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Month: April 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 2, Cubs 7 – April 16, 2010

That was actually a much closer call than the score leads on. The Cubs were basically being dominated by … Felipe Paulino? I guess it could be worse – they could have been owned by Carlos Silva. I kid, I kid. But seriously, who is this guy? I think most folks would say that Silva […]

Rob Neyer: 50/50 Chance Cubs Release Soriano

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is a popular whipping boy these days, even as we are but a couple weeks into the 2010 season. Still, following a wildly disappointing 2009 season, Cubs fans were hoping for a swift Soriano rebound. Not only has Soriano not rebounded (yet), he has not even looked like a capable […]

Cubs Planning to Call Up Andrew Cashner?

It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen is a disaster right now. It’s full of inexperienced youngsters who don’t appear to have the confidence necessary to hammer down late inning leads. While everyone bandies about a possible solution – when starter Ted Lilly returns, at least one veteran is going to get bumped from […]

Ted Lilly Will Make One More Rehab Start

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly will make one more minor league rehab start before rejoining the Cubs. Lilly had hoped to come back after Wednesday’s game, his first rehab start. Lilly will start on Monday in Peoria, Ill. for the Single-A Chiefs. If he throws without mishap, he’s on target to pitch next weekend against […]

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Booing Alfonso Soriano Makes No Sense

Chicago Cubs fans have become booers. Commensurate with the increased expectations that have accompanied a dramatically increased payroll, Cubs fans desperately want to see a return on that investment. This has bred an ironic entitlement – fans feel like they are entitled to see good performance, even though the Cubs haven’t won this thing in […]

Ted Lilly Would Make an Excellent Minor Leaguer

Ted Lilly’s first minor league rehab start was a success yesterday, allowing just two baserunners in four innings. Lilly threw 51 pitches — 31 for strikes — over four innings in a rehab start with Class AAA Iowa on Wednesday night. He gave up a walk and line-drive homer by the Memphis Cardinals’ Tyler Greene, […]

Jeff Gray to Cubs, Esmailin Caridad to DL

It should be no surprise that Jeff Gray – acquired in the offseason, together with a couple meh prospects, for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles – is now on his way to join the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen, following Esmailin Caridad’s placement on the disabled list with a totally-not-made-up forearm strain. Gray was expected to be […]

Racist and Homophobic Tee Shirts Still Hanging Around Wrigley

You can’t walk within five blocks of Wrigley Field without seeing them: the homespun tee shirt vendors. Sometimes funny, sometimes offensive, and always in your way. Unfortunately, the worst of the shirts remain – an example photo, at right from the Huffington Post – which sadly means, there’s a market for them. As the Cubs […]

Xavier Nady’s Elbow is Improving

Not but a few weeks ago, we were presented with the very legitimate possibility that the Chicago Cubs fourth outfielder, Xavier Nady, would not actually be able to, you know, play in the outfield, until June. Quickly, the Cubs have eschewed those concerns by throwing Nady into the outfield, where Nady has successful done some […]

Cubs to Turn to Sean Marshall and James Russell in Later Innings

It was clear after two games that the most reliable pitcher in the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen right now is Sean Marshall. Why, then, was Lou Piniella consistently using Marshall early in games – soon after the starter had been smacked around? Whatever the reason, Piniella has had a change of heart, and will look to […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee Has a Jacked Up Thumb

The magnifying glass had been pointed elsewhere for a couple of weeks and we all became complacent. Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek was pulled from today’s game against the Brewers due to some swelling in his thumb. He had x-rays, and although they turned up negative, he might still miss a game or two while […]

Movie Poster Fun: Prince Fielder

In honor of the Milwaukee Brewers’ first visit to Wrigley Field this year, we’d like to offer up a send-up of their biggest (ha) star, Prince Fielder. Enjoy.

Alfonso Soriano is Close to Being Benched

It’s no secret that Alfonso Soriano is struggling. After an atrocious 2009 season, the Chicago Cubs outfielder – and highest paid position player – entered 2010 with a surgically-repaired knee, and a renewed desire to perform. So far, so bad. Soriano has not hit, and worse, he looks like his defense has deteriorated even further […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Reds 3 – April 11, 2010

Once again, the starting pitching shines, while the bullpen chokes. But that’s not the story of this one. The story today was the abysmal offensive performance with men on base, and the hilarious defensive performance in left field by Mr. Soriano.

Ted Lilly Ain’t Coming Back Soon

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly is now officially delayed in his return to the Cubs’ rotation. Rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery (and earlier knee surgery), Lilly’s timeline has fluctuated between as early as mid-April and as late as mid-May. For a while, it seem mid-April would be no problem – but now, the latter time […]