Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been on the disabled list for a week, in part due to terrible play, but also in part due to a bone bruise in his left thumb. At least the latter problem is getting a little better. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez took batting practice on Tuesday, the […]
Kosuke Fukudome has been sliding terribly. This, we all know. But at least he’s trying to work with coaches and instructors to turn things around – in fact, he’s bringing his Japanese hitting coach out to work on his swing. Kosuke Fukudome’s Japanese hitting coach, Kyosuke Sasaki, rejoined his star pupil in hopes of getting […]
Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg is a rising star – insofar as managers can be rising stars – in the Cubs’ system. How much of that is due to his managerial ability, and how much is due to his Hall of Fame career as a Chicago Cub, is hard to tell. In any event, it […]
It’s been rare, but occasionally, the defense has been to blame this year. Last night, it wasn’t the bats or the pitchers that cost the Cubs the game, it was the defense. Go variety!
Mitch Atkins, we hardly knew ye. No, seriously. John Grabow was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and Mitch Atkins optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Grabow had been sidelined since May 31 because of a sprained left knee. Atkins never had a chance to get in a game during his brief call-up and he’s expected to […]
If the Chicago Cubs continue falling out of contention, you know as well as I do that we will daily be bombarded with rumors/ideas/suggestions about which players the Cubs should unload, and which players they should keep for the future. Well, I’m here to start bombarding you. Ryan Theriot presents an interesting case. Now that […]
As of today, June 15, MLB teams are free to trade guys they signed in the offseason as free agents. That means that, as far as the Cubs are concerned, outfielder Xavier Nady is on the block. Sure, Nady provides depth in the outfield and at first base, but as his arm strength returns, he’s […]
Although I’ve been saying it since late 2008 (after vociferously opposing his signing in the first place), others are jumping on the bandwagon that Kosuke Fukudome needs to go – not just because of his annual post-April/May swoon, but because he’s a continued, looming threat to giving Tyler Colvin a real chance to succeed as […]
Following his 8 innings of no-hit ball last night, which lowered his ERA to 2.90 and his WHIP to 0.995, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly’s value is probably at its highest level. And given that the win he secured in that game took the Cubs to a still-lofty seven games under .500, the idea that […]
Coming out of Spring Training, the Chicago Cubs looked like they had five capable outfielders – a nice problem to have. Manager Lou Piniella vowed that youngster Tyler Colvin, who looked the best of the five and has the ability to play all three outfield positions, would play several times a week. But at the […]
All it took to finally get Ted Lilly a win was a no-hitter into the 9th inning. The Cubs have scored a total of seven runs in Lilly’s last five starts. The only other game he won during that stretch? Another 1-0 game. But the enhancement today goes to a man who clearly needs an […]
Can you feel the Crosstown Cup slipping away? I, for one, am devastated. Another lifeless, pathetic effort from the Cubs’ increasingly aged offense. At least Ryan Theriot is heating up. Still, you’ve gotta feel bad for Carlos Silva, who had a chance to do something truly special – even if wins and losses are a terrible, […]
With the Chicago starting pitchers failing to go deep into games lately, the bullpen has been a bit taxed. To that end, the Cubs reached into AAA Iowa to pull up an arm to provide some relief (get it!?), and called up righty Mitch Atkins. To make room on the roster, left-hander James Russell was […]
Defense and a couple no-show-players killed the Cubs today. Still, the continued lineup shenanigans are what really gets my goat.
For months now, Aramis Ramirez has been terrible. He’s been consistently bad from day one on the 2010 season, and he’s never had a stretch of more than two games where he looked like a quality Major Leaguer, let alone the All-Star he’s been in years past. Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs placed Ramirez on the […]
The 2010 MLB Draft is in the books, and the Chicago Cubs took another 20 players on Wednesday, for a total of 50 players drafted over the course of the drawn-out three day draft. Out of 50 total picks, the Cubs took 29 players who were either high school or junior college players. Likewise, 31 […]
I… Have… The POWER!!! Powered by a powerful power explosion, the Cubs powered past the Brewers. And that makes it easy to overlook the fact that Carlos Zambrano was less than effective.
The Chicago Cubs selected 29 more players yesterday on the second day of the 2010 draft, and as with their first round pick, very few of them were on the prognosticators’ radars. Given the overall depth of talent in this year’s draft class (that is to say, the lack of depth), taking a number of […]
Barely one year ago, when Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez dove on a grounder to third, landed awkwardly, and rolled around in pain, we were all absolutely terrified – is he seriously hurt? is he going to the disabled list? how long will he be out? Now, the questions are very different. Why is […]