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 […]
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 […]
Ah, the delicious tease of another meaningless September win. Well. Probably meaningless.
The Chicago Cubs continue to do just enough to not, like, actually make the playoffs, but instead torture us. Great outing by Randy Wells, who becomes the first Cubs rookie to win 10 games (completely meaningless stat) since Kerry Wood.
You know, the poor outing by Rich Harden bothers me less in terms of the Cubs keeping a guy who had a poor outing, and more in terms of the unwillingness to call it a season already and start preparing for next year.
The bats keep co0king, and the Cubs keep winning. Very divergent and yet similar outcomes for the two starting pitchers…
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 […]
It’s awesome to score 12 and all, but it kind of feels like a waste on a day that 1 would have done the trick. Still, feels good. But damn you, Dodgers. Way to choke against the Cardinals. Thanks for nothing.
Well, first place was nice. It’s good to have Ryan Dempster back and all, but he may want to consider, you know, pitching better. And as wonderful as the bullpen was on Monday, it was perfectly, oppositely bad on Tuesday.
Holy walk-off grand slam, Batman! Nothing like becoming a hero in the 13th to obfuscate an otherwise terrible, terrible game.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Ok, didn’t we play this game yesterday? It wasn’t funny the first time. And Geoff Blum? Seriously?
Well, I guess the offensive display on Tuesday was a one-night-only kind of thing.
The Chicago Cubs optioned Jake Fox back to AAA Iowa last night to make room for utility infielder Aaron Miles, who is coming off of the disabled list. Now, there are a few gripes that one could lob about this, but I think ultimately it will be ok. Miles, for all his light-hitting this year, […]
Ah, a good old fashioned butt-kicking. Finally. Ted Lilly was money. Mike Fontenot was money. But it wasn’t all good…
An off day is the perfect time to return to obsessing about a trade that will almost certainly never happen, and given the Chicago Cubs’ offensive struggles, is almost certain not to matter. But still, it’s interesting to hear more about Jake Peavy, and possible trades. So here’s some more info from Jayson Stark as […]
Jake Peavy rejected his proposed trade to the White Sox earlier today. And there was much rejoicing. The two teams had a deal in place whereby the White Sox would have sent left-handed pitching prospects Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard plus two more minor leaguers to San Diego for Peavy, but the trade needed Peavy’s […]
Win a close one, lose a close one. There’s some kind of yin-yang in there. I just don’t care for it.
My friend, Matt, of Sharapova’s Thigh fame, described the game thusly: it’s one of those games that you’re happy to win, but you just feel like crap about it because of the horrible way it came about (ultra-mega blowing it in the 9th, only to win it in the bottom half). I agree. But then […]
The Cubs may be one step closer to full strength tonight in the series opener against the San Diego Padres. Derrek Lee, who’s been out almost a week could be back. I mean, he’s not necessarily a better hitter than Micah Hoffpauir at this point, but he’s nominally the starter. Lee, who has missed the […]
I’m so witty. First baseman Derrek Lee, suffering a relapse with a bulging disc in his neck, was kept out of pregame activity and the lineup for the second consecutive day. But manager Lou Piniella said he expects Lee to be available this weekend in Milwaukee, as long as he gets through the three-hour flight […]
Lots of good to point out in the Cubs win, and two-game sweep of the Astros, but the enhancement can’t help but be snarky.
Hey, there’s a real lineup!