What a serious kick in the grapes. And you’ll note: the Heilman pitch to Holliday really wasn’t that bad.
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 […]
Even though we predicted it would happen, a small part of us refused to believe that, after putting up an ERA over eight with the Boston Red Sox, John Smoltz would somehow come to the St. Louis Cardinals and pitch well. That small part of us is a retard. Smoltz, making his Cardinals debut, pitched […]
A Smoltz with any other team would not smell as sweet – or perform as well. John Smoltz is apparently close to signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. Smoltz, 42, put up a snowman+ ERA with the Red Sox this year, so most assume he’s done for. Ah, but they have not seen the redeeming […]
Speaking strictly statistically, things are not looking good for the 2009 Chicago Cubs. Last night’s heartbreaking loss (haven’t they all been heartbreaking this year?), coupled with the St. Louis Cardinals’ win over the Dodgers dropped the Cubs six games back in the National League Central. Though the Cubs are just five games back in the […]
Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers: Designated Bill Hall for assignment; Demoted JJ Hardy; Fired pitching coach Bill Castro; and Generally smelled like poo. Were it not for the Chicago Cubs’ pathetic swoon of late, this might not even qualify as news. But given that the Brewers will soon be poised to pass the Cubs, it’s news. […]
Sportswriter Bernie Miklasz says that St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa wants another reliever to shore up the Cardinal pen – and the targets are veterans Justin Speier and John Smoltz. Smoltz, recently designated for assignment by the Red Sox – which he declined – must be traded or released by the Red Sox in […]
Sure, the Cardinals, Rockies and Giants all lost, so everyone says “at least the Cubs didn’t lose a game in the standings.” I’ve always hated that expression. Of course they lost a game – because they lost tonight, they remain 3 games out in the Central and the Wild Card. If they had won, they’d […]
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella likes the Cubs, but apparently, he loves the Cardinals. That’s why he has proclaimed the St. Louis Cardinals the team to beat in the NL Central this year. “We’re getting a little better, he said, “But look- St. Louis is the team to beat. Let’s not lose sight of that. […]
Flashback to two weeks ago. The trade deadline was looming, and teams were assessing needs, strengths, weaknesses, and increasingly, payroll. Can we add? Should we dump? And the toughest question of all: do we eat this guy’s contract just to get rid of him? The Boston Red Sox were as active as any team, and […]
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.
The Cardinals are getting better, and the Cubs are getting worse. Starting pitcher and lone All Star Ted Lilly has been battling knee problems, so the fact that he’s been scratched from tomorrow’s start is not a huge shock. Except that he’s been scratched because of a sore shoulder. Ruh Roh. He’s having tests done […]
The cupboard is now bare prospect-wise for the Cardinals, but there can be no doubt that this is a terrible move… for the Cubs. The Cardinals will now have a vastly improved lineup, and they instantly become the favorites in the Central if they weren’t already. Will the Cubs respond? Probably not. It’s still likely […]
The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are becoming quite active in the pre-trade-deadline market. Yesterday, they dealt outfielder Chris Duncan to the Boston Red Sox for recently DFA’d infielder Julio Lugo, who could provide extra support if Khalil Greene never turns things around. And now, the Cardinals are looking to add an outfielder […]
The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]
The Red Sox designated Julio Lugo for assignment yesterday, pulling the plug halfway through a poorly-timed and probably ill-conceived contract given out at the high of the free agent boom. Of course, for all the flak, Lugo has still managed to hit .284 this year, with a solid .352 OBP. His range at shortstop has […]
The Cardinals are unfortunately legitimate contenders in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes – their GM was recently quoted as saying the team would give up “an arm or a leg” to get him (do they have both in their system?). Adding to that, Halladay, who has full no-trade protection, has intimated that he’d probably accept a […]
The All Star break marks the not-really-but-figurative mid-point of the season. It always seems like a good time to reflect on pre-season items, and how things have played out (read: cliche, but we’re doing it anyway). It is an easy time to look back with the benefit of hindsight … and regret. The Chicago Cubs […]
The Cublogoverse is abuzz over this Tribune article, which suggests that the Cubs are interested in recently released Blue Jay reliever, BJ Ryan … even though we already noted that here at Bleacher Nation several days ago. But whatever. We’re not bitter. As interesting as a move on Ryan would be, is the impact on […]
Stupid doubleheaders. How frustrating was that 9th inning? Brilliant top half (including a beautiful Reed Johnson non-catch), and then three straight Ks looking in the bottom half. Sure, two of them were unbelievaballs, but you’ve got to protect with two strikes. Also, Ryan Franklin’s goatee is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. I thought […]
Why did there have to be a second game?
The Cubs’ only All Star gets the job done. And I also got the job done with a new banner. Yeah. You see that? I did that. Don’t like it? I will punch you in the neck. Go Cubs.
Given the doubleheader on Saturday, now we just hope for a split, I suppose.
The worst part: Soto had an OPS well over .900 this past month. Was there ever any doubt that God was a Cardinals fan? Apparently, catcher Geovany Soto’s left-oblique strain is more serious than first thought. The Cubs are still calling it “mild,” but they will place him on the 15-day disabled list today, and […]
In an incredibly savvy move (shock), the Chicago Cubs are sending temporary starter Kevin Hart down to AAA Iowa so that they can bring up an extra bullpen arm for the Cardinals series. The extra arm belongs to reliever prospect Jeff Stevens, acquired by the Cubs over the winter in the Mark DeRosa deal. Stevens […]
The Chicago Cubs are back to their slumping offensive ways, and with the division-leading Cardinals coming into town tomorrow, there will be little patience for struggling superstars. But you’re going to have to resist the urge to boo Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley. It hurts them, and apparently, it makes them suck. “I can’t go […]