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Month: May 2010

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 […]

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 […]

Bullpen Desperation Roulette: Cubs Sign Bobby Howry

You may remember him from such screams as “COME ON!” and “THROW F*&CKING STRIKES!” It appears that recently-released reliever Bobby Howry will be a Chicago Cub again very soon. Comcast SportsNet has learned that the Cubs have signed veteran relief pitcher Bob Howry. He will report to the team in Texas this weekend. Howry was […]

Jeff Stevens to Chicago, Esmailin Caridad to DL

The Chicago Cubs just placed reliever Esmailin Caridad on the 15-day disabled list with elbow problems (ruh roh), and recalled AAA reliever Jeff Stevens. Interesting that Stevens, 26, got the call over other AAA bullpen options including John Gaub, Jeff Gray, Blake Parker, Jay Jackson, and some guy named Samardzija. Stevens has a 2.60 ERA […]


Cubs Still Trying to Trade for Reliever

The Chicago Cubs are without a single reliable right-handed relieving option – a fact that is true whether Carlos Zambrano is in the bullpen or in the rotation. General Manager Jim Hendry is still on the lookout for a reliever to add, but at present, nothing is coming up. The return of Carlos Zambrano to […]

Sean Marshall is the Man in the 8th Inning for Now

It took the Cubs a year or two to get over their obsession with handedness in their lineup – just get the best hitters out there, whether they’re righty or lefty. It’s taken almost as long for the Cubs get over their obsession with handedness in the bullpen. The Cubs will be relying on left-handers […]

Enhanced Box Score: Rockies 2, Cubs 6 – May 18, 2010

That’s a sweep – and it’s nice to be on this side of it. Tyler Colvin continues to prove that the Cubs have far too many good outfielders, and Carlos Silva continues to prove that we all know nothing about nothing. Oh, and then Carlos Zambrano pitched in late relief. Which was, um, kind of […]

Obsessive Zambrano Bullpen Watch: Back to the Rotation

As we speculated, the “move” from short relief to long relief is just a stop along the way of returning Carlos Zambrano to the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. No timetable on the return, but it will come as soon as Zambrano gets his arm strength and stamina back up. “We’ll put him back in his usual […]

Jim Hendry: I’ve “Never Given Any Thought” to Firing Lou Piniella

National media outlets started pontificating on something we Chicago Cubs fans have been thinking for weeks – might it be time to make a change at manager? I recognize that the manager’s impact on the actual performance of a team is minimal. But sometimes, a shakeup is all you have left. Maybe Piniella isn’t going […]


Obsessive Zambrano Bullpen Watch: Cubs Changing Z’s Role

All things Carlos Zambrano and the bullpen have reached obsessive status. And the saga is taking another almost unbelievable turn. I say “almost” unbelievable, because I would have thought moving Zambrano to the bullpen in the first place would have been as close to unbelievable as things could get. “We’re going to change Zambrano’s role,” […]

Andrew Cashner Will Remain a Starting Pitcher – At Least In the Minors

The Chicago Cubs recently promoted their top pitching prospect, 2008 first round pick Andrew Cashner, to AAA Iowa. In order to make room in the Iowa rotation, the team bumped their number two pitching prospect, Jay Jackson, to the bullpen. That’s not a move you see very often, and obviously indicates the Cubs’ plans for […]

Lou Piniella Shows His Fire – Off the Field

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has had a long career, both as a player and a manager. As to the latter gig, Piniella has always been known as a fiery guy, prone to explosive fits – but ones that are generally cleverly designed to spark his team. With the Cubs, Piniella has never seemed the fiery type. […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Ryan Theriot’s Elbow Still Bothering Him

You know, God has actually generally spared the Cubs His wrath this year. At least in the form of injuries. Chicago Cubs starting shortstop second baseman Ryan Theriot took a pitch off his left elbow on Saturday, and he sat out yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the injury doesn’t seem to be serious, […]

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 4 – May 16, 2010

Glory, glory hallelujah: the Cubs managed to beat the Pirates. It’s just a lame-ass, one-run, mid-May win against a terrible team, but it felt like the freaking playoffs. Once again the starter gave up runs early, but this time, the Cubs actually managed to score some runs late.

The Chicago Cubs Would Like to Trade Derrek Lee

Well here’s a bit of a shocker – at least, it’s a shocker that this is coming up in May as opposed to July. The Chicago Cubs are willing to move first baseman Derrek Lee. Not as shocking? Nobody’s interested. Derrek Lee, first baseman, Cubs: If the Cubs could move him, they would, according to […]