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Month: May 2010

Jim Hendry Gives Lou Piniella a Vote of Confidence

With the Chicago Cubs underperforming, and a manager in the last year of his contract, speculation about an early dismissal for Lou Piniella was bound to start sooner or later. Piniella’s frustrating lineup decisions, and questionable use of his pitchers haven’t helped the matter. But yesterday, his general manager stepped up to defend Piniella. “I […]

Enhanced Box Score: Marlins 3, Cubs 4 – May 12, 2010

What is this strange looking flag flying above Wrigley Field? Ok, so it’s not as if the Cubs were on a Braves-esque 8-game losing streak, but a win still feels foreign. The limited number of runs scored and late-inning run(s) given up were familiar, however.

Lou Piniella Using Pop Rocks When Dynamite is Due

The Chicago Cubs offense sucks. And yet, several players are hitting very well. Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro are all hitting very well. That’s six of your eight regulars. So how is it possible that the offense is not scoring runs? You know the answer. Aramis Ramirez […]

Casey Coleman and Jay Jackson May Soon Get a Chance with the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs’ bullpen has been far from a success this year. Although it has not been the most observable problem of late – that would be them guys with the bats – the bullpen’s issues are likely to come up time and again this year. Thus, we’ll be hearing about possible reliever trades for […]

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Joe Torre to Manage the Cubs in 2011?

Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella is unlikely to come back to manage the Cubs after this season, his last under contract. Though speculation about his successor has been limited to a stray comment about Bob Brenly here, and about the Cubs grooming AAA manager Ryne Sandberg there. Surely the team will have learned its lesson […]

Ambivalent Injury News: John Grabow’s MRI Comes Back Clean

Not sure how to react when a guy who’s been terrible, and who blames his terribleness on a certain injury, has an MRI and it shows no damage. Good? Bad? Meh. An MRI showed no damage to John Grabow’s left knee and the Cubs reliever received a cortisone shot Saturday. Grabow, who last pitched Friday […]

Zambrano is Still in the Bullpen, And is Staying There

Back-end starting pitchers Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny – so dominant early in the season that moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen to allow the two to stay in the rotation didn’t seem insane (just stupid) – have come back to Earth in recent weeks. Not that such a return to averages was entirely unexpected. […]

Rudy Jaramillo Denies Aramis Ramirez is Refusing Help

Late last week, rumors were swirling that struggling Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez was refusing to work with highly-paid hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Ramirez, a successful hitter for many, many years believed that he needed only to deal with his issues at the plate on his own, according to the rumors. Jaramillo says it […]

Mike Fontenot is Probably on the Trade Block

With Starlin Castro and Ryan Theriot locking down the middle infield for theĀ foreseeableĀ future, former pseudo-starting second baseman Mike Fontenot could very well prove a luxury on the bench that the Cubs would prefer to explore trading. If Castro does what his talent promises, and he sticks this season, Fontenot’s longer-term place with the Cubs doesn’t […]

Josh Vitters and Andrew Cashner Got Bumped, Too

Starlin Castro wasn’t the only top Chicago Cubs prospect to earn a promotion this weekend. The Cubs’ first round picks in 2007 and 2008 – third baseman Josh Vitters and pitcher Andrew Cashner, respectively – were also promoted. In other Minor League roster moves, the Cubs promoted pitcher Andrew Cashner from Tennessee to Iowa. The […]

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Bullpen Shakeup: Caridad Back, Gray Out, Grabow Hurt (Hopefully)

As evinced by his appearance in the game last night, Esmailin Caridad has been activated from the disabled list – just in time to have the infield defense crap all over his return. In a corresponding move, the Cubs sent Jeff Gray down to AAA Iowa. Gray was struggling, with a 6.75 ERA, though most […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Reds 14 – May 8, 2010

It was a very exciting game for quite a while. Aaron Harang was dealing. Tom Gorzelanny was struggling, but fighting through it. The Cubs finally broke through to the Reds’ bullpen… and couldn’t do much with it. The Reds finally broke through to the Cubs’ bullpen… and pandas died.

Whither Chad Tracy – Jeff Baker or Mike Fontenot Next?

Forgotten in the hoopla of Starlin Castro’s promotion to Chicago was the necessary and corresponding roster move: the Cubs optioned Chad Tracy to AAA Iowa. Tracy was the 25th man out of Spring Training, beating Kevin Millar for the last spot primarily thanks to versatility. That versatility doesn’t help, however, if you can’t hit – […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 14, Reds 7 – May 7, 2010

No. He. Didn’t. While his debut was both impressive and record-setting, we need to be sure to temper our expectations for Starlin Castro. He’s probably not going to drive in six runs on a homer and a triple in every game. The triple and three RBI will suffice.

Movie Poster Fun: Dusty Baker

As the Cubs head down to Cincinnati to take on the Reds, we offer a humble send up of former Cubs skipper – and current ward of the Reds – Dusty Baker. Best of luck to the young arms of Cincinnati.

Boom: Cubs Call Up Starlin Castro

Well, here we go. Today, according to Enrique Rojas, the Chicago Cubs will call up uber-prospect Starlin Castro. He’ll likely take over the starting shortstop duties in short order, with Ryan Theriot moving over to second base. If the Cubs start winning, you can be assured that this will be the move credited with moving […]

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