Archive for May 2011

With offense rolling, Cubs take series from Mets

Z pitched well, but he hit even better: three hits, an RBI and a run scored. So far in 2011, the Mets have been just as disappointing as the Cubs. Johan Santana hasn’t thrown a pitch; David Wright is injured; Jason Bay is hitting .230; and Mike Pelfrey, who won 15 games last year, has... Read more »

Cubs Week 8 awards: More mediocrity

I’m so sick of the stupid Pirates.  Actually, allow me to rephrase: I’m sick of the Cubs losing to the Pirates. I can’t actually bring myself to hate a team that hasn’t had a winning season in about 20 years, though the Pirates could surely change course if they could just built a schedule consisting... Read more »

Out of Left Field: Notes from around baseball

Adam Wainwright hasn’t thrown a pitch this year, and Chris Carpenter is 1-5 … yet the Cardinals lead the Central by two games. The AL and NL saves leaders, respectively, are Brandon League and Leo Nunez. Can you name their respective teams? The Yankees have 83 home runs; no other team has more than 65,... Read more »
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And then there were two (regular starting pitchers left)

The baseball gods have struck again. According to a Tweet from Paul Sullivan, Matt Garza has been placed on the DL. He may only miss one more start since the Cubs can backdate his DL stint all the way to May 17.  Make it stop.

Will the Cubs' surprise of the year also be the NL's Rookie of the Year?

Behind the plate, the Cubs have the 2008 NL Rookie of the Year in Geovany Soto. At shortstop, they have one of the most exciting young players (and the youngest starter overall) in the majors in Starlin Castro. And at second base, they have Rookie of the Year candidate … Darwin Barney? Who?  Back in... Read more »

Cubs Week 7 awards: Adding injury to insult

While the Cubs were able to scratch out three wins this week, they blew two very winnable games against the then-first place Reds, saw the Cardinals go 6-1, and still lost more games than they won, dropping their road record under .500 and falling 6.5 games out of first. Insult: check. To make matters worse,... Read more »
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Cubs bullets

You know you’re struggling when your team sends you down to Triple-A without even making a corresponding roster move. That’s what happened to Tyler Colvin yesterday, and I’m all for it. As I said last week, I like Colvin and still believe he has potential, but he couldn’t hit a beach ball right now. Andrew... Read more »

Cubs Week 6 awards: How Castro got his groove back

Ryno of the Week: I don’t actually know how he did it, but Starlin Castro busted out of his slump in a BIG way this week. Quade dropped him to seventh in the order on Tuesday, and the sleeping giant immediately awoke. Two hits that night, four more the next, and a 12-for-20 week overall,... Read more »

Terrible Trend: Hitting yes, scoring no

Last Tuesday, the Cubs racked up 13 hits but scored just four runs. How is that possible? Because all 13 hits were singles. And when it comes to this brand of baseball injustice, this was not the Cubs’ first offense. In fact, from last Saturday through the early part of Wednesday’s game, the Cubs had a stretch... Read more »
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Cubs fall to 1-4 in series vs. NL Central foes

I’ll admit it: I’m intimidated by the Cardinals. They always seem to get the clutch hit (they’re hitting .307 w/RISP). Their free agents actually work out, unlike the guys the Cubs sign (see: Berkman, Lance). And they’re just always, y’know, good–their worst season in the last decade was 2007 when they went 78-84.  So I... Read more »