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Month: April 2011

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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Superhero Sam and Other Depressing Bullets – April 15, 2011

The Chicago Cubs are in for a stiff test this weekend against the NL’s best team (so far), the Colorado Rockies. They actually get some favorable pitching matchups, but the Rockies are just on fire. Taking two in this series will be an uphill battle. Not to depress you… You don’t need me to tell […]

Last Chance to Win the Second Chance Contest – $50 to CubWorld

All right, stragglers. Today is the deadline to enter the Second Chance Contest, which could win you $50 to CubWorld.com. It couldn’t be easier – you simply go to BN’s Facebook page, and find this post, and tell everyone who your favorite Cub is, past or present. That’s it. Boom. You’re entered.

Rehabbing and Other Bullets – April 14, 2011

Obviously it was great to get a series win against the Astros, but after starting the season against the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Brewers, and Astros, none of us can say we would have been happy with the Cubs coming out of that stretch at just .500. Still, here we are. I told you to be afraid […]

There’s No Beef Between Carlos Zambrano and Mike Quade

Allow this post to serve as your reassurance: Carlos Zambrano is not retreating into former bad habits, and there’s no bad blood between Zambrano and Cubs manager Mike Quade. To what am I referring? When he was yanked last night in the 6th inning after giving up five runs, capped off by a two-run homer, […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 9, Astros 5 – April 13, 2011

Well, the Cubs did what they do – score a lot early, and then do nothing for a long time; starting pitcher starts off looking good and then falls apart – but they pulled out the win. I suspect that Carlos Zambrano was just uncomfortable having the first good start among the Cubs’ top three […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Early Estimates on Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner

After watching the slow-moving disaster that was the all-bullpen experiment last night, I’m guessing you’re itching to hear some good news about pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. Well, I don’t have good news. God is wrathful, after all. But I do have news. In his weekly chat, Bruce Levine casually dropped the first estimates (that […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Astros 11 – April 12, 2011

Well, that was just a fluky game you’ve got to chalk up to “who could have possibly predicted such a disaster?” Right? Oh. Wait. Although he was horrible, I actually feel bad for James Russell. As I said before, he was a lamb being led to the slaughter – and he was slaughtered. Hopefully the […]

The Cubs Have Signed Doug Davis

Today the Chicago Cubs signed pitcher Doug Davis – remember how he used to vexate us? – to a minor league deal. He’ll head to extended Spring Training, and, if he makes the big club, he’ll get the prorated portion of $900,000 (with a possibility of another $1.1 million in incentives). The signing is all about depth, given the […]

Worst Closer Facial Hair: Brian Wilson, Ryan Franklin, or John Axford?

Facial hair can be a wonderful thing – if done correctly. Done incorrectly, facial hair can be a flashpoint for ridicule, generating joke after barb after insult, until my wife’s voice is sore. And three guys doing it incorrectly? National League closers Ryan Franklin, Brian Wilson, and John Axford. The only question, aside from wondering […]

James Russell is a Lamb and Other Bullets – April 12, 2011

Much like the weekend series against the Brewers, there’s one game this series that looks like a guaranteed loss. In this case, it’s today’s game where James Russell faces Brett Myers. Of course, in the Brewers game it was Casey Coleman versus Yovani Gallardo, and the Cubs beat up on Gallardo. Russell is keeping a […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Astros 4 – April 11, 2011

The Cubs once again did that whole score-early-and-often-then-completely-shut-down thing, but fortunately, they scored enough early to hold on through several heart attacks. Ryan Dempster got his first win, but, what looked like a great start became just an OK one after Mike Quade left him in to give up two homers in the 7th inning. […]