Posts in category "spring training"

The clock starts now; limited window is open to trade 3 Cubs

The clock starts now; limited window is open to trade 3 Cubs
 When possible, always deal from strength.  There are players on the current roster that, if traded, would accomplish more in terms of salary savings and providing opportunities to let promising young guys play.  If we could trade Marlon Byrd, for example, that would open up a starting role for Brett Jackson.  If we could trade... Read more »

Late February Cubs Smorgasboard of Thoughts

It very well could be that nobody is ever gonna read this.  At this point in this blog’s history, I might be shouting at the wind.  Seems the only way to get any attention anymore is to call out a phony in the most vile way possible, and even then all we get is trollage.  Oh,... 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

2011 Mega Spring Traning Preview: Carlos Marmol

Remember when Carlos Marmol was a starter? The year was 20aught6. Marmol started 13 games and pitched 77 innings that season, compiling a 5-7 record. In those 77 innings, he gave up 52 earned runs (6.08 ERA), walked 59 batters, and recorded 59 strikeouts. Woof. Now let’s fast-forward to 2010. In almost the exact same... Read more »

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Alfonso Soriano

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Alfonso Soriano
Some people really hate Alfonso Soriano. For example, take this drunk woman I met in the bleachers last summer. Soriano hit two home runs in the game and basically carried the offense for the Cubs that night. Now I’m not Sori’s biggest fan either, but I can appreciate a good night at the plate as... Read more »
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Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Kosuke Fukudome

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Kosuke Fukudome
There are two things we know for certain about Kosuke Fukudome: (1) Barring injury, he will be on the Opening Day roster; (2) This will be his last season as a member of the Chicago Cubs. With a slew of young outfielders (Tyler Colvin, Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur, James Adduci, etc.) developing quickly and the... Read more »