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Month: April 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Brewers 4 – April 8, 2011

Carlos Zambrano wasn’t particularly sharp, but, thankfully, Randy Wolf was even less sharp. And I thought this prior to his breakout performance, but isn’t it time to see Jeff Baker getting a start here and there against righties? Yes, I know this was a lefty he tore up, but let’s see what he’s got. Also…

Starlin Castro is All-Universe and Other Bullets – April 8, 2011

The full season teams in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system got their respective starts yesterday, and they swept the games that went to conclusion (Peoria’s game was suspended after 8 innings). Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson, Hayden Simpson, among others, had solid starts to their seasons. And just think, many of the Cubs’ top prospects […]

Hayden Simpson Has a Successful Pro Debut

You know the backstory. Last year, the Chicago Cubs shocked the baseball world (to say nothing of the blogoverse) by selecting Division II Southern Arkansas Mulerider Hayden Simpson 16th overall in the 2010 draft. Most teams reportedly had him as a third or fourth rounder, though there were whispers that a couple teams were considering […]

Cubs Preparing to Be Without Wells and Cashner for a Month

The news that both Andrew Cashner (semi-expected) and Randy Wells (completely blindsided) are going to the disabled list is still hanging over the Chicago Cubs like a cloud spitting out baby tears. Yesterday’s loss certainly didn’t help move the cloud along. And the updates from yesterday do little to comfort. The plan is to shut […]

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Trying to Be Positive and Other Bullets – April 7, 2011

So, yesterday was fun, eh? At least folks are trying to stay positive. About the team’s performance thus far, Mike Quade sees positives despite the .500 record against lesser teams. “I always say it’s about the process and giving yourself a chance to win every game, and we’ve done a lot of that. We want to […]

Enhanced Box Score: Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 4 – April 6, 2011

You can never count on a sweep of even the crappiest of teams, but with the Cubs’ “ace” going today, you had to feel like a sweep was a distinct possibility. Shame on you for that. Dempster wasn’t really *that* bad today (yes, 10 hits and 5 runs is never good, but zero walks and […]

Apocalypse Now: Cashner AND Wells to DL

According multiple reports, today, the Chicago Cubs placed not only starter Andrew Cashner on the disabled list (with a strained right rotator cuff), but also starter Randy Wells. Cashner’s ailment was known, but until now, I had no idea that Wells was suffering from a strained right forearm. Neither pitcher is expected to need surgery, […]

Second Chance Contest: Win $50 to CubWorld

By most measures, the BN Opening Day Contest was a success. A whole bunch of you entered, and it was fun to take a shot at the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup. Of course, the contest failed by the one measure that counts: nobody won. And the last thing I wanted to do was to *not* […]

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Oh Noes: Andrew Cashner Leaves Game with “Shoulder Tightness”

Chicago Cubs starter Andrew Cashner (and noted top young pitcher) left today’s game after just 5.1 innings and 72 pitches with what the Cubs are calling “shoulder tightness.” In his final, sixth inning pitch, something was visibly wrong with Cashner’s delivery – that is not to say he was visibly uncomfortable, but something was off. […]

More Evidence That Lou Piniella Was Checked Out Last Year

If you watched the Chicago Cubs last year – and you did – you noticed a listless feel to the entire production. From top to bottom, “Year One” of the Ricketts family’s Cubs organization could be best summed up by a yawn. Not even a big yawn. The biggest offender was manager Lou Piniella, who […]

Nobody Wants to Watch the Cubs and Other Bullets – April 5, 2011

Yesterday’s attendance – 26,292 – was the lowest at Wrigley Field since 2002. Weather, economy, and opponent sure contributed, but it’s hard to argue that interest in the team is at a low point in recent memory. Like it or not, making money is good for the future of the franchise, so hopefully folks return […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Pena Has a Sprained Thumb

Not to tempt fate, but it’s worth pointing out that the Chicago Cubs have been incredibly healthy thus far this year. God, as we say, has been benevolent. So, now that a Cubs starter has suffered an injury, it’s hard to feel like ants under the magnifying glass. And the injury may not be that […]

Enhanced Box Score: Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 4 – April 4, 2011

Solid win all around, though you’d still like to see a little more offense – and that will happen if the Cubs can get some more balls to go over the wall rather than smacking off of it (ha, that sentence – completely legitimately – had the words “more,” “balls,” and “smacking”). Hopefully Carlos Pena’s […]

Starlin Castro’s Future is in the 3-Hole and Other Bullets – April 4, 2011

Still trying to forget yesterday’s game… Mike Quade described Starlin Castro in the leadoff spot as “temporary” and an “experiment.” I’d say it was a success, no? A better word might be revelation. He had three hits (include two triples) and a walk. But leading off is neither Castro’s present nor his long-term future. Many of us […]

Did Mike Quade Blow Yesterday’s Game?

There is plenty of blame to go around for yesterday’s 5-4 9th inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marlon Byrd went just 1-5 from the 3-hole, stranded a number of runners, and grounded in a double play with the tying run at third to end the game. Carlos Marmol gave up two runs on two […]

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 5, Cubs 4 – April 3, 2011

It’s very hard not to be reactionary after a game like that. I get that these games will happen. I get that, after giving up 16 hits (even if they were all singles), the Cubs probably should have lost this one. I get that it’s only three games. I get that it was the first […]

Fans Will Love Matt Garza and Other Bullets – April 3, 2011

This might become a regular feature when there are articles of note that do not merit their own, separate write-up, and where there are points I’d like to make about the previous day’s game. Let me know what you think. Carlos Pena says former and current teammate Matt Garza’s intensity, which rivals Carlos Zambrano’s, is […]

Laughing Because He Isn’t On the Cubs: More Theriot Goodness

At the risk of belaboring the point, I find it worthwhile to remind you all of our fortuity in being rid of Ryan Theriot. In another loss for the Cardinals today, Theriot – leading off – went 0-3, made an error, and allowed two infield singles dribble in front of him. Am I spiteful? Perhaps […]

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 5 – April 2, 2011

I would imagine that, however you were feeling yesterday, you’re feeling the exact opposite way today. The Cubs pulled the comeback trick on the Pirates today – and the guy off of whom they did it ain’t no slouch – and I’m tickled. I’m also, frankly, shocked…

Laughing Because It Isn’t the Cubs: Matt Holliday Out After Appendectomy

More sCardenfreude. Yes, it’s true that this was widely reported yesterday, but (1) being that it was April Fools Day, I thought it prudent to wait, and (2) there still wasn’t much information available on prognosis because the surgery hadn’t been performed yet. Enough setup: yesterday, after experiencing abdominal discomfort, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday had […]

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 6, Cubs 3 – April 1, 2010

Hopefully you’ve missed seeing the Enhanced Box Scores as much as I’ve missed making them. On days like today, they’re cathartic. Two swings doomed the Cubs (and an aggressively, interminably tight strike zone), and the offense couldn’t come through despite plenty of baserunners. I suspect most of you feel like I do…

At Least for Today, Let’s Be April Fools

Every year on Opening Day, I like to think I’m going to put together a long, mellifluous post about the upcoming season, weaving it with deep thoughts on what it means to be a Chicago Cubs fan. And every year I post a picture of some dude making a “let’s rock” symbol with his hand, and convince […]

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