Well here’s a real bummer. Hayden Simpson, the surprise selection by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of this year’s first-year player draft, will not pitch this summer due to a bout with mono. Those excited to see what the kid can do will have to wait until the Fall. “He’s probably done for […]
Month: July 2010
Dreams sufficiently dashed? They probably should be – at least insofar as pre-trade deadline aspirations go. Not a bad offensive showing, but the pitching forgot they were facing the Astros.
You can officially add the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers to the list of teams attached to Ted Lilly trade rumors. Leading off with the Tigers, Jayson Stark says they’ve contacted the Cubs to discuss the left-hander. The Tigers have “inquired” about Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, according to a source familiar with those […]
This rumor is about as lukewarm as it gets, given that there are no details beyond that headline. But, hey, you’re here. Might as well keep reading, right? The Rangers remain interested in a right-handed-hitting first baseman it can pair with Chris Davis. The Cubs’ Xavier Nady is among those on the Rangers’ radar. chicagotribune.com. The […]
While the Chicago Cubs have signed most of their top draft picks from last month’s first year player draft, a decent chunk remain unsigned. Most, however, are latter third picks, which are typically fall-back types or guys that are not expected to be easy to sign. Reggie Golden, on the other hand, remains unsigned despite […]
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he exploded on his teammates after an inning of terrible work. He’s been working out in Mesa, Arizona – in conjunction with his recently-completed anger management counselling – and is expected to start throwing in games this week. Cubs […]
Oh Cubs. Where were these offensive outbursts just a few weeks ago? Ignoring the fact that the Cubs would have to continue winning three of four for the rest of the season to get back into the race – something that is unrealistic to expect – I can’t say that my hope bone isn’t tingling […]
Tee hee. Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha says he has complained to a baseball official about his batters being hit too often by pitches. Macha says action needs to be taken to protect the Brewers, who have been hit by 47 pitches, the most in the majors. Macha says he spoke with Bruce Froemming, a […]
Late last week, Fox Sports reported that Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee – a free agent at the end of this year, and speculated trade candidate – would waive his n0-trade clause if he were traded to the Los Angeles Angels. This weekend, he said the report, which cited “friends” of Lee’s, was bunk. […]
Ah, there are the 2010 Cubs we’ve come to know and loathe. Great starting pitching, absolutely no offense, and the bullpen blows it. I’d almost missed them.
We’ve reached that point folks. Rumors surrounding a potential deal for Chicago Cubs started Ted Lilly are such that I, like you, am obsessed. Thus, it’s the first Obsessive Trade Watch of the 2010 season. This installment finds the New York Mets to be everyone’s expected landing spot for Lilly – if he’s traded at […]
Hilarious fact (if you’re not Ted Lilly or a Cubs fan): the three runs of support that Ted Lilly received while he was in the game today was the most run support he’s received… ALL SEASON.
Add the Chicago White Sox to the list of teams potentially interested in Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, should the Cubs decide to sell. Sources say the Sox have kicked around the idea of pursuing Lilly. That would give them three lefties in their rotation with Buehrle and Danks, but there are some in […]
So begins a stretch with just enough offense and just enough pitching for the Chicago Cubs to put together just enough wins to keep them from selling at the trade deadline, only to fall flat in early to mid-August (but then winning just enough in late August to let the waiver trade deadline also pass […]
Chicago Cubs pitcher/teen heart-throb Carlos Zambrano has (successfully?) completed anger management therapy. I guess he’s not angry anymore – the anger sharks are no longer swimming. Far more importantly, he’s back on the mound. He’s getting his arm back in pitching shape at the team’s spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona. Zambrano threw 25 pitches […]
Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee is a free agent after this year and it’s no secret that, if possible, the Cubs would like to move him. One potential hurdle? Lee has no-trade protection. But it sounds like that might not actually be much of a hurdle after all. Derrek Lee has remained noncommittal on […]
Marlon Byrd was the unsung (well, he was a little sung) hero of Tuesday’s National League All-Star Game win. He battled in a long 7th inning at bat, which led to a walk, extended the inning, and eventually yielded the winning runs. Then, in the 9th inning, protecting a two run lead, Byrd made a […]
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella’s contract is up at the end of this year, and while he gets all the support in the world from Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts, there is no denying the undercurrent of opposition to having him back as manager next year. So if Piniella is out for 2011, who’s in? […]
Carlos Zambrano remains on the restricted list, suspended by the Chicago Cubs, and theoretically out until he completes anger management counseling. But when will that be? And even if he completes it very soon, how quickly can he actually come back to the team? Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Sunday that Zambrano, the temper-tangled right-hander […]
Marisa Miller is not only a super hot model, but she’s also a baseball fan. And according to our Series She-Views, she’s a fan of the Chicago Cubs (basis for this conclusion? wore a jersey once, threw a first pitch once … rock solid). But when she played in the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game […]
The Chicago Cubs stand a miserable 39-50 at the pseudo midpoint of the season with almost no mathematical chance of making the playoffs. Their payroll – more than $146 million – is the highest in the National League, and the third highest in baseball, but it hasn’t bought success. And the man most responsible for putting the […]
Thanks to Carrie Muskat for collecting the following numbers: Atlanta: 40-12 San Diego: 42-5 NY Yankees: 44-2 Cubs: 26-19 Tampa Bay: 35-10 St. Louis: 33-11 San Francisco: 31-12 Seattle: 30-13 White Sox: 34-9 Those are the records in one-run games for the teams with the most one-run games this year. Notice anything? That’s right. Not […]
The Chicago Cubs, even if they weren’t sellers, would probably be looking to move an infielder. They’ve got three guys rotating at second base – Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, and Jeff Baker – and that’s at least one too many. The Rockies, who’ve lost shortstop Troy Tulowitzki until at least August with a broken wrist, […]
The San Francisco Giants are in a battle out West, and are falling slowly out of the race. Thus, they’re looking to shore up their team as baseball heads into the second half. The Giants also are in the market for pitching and they had a scout at Wrigley Field last week watching Tom Gorzelanny, […]
A fitting end to the first half – though I guess typically, the starting pitching was much better. At least there was some excitement in the form of an ejection (Silva) and throwing at dudes (Padilla-Byrd, Cashner-DeWitt).
While the New York Mets remain a possible destination for Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, they might not be able to take on much, if any, of his remaining $5 million owed this year, according to Buster Olney. That means that, in order to trade Lilly to the Mets, the Cubs would have to eat the […]