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Month: May 2011

Missing Milton Bradley and Other Bullets – May 10, 2011

Once again, the series starting today has the look of one where the Cubs should win one (Wednesday’s Garza v. Westbrook tilt), should lose one (Thursday’s Coleman v. Garcia), and could win the other one (today’s Zambrano v. Carpenter). It feels like eons since the Cubs won the first game of a series, so it […]

The Return of Theriot and Other Off-Day Bullets – May 9, 2011

A scheduling quirk gives the Cubs two off-days in five days, and gave manager Mike Quade the opportunity to get a bunch of guys back-to-back days of rest. Hopefully it pays off in this week’s obviously important series against the Central-leading Cardinals. Speaking of the Central-leading Cardinals, their shortstop position is manned by a guy […]

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 2, Cubs 0 – May 8, 2011

Did you know that, in four minor league rehab starts, Johnny Cueto had an ERA of, like, seven? The Chicago Cubs offense is, once again, the cure to what ails you. It turns out that yesterday’s unbelievably un-Cub-like victory was not the start of something new – it was merely another in a long line […]

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Hoping for Ryan Dempster Success and Other Bullets – May 8, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day to you Mothers out there. Maybe the Cubs can take a series to honor the occasion. And doing so starts with Ryan Dempster. After his first altogether excellent start last time out, Dempster will look to do it again against a very good Reds lineup, that’s probably smarting after being shut down […]

Todd Wellemeyer Has Retired

Former Cub and then not Cub and then Cub again Todd Wellemeyer will not be joining the team’s rotation this year or any year – he’s decided to hang ’em up. Just 32, Wellemeyer has been dealing with a hip problem, and, after an unsuccessful start at AAA Iowa this week, it appears he feels […]

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 2, Cubs 3 – May 7, 2011

When Jeff Baker’s 9th inning double somehow bounded into the seats in center field, erasing what would have been the game-winning run, you knew this game was over. That kind of thing happens only to the Cubs (seriously, a ground-rule double by way of a bounce into the stands? at Wrigley?), and the day was […]

Doug Davis Won’t Be the Fifth Starter Next Weekend

Given his successful gearing up efforts so far, including a dominating performance at high A on Thursday, many folks were speculating that Doug Davis would be the guy to step into the Chicago Cubs’ fifth starter spot when it is next needed (Saturday, May 14). While he made sense as the guy to take the […]

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 5, Cubs 4 – May 6, 2011

It’s games like today’s that make it very hard for folks who write about a team regularly to also be a big-time fan of that team. Because, right now, all I want to do is write “F*CK” over and over again. How many runs should the Cubs have scored today? I don’t mean, how many […]

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The Free $150 Fantasy Baseball Tourney is TODAY: Join or Cry

All right, folks. This is it. The free, one-day, fantasy baseball tournament on DraftStreet is today. If you haven’t already signed up for a chance to have some fun and win some money ($150 in cash prizes, with five people winning cash), you’re running out of time. When the first game starts today – the […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner Throw Well Again

It’s a slow process, but so far so good in the rehabilitations of pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. The duo threw again of the mound yesterday, and neither experienced any pain (Wells in his forearm, Cashner in his shoulder). “I threw my second bullpen [Wednesday] and feel pain-free,” Wells said. “It’s just a matter […]

My Team for the Free $150 Fantasy Baseball Tourney

This is today’s reminder to sign up for the free $150 Fantasy Baseball Tourney, which runs tomorrow. Details here. Sign up here. I put my team together yesterday, and I’ll probably keep tinkering with it throughout the day and tomorrow, but I thought I’d share a couple of my picks. On the pitching side of […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Dodgers 1 – May 4, 2011

I can, and will, overstate the importance of today’s win. In two of the three games, the Cubs started guys with ERAs north of 9.00. On the other side of the bump in those games, they were facing topline starters. Just incredible. Today’s win not only gave the Cubs a series win, but it gave […]

Free Fantasy Baseball Tournament – $150 Up for Grabs

Something to do while you wait on today’s rubber game in Los Angeles… It’s the best free fantasy baseball cash giveaway on the ‘net. I’m asking all my loyal readers (and casual readers, and folks who hate me) to help me out and sign up for a FREE cash one-day fantasy baseball tourney. There’s $150 […]

Carlos Pena is Relieved and Other Bullets – May 4, 2011

Today’s game against Ted Lilly is a pretty big one, giving the Chicago Cubs a chance to win a series that they probably had no business winning. Here’s hoping the “good” Z shows up. Carlos Pena hit his first homer of the season last night, after more than a month of games. His seventh inning […]

We’re All Screwed: Starlin Castro on SI’s Cover

Coincidence that Starlin Castro’s current cool streak started about the same time this cover went into production? Castro is telling folks that, not only is he unaware of the SI cover jinx, but, until he was featured, he was unaware of Sports Illustrated altogether. Hopefully that means he’ll avoid the wrath of the fickle gods […]

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Our Nightmare is Over (For Now): James Russell Back to the Bullpen

Though it’s based largely on the upcoming off-day, Paul Sullivan says James Russell is officially out of the rotation, and back in the bullpen. The Cubs will go with a four-man rotation for the time being, but unless they plan to do a true four-man rotation (will never happen), the team will need a fifth […]

Darwin Barney is the NL Rookie of the Month

A young man who entered Spring Training in a battle just to make the roster is now the National League’s Rookie of the Month for the first month of the season. Second baseman Darwin Barney, 25, won the award on the strength of a .326/.351/.449 slash line, along with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored. […]

Announcing the Free $150 Fantasy Baseball Contest

I told you that you’d want to come back today. Bleacher Nation has been given the opportunity to host an exclusive, one-day, FREE fantasy baseball contest through DraftStreet.com, this Friday, May 6 (semi-warning: that link features a picture of a sexy lady in an almost shockingly low-cut bikini type thing. Still technically safe for work, […]

Jim Hendry Sounds Familiar and Other Bullets – May 3, 2011

The Chicago Cubs are now 1-7 in the games that would have been started by Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. If they split those games instead, they’re 15-13, in a virtual tie atop the NL Central standings. God’s wrath, indeed. Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry is singing a familiar, but totally correct, tune: “The […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Dodgers 5 – May 2, 2011

The Cubs were almost certainly not going to beat Clayton Kershaw no matter who was pitching for them. I get that. But that doesn’t stop me from being pissed off that, once again (again-again-again), things played out exactly as predicted: James Russell didn’t give the Cubs a chance to win, and the bullpen was flawless. […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner Finally Throw Off Mound

Although the pair were re-evaluated last Wednesday, we haven’t yet heard what the rehab plan is for long-lost pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. Given that their absences have introduced to the James Russell/Casey Coleman nightmare, any kind of update on Wells’ and Cashner’s statuses is a welcome one. To that end, today both Wells […]

So, About Those DraftStreet Banners

You’ve no doubt noticed the three DraftStreet banners up on the site for the last week or so. And here’s where I tell you that they’re not quite “just” advertisements. They are foreshadowing something pretty awesome that’s going to be happening here at Bleacher Nation this week. I can’t tell you the details quite yet […]

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