cubs drop another heartbreaker, failing to come through with runners on base. Ryan Dempster was solid yet again, with little to show for it.

by April 29, 2010 Enhanced Box Scores
President Obama Needles the Chicago Cubs – Again

President Obama Needles the Chicago Cubs – Again

President Obama is a White Sox fan, so you have to expect a certain level of mouth breathing and meth-teeth. I kid, I kid. But seriously, when it comes to[Read More…]

by April 28, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Alfonso Soriano is Patient

Alfonso Soriano is Patient

If you’ve noticed one thing about Alfonso Soriano’s performance over the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that he’s hitting really well. If you’ve noticed two things about Alfonso Soriano’s[Read More…]

by April 28, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 1 – April 27, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 1 – April 27, 2010

You can’t be upset when the Cubs are dominated by Livan “Cy” Hernandez. My tongue is mostly in my cheek, but then again, Hernandez really has been dominant this year.[Read More…]

by April 28, 2010 Enhanced Box Scores
Joel Sherman: Carlos Silva to the Dodgers for George Sherrill?

Joel Sherman: Carlos Silva to the Dodgers for George Sherrill?

With a theoretical surplus of starting pitchers, and an actual need for a late-inning reliever, rumors about Chicago Cubs trades were bound to start swirling. And Joel Sherman of the New[Read More…]

by April 27, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Carlos Zambrano is Still a Starter at Heart, Crazy Person at Head

Carlos Zambrano is Still a Starter at Heart, Crazy Person at Head

Perhaps the most shocking part about Carlos Zambrano’s move to the bullpen was the fact that no local cats were eaten, and no underpants were worn on any heads. In[Read More…]

by April 27, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs and White Sox to Compete for Imaginary Championship

Cubs and White Sox to Compete for Imaginary Championship

File this one under “meh.” Early-rising Cubs and White Sox officials and marketing executives got together Monday morning to announce what will be called the BP Crosstown Cup. Henceforth, the[Read More…]

by April 27, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 4 – April 26, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 4 – April 26, 2010

Now that’s what I call a walk off win. (*crickets*) Another quality start from Carlos Silva, and a great bullpen performance by Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Marmol. Wow, I guess[Read More…]

by April 27, 2010 Enhanced Box Scores
Carlos Silva in 2010: Lucky or Good?

Carlos Silva in 2010: Lucky or Good?

When the Chicago Cubs dumped Milton Bradley on the Seattle Mariners, the trade was assuredly about saving some cash. The fact that the Mariners required the Cubs to take back[Read More…]

by April 26, 2010 Analysis and Commentary
Carlos Zambrano to Remain in Bullpen for at Least Six Weeks?

Carlos Zambrano to Remain in Bullpen for at Least Six Weeks?

The Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen experiment has always been regarded as just that: an experiment. But how long will it last? Presumably, the move is not permanent, but if[Read More…]

by April 26, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 12, Brewers 2 – April 25, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 12, Brewers 2 – April 25, 2010

Apparently the Brewers are to the Cubs as the Cubs are to every other team in the National League. Additionally: every single homer the Cubs hit today was a bomb.[Read More…]

by April 25, 2010 Enhanced Box Scores

It’s the Iowa Bullpen for Jeff Samardzija

When the Chicago Cubs sent disappointing pitcher Jeff Samardzija down to AAA Iowa yesterday, it was unclear whether he would revert to starting, or would remain a reliever. Reliever it[Read More…]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Brewers 1 – April 24, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Brewers 1 – April 24, 2010

Welcome back, Mr. Lilly. This game showed us exactly what has changed with Lilly’s return – Lilly, himself, dominated as we’ve come to expect, and Carlos Zambrano came out of[Read More…]

by April 25, 2010 Enhanced Box Scores

Jeff Samardzija To Iowa

Today the Chicago Cubs activated Ted Lilly, so they had to make a corresponding move. We always knew one of the relievers would head out, but until Carlos Zambrano was[Read More…]

Minor League Pitching Must Have Offended Starlin Castro

Minor League Pitching Must Have Offended Starlin Castro

Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Starlin Castro – now officially the top prospect in the Cubs’ system – is beating AA pitching like a glorified tee-ball tee. Of course, expectations need[Read More…]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Brewers 1 – April 23, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Brewers 1 – April 23, 2010

Apparently the Brewers are the only team off whom the Cubs can score consistently. The lineup certainly didn’t inspire confidence, but they came through. And did you see Tyler Colvin’s[Read More…]

by April 24, 2010 Enhanced Box Scores

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