Archive for April 2011

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If the Cubs drubbing Ted Lilly – while they vie for first place in a weakened NL Central – is not enough to get us talking about the team, then what is?  How about Mike Quade breaking out the tissues as he whines over teams running up scores?  No?  What if there were threats of retaliation, insinuations... Read more »

How good are these Cubs? We'll soon find out.

How good are these Cubs? We'll soon find out.
Per usual, the Cubs’ line-up to date is still lacking in left-handed power. Knowing what I’m about to write, I may as well fill this entire blog post with disclaimers. Yes, it’s early. Yes, it’s three games. Yes, anything can happen. Blah blah blah. But seriously: this weekend’s series with the Dodgers should be as... Read more »

Before this doubleheader gets underway...

…some words to share, taken from the Twitters: “Maybe its because i hated the last two seasons so much…but i have an optimistic outlook on the #cubs future… I know this optimism shit goes against what im supposed to be. Dont worry after they get swept today ill be miserable again.” – @wpbc These tweets... Read more »
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Cubs Recap: Two Cubs need to man the eff up.

Two Cubs need to man the eff up. They are Ryan Dempster and Marlon Byrd. Demp got the nod from Quade to start on Opening Day, and he has responded by allowing 20 runs in his first 25 innings pitched. The teams he has faced are Pittsburgh (?), Arizona (??), Houston (???!?!?) and Colorado (eh,... Read more »

Demp's start today is actually a pretty big deal.

Today is Stream of Consciousness Bullet Points Day! Haven’t you heard of this? The last time the Cubs got a quality start from a member of their rotation was on April 4 — nearly two weeks ago! — when Randy Wells held the Diamondbacks to one run over six innings. And then he strained his... Read more »

The Exhaustive List of things the 2011 Cubs are doing well

The Exhaustive List of things the 2011 Cubs are doing well
Here is a complete list of things the Chicago Cubs are doing well so far this 2011 season.  If you do not see something on here, that means it is not being done well, or to the best of the team’s or individual player’s ability. Starlin Castro is hitting well. Darwin Barney and Jeff Baker... Read more »
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They're dooooomed

Although you won’t read this until … well, whenever you read this, I am writing this entry as the Cubs are taking a shellacking at the firm-but-supple hands of the Houston Astros.  The good news is, it’s hardly terminal – Jeff Russell is clearly not a long-term solution as a starting pitcher. He should be... Read more »

Cubs Recap: Ryan Dempster Stat of the Day

Just a quickie for your Cub fix this AM: Ryan Dempster has allowed four home runs this season. Three of those have come after his 110th pitch of the night: one on pitch number 111 (Bill Hall), one on 114 (Andrew McCutchen), and one on 115 (Angel Sanchez). And had Michael Bourn’s late hit last... Read more »

Game recap: Brewers 6, Cubs nil

Game recap: Brewers 6, Cubs nil
Repeat after me: it’s just one game.  It’s just one game…. Maybe it was my fault.  When asked before the game if I want Prince Fielder next year, I was too quick to shout NO!  Me and my friend Drew, who I’ve known all his life (actually is a classmate of my son’s, and since... Read more »
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"Big Three" are 1-3; commence with the freaking out?

What a lovely smile! Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America Matt Garza is 0-1, with a 5.68 ERA and 20 hits in 12.2 innings pitched. Combined, the Cubs’ three front-of-the-line starters are 1-3, with a combined ERA well above 5.00. The question is: should we panic? I say no; there’s at least one decent... Read more »