The Cubs acquired former Rays reliever Fernando Rodney from the Mariners today for cash considerations. To make room for him, the Cubs optioned LHP Zac Rosscub to AAA Iowa and, in a move that will break many hearts in the boards, DFA’d RHP Brian Schlitter. Rodney, 38, joins his 5th professional team. He has struggled... Read more »
Author’s Note: Today (August 26th) was the 95th Anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. According to my Facebook and Twitter feeds, however, National Dog Day was of more importance. Therefore, I start off with a shameless and utterly self-gratifying picture of my dog, Daisy. She is seven months old, a terror, and also... Read more »
The Cubs won a relatively stress free game. The win gave the Cubs 6 wins in a row and moved the team closer Cardinals than the Giants. The Cubs built an early lead starting with a Kyle Scwharber 3 run home run in the third inning. Miguel Montero hit a 2 run home run to... Read more »
Note: John is unable to access ChicagoNow but wanted to personally update everyone. Hello all, I just wanted to say thank you for all the kind words and all the well-wishes. I can read everything, but I just have limited access and am unable to respond. I am currently in the hospital and have been... Read more »
Hey gang. I apologize, but today’s recap is going to be pretty quick, as work got in the way of watching (or even following) the game. We all know it was a tough morning, as we found that Jorge Soler will miss around a month of action. That was on top of finding out that... Read more »
The injury bug hit the Cubs hard today as right fielder Jorge Soler (oblique strain) and reliever Jason Motte (shoulder strain) were both placed on the disabled list today. In addition, shortstop Addison Russell is considered day-to-day with a groin strain and will miss today’s game. Soler strained his left oblique late in yesterday’s game... Read more »
Iowa is off and Tennessee got rained out which is good since I’m mostly writing a paper today. Here’s the 3 games we had: Myrtle Beach 9 – Frederick 7 The Pelicans’ offense was as hot as big club’s and they were led by Ben Carhart. A rough 2015 has removed some of Carhart’s pop-up... Read more »
Well it turns out that my natural fears from last night turned out false with the Braves led by Matthew Wisler more bunny than Rabbit of Caerbannog. The Cubs hit three opposite field blasts in the first inning to provide all the runs needed to sweep the Braves this afternoon. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and... Read more »
It's probably a bit easy to lose your head about these Cubs during this 15-4 August. During this August where seemingly everyone in the lineup is winning a game at some point, where no deficit at any point causes you to say to yourself anything other than, "Eh, we've got this." So maybe this isn't the time to do this, because no team is as good as when they are at their hottest. Just as the Cubs weren't as bad as they were when they got swept by Philly. But I feel like I have to ask the question: Is this the best Cubs team of my lifetime?
It seems a ridiculous question on the surface. This team was merely supposed to be the display model before the ones in the years after assuredly took that title. We were supposed to see the shells of what eventually will be the best Cubs team of our lifetime, but not quite there yet. And it seems silly because likely, you'd think, this team will only win 89 games at the very low end to 95 at the very high.
The best team of my lifetime was 2008's, which won 97 games. Sorry 2003, but that was an 88-win team that merely got hot at the right time (until it went very cold at the absolute wrong time). I was only three in 1984, so I can't really count it. We know now the '89 team was something of a lightning-in-a-bottle, Zimmer's Dr. Weird act. So really, it's just a comparison between this year's and '08. The results I found to be really surprising...
Edwin Jackson pitched for the first time in Wrigley Field since being cut by the Cubs. There was no large booing, but the outing was a typical Edwin Jackson outing when the game was tied or his team has a lead. The Cubs have won 3 straight since dropping 3 straight. Cubs go for four... Read more »