Yesterday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella (rightfully) moved struggling third baseman Aramis Ramirez down the lineup to sixth. The move failed to immediately spark the offense, and Lou was pretty hot about it after the game. ”What am I going to do? Wait until the All-Star Game to make moves?” Piniella said, bristling at a […]
Month: May 2010
Early yesterday, it was very easy to laugh at the travails of Milton Bradley and the eternally hopeful Seattle Mariner fans. Bradley, who is plodding through another disappointing season on the field, was 0-3 with two strikeouts on Tuesday when he decided it was time to pull a Bradley. According to reports, Bradley began jawing […]
Ted Lilly was not the problem today – I want to be clear on that. However, he was not impressive, and has not been yet since his return to the Cubs. It’s a concern. The problem – AGAIN – is the focus of today’s enhancement.
After more than a month of terrible performance, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is going to head down the lineup. How far he falls is up to manager Lou Piniella, but it’s unlikely to be more than a spot or two. One thing is for certain: until he starts hitting again – or at […]
Freaking Cubs. Apparently they used up all of their offense against the Diamondbacks, and while I desperately want to point out in the box score that the Cubs, individually, left 18 on base while the Pirates left on just 5, I’ve pointed that out too many times already this year. That’s not a dig on […]
The obvious answer is no – not that you should have been booing him in the first place. But remember this moment the next time Soriano drops a fly ball, or strikes out on a breaking ball fifteen feet out of the zone. A notorious free swinger, Soriano has been working with hitting coach Rudy […]
The other teams in the National League Central might as well pack it in for the year, because the St. Louis Cardinals have already won the division. Apparently. It’s May 3 on the calendar, and the Cardinals are only 25 games into the schedule. But I’d like to submit this question: In the National League […]
The Chicago Cubs managed to win three straight against the Diamondbacks, and actually took a series against a team other than the Brewers. Tom Gorzelanny finally gets a win, and the offense once again throttled D-Back pitching.
The Chicago Cubs bullpen – actually not terrible in the last few games – may get a shake-up come next weekend’s series against the Cincinnati Reds. That’s because young righty Esmailin Caridad is expected to get the green light to rejoin the team following several weeks of rehab from a forearm strain. “I would think […]
Well, it was going to happen sooner or later. Carlos Silva had his first bad outing – and it was really bad. Fortunately the bullpen really stepped up and gave the Cubs a chance to come back and win things (a Carlos Marmol-induced heart attack notwithstanding). But it’s the Arizona bullpen that gets the enhancement […]
With the process reaching Ross-Rachel will-they-won’t-they proportions, the Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training future has taken another turn. The Arizona Legislature has yet to pass legislation addressing the funding needed to construct the facilities necessary to keep the Cubs in Mesa, Arizona. And now they’ve adjourned. An agreement between the team and Mesa officials allows the […]
Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry admitted what everybody already knew: super prospect Starlin Castro is going to join the big club at some point this year. “He’s coming along very well,” Hendry said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “[Assistant GM] Randy Bush just visited the Double-A club for about five […]
Turnabout is fair play, and the Cubs gave it back to the Dbacks this time. The offense was solid, and took advantage of a windy day. But one Diamondback pitcher got it worse than the rest.