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What Will It Take for the Cubs to Make the Playoffs?

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 […]

Prince Fielder Blacked Out Before Going After Guillermo Mota

Er. Um. Apparently. Fielder had said he didn’t “remember” his delayed reaction after reliever Guillermo Mota, a former teammate, hit him with two outs in the ninth inning of the 17-4 Dodgers win, presumably as payback for Chris Smith grazing Manny Ramirez with a pitch two innings earlier. ESPN. But despite not “remembering” his childish, […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Geovany Soto Could Be Back As Soon As Wednesday

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has been out for, well, a long time with a strained oblique. Fortunately, he’s been rehabbing successfully (he went 1-2 in a rehab outing last night for the Cubs’ AA affiliate in Tennessee), and he might be back sooner than expected. “Wednesday wouldn’t be soon enough for me,” [manager Lou] […]

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Lou Piniella is Clearly Pissed at Milton Bradley and Jim Hendry

Following the Chicago Cubs’ crushing and embarrassing sweep in the playoffs last year at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Lou Piniella was ardent in his support for the addition of a left-handed bat or two to the lineup. Some reports had him forcing Mark DeRosa out of town for just that reason. […]

A Ramirez Return Worth Cheering For

When Manny Ramirez returned from a 50-game steroid suspension, Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheered as though he’d returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation. The hero returns. When Aramis Ramirez returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation, Chicago Cubs fans cheered just as loudly. And they did so without that tiniest […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Ready to Roll

Aramis Ramirez had his first rehab outing yesterday, and he looked great. But far more importantly, he felt great. Ramirez looked fairly similar Friday to the way he did May 8 — the day he dislocated his left shoulder diving for a ball at third base. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and […]

Dusty Baker’s Head Was Thoroughly Buried in the Sand

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker now has the dubious distinction of having managed two of the most notorious busted steroid users – Barry Bonds with the San Francisco Giants and Sammy Sosa with the Chicago Cubs. I suppose that label could also be placed now on Joe Torre, having managed Alex Rodriguez with the Yankees […]

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The Cubs World Series Chances Are Diminishing, But Still Surprisingly High

When the 2009 season started, the Chicago Cubs were the prohibitive favorite to win the National League Central, and were a strong favorite to represent the Senior Circuit in the World Series. Only Cubs fans knew better. Wherever you looked, pre-season, to find World Series odds, you would note the Cubs occupying the third spot […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Juicy Nuggets of Info

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 […]

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Obsessive Peavywatch: Tired of It Yet? Too Bad!

You missed it. Admit it. You missed it. The Obsessive Peavywatch is back! New scuttlebutt from Jayson Stark has Jake Peavy possibly on the move, and the Cubs as a very possible destination. The Cubs’ ownership limbo now looks as if it might stretch until Christmas Eve. So who knows whether Cubs GM Jim Hendry […]

The Cubs Are Power Ranked

I don’t know why every ranking of Major League Baseball teams in the universe are called “power rankings” (because baseball involves power, I guess?), but they are. And the first two big ones have popped up for this season, ESPN and Yahoo. Phil Rogers put together a third, and decidedly lesser power ranking. Yahoo’s top […]

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 Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and their prospects for 2009 […]

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Spring Training Battlewatch: March 17, 2009

The Chicago Cubs exacted more fake revenge on the Los Angeles Dodgers for last year’s pathetically, embarrassingly, awfully, ridiculously, pathetically, I know I already said pathetically but it was really pathetic, terribly poor playoff effort. Battles! Esteban German and Corey Koskie – making his debut – split time at third. Koskie went 1-2 with a […]

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, Piniella has indicated that Kevin Gregg is at least as likely to claim the role as Carlos Marmol. How could this be? Marmol is obviously […]

Why the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Suck

This is the third 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 Reds, Milwaukee Brewers. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and their prospects for 2009 success. But, […]

Why the 2009 Milwaukee Brewers Will Suck

This is the second installment in Bleacher Nation’s weekly series, exploring precisely why the other teams in the National League Central are going to suck in 2009. Previously: Cincinnati Reds. Once again, Bleacher Nation takes on the challenge of pointing out everything bad about a National League Central team, in a quest to provide you […]

Lou Piniella Hates Mark DeRosa, Until He Doesn’t

Everyone was surprised when the Chicago Cubs dealt Mark DeRosa to the Cleveland Indians for prospects two months ago – well, except those of us who (erroneously) assumed the deal was merely a precursor to a trade for Jake Peavy. Two months later, Mark DeRosa is still surprised. And it sounds like he kinda thinks […]

The First Spring Training Game is Here

Only 38 more to go until Opening Day. Jeff Samardzija gets the first start for the Chicago Cubs as they open up the Cactus League against the Los Angeles Dodgers at HoHoKam Park today. There are a few battles to watch this spring – fifth starter, second base, seventh bullpen spot – so that should […]

OMG Brian Roberts and OMG Orlando Hudson… Are Not Going to be Cubs

So, not that either second baseman looked likely to become a Chicago Cub, it’s worth noting that Orlando Hudson and Brian Roberts don’t look likely to be Cubs any time soon. Roberts signed a four-year extension with the Orioles (though he has only very, very limited no-trade protection), and Hudson signed with the Dodgers. This […]