April 2011

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Series Preview: Dodgers v. Cubs, April 22 – April 24, 2011

Series Preview: Dodgers v. Cubs, April 22 – April 24, 2011

Well, this should be a pretty hum-drum, boring series against a random team that is totally not in the news for reasons wholly unrelated to baseball. Except for the comatose Giants fan beat up by Dodger fans. And the whole team-seized-by-Major-League-Baseball thing. Yup. Pretty hum-drum. By way of reminder, the Series Preview hooks you up […]

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

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 […]

At Least MLB Isn’t Taking Over the Cubs and Other Bullets – April 21, 2011

At Least MLB Isn’t Taking Over the Cubs and Other Bullets – April 21, 2011

In a never-ending quest to find reasons to believe things could be worse, we should consider how dire the financial situation in Los Angeles has become. After taking private loans just to pay his players’ salaries, Bud Selig took the reigns from Frank McCourt yesterday, and the Dodgers are now the MLB equivalent of Amtrak. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]