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The Bullpen Will Be Settled This Weekend, and No One Is Going on Waivers

The Bullpen Will Be Settled This Weekend, and No One Is Going on Waivers

Chad Fox is no longer in the running for a bullpen spot after being told he’ll start the season at AAA Iowa, so it’s down to a competition between Jeff[Read More…]

Cubs Considering Offers for Pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman

Cubs Considering Offers for Pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman

There are no fewer than five remaining pitchers in camp who are battling for just two bullpen spots – Jeff Samardzija, David Patton, Chad Fox, Chad Gaudin, and Angel Guzman[Read More…]

Spring Training Battlewatch: the Bench is Complete

Spring Training Battlewatch: the Bench is Complete

Well, it appears that the Chicago Cubs bench is set: Koyie Hill, Joey Gathright, Reed Johnson, Aaron Miles, and Micah Hoffpauir. No one has shook Micah Hoffpauir’s hand yet to[Read More…]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Moorad’s in Control, and Willing to Move Peavy

Obsessive Peavywatch: Moorad’s in Control, and Willing to Move Peavy

Now that Jeff Moorad has taken over the Padres, and has some indeterminate amount of control over player personnel decisions, he was bound to start getting peppered with Jake Peavy[Read More…]

So Taguchi In, Joey Gathright Out?

So Taguchi In, Joey Gathright Out?

This one comes from way out of left field. I have been fairly vocal in my position that Joey Gathright is completely superfluous, and should not be guaranteed a spot[Read More…]

Cubs Pitchers Rank Each Other – This Will End Well

Cubs Pitchers Rank Each Other – This Will End Well

The Sun Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer polled the remaining pitchers in Cubs camp regarding their thoughts on, well, themselves. They ranked each other in various categories, and it is certain not[Read More…]

by March 29, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
Why the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

Why the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

This is the fifth and final installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck.[Read More…]

Jake Fox Kind of Hates the Cubs

Jake Fox Kind of Hates the Cubs

Fresh on the heels of yet another scorching Spring Training performance, only to be met with yet another year not making the big league club, Jake Fox was bound to[Read More…]

MLB Officials Pressured Derrek Lee to Play in WBC Despite Injury

As we now know, Derrek Lee decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic when he was asked to replace Kevin Youkilis for the semi-finals. What we didn’t know[Read More…]

by March 25, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
Backup Catcher Battlewatch: Son of a Bako

Backup Catcher Battlewatch: Son of a Bako

Just when it was looking like Koyie Hill’s hitting might overcome Paul Bako’s veteran-ness, and land him the backup catcher job (saving the Chicago Cubs some $350k in the process[Read More…]

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Er, Flu-Like Symptomwatch

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Er, Flu-Like Symptomwatch

Rich Harden was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday because of those dreaded “flu-like symptoms” – seriously, what is the deal with calling the illness “flu-like symptoms” instead of[Read More…]

Why the 2009 Houston Astros Will Suck

Why the 2009 Houston Astros Will Suck

This is the fourth installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati[Read More…]

Spring Training Battlewatch: Lou Spills Some Beans

Spring Training Battlewatch: Lou Spills Some Beans

Today, instead of looking at box scores, let’s just look at some things manager Lou Piniella said yesterday. “There are two jobs open in that bullpen as far as I’m[Read More…]

Micah Hoffpauir is in like Flynn; Gathright Out Like, um, Flout?

Micah Hoffpauir is in like Flynn; Gathright Out Like, um, Flout?

Well, the roster is really taking shape, and it’s taking the shape of a hulking, 29 year old rookie. Micah Hoffpauir is going to make the Chicago Cubs. “Hoffpauir’s fine,”[Read More…]

Jeff Samardzija Might End Up in the Big League Pen – Seriously

Jeff Samardzija Might End Up in the Big League Pen – Seriously

Jeff Samardzija’s chance to make the Chicago Cubs rotation blew up in smoke Monday, but apparently his chance to make the big team hasn’t quite yet. Piniella said he would[Read More…]

Mike Fontenot Slays Aaron Miles

Mike Fontenot Slays Aaron Miles

Figuratively, of course. Mike Fontenot has officially won the second base job, at least against righties. Piniella said Mike Fontenot would be his everyday second baseman, at least againist right-handed[Read More…]

The Chicago Cubs Financial Incentive to Let Kevin Gregg Close

The Chicago Cubs Financial Incentive to Let Kevin Gregg Close

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has said he’s likely to announce the team’s closer for the upcoming season by the end of this week. Despite popular opinion to the contrary,[Read More…]

Lou Knows Who the Back-up Catcher Will Be

Lou Knows Who the Back-up Catcher Will Be

But he’s not telling, apparently. As for the backup catcher, Piniella definitely has some ideas regarding Paul Bako, Koyie Hill and Mark Johnson. Asked if it was a wide open[Read More…]

The 25th Man Likely to be Koskie or German

Lou Piniella all but confirmed yesterday what we’ve openly speculated: the 25th man is probably going to be an infielder, and it’s probably going to be Corey Koskie or recently[Read More…]

Zambrano Will Start Opening Day, but How About the Rest of the Rotation?

Zambrano Will Start Opening Day, but How About the Rest of the Rotation?

Although there had been a small chance Lou Piniella would give the ball to last year’s ace, Ryan Dempster, to start on Opening Day, he’s going to go with Carlos[Read More…]

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