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Month: June 2010

Tyler Colvin is Finally a Starter?

Coming out of Spring Training, the Chicago Cubs looked like they had five capable outfielders – a nice problem to have. Manager Lou Piniella vowed that youngster Tyler Colvin, who looked the best of the five and has the ability to play all three outfield positions, would play several times a week. But at the […]

Enhanced Box Score: White Sox 0, Cubs 1 – June 13, 2010

All it took to finally get Ted Lilly a win was a no-hitter into the 9th inning. The Cubs have scored a total of seven runs in Lilly’s last five starts. The only other game he won during that stretch? Another 1-0 game. But the enhancement today goes to a man who clearly needs an […]

Enhanced Box Score: White Sox 2, Cubs 1 – June 12, 2010

Can you feel the Crosstown Cup slipping away? I, for one, am┬ádevastated. Another lifeless, pathetic effort from the Cubs’ increasingly aged offense. At least Ryan Theriot is heating up. Still, you’ve gotta feel bad for Carlos Silva, who had a chance to do something truly special – even if wins and losses are a terrible, […]

Mitch Atkins to Chicago, James Russell to Iowa

With the Chicago starting pitchers failing to go deep into games lately, the bullpen has been a bit taxed. To that end, the Cubs reached into AAA Iowa to pull up an arm to provide some relief (get it!?), and called up righty Mitch Atkins. To make room on the roster, left-hander James Russell was […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Sox 10, Cubs 5

You’re wondering where the actual EBS is, aren’t you? Well, apologies, friends. The technological limitations of travel have left me without the ability to create the EBS today. But do you really want one? It would just highlight Jake Peavy and say something like “you’re welcome,” or highlight James Russell and say something like “I […]

Aramis Ramirez Suggests that His Slump is Related to the Thumb Problem

For months now, Aramis Ramirez has been terrible. He’s been consistently bad from day one on the 2010 season, and he’s never had a stretch of more than two games where he looked like a quality Major Leaguer, let alone the All-Star he’s been in years past. Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs placed Ramirez on the […]

God’s, Um, Wrath Watch? Aramis Ramirez Headed to DL

Barely one year ago, when Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez dove on a grounder to third, landed awkwardly, and rolled around in pain, we were all absolutely terrified – is he seriously hurt? is he going to the disabled list? how long will he be out? Now, the questions are very different. Why is […]

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Chicago Cubs Draft Pitcher Hayden Simpson in First Round

Chicago Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken took an unheralded kid out of Clemson in his first draft with the Cubs in 2006. The young outfielder had played pretty well for the Tigers, but no one saw him being drafted earlier than the late second or third round. The pick was roundly criticized. Today, he’s playing […]

The 2010 MLB Draft Starts This Evening

Were this a blog about the NFL or the NBA, you would have been reading about the draft for weeks, if not months. But because of the unique setup of the MLB draft (during the season, college and high school baseball not hugely popular, players generally don’t make the bigs, and if they do, they’re […]

Neither Derrek Lee Nor Lou Piniella Expect Lee to be Traded

Late last week, there were several rumors surrounding Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee (as well as bench bat Xavier Nady) as a possible trade target for the suddenly-in-the-market-for-a-first-baseman Los Angeles Angels. But Lee says he doesn’t think there’s much to the rumors, nor is he particularly eager to waive his no-trade clause and leave […]

Andrew Cashner to Take Over as Right-Handed Setup Pitcher for Now

The Chicago Cubs may have finally found their long-elusive right-handed setup man – former first round pick, and former dominant minor league starting pitcher, Andrew Cashner. Cashner had a five-up, five-down performance in just his third big-league appearance, on just his seventh day in the majors — a prelude to his new role as an […]

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