Ted Lilly’s stellar 2009 campaign is over, and it ended unfortunately – a four-run first inning spoiled an otherwise excellent performance.
And with that impressive win, the Chicago Cubs were officially eliminated from playoff contention.
When Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella yanked Carlos Zambrano from yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Zambrano was visibly frustrated with the decision. Zambrano had pitched six effective innings, and is still only a few starts removed from the disabled list, so the move to pull him a bit earlier than was maybe necessary was […]
The Cubs sweep the Pirates, and can clearly beat bad teams this year. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough bad teams on the schedule.
The Chicago Cubs led off the game with an MLB record tying eight straight hits. Spread ’em out, boys.
As always, the Pirates are like soothing aloe on a bad sunburn.
Another box scoreless enhanced box score. This time the rain won, and nobody else. It was the Pirates last and best weapon. — Sent from my mobile device
After seven days out, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to return for today’s series finale against the Pirates. Ramirez’s ailing shoulder received a cortisone shot nearly a week ago, and he was set to return on Friday, but a nasty cold kept him out. — Sent from my mobile device
So, as you may have guessed by the stark absence of a box score below, there isn’t going to be one today. I am in Chicago this weekend to visit Wrigley, so I don’t have the capabilities to do the whole cute box score thing. If I were going to post one today, it would […]
Well that was fun. And with that, the Cubs are scrambling to schedule the Pirates for every game remaining this year. That’s pretty much the only way they’ll win another series, anyway.
As we anticipated, Tom Gorzelanny was acquired as a stop-gap for the Chicago Cubs’ rotation as it misses Ted Lilly. He’ll start three times in Lilly’s absence. Newly acquired Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny made his introductions to the team Saturday, and he’ll get three starts, beginning Tuesday in Cincinnati, to make an impression to possibly […]
Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny. And though the rumors about Grabow had swirled for weeks, thus leaving the indelible impression on this trade that it was all about him (i.e., another […]
Though the Chicago Cubs have likely already made the big deal they’ll make before this year’s non-waiver trade deadline – acquiring pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pittsburgh Pirates – that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop trying to improve the club. GM Jim Hendry said today there’s no reason not to work […]
Today, the Chicago Cubs sent pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for lefty reliever John Grabow and lefty sometimes starter, sometimes reliever, sometimes minor leaguer Tom Gorzelanny. Grabow joins Sean Marshall as the lefties in the pen (though Grabow has been better at getting […]
The San Francisco Giants just acquired Sanchez from the Pirates. Leaving no ambiguity about their intention to chase a playoff spot this season, the Giants dealt heralded minor league pitcher Tim Alderson — seen by many as a cornerstone of the team’s future rotation — to the Pittsburgh Pirates for All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez. […]
Mini update on the Chicago Cubs’ pursuit of a bat. The one spot in the lineup that could even potentially, realistically be upgraded is second base, and fans have been pushing for the Cubs to make a move on Pittsburgh Pirates’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez. It is becoming increasingly likely that Sanchez will be dealt, […]
The Chicago Cubs are focusing their trade deadline efforts on acquiring a lefty reliever, and most are not expected to come at a terribly steep price. But apparently the Pittsburgh Pirates believe they’re holding onto a golden goose. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have stepped up their pursuit of left-handed reliever John Grabow. However, the Cubs […]
The Chicago Cubs are finally in first place and poised for a post-season run – but that doesn’t mean a trade or two isn’t in the works to improve the club. The primary focus of trade rumors is a left-handed reliever to shore up the bullpen. The non-waiver trade deadline is looming Friday afternoon as […]
The Chicago Cubs were already rumored to add a lefty reliever before Ted Lilly went down with a shoulder injury, but now that he’s out for perhaps a month, the need to add another arm seems even more pressing. The Cubs have been talking to a number of teams, including Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, about […]