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Month: August 2010

Chicago Cubs May Make More Trades Before August is Up

Trades made after the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 are rare – at least, far more rare than trades made before the deadline – but they do happen, as evinced by the Chicago Cubs trade last night with the Giants, sending Mike Fontenot out for prospect Evan Crawford. With the Cubs thoroughly out of […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Primer: Darwin Barney

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post, written by a friend of the program, Scarey from Sons of Ivy. When it comes to Cubs prospects, few know the organization better than Scarey, and he’s offered to throw us some of his insights, teed up here for you with minimal editing from yours truly. Up today, […]

John Grabow’s Season is (Mercifully) Over

When the Chicago Cubs re-signed reliever John Grabow to a two-year deal last winter, some (me) feared that his low ERA had been a bit of a mirage given his extremely high WHIP for a reliever. He had been keeping his ERA in the mid-3s, but his WHIP in the mid-1.4s – something didn’t add […]


Breaking: Cubs Trade Mike Fontenot to Giants for A Ball Outfielder

Breaking news: the Chicago Cubs have sent infielder Mike Fontenot across the diamond to the San Francisco Giants for Single A outfielder Evan Crawford, according to various sources. The Giants unsuccessfully tried to acquire Fontenot before the non-waiver trade deadline. More details as they become available. UPDATE: Crawford was the Giants 9th round pick last […]

Chicago Cubs Almost Traded Mike Fontenot and Xavier Nady to Giants

We haven’t heard too much about the trades that never were, but it seems that the Chicago Cubs nearly dealt outfielder Xavier Nady and infielder Mike Fontenot to the San Francisco Giants just before the trade deadline. Obviously the trade never materialized, and now the Cubs will work to deal the players via the waiver […]

Brandon Phillips: Certified Badass

Given that the Cincinnati Reds are in the National League Central – and particularly because they are leading the NL Central – you’ll not hear me doting on them too much this year. But when a player does something awesome, we’ve all got to recognize. And Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips did something awesome. […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Primer: Castillo, Clevenger, Chiniros, Oh My

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post, written by a friend of the program, Scarey from Sons of Ivy. When it comes to Cubs prospects, few know the organization better than Scarey, and he’s offered to throw us some of his insights, teed up here for you with minimal editing from yours truly. Up today, […]


Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Giants 4 – August 9, 2010

At least the Cubs were able to make the Giants play 11 innings. It’s the small victories these days, you know? As for the main storyline: yes, Carlos went five innings (throwing 95 pitches), and yes he gave up just two runs. Those are the good things. But the start wasn’t as good as it […]

Marcos Mateo to Chicago, Mitch Atkins to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs have called up righty Marcos Mateo from AAA Iowa to join the rotating cavalcade of bullpen arms. Mateo, 26, had an outside shot of making the Cubs’ pen out of Spring Training, but instead settled for AA. He pitched well, and made his way up to AAA, where’s he’s been just so-so. […]


Lou Piniella Won’t Be With Chicago Cubs in San Francisco

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella won’t be managing the Cubs out in San Francisco this week. Not because he’s tired of watching the crap, mind you; it’s because his mother is in the hospital, you jerk. Piniella was to leave after Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds to return home to Tampa to be with […]

Cubs Minor League Affiliate Forfeits

Here’s one for the you-don’t-see-this-too-often-outside-of-a-company-softball-league file. The Boise Hawks, the Chicago Cubs’ low-A team, forfeited yesterday, resulting in a league-mandated 9-0 loss. Umpire Matt Heersema thought the Northwest League game should have continued. Hawks manager Jody Davis disagreed, and refused to send his players back on the field. The result was a Boise forfeit and […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Geovany Soto’s Shoulder Hurts

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is out until at least Monday with a shoulder strain. The Cubs are calling it a “mild ligament sprain,” and it bothers Soto when he hits. Koyie Hill will continue to get starts while Soto is out. If Soto is not able to return early next week, the Cubs might […]

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 4, Cubs 3 – August 7, 2010

The Cubs were gift-wrapped a comeback, but apparently it was taped too tightly at the corners, because Derrek Lee and Marlon Byrd struck out consecutively with the bases loaded. Interestingly, if Blake DeWitt doesn’t drop a pop fly in the top of the inning, the game would already have been tied. Finally – can someone […]


Jim Hendry is Not Looking to Rebuild the Chicago Cubs

With a team as terrible and overpriced as the Chicago Cubs presently appear to be, with an aging core, and with a promising set of youngsters, most teams would view the Cubs as an ideal rebuilding opportunity. Imagine the powerhouse the Cubs could be in two or three years if they sold off their expensive […]

Starlin Castro: Rookie of the Year?

I semi-jokingly made the comment in an EBS a couple of weeks ago, but Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is making it look a whole lot less jokey lately. Could he really be the NL Rookie of the year? Castro, a legitimate contender for National League Rookie of the Year honors, is batting .318 with […]

Ryan Dempster Misses Ted Lilly

When the Chicago Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, Ryan Dempster became the unquestioned number one in the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. But despite that nominal accolade, Ryan Dempster wishes Lilly was still around. He misses the bulldog. ”With Teddy, I always appreciated him every day for what a teammate he […]

Carlos Zambrano Will Officially Rejoin the Rotation on Monday

The Chicago Cubs made clear yesterday that Carlos Zambrano will rejoin the team’s rotation on Monday when he starts against the Giants in San Francisco. Again: in San Francisco. It ain’t a coincidence that it’s coming on the road. As for Zambrano, he’s unsurprisingly excited about the opportunity. Whether the 11 starts he figures to […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Silva Able to Play Catch

Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Silva is on the disabled list while he recovers from an abnormally rapid heart beat (presumably more rapid/abnormal than when a chubby guy jogs into KFC to nail down the last Family Feast served that day). For now, things are still in the evaluative stage, but Silva has started throwing. Cubs […]