April 2011

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Oh Wow, Kerry Wood IS Still on the Cubs and Other Bullets – April 25, 2011

Oh Wow, Kerry Wood IS Still on the Cubs and Other Bullets – April 25, 2011

You should probably brace yourself for an unhappy stretch of baseball. After the Cubs host the Rockies, they head out to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks, and then they get the Dodgers-Reds-Cardinals-Giants-Reds-Marlins-Red Sox. That, my friends, is a brutal stretch. In particular, the two Reds series and the Cards series will be put up […]

Enhanced Box Score: Dodgers 7, Cubs 3 – April 24, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Dodgers 7, Cubs 3 – April 24, 2011

You won’t win too many series in which you give up 27 runs. Just think about that – 27 runs in three games. Wasn’t the Cubs’ strength supposed to be its pitching? To date, the Cubs have the *worst* starting pitching in the National League. Yes, injury plays a part in that, but what is […]

No One Even Discusses the Dempster Decision and Other Angry Bullets – April 24, 2011

No One Even Discusses the Dempster Decision and Other Angry Bullets – April 24, 2011

You probably could have guessed that it was historic, but let me confirm it for you – with yesterday’s win, the Chicago Cubs became the first team in Major League history to go 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, and 10-10. Most records are either positive or negative, but this one is […]

Enhanced Box Score: Dodgers 8, Cubs 10 – April 23, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Dodgers 8, Cubs 10 – April 23, 2011

Let me say up front: I love the Cubs. I’m very happy they won today. My evening is saved. But, here’s the thing. I’m very, very upset with Mike Quade for his decision to let Ryan Dempster hit in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs. Pulling Dempster in favor […]

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

After giving the Chicago Cubs 3.1 innings of (crappy) relief yesterday, Jeff Stevens was thanked, and sent down to AAA Iowa. Taking his place in the bullpen is Justin Berg, formerly a member of the pen last year. The predominant reason for the move is probably not the crappy performance of Stevens, but instead is […]

Defining Insanity with the 5th Starter Spot

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

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 […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Successful Throwing Sessions for Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner

God’s Wrath Watch: Successful Throwing Sessions for Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner

While you’re watching Casey Coleman fail to make it out of the third inning after trying (unsuccessfully) to nibble the Dodgers to death, perhaps you can take some solace in knowing that the guys whose absence made Coleman’s struggle possible had a good day of throwing. Not much solace, I know. But some. Earlier today, […]