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 […]
Month: May 2010
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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,” […]
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 […]
If the Cubs are just given 11 innings to work with, they can score enough runs to win. A great performance by Randy Wells and the bullpen, but you know who’s getting enhanced in this one. Cue up Enrique…
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. […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
Ryan Dempster missed a lot of bats, but it wasn’t enough. Aramis Ramirez had a two run double, so, well, there’s that.
Carlos Zambrano is a quarterback kicking field goals. A center guarding Steve Nash. A starting pitcher…well, you know the rest. That’s the score, and we have no choice but to roll with it. Zambrano, himself – following a particularly disastrous outing – is doing his best to reframe the discussion and deflect, but with every […]
Laugh. I dare you. The offense showed up but no one else did today. The freaking Pirates, man. The Pirates.
The Chicago Cubs promoted top prospect Starlin Castro, 20, last week – a move that was questioned as panic-driven. Most thinking folks rejected that kind of criticism, believing there was no way the Cubs organization would promote a 20-year-old kid as a knee-jerk reaction to a bad series or two. Turns out, we were wrong. […]
Chicago Cubs setup pitcher (still weird to say it) Carlos Zambrano helped hold down the Cubs’ 4-3 win yesterday over the Florida Marlins, but when manager Lou Piniella came to get him in the middle of the eighth inning, Zambrano was visibly unhappy with either the decision or his performance, or both. Aside from the […]