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Baseball Prospectus Projects the 2010 Cubs to Suck

We’re coming up on Spring Training, which means it’s time to start prognosticating. For us here at Bleacher Nation, it means our series of posts about why each team in the National League Central is going to suck (are you getting excited?). But Baseball Prospectus has jumped the gun on¬†projecting the entire NL Central to […]

Jake Fox is Not a Starter – A Statistical Examination

On Friday, May 8, the Chicago Cubs were playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a nondescript, early season game. In the third inning, Ryan Braun drove a hard grounder down the third baseline, and the ball was destined for left field. It was a certain double until third baseman Aramis Ramirez, displaying excellent defensive prowess […]

Houston Astros Interviewing Prospective Managers, But Not Bob Brenly

Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly recently revealed that he still has a desire to manage in MLB, and that he listens when teams call. He would even be happy to take in some interviews. But the Houston Astros, who are searching for a manager, won’t be one of those interviews. At least not yet. And […]

Chicago Cubs Considering Next Hitting Coach

The first rumor about a possible hitting coach replacement involves Texas Rangers’ coach Rudy Jaramillo. The Chicago Cubs let their hitting coach, Von Joshua, return to AAA Iowa. Joshua, himself, was a midseason replacement for previous hitting coach Gerald Perry. Hitting coaches generally receive too much of the blame when a team isn’t hitting, and […]

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Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

The Cubs 2010 Schedule Has Been Released

Not that I’m recommending anyone start thinking about next year, but MLB has released its schedules for next year. Among the highlights for the Chicago Cubs: The Cubs will open their 135th season on April 5 in Atlanta and play their Wrigley Field opener on April 12 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The new schedule marks […]

Jose Valverde: The Cubs Need a Closer, and that Closer is Me

After the disappointing performance of Kevin Gregg in the closer’s role this year for the Chicago Cubs, Carlos Marmol has taken over adequately, and is the presumptive favorite to return as next year’s closer. Gregg is a free agent, an unless he takes mid-caliber setup man money, he won’t be back. But that isn’t stopping […]

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Justin Berg Probably Hates Mitch Atkins

Before yesterday’s game against the Houston Astros, the Chicago Cubs made a minor move by sending reliever Jeff Stevens back to AAA Iowa, and calling up pitcher Mitch Atkins. The move was much less a statement about Stevens – he’s actually pitched will in 6+ innings of ML work this year – as it was […]

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Obsessive Lee Neckwatch: Back Today

With all of our obsessive watches here at Bleacher Nation (Rich Harden’s shoulder, Aramis Ramirez’s dislocation, and of course, all things Jake Peavy), it is surprising that we haven’t yet begun a Derrek Lee neckwatch. After all, the Chicago Cubs first baseman has missed many games – albeit usually one or one half at a […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Ryan Dempster Gettin’ X-Rays

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher/excessive celebrator Ryan Dempster is recovering adequately from a broken bone in his right big toe. If x-rays show that his bone is healing nicely, he could be back as soon as next week – starting July 30 against the Houston Astros. “Larry [Rothschild, pitching coach] seems to think that if Dempster’s […]

God Relents: Derrek Lee’s Neck Injury is Minor

Derrek Lee’s bothersome neck is fine, he says. He’ll be ready for the doubleheader today. “I’m good; I’ll be in the lineup tomorrow,” he said. “There’s no story. I’m good. Just a tweak. I got out as a precaution.” DailyHerald.com. That’s quite a precaution, given that it was just a four-run game at the time. […]

Sorry Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson, But the Cubs Think You Suck

When starting catcher Geovany Soto went down this week with an oblique injury, the Chicago Cubs had to scramble for a back-up catcher. And despite two adequately performing catchers at AAA Iowa – Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson – the Cubs decided to look outside the organization. The Cubs apparently tried to claim a catcher […]

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