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Month: April 2011

Defining Insanity with the 5th Starter Spot

Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Enter the Chicago Cubs and the fifth starter spot. For two straight “starts” now, the Cubs have sought to fill the spot vacated by injured starter Andrew Cashner with a cadre of relievers, starting […]

Enhanced Box Score: Dodgers 12, Cubs 2 – April 22, 2011

Maybe it’s ignorant, but I’d much rather the Cubs lose a blowout than a close one. The Cubs weren’t going to do anything offensively today against Billingsley, so why not give up 12 runs? But you’ll never guess the one pitcher who *didn’t* give up any runs (I say guess because I can only assume […]

Byrd Rumor Not Quite Debunked and Other Bullets – April 22, 2011

With a really tough repeat series against the Rockies looming on the horizon, winning this series against the Dodgers is pretty darn important. It’s also going to be pretty darn hard for the Cubs, going against guys like Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly. Ryan Dempster coming to his senses would help. Bruce Miles took on […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Padres 5, Cubs 4 – April 20, 2011 Game Two

The fact that the Cubs came into the game conceding a loss does not soften the blow. Indeed, it only serves to make me more frustrated – had the Cubs made the reasonable organizational decision to have a STARTER in position to start the game, they might have won. As it was, Russell crapped the […]

Enhanced Box Score: Padres 1, Cubs 2 – April 20, 2011 Game One

Oh the things I was ready to write about this game. But now, I get to do the overreactions in the other direction: I take back everything I ever said about Reed Johnson!!! Matt Garza is back!!! Jeff Samardzija walked a tight rope but he got it done!!! Marlon Byrd actually had an RBI!!! First […]

Source: Cubs and Nationals Have Discussed Marlon Byrd

[Usual rumor caveats apply – I trust this source, but you can never be 100% sure about these things. Still, you’re all big boys and girls, and you can evaluate the information for yourselves.] The Washington Nationals are taking a tour around baseball, looking for a possible upgrade in center field, according to Ken Rosenthal. […]

Doubleheader Details and Other Bullets – April 20, 2011

Because teams rarely sweep doubleheaders, you can look at yesterday’s postponement as a possible good thing: now the Cubs have a very good shot of winning this series. On the other hand, given the Cubs are still highly likely to lose the bullpen game today, so it’s as if the Matt Garza game is a […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Wells and Cashner to Begin Throwing Friday

Finally, some good news. After being re-evaluated by team doctors yesterday, starting pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner will begin a throwing program on Friday. Wells (forearm) and Cashner (rotator cuff) have been out for two weeks already, so any sign that they’ll be back soon(ish) is a welcome one. Wells is expected to be […]

No Box Score: Cubs 0, Mother Nature 58

Tonight’s Cubs/Padres game has been postponed, and will be made up tomorrow as part of a day-night doubleheader. The games will be played at 1:20 and 6:05 (both times CST). Apparently it is pouring now and not expected to let up any time soon – and there’s the matter of the low 20s wind chill […]

Starlin Castro Could Bat Third and Other Bullets – April 19, 2011

With the win last night, paired with the Reds’ loss, the Cubs pulled to within one game of first place in the Central. But, it’s April, and the Cubs are 8-8. It’s silly to think about first place. Right? Jim Hendry says that Starlin Castro could hit anywhere in the lineup, though all the questions […]

Enhanced Box Score: Padres 0, Cubs 1 – April 18, 2011

Whew. When was the last time the Cubs won a 1-0 game in extra innings? With the auto-loss going tomorrow (seriously, the Cubs don’t have a minor league starter they can call up by now? ridiculous), winning last night was very important. And it was great to see Tyler Colvin get the winning hit. But […]

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Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner (Non)Update

As you know, injured pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were evaluated by team doctors today, but there isn’t much to say yet. I suspect, however, that the news on Wells is probably good, as he was spotted playing catch today (the first time he’s thrown a ball in a couple weeks). That is not […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner Will Be Examined Today

Today, injured pitchers Randy wells (forearm strain) and Andrew Cashner (rotator cuff strain) will be re-evaluated by team orthopedic specialist Stephen Gryzlo. Each player is in the second week of his disabled list stint, and the plan was for each to wait until now to start throwing again. If today’s evaluations go well, that’s exactly what […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Rockies 9 – April 17, 2011

The Cubs won’t get too many chances like today: the team’s “ace” going against a call-up, emergency starter, and facing the best team in the league with a chance to take a series at their place. But the bats faded late (like they’ve been doing all year), and the pitching stunk early. And Marlon Byrd […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Rockies 3 – April 16, 2011

I know what you’re thinking. Surely Ace is going to highlight Koyie Hill’s hit (OMG LOL!). But no. This was too solid of a win to be sullied by pointing out such a triviality. Casey Coleman was huge. Starlin Castro was dominant. Everybody (except Marlon Byrd and John Grabow) was impressive in their own way. […]