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Month: May 2011

God’s Wrath Watch: Geovany Soto’s Groin is Strained

Quick. Name the position at which the Chicago Cubs would experience the most severe downgrade on the current roster if the starter went down with injury. *Jeopardy Music* Correct. It’s catcher. And Geovany Soto has a strained left groin muscle. Soto apparently was hurt during Matt Holliday’s at-bat in the Cardinals’ first. The Cubs catcher […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cardinals 6, Cubs 4 – May 10, 2011

Nothing grinds my gears quite like when the Cubs come back late – and, say, tie the game in the 7th – only to lose it soon thereafter. Well, nothing except a team that consistently outhits its opponents, but keeps losing games. Er, make that except losing to the damn Cardinals, particularly on a night […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]