Archive for March, 2011


Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 4, Royals 13 – March 9, 2011

In coachspeak: “Look, winning Spring Training games isn’t everything. But eventually, you’d like to start winning some. And moreover, you’d like to stop getting shit-stomped.” Matt Garza didn’t have it[Read More…]

by March 9, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Why the 2011 Houston Astros Will Suck

Why the 2011 Houston Astros Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and[Read More…]

by March 9, 2011 Analysis and Commentary

Contracts and Remaining Options Will Factor Into Roster Decisions

Contracts and Remaining Options Will Factor Into Roster Decisions

It’s always a difficult issue this time of year: how much should the fact that a guy has a huge, guaranteed contract or the fact that a guy is out[Read More…]

God Hates Other Teams, Too: Zack Greinke Broke a Rib

God Hates Other Teams, Too: Zack Greinke Broke a Rib

The biggest move this offseason in the NL Central, if not all of baseball (I know, I know, Cliff Lee), was the Brewers’ trade for Royal ace Zack Greinke. Combined[Read More…]

by March 8, 2011 MLB News and Rumors

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 0, Rockies 4 – March 8, 2011

Does that score haunt you? Indeed, it looks eerily familiar, given the Cubs’ performance over the past few years. Carlos Zambrano was once again solid in the runs column –[Read More…]

by March 8, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Carlos Silva Doesn’t Want to Talk About the Rotation Competition

Carlos Silva Doesn’t Want to Talk About the Rotation Competition

Carlos Silva no longer has the inside track on a rotation spot this year. That much is clear after a second consecutive abysmal Spring performance yesterday. What remains unclear is[Read More…]

Bud Selig Not a Fan of Marlon Byrd’s Relationship with Victor Conte

Bud Selig Not a Fan of Marlon Byrd’s Relationship with Victor Conte

Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a physical specimen. Look at those guns. You don’t get that way without some serious training, and serious nutritional support – and I[Read More…]

by March 8, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Mike Quade Not Ready to Give Up on Carlos Silva

Mike Quade Not Ready to Give Up on Carlos Silva

Even after yesterday’s 8-run, 2-inning effort, Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade says he’s not giving up on pitcher Carlos Silva as a rotation option. Which, frankly, is the right thing[Read More…]

by March 8, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 14, Angels 13 – March 7, 2011

Clearly I jumped the gun on the whole if-this-was-a-regular-season-game-I-would-have-lost-it thing. So let me say it again: if this was a regular season game, I totally would have lost it. The[Read More…]

by March 7, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Bleacher Nation Elsewhere on the ‘Net

This is your semi-regular (don’t worry, I will continue to emphasize the “semi”) reminder that there are a couple of other places to follow Bleacher Nation on the ‘net. Specifically,[Read More…]

by March 7, 2011 Cubs Humor
If Randy Wells Doesn’t Make the Rotation, He’s Going to AAA Iowa

If Randy Wells Doesn’t Make the Rotation, He’s Going to AAA Iowa

I’ve made no secret about my belief that the very notion that Randy Wells is “competing” for a rotation spot is beyond absurd. Even if basing the decision solely on[Read More…]


Alfonso Soriano Looking Good Defensively

Alfonso Soriano Looking Good Defensively

When Alfonso Soriano shifted to the outfield a few years ago, he struck most as a surprisingly good left fielder. He took some questionable routes, but he had decent range,[Read More…]

by March 7, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5 and 0, Dodgers 3, Reds 10

Did you follow that title? The Chicago Cubs split their squad today, and took on the Dodgers and the Reds, winning the former 5-3 and losing the latter 10-0. Second[Read More…]

by March 6, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano Are Not Leaders

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano Are Not Leaders

In his short time as manager, Mike Quade has already established that he likes to talk. A lot. As someone who writes about all things Chicago Cubs, having a gregarious[Read More…]

by March 6, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 9, Padres 4 – March 5, 2011

Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano were the offensive stars today as the Cubs downed the Padres – though the Cubs weren’t exactly facing a murderer’s row of pitchers. Or hitters.[Read More…]

by March 5, 2011 Chicago Cubs News