Posts in category "Pitching"

Help Wanted - Pitchers for 2013 Cubs (UPDATED for sweet Nostradamic action)

Help Wanted - Pitchers for 2013 Cubs (UPDATED for sweet Nostradamic action)
UPDATE – Scott Baker is in the fold.  Expect Brandon McCarthy and Kevin Correia any day now. This is in response to the series of articles the Tribune is making their two lead baseball beat writers provide for the Sox (DOOOONNNNTTTT CAAAAAARRRRREEEE) and the Cubs.  Each day, the writer is forced to present a positional recap... Read more »

At this point, we Cub fans must practice great restraint

At this point, we Cub fans must practice great restraint
Fact: nearly every other team in the majors is better than the Cubs right now. Fact: nearly every other pitching staff is better than the Cubs’ staff. Fact: nearly every pitcher available in the free agent or trade market is better than nearly anyone the Cubs have right now. Fact: the Cubs will spend resources... Read more »

One week with the New Cubs. Seven games. Five losses. Why?

One week with the New Cubs.  Seven games.  Five losses.  Why?
Or: The Most Important Statistics to the 2012 Cubs – Redux First of all – A. J. got himself hitched!  Now we’re all old married guys!  We can all start discussing mulching mowers and man caves (aka we get a WHOLE room in our houses to OURselves? Who cares if its the basement or garage?... Read more »
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Who is in the 2012 Cubs bullpen?

Last Thursday, Cubs management appeared to act decisively in the formation of the current year’s roster after organizational meetings the night before.  Blake DeWitt, Joe Mather, and Steve Clevenger were given good news; Randy Wells, Wellington Castillo and Cubbie Boy (aka Last Year’s Mascot aka Campy aka Tony Campagna) were amongst those who have nothing... Read more »

It appears Carlos Marmol has been allowed to destroy himself

It appears Carlos Marmol has been allowed to destroy himself
PROLOGUE: next time you want to say something snide to us about grown men caring too much about a meaningless sporting event, I want you to recall this, then STFU. It is a little-known codicil that, in the case of Carrie Muskat actually writing something worthwhile on cubs.com, we must follow it up with our own... Read more »

2011 Player Recap - Sean Marshall

2011 Player Recap - Sean Marshall
Since this is partly my blog, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!  If you’re not Christian, okay, Happy Winter Solstice!  Christmas was set up to leverage the carryings on from an old pagan holiday, anyway.  Most biblical scholars believe Christ was born in June.  Whatevs, tis the season where many of us choose to... Read more »
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Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue

Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue
On MLB radio today, Jim Memelo and Todd Hollandsworth noted quite correctly that if Jim Hendry was still in the Cubs’ GM chair, with the underwhelming lack of activity so far, that we Cubs fans would be storming 1060 W. Addison with torches and pitchforks.  I mean, eff you, Memelo…I don’t even own a pitchfork!... Read more »

2011 Player Recap - Matt Garza

2011 Player Recap - Matt Garza
In the spirit of timeliness, let’s recap the previous season of the team’s tastiest trade bait, one Matt Garza. Recapping his numbers, he had a 10-10 record with a 3.32 ERA.  He left with leads several times, only to have them blown by the bullpen.  Many of those blown games were due to defensive lapses.  Also... Read more »

A shortlist for improvement, Part 2

A shortlist for improvement, Part 2
In the instantly classical Part 1, we took a look at the first and most important improvement needed for 2012 to be an other-than-sucky season.  (That would be instructing every hitter from the Rookie Leagues on up on the importance of drawing walks.  May the term “aggressive approach” never again be uttered by a Chicago... Read more »
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Jeff Baker now is Mark DeRosa then.

Jeff Baker now is Mark DeRosa then.
Last week I read on another Cubs blog (not to be confused with Another Cubs Blog) that Jeff Baker should not be traded. That he’s more valuable to this team than he would be anywhere else, that utility players are undervalued, and that he can continue to help this team win over the next few... Read more »