September 2011

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The Carlos Marmol Extension Looks Worse By the Day and Other Bullets

The Carlos Marmol Extension Looks Worse By the Day and Other Bullets

The Cubs might have to turn to someone else to close come 2012. Mike Quade with another “kids lineup,” the “kids” play dress up, Wrigley Field keeps looking for financing, and Bryan LaHair looks to return.

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Cardinals 3 – September 25, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Cardinals 3 – September 25, 2011

Once again, the Cubs’ spoiler effort was spoiled.

Alfonso Soriano is Unhappy but “Energetic” and Other Bullets

Alfonso Soriano is Unhappy but “Energetic” and Other Bullets

Soriano doesn’t like batting 7th, but is also a bright spot in the clubhouse. Aramis Ramirez wants to go to a contender now, Carlos Marmol is struggling, Rodrigo Lopez wants to come back, and Albert Pujols is going to get paid.

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Cardinals 2 – September 24, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Cardinals 2 – September 24, 2011

Can’t spoil ‘em all, I suppose. Well, not when your closer can’t throw strikes, anyway.

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – September 23, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – September 23, 2011

Ah, the kind of spoiling that feels good.

Series Preview: Cubs v. Cardinals, September 23 – September 25, 2011

Series Preview: Cubs v. Cardinals, September 23 – September 25, 2011

I was wrong when I said the Cubs didn’t have anything left to play for – ending the Cardinals’ late-season playoff push is definitely something.

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Epstein, Friedman, Jocketty, Cashman, Hahn, Cherington

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Epstein, Friedman, Jocketty, Cashman, Hahn, Cherington

Massive criticism of Theo Epstein could be the Cubs’ gain. The Cubs are probably waiting for a chance at the big boys, but they might not actually land one of them.

Carlos Pena Unsure Whether He Wants to Return in 2012 and Other Bullets

Carlos Pena Unsure Whether He Wants to Return in 2012 and Other Bullets

With Aramis Ramirez on the way out, might Pena be less interested in returning? What the Cubs could do at 3B in 2012, Mike Quade’s source of confidence, and the awesomeness of Starlin Castro.