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Month: May 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Pirates 2 – May 31, 2010

A handful of times each season, there is a game – a single loss – that plays out in such a way that it is impossible to console yourself that a loss is a loss is a loss, and even the very best of teams will lose 60 times. This was one of those times. The […]

Praise Jeebus: John Grabow to the DL, Andrew Cashner Called Up

Word broke late last week (and then picked up steam over the weekend) that Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Andrew Cashner, recently placed in the AAA Iowa bullpen, would be called up this week. As Tom Gorzelanny was moved to the bullpen – making it a four-lefty pen – we all knew that one of the […]

Tom Gorzelanny: Reliever

The decision’s been made: Carlos Zambrano will return to the rotation on Wednesday, Randy Wells will start on Monday, and Tom Gorzelanny will move to the bullpen. Carlos Zambrano will return to the rotation Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Sunday. Left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny has been sent to the bullpen […]

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Carlos Zambrano Will Start on Wednesday

Well, it’s official: Carlos Zambrano is returning to the rotation this week, and it is all but certain to be in Wednesday’s series finale against the Pirates. “We’ll put him in the rotation I would think at the tail end of the Pittsburgh series,” Piniella said. Piniella and pitching coach Larry Rothschild will go over the […]

Andrew Cashner to Be Called Up on Monday?

Chicago Cubs top pitching prospect Andrew Cashner was recently moved from the AAA Iowa rotation to the bullpen, in what many viewed as a precursor to a call-up to the big league pen. Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein says he’s heard that the Cubs plan to call Cashner up on Monday to join them for the upcoming […]

Ryan Dempster Loaned the Cubs Money to Sign Xavier Nady

A bit of sobering financial news is trickling out of Chicago Cubs land. We all knew that the budget was tight this year – given the already bloated payroll and the ownership transition – but I don’t think we had any idea how tight. In the middle of the offseason, Ryan Dempster agreed to defer […]

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Good News on Both Zambrano and Baker

Quick hit update: Carlos Zambrano, who was sent to the hospital with lower abdominal pain, is feeling fine, according to Carrie Muskat and her trust Twitter. The pain, it seems, was food-related. Fewer 3 a.m. deep fried pickle runs with Jim Hendry, I say. Jeff Baker is also expected to be fine after being pulled […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Jeff Baker Lost Vision in His Right Eye

Chicago Cubs utility player Jeff Baker is headed to an eye specialist for an examination of his right eye, which started given him problems late in yesterday’s game against the Dodgers. Specifically, he lost vision in his right eye. Baker didn’t react when the Dodgers’ Russell Martin lined a single past him to lead off […]

Casey Blake Says Ted Lilly is a Cheater

The Chicago Cubs just took two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers on the strength of two dominant pitching performances from Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly. The latter pitcher’s performance, according to Dodger third baseman Casey Blake, was enhanced by some old fashioned cheatin’. “I know he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball,” Blake said. […]

Carlos Zambrano Sent to Hospital

According to Gordon Wittenmyer’s twitter, Carlos Zambrano has been sent to the hospital with an appendicitis (or at least appendicitis-like symptoms). If he ends up having it out, he could be out for several weeks. We’ll update as we get more information. UPDATE: From cubs.com, the Cubs have determined it probably isn’t an appendicitis. Zambrano was complaining of […]

Enhanced Box Score: Dodgers 0, Cubs 1 – May 27, 2010

The Cubs squeaked out a victory on the back of a lovely performance by Ted Lilly – his first truly good outing of the year. The offense was nowhere to be found (except the bench), but the Cubs still managed to take two of three from literally the hottest team in baseball. Not bad, folks. […]

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Tom Gorzelanny Not Happy About Possibility of Bullpen Move

Unsurprisingly, none of the Chicago Cubs’ current starting pitchers wants to leave the rotation in favor of the bullpen. But of course, the current predicament is a problem of the Cubs’ own making, after moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen earlier this year upon Ted Lilly’s return from off-season shoulder surgery, and subsequently announcing that […]

Ryan Theriot is a Swinger

Part-time leadoff hitter Ryan Theriot hasn’t been getting on base a whole lot lately, resulting in increasing lead-off appearances for Kosuke Fukudome. So what’s Theriot’s problem? He’s not walking. At all. For a very long time. Before the first question was even uttered, Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot said, ”You want to talk to me […]

Andrew Cashner to the Iowa Bullpen

Surprising news out of AAA Iowa today, as top pitching prospect Andrew Cashner – he of the sub-1.00 ERA as a starter at Iowa – is being moved to the bullpen today. “It surprised me when I first heard about it,” said Cashner, who got the news Wednesday. “I talked to (the Chicago Cubs) about […]

Carlos Zambrano Available Out of the Pen

Though Carlos Zambrano is being moved back to the Chicago Cubs’ rotation, he’ll be available out of the bullpen until at least this Saturday – the second game of a critical series against the Cardinals. Carlos Zambrano will be back in the Cubs bullpen Thursday through Saturday before he is inserted into the rotation again. […]

Enhanced Box Score: Dodgers 8, Cubs 5 – May 26, 2010

Tom Gorzelanny came into the game with the best ERA in the Cubs’ rotation by a healthy margin. Not so much anymore. Also, anyone else noticing the shine starting to wear off of Starlin Castro? Still, the enhancement remains with Gorzelanny on this one.

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Did Zambrano Fail in the Bullpen on Purpose?

On the conspiratorial spectrum, I probably fall on the side that tends to think if something looks suspicious, there’s a reason for it. But even I never suspected what Gordon Wittenmyer is implying in his article today about Carlos Zambrano’s performance in the bullpen, and subsequent move back to the rotation. Even after showing up to […]

Carlos Zambrano Set to Return to Rotation Next Week

Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano will come home next week – on the road. When the Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates, Zambrano will be one of their starting pitchers. The Cubs are not going to have a six-man rotation, but who will be bumped has yet to be determined. “We don’t have to concern ourselves […]

Albert Pujols Needs a Hug

Albert Pujols is the best hitter in baseball. Swallow the bile, and admit it with me. You’ll be better for it. But even Pujols is not immune to struggles. Of course, his struggles are the kind of struggles most players would love to have as their regular performance. Still, when Pujols struggles even just a […]

Zambrano Simulates Game, We Simulate Excitement

Chicago Cubs reliever starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano is being stretched out for a return to the rotation, having thrown a simulated game yesterday. Zambrano threw 73 pitches Monday in a simulated game at Wrigley Field, his first extended outing since switching to the bullpen on April 22. Zambrano is being stretched out so he can […]

If You’re Looking for a Chicago Cubs Message Board

The Cublogoverse is loaded with quality sites – including quality message boards. But I thought I’d take the opportunity to suggest checking out the best Chicago Cubs message board out there: Sons of Ivy. No, this is not an advertisement. I’m an administrator over there – I just thought, hey, if I like the place, […]