Tag: Cubs

Some insight into Bryan LaHair and his start with the Cubs

No one is surprised at the numbers Bryan LaHair has produced during April.  The test is whether he can maintain a similar level of consistency as the 2012 season unfolds. LaHair logged a terrific April for the Cubs, closing with the month with a .390 average, five home runs and 14 RBIs.  He drew 10... Read more »

Cubs rise as opponents fall this off-season

The new Cubs regime is off to a spectacular start and they’ve made only two big-league roster moves. Albert Pujols, arguably he best player in the game, has left your biggest rival. The Brewers will lose Prince Fielder, their undisputed leader, to free agency (and potentially wind up on the Northside).  And Ryan Braun, the... Read more »

Two big weeks for the Cubs in May

The two weeks that follow the Dodgers series could be the most important of the season.   This Friday, the Cubs start a nine-game homestand when the Reds, Cardinals and Giants come to town.  To stay in contention, the Northsiders need to make an impact against St. Louis and Cincinnati.  While the defending World Series... Read more »
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Cubs need more arms to lend a hand

The Cubs have played well enough early in the season to keep themselves in the race. The top three in the rotation haven’t hit a groove.  And the Cubs power personnel hasn’t hit the ball with authority yet.  Their track record suggests that should change as the weather warms. Manager Mike Quade is still looking... Read more »

Rev. Watkins likes the Cubs this year

When I worked at The Score (WSCR) years ago, a man named Reverend Watkins regularly called about the Cubs. He would say: “The Cubs don’t need to be better; everybody else needs to be worse.” Truth is that the Cubs are better … and the rest of the division is worse.   Johnny Cueto and... Read more »

COLVIN AND STANTON HEADLINE CUBS/MARLINS SERIES

Two of the National League’s best young power hitters will square-off in a three-game series, starting tonight when the Cubs hit Florida. Tyler Colvin’s crucial three-run bomb on Wednesday propelled the Cubs to a sweep in St. Louis — the team’s first in 22 years — and tied him with Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton... Read more »
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ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE AND THE CUBS

After the last three Cubs wins, some of Bob Marley’s best (e.g. “One Love/People Get Ready”, “No Woman, No Cry”) have coursed through the clubhouse speakers. If the Cubs win tonight and take the Cardinals series — improving to 13-7 under manager Mike Quade — someone might be spinning “Could You Be Loved”.

HENDRY OUTLINES SEARCH FOR NEW MANAGER

I had a long chat with Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry in Cincinnati this weekend.  We covered a variety of topics, including his managerial search. “I’m looking for somebody, at the end of the day, that understands the entire mission of the organization and the Ricketts family,” Hendry said.  “Somebody who understands how tough a... Read more »

COLVIN NEEDED A BREAK

August can be a cruel month.  The weather is hot; players are wearing; and the playoff contenders elevate their play.  Tyler Colvin didn’t mind a few days off.  The Cubs rookie outfielder is hitting .206 in 21 games (13 starts) this month.  Former Manager Lou Piniella had him on the bench for all but one... Read more »
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GETTING TO KNOW Q

Mike Quade’s baseball pet peeves? “It’s a toss-up between playing with consistent effort and playing with consistent intelligence,” said the new Cubs manager.  “The stuff that goes on in the batters box or the pitchers mound, that’s difficult stuff.  You don’t have to worry about those areas because (Hitting Coach) Rudy (Jaramillo) and (Pitching Coach)... Read more »