Archive for May 2011

Cubs Manager Mike Quade is really pissing me off

Several of you may recall the long-awaited unveiling of the “Cubs are dead” post. In it, I categorically stated my wishes for the Cubs to sit all the old, feeble, expensive and expiring contracts, raid the farms, and start evaluating our prospects under live fire.  The organization needs to know what we have to build... Read more »

Is DJ LeMahieu's call up trade-related?

Yet another productive Cub has been added to the disabled list; this time it’s Jeff Baker, he of the .512 batting average and .659 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching. Furthermore, the Cubs have already announced Baker’s replacement — and it’s not who you’d expect the team to call up. Convention would say Bobby Scales is... Read more »

It's here, at last! The Annual 'Rob gives up on the Cubs' post

It's here, at last!  The Annual 'Rob gives up on the Cubs' post
The NL Central has the most teams of any division in baseball, so some may think it might be a very hard division to conquer.  But followers of the division know better – all its occupants have fundamental flaws, so in fact there are harder divisions to win.  The AL East, for example, has perennial... Read more »
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Where Are They Now: Checking in on former Cub prospects

Where Are They Now: Checking in on former Cub prospects
By now you’ve probably heard about the newest edition to the Cubs’ roster: Rodrigo Lopez is 35 years old, had a 5.00 ERA with Arizona last year, and will add much-needed depth to the back end of Chicago’s rotation. To make room for Lopez on the big league club, the Cubs sent Justin Berg —... Read more »

These Cubs sure can score runs!

The Cubs are fifth in all of Major League Baseball in runs scored so far in May. Only the Red Sox, Yankees, Reds, and Cardinals have scored more. And how do you score runs? Well, by getting on base and knocking them in, of course! Indeed, the Cubs are third in MLB in on-base percentage in... Read more »

How can the Cubs benefit from the Buster Posey mishap?

UPDATE: obviously someone agreed with me, because we are now the proud owners of one Rodrigo Lopez, who is God knows how old, and was bad last year, but was doing very well for the Braves’ AAA affiliate.  I like him better than Doug Davis, and sure as hell feel better about him instead of... Read more »
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The Cubs are an above-.500 team!*

* – when looking only at games started by members of the Opening Day rotation. The Cubs are 3-12 in games started by Casey Coleman, James Russell, or Doug Davis. Furthermore, they’re 3-5 in Coleman’s starts; extrapolate as you will.  Take those fifteen games out of the Cubs overall record, and you’ve got an 18-14... Read more »

Louie Montana is a Cub? And why do we care about Brian Schlitter again?

Some Cubs are hurt. Who are they? Matt Garza was recently placed on the disabled list with an elbow contusion, which I believe is another word for bone bruise. His DL stint will be backdated, meaning he’ll only need to miss one additional start beyond his scheduled appearance this Saturday. But with this team who... Read more »

Monday Morning News and Notes

Today’s column will focus less on the newspaper and online outlets, and more on my first hand observations from this weekend. I was lucky enough to score tickets to Friday and Saturday’s game, before watching last night’s game on ESPN. A lot of intersting things happened over the weekend in Boston, both personally and with... Read more »
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Monday Morning News and Notes

Today’s column will focus less on the newspaper and online outlets, and more on my first hand observations from this weekend. I was lucky enough to score tickets to Friday and Saturday’s game, before watching last night’s game on ESPN. A lot of intersting things happened over the weekend in Boston, both personally and with... Read more »