The first half ends as it began: with the Cubs embarrassing themselves against the Pirates.
Month: July 2011
Or it’s just Ryan Dempster being fiery, Mike Quade being obfuscatory, Jeff Samardzija being a starter, Aramis Ramirez not wanting to be an All-Star, Darwin Barney being clutch, and Matt Szczur being promoted.
Shiny, happy people holding hands.
Jim Hendry says some things about trades but doesn’t really say anything, Marcos Mateo has a strained forearm, Carlos Zambrano is rehabbing, Matt Garza is having a blast, and Cubs prospects are hot and not.
Win streak thwarted at one.
Today the Cubs released AAA outfielder Fernando Perez, opening up a spot on the 40-man roster. Thoughts on the move, and Perez’s and my love affair earlier this year.
Tons of bullets today: Aramis Ramirez’s value, Crane Kenney’s job security, Steve Rosenbloom’s hatred, Cubs prospects’ rankings and steroid use, the Home Run Derby, and cheating in the 1990s.
Rumor: New York Yankees Are Scouting Guys Like Aramis Ramirez, John Grabow, and… no way… Alfonso Soriano?
Ramirez and even Grabow are moderately understandable. But Soriano? Really?
If you shut the game off at 8-0 Nats, you may have saved yourself some heartburn, but you missed a hell of a comeback.
Z’s back must be feeling pretty good.
If I can raise enough in donations to cover the costs of hosing this site, I’ll blog for 24 hours straight at the trade deadline. This is your chance to make me physically ill.
Could the Cubs be entertaining the idea of unloading a catcher? An overpriced outfielder? Hard to say, but they’re looking at the Giants.
Randy Wells’ problems, Carlos Zambrano’s back, Ryan Dempster’s gut, Kerry Wood’s finger, and how to protect your valuables.
Some believe Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry might get the boot before manager Mike Quade.
Each of the Cubs’ last four losses have been by one run. So… they’re close!
Two 16-year-olds from Venezuela are the newest in the Cubs’ organization.
A thorough analysis for each tradable Chicago Cubs player, including the likelihood of a trade, the possible return, and a rumor here and there peppered throughout.
Marcos Mateo elbow explodes after a long outing, Mike Quade doesn’t mind being second-guessed, Ryan Dempster might return soon, Welington Castillo is looking forward to a chance, and bullets on prospects Nick Struck and Justin Bour.
Another one-run loss to the Nationals. Grumble.
A flurry of pitching roster moves before today’s game against the Nats.
Who’s hot and who’s not in the Cubs’ farm system, and notes on some of the more prominent Cubs prospects.
For you angry meme lovers out there.
An A-ball prospect gives us something to celebrate, Marcos Mateo gives us something to rue, Carlos Pena might give us something to cheer, and Carlos Zambrano gives a boy a home.
Injuries and ineffectiveness are wreaking havoc on the Cubs’ rotation and bullpen. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess.
Nice of the Cubs to let the Nationals win on the Fourth of July.
The rotation shuffle, the future of Aramis Ramirez, the opinion of Steve Stone, and the humanity of Darwin Barney.