Archive for March 2011

A post about injuries (I am seriously going to regret writing this)

Spring Training 2011 is over, and barring an unfortunate update on the status of Marlon Byrd’s back, the Cubs appear to have achieved goal number one for any offseason: stay healthy. Other teams in the division have not been so lucky. If you think of Johnny Cueto as a potential staff ace, then you could... Read more »

2011 Chicago Cubs Apocalypse Round Table

The 2011 Major League Baseball season is finally here. I don’t know about you, but I could only take so much more of debating whether Koyie Hill should be the back up catcher. In all likelihood, it’s highly unlikely that his inclusion on the roster will make or break the Cubs chances in 2011. The... Read more »

Mike Quade Speaks His Mind on Carlos Silva

  It was a busy weekend for the family, and myself as I got ready for two auction drafts this week. I did stumble accross the fact that the Cubs let Carlos Silva get a jump start on spending his paycheck. Well, the news spread and Silva took a couple shots at the Cubs pitching... Read more »
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Assessing The Cubs' Losses Post-Bradley and Silva

Carlos Silva has officially been released, multiple outlets are reporting. With his departure, we can now holistically assess the total amount of value the Cubs received from the contract offered to Milton Bradley prior to the 2009 season. Yes, it’s sort of ridiculous how Milton Bradley somehow managed to make Z look calm and balanced... Read more »

Readers' Blog - The Cubs Have A Plan

“I think obviously what they’ve done with Fenway is a good thing for us to look at in terms of how to improve the stadium. Because we really do want to preserve and keep improving the special experience that Wrigley Field is. On the field we also wouldn’t mind copying the Red Sox. I think... Read more »

Jim Hendry sends Silva the Hutt packing!

Hell, right now I am so damn happy that I will overlook the fact that Koyie Hill is still around! Rumors and Tweets were starting to churn yesterday that Jim Hendry did the right thing and picked his pitchers based on performance, not by owed salary.  Many including myself were skeptical of the reports from... Read more »
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Roster Move Thursday

By the looks of it, Reed Johnson has made the 2011 Chicago Cubs according to Paul Sullivan. There was really one other suitor  Fernando Perez, who came over in the Matt Garza trade.   Perez hasn’t had a great spring, so the Cubs went with Ole Reliable Reed. Johnson is a good guy to the... Read more »

If there are not roster battles on the 2011 Cubs, there should be

If there are not roster battles on the 2011 Cubs, there should be
We all know that there is some doubt as to whether or not we carry a fifth outfielder or a seventh Behind the Soriano/Byrd/Fooky/Colvin group in the outfield and the ARam/Castro/DeWitt/Baker/Pena infield combo, has Darwin Barney sewn up a spot?  How about Fernando Perez?  Scott Moore?  Soul Patch Johnson?  That’s one roster battle out there. ... Read more »

2011 Mega Spring Training Preview: Matt Garza

  Even though the #1 rule of Spring Training stats is to take them with a grain of salt – I can’t help but get a little caught up in what we’re seeing this spring from Matt Garza.  In 5 outings (13 2/3 innings pitched), Garza has allowed 26 baserunners and 15 runs to score. ... Read more »
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Randy Wells' Journey from AAA Castoff to Potential Ace

The young Andrew Cashner is scheduled to start for the Cubs this afternoon, a day after the team’s rotation officially went from 60% set to 80% following Randy Wells’ dominant performance yesterday. That’s right, dominant: after giving up two singles to start the game, 18 batters faced, 18 batters sent back to the dugout, with... Read more »