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Voodoo Magic: Smoltz Dominant in Cardinals Debut

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 […]

Mark Prior Plans to Pitch in the Big Leagues Again

Last year, Mark Prior was on a big league deal with the San Diego Padres as he rehabbed from another shoulder injury and surgery. This year, he returned to the Padres on a minor league deal, still trying to make it back to a big league mound. It didn’t work out, and the Padres released […]

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Kevin Gregg is Not a Closer Anymore

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kevin Gregg is out as the team’s closer, following a spectacularly awful 4-run 9th inning last night against the San Diego Padres. Manager Lou Piniella said he would make the change on Tuesday, but declined to say who would fill the role the rest of the season. Gregg stared into his […]

Mark Prior is No Longer a Minor Leaguer

That’s because Mark “the Employee” Prior is about to be released from his minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. So much promise, so much athletic ability, and so little passion. Mark Prior was the greatest pitching talent to enter professional baseball in decades, and we may have seen his last pitch – which […]

Formerly Obsessive Peavywatch: Jake Peavy Traded to Chicago White Sox

OMG Jake Peavy! OMG Chicago! OMG… meh. It’s the White Sox, and the Cubs haven’t really even been remotely interested in half a year. The White Sox have acquired 2007 Cy Young winner Jake Peavy from San Diego in exchange for pitchers Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter. Peavy, 28, is 6-6 […]

Chicago Cubs: Dumping Players, and the Measure of Regret

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 […]

Very Rumorish Rumor: Heath Bell to the Cubs?

For now, treat with skepticism: According to a tweet from the Monty Show on Sirius 127 (apparently it’s a West Coast thing), the Chicago Cubs are close to acquiring reliever Heath Bell from the Padres. Bell, 32, has been all-universe as the closer for the Padres this year (273 ERA+). In his career, he’s been […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Stop Obsessing

It’s over. It hasn’t been a legitimate or necessary or even wise dream for quite some time, but a dream still it was. This weekend, San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy stopped being able to play through the pain of an ankle injury, and it turns out he’s going to be out much longer than […]

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 […]

Kevin Kouzmanoff on His Way to Chicago?

It was only a matter of time before the continued offensive struggles (the last two games against the Pirates aside) of the Chicago Cubs led to calls for a temporary replacement at third base while Aramis Ramirez is out. One guy possibly available is San Diego Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Though nothing firm has […]

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