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Month: April 2012
The Chicago Cubs have had a lead in five of their first six games. They are 1-5.
Ryan Dempster was victimized by the bullpen and a lack of run support in his first time out. Here’s hoping he’s the same, but everything else is different today.
April has historically been Maholm’s second-worst month. There’s your reassurance. Caution? Advanced stats suggest his “great” 2011 wasn’t all that great.
The Cubs are swinging early and often, and could be in for yet another year of seeing few pitches, and taking few walks.
It isn’t just about one start for Samardzija. Paul Maholm says he sucked, Dale Sveum offers more specifics, and Josh Vitters has looked good this year.
The big club lost last night, and the Minor League teams followed suit. All of them.
I guess we were spoiled by the first starts from Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, and Jeff Samardzija.
Paul Maholm makes his first start for the Cubs, who’ll try to even up the series with the Brewers at one.
“I’m not excited about that at all,” Governor Pat Quinn said about reports that the city and the Cubs are closing in on a funding deal.
The big, just-turned 26-year-old first baseman/outfielder offers loads of potential, but would the Cubs even have room if they wanted Allen?
Last night’s primary pitchers understand what they need to do going forward. Starlin Castro was guessing, Ken Rosenthal is re-hashing, and we’re trying to be optimistic.
Travis Wood not only pitched well, he went deep. Anthony Rizzo also went deep last night – twice. Pitching prospects Zach Cates and Ben Wells were in action, but weren’t dominant.
The Cubs fought back in the ninth, but came up just short.
Chris Volstad takes the mound for the first time for the Cubs. If he pitches as well as the three Cubs starters who’ve preceded him, we’ll be happy. Until the 8th inning, at least.
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A highly-placed Cubs source says there was nothing to the rumor.
Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo play hero, Logan Watkins is on fire, and Tony Campana demonstrates “game changing speed.”
The former Cub third baseman returns today and deserves a cheer. Jeff Samardzija doesn’t look like an idiot, and Dale Sveum defends Carlos Marmol.
The Cubs log their first win behind an absurdly good first start by Jeff Samardzija. They even survived a Carlos Marmol appearance.
Jeff Samardzija makes his debut, and here’s hoping he can go nine strong.
Your daily round-up of all things Chicago Cubs Minor Leagues and prospects. Former number one pick Hayden Simpson got his first start of the year.
He was mad at himself for the pitch to LaRoche. Dale Sveum isn’t making any bullpen changes, Carlos Marmol is having trouble with his slider, and Starlin Castro is streaking.
You know what I said about Thursday’s game? Yeah, that. Again.
Let’s welcome Gio Gonzalez to the National League with a metaphorical smack in the face, eh?
Your round-up of all things Cubs Minor Leagues and prospects, with a Moneyball bent and an eye-witness account.