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Archive for April, 2011

Oh Noes: Andrew Cashner Leaves Game with “Shoulder Tightness”

Chicago Cubs starter Andrew Cashner (and noted top young pitcher) left today’s game after just 5.1 innings and 72 pitches with what the Cubs are calling “shoulder tightness.” In his[Read More…]

by April 5, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
More Evidence That Lou Piniella Was Checked Out Last Year

More Evidence That Lou Piniella Was Checked Out Last Year

If you watched the Chicago Cubs last year – and you did – you noticed a listless feel to the entire production. From top to bottom, “Year One” of the[Read More…]

by April 5, 2011 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

Nobody Wants to Watch the Cubs and Other Bullets – April 5, 2011

Yesterday’s attendance – 26,292 – was the lowest at Wrigley Field since 2002. Weather, economy, and opponent sure contributed, but it’s hard to argue that interest in the team is[Read More…]

by April 5, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Pena Has a Sprained Thumb

God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Pena Has a Sprained Thumb

Not to tempt fate, but it’s worth pointing out that the Chicago Cubs have been incredibly healthy thus far this year. God, as we say, has been benevolent. So, now[Read More…]

by April 5, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 4 – April 4, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 4 – April 4, 2011

Solid win all around, though you’d still like to see a little more offense – and that will happen if the Cubs can get some more balls to go over[Read More…]

by April 4, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Series Preview: Diamondbacks v. Cubs, April 4 – 6, 2011

Series Preview: Diamondbacks v. Cubs, April 4 – 6, 2011

Well, if what I said in the last Series Preview was correct, the whole damn season is doomed. But, hey, what do I know? The Series Preview hooks you up[Read More…]

by April 4, 2011 Series Previews

Starlin Castro’s Future is in the 3-Hole and Other Bullets – April 4, 2011

Still trying to forget yesterday’s game… Mike Quade¬†described Starlin Castro in the leadoff spot as “temporary” and an “experiment.” I’d say it was a success, no? A better word might[Read More…]

by April 4, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Did Mike Quade Blow Yesterday’s Game?

Did Mike Quade Blow Yesterday’s Game?

There is plenty of blame to go around for yesterday’s 5-4 9th inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marlon Byrd went just 1-5 from the 3-hole, stranded a number of[Read More…]

by April 4, 2011 Analysis and Commentary
Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 5, Cubs 4 – April 3, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 5, Cubs 4 – April 3, 2011

It’s very hard not to be reactionary after a game like that. I get that these games will happen. I get that, after giving up 16 hits (even if they[Read More…]

by April 3, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores

Fans Will Love Matt Garza and Other Bullets – April 3, 2011

This might become a regular feature when there are articles of note that do not merit their own, separate write-up, and where there are points I’d like to make about[Read More…]

by April 3, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
God’s Benevolence Watch: Carlos Zambrano Expects to Be OK After Multiple Cramps

God’s Benevolence Watch: Carlos Zambrano Expects to Be OK After Multiple Cramps

It’s ok to admit that you nervously peed yourself just a little bit when Carlos Zambrano threw an awkward-looking pitch, looked down at his hand, flexed it, and then proceeded[Read More…]

by April 3, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Laughing Because He Isn’t On the Cubs: More Theriot Goodness

Laughing Because He Isn’t On the Cubs: More Theriot Goodness

At the risk of belaboring the point, I find it worthwhile to remind you all of our fortuity in being rid of Ryan Theriot. In another loss for the Cardinals[Read More…]

by April 2, 2011 Cubs Humor, MLB News and Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 5 – April 2, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 5 – April 2, 2011

I would imagine that, however you were feeling yesterday, you’re feeling the exact opposite way today. The Cubs pulled the comeback trick on the Pirates today – and the guy[Read More…]

by April 2, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores

Quade Explains the Dempster Decision, and Other Bullets – April 2, 2011

Consider this a game day link dump for your perusing pleasure. Keep those spirits up, chumpions. Mike Quade says he felt like Ryan Dempster was fine to go out for[Read More…]

by April 2, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Laughing Because It Isn’t the Cubs: Matt Holliday Out After Appendectomy

Laughing Because It Isn’t the Cubs: Matt Holliday Out After Appendectomy

More sCardenfreude. Yes, it’s true that this was widely reported yesterday, but (1) being that it was April Fools Day, I thought it prudent to wait, and (2) there still[Read More…]

by April 2, 2011 MLB News and Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 6, Cubs 3 – April 1, 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 6, Cubs 3 – April 1, 2010

Hopefully you’ve missed seeing the Enhanced Box Scores as much as I’ve missed making them. On days like today, they’re cathartic. Two swings doomed the Cubs (and an aggressively, interminably[Read More…]

by April 1, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores

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