Archive for May, 2013


Not That Carlos Marmol Had Any Trade Value Anyway, But Jed Hoyer Ain’t Looking to Spin

Not That Carlos Marmol Had Any Trade Value Anyway, But Jed Hoyer Ain’t Looking to Spin

Hoyer says the Cubs rode Marmol “really hard” for years, and his “fastball and slider aren’t what they used to be.” Blunt. But right.

Ian Stewart Decided Not to Play Baseball This Weekend

Ian Stewart Decided Not to Play Baseball This Weekend

After being optioned to Iowa, Stewart had the right to take 72 hours to report. But he was already with the Iowa Cubs … so what’s going on?


Short Series Preview: Cardinals v. Cubs, May 7 – May 8, 2013

Short Series Preview: Cardinals v. Cubs, May 7 – May 8, 2013

An abbreviated version of the preview …

by May 7, 2013 Series Previews
Scott Feldman Has Been Ridiculous Over His Last Four Starts and Other Bullets

Scott Feldman Has Been Ridiculous Over His Last Four Starts and Other Bullets

He’s pitched as well as anyone on the Cubs, if not anyone in baseball over that stretch. Also, more thoughts on the rotation after Matt Garza’s return.

by May 7, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Minor League Daily: Smoke and Numbers

Cubs Minor League Daily: Smoke and Numbers

Comparing “prospect” stats can be misleading, or underinformative.

Enhanced Box Score: Rangers 2, Cubs 9 – May 6, 2013

Enhanced Box Score: Rangers 2, Cubs 9 – May 6, 2013

A series win! Scott Feldman was dominant, and the offense was huge.

by May 7, 2013 Enhanced Box Scores

Pre-Gamin’: Rangers v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

Pre-Gamin’: Rangers v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

An interleague makeup game on a previously-scheduled offday. Early season rainouts, FTW!

by May 6, 2013 Pre-Gamin'
Roster Moves: Loe DFA’d, Sappelt Optioned, Sweeney and Dolis Called Up

Roster Moves: Loe DFA’d, Sappelt Optioned, Sweeney and Dolis Called Up

It’s a series of strangely related moves.

Matt Garza Makes Another Successful Rehab Start, Throws 54 Pitches

Matt Garza Makes Another Successful Rehab Start, Throws 54 Pitches

His fastball had life, and his stuff reportedly looked good.

by May 6, 2013 Chicago Cubs News

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: The Mayor is Set to Introduce Night Game Ordinance

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: The Mayor is Set to Introduce Night Game Ordinance

It’ll happen at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, and it’s the first substantive test for the comprehensive Wrigley Renovation plan.

by May 6, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Has Edwin Jackson Really Been That Bad This Year? Can You Argue That He’s Actually Been Good?

Has Edwin Jackson Really Been That Bad This Year? Can You Argue That He’s Actually Been Good?

The answers may surprise you, as they are “not really,” and “yeah, I think maybe,” respectively. Jackson’s doing some things well, and has had some bad luck.

by May 6, 2013 Analysis and Commentary
How Much Are the RISP Woes Dragging the Cubs Down? and Other Bullets

How Much Are the RISP Woes Dragging the Cubs Down? and Other Bullets

A warning, I’m going to bust out the mental calculator, which is always flawed (but possibly interesting).

by May 6, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Minor League Daily: About Those Cougars…

Cubs Minor League Daily: About Those Cougars…

The prospect-heavy Cougars keep on winning.