Posts in category "Carlos Pena"

2011 Player Recap: Carlos Pena

2011 Player Recap: Carlos Pena
Welcome to the 2011 Chicago Cubs Recap: Part 1 – Blog for the Dumped.  In this series, we’ll take a closer look at the players we aren’t expecting to return in 2011. Today’s featured star is the Cubs one-shot first baseman, Carlos Pena.  Pena, by the way, is reportedly a player who is so smart... Read more »

Someone yelled, Who Fired Jim Hendry?, when after all, it was you and me

Someone yelled, Who Fired Jim Hendry?, when after all, it was you and me
Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. As I write this, we are down 3-1 to the Cardinals.  I thought we would instantly be better?? Well, even if we get stomped by the Evil Satanic Fowl, today is a good day, as you might expect, now that Jim Hendry’s termination was announced.  I... Read more »

Why do we even bother - The 2011 Cubs at the halfway point

They’ve played 79 games….eeeeh, close enough. In situations such as the one your 2011 Chicago Cubs find themselves in, the biggest commodity that needs to be doled out is “blame”, although there are some reasons for “praise” as well.  When discharging your own personal Protected By Our Constitution Assault Weapon of Blame, you may choose... Read more »
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The Ten Best Cubs Right Now: Goat Picks

Again, this list is meant to rank the current Cubs on talent in the current moment. If you needed to win a game tomorrow, who would you ask to pitch? If you needed a hit off a major league pitcher in the next 15 minutes, who would you send to the plate? Yesterday I published... Read more »

As dust settles, here are Cubs three trades I think will happen.

After the last spate of injuries, combined with the team’s 29-game losing streak (at least it seemed that long), the Cubs blogosphere appeared to go into sell mode. “Blow this team up!” “Trade everyone!” “I have feelings too!” “Do you even go to this school?” Etc. And as is always the case with trade talk,... 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 »

What's that guy's name again? Aramis something-something?

Most of the bitching about how terrible the Cubs have been this year has been directed at a few key cogs that appear to be overpromising and underdelivering. “Pena will hit 80 bombs! Garza will throw 90 shutouts! Byrd will slug .500, even though his second-highest full-year home run total is 12!” Meanwhile, Aramis Ramirez... Read more »

Monday Morning News Blitz

Welcome to a new feature here at GROTA. Every Monday morning, I will blitz through the stories from the three major Cub publications (The Tribune, Daily Herald and The Sun-Times). We will look at what trends are going on, and see what our beat writers think, while providing some commentary.   Now it’s time to... Read more »
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Starlin could double Pena's hits total.

Maybe this isn’t a totally remarkable statement, but I think it’s worth noting: all other factors aside, Starlin Castro could easily tally twice the number of hits that Carlos Pena does over the course of a season. This continues to be the only image of Castro we have on file, and I’m not the type... Read more »