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Month: May 2010

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 […]

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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, […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Out a Few Days with Thumb Injury

At this point, you could almost call this mercy. Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been dealing with a bruise of his left thumb, though he claims it is not affecting his performance. He had x-rays yesterday, and although they came back clean, he’s still going to sit for a few days. X-rays of […]

Bobby Howry is a Leader, If Not a Pitcher

In a surprising move, to say the least, the Chicago Cubs welcomed Arizona Diamondback cast-off Bobby Howry into the fold this weekend – directly into the fold. He’s a member of the bullpen now, without so much as having to throw a single minor league pitch to prove himself. ”If I didn’t think I could […]

Justin Berg to Iowa, David Patton to the Netherworld

A little tardy on this one, but as reported in the comments, the corresponding move for the Bobby Howry signing was the option of Justin Berg back to AAA Iowa. Berg earned the demotion after he failed to keep his ERA under 6.00 and his WHIP under 1.60, each of which – even in this […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Rangers 2 – May 21, 2010

The inept Cubs’ offense took center stage again, as the pitching was dominant and the offense failed to achieve any timely hitting whatsoever. It was frustrating and pathetic and was the reason the Cubs lost. But I’d like to note something completely different. Since announcing that Carlos Zambrano would transition into the long relief role […]

Cubs Set to Sign Bobby Howry Officially – Um, to Major League Deal

Contrary to my own speculation – you know, perfectly logical, understandable speculation – the impending Bobby Howry signing will not be for a minor league deal, despite his implosion in Arizona this year. No, it will be for a major league deal, and he’s expected to join the bullpen as early as today. The Chicago […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Phillies 5 – May 20, 2010

It always hurts when a winning streak stops. It always hurts to come back from a late deficit only to ultimately lose. It always hurts to leave the tying run on third base in the 9th inning with no outs. But this? This? This enhancement is becoming inexcusable.

Lou Piniella Suggests Randy Wells Will Be Bumped From Rotation

The Chicago Cubs have announced the Carlos Zambrano will be (mercifully) returning to the starting rotation as soon as he gets stretched back out. But just as when Ted Lilly returned from offseason shoulder surgery, Zambrano’s return to the rotation means that someone who’s pitching well will be bumped to the bullpen – assuming that […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Tom Gorzelanny’s Finger is a Bit Jacked

The Lord has resisted the urge to smite the Chicago Cubs this year – the Cubs have pretty much been doing the work for Him. Until last night that is, when Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny was cruising against one of the best lineups in the National League. That’s when he took a line drive off […]