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Month: March 2011

Marty Brennaman: Cubs Not Good Enough to Win Division

Cincinnati Reds broadcasters have long had an interesting relationship with the Chicago Cubs. If you watch a Cubs/Reds game with Reds guys calling it – whether it’s Marty or Thom Brennaman or George Grande – you detect two things: (1) the Reds guys work very hard to be fair and even-handed, but (2) they don’t […]

Mike Quade is Clearly Worried About Starlin Castro

If Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has shown anything in his young Major League career, it’s that he can hit, but is subject to lapses in the field. Whether those lapses are physical or mental is yet unclear, but one thing is certain: it’s gotta change. This team will not win anything if they’re not […]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5, Brewers 12 – March 2, 2011

Well, the Chicago Cubs were beat down once again – by each other. They lost their Spring Training game, too. Mike Quade will have his first team meeting after yesterday’s debacle. Subjects for discussion will probably include the fight between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez, the insane number of errors in the first four Spring […]

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Why the 2011 Cincinnati Reds 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 every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals,┬áCincinnati […]

Spring Training Miscellany

There are a few pieces of Spring Training information for you this morning, none of which was quite substantial enough to merit its own post, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t totally be interested in the following… Tyler Colvin will get his first start at first base on Friday. The Cubs would very much like […]

Spring Training Bullets: Cubs 3, Giants 2 – March 1, 2011

Hooray! The Chicago Cubs aren’t going to lose every single game of the 2011 season! Well, er, probably. I suppose it’s technically still possible. Kosuke Fukudome led off once again, in another sign of things to come. He had one hit in three at bats. Blake DeWitt continues to struggle, in a sign of things […]

Andrew Cashner Has the Inside Track on a Rotation Spot

His Spring debut notwithstanding, Chicago Cubs hurler Andrew Cashner is going to get a very good chance to win one of the last two spots in the rotation. Cashner, 24, was a reliever with the big team last year, but manager Mike Quade has correctly noted that, if Cashner can be a starter, the Cubs […]

Carlos Zambrano: Pinch Hitter

When you carry 12 pitchers – 5 starters and 7 in the pen – your options on the bench become limited rather quickly. With 8 positional starters, you’ve got just 5 guys on the bench, one of whom is a near lock to be a light-hitting back-up catcher. So if your team carries 12 pitchers, […]

Aramis Ramirez Says He Never Had a Problem with Rudy Jaramillo

Last year was a forgettable season for Aramis Ramirez – unfortunately, it was anything but forgettable for the rest of us. Ramirez struggled out the gate, and took months to regain something close to his usual form. Looking back, I think it’s safe to say we can chalk a good portion of it up to […]

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