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Month: May 2010

Ruh Roh: Derrek Lee Questions the Ramirez Move Down the Lineup

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 […]


Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Pirates 3 – May 4, 2010

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 […]

Still Want to Boo Alfonso Soriano?

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 St. Louis Cardinals Cannot Be Defeated in the NL Central

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 […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Esmailin Caridad to Return in a Week

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 […]


Enhanced Box Score: Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 7 – May 1, 2010

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 […]

Spring Training in Florida is Back on the Table

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 […]

Starlin Castro Will Be Joining the Cubs This Year

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 […]