Tag: Hector Rondon

Ivy's Round Up: A Soler Eclipse

Ivy's Round Up: A Soler Eclipse
The Chicago Cubs went to Cincinnati and played three games against the Reds. The highlight of the trip might have been the debut of top prospect Jorge Soler!   8/26: W Cubs 3, Reds 0 W: Wood (8-11) L: Cueto (15-8) SV: Rondon (22)   Travis Wood finally got a win! The former Cincinnati Red,... Read more »

Rice goes to Wrigley Field

Rice goes to Wrigley Field
My father-in-law had never been to an actual baseball game before, so the wife suggested that I take him to a ballgame at Wrigley Field while he was in town.  He was very receptive to the idea (took a ton of pictures too) and had a great time.  I also got to hang out with... Read more »

The Huston Street trade makes one ponder the Cubs reliever trade value

The Huston Street trade makes one ponder the Cubs reliever trade value
Last night, while the Cubs were quietly bleeding away a victory to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert, a trade happened between two West division teams.  The San Diego Padres, led by a triumvirate of interim general managers after Josh Byrnes was fired, sent their best reliever, Huston Street, to the Los Angeles Angels in... Read more »
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Ivy's Roundup: Hanging the Red Sox out to dry

Ivy's Roundup: Hanging the Red Sox out to dry
You never really see this coming, do you?  The Chicago Cubs, one of the worst (though not absolutely worst) teams in the majors, plays the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, and you think to yourself that it’s probably not going to work out too well.  But wait… Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox,... Read more »

Ivy's Roundup: Them Pesky Reds

Ivy's Roundup: Them Pesky Reds
Former Cubs draft pick (yeah you can look it up) Tim Lincecum got himself yet another no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon, which was very fun to watch as it was the MLB.tv free game of the day.  It has to be doubly embarrassing when the pitcher no-hitting you can get on... Read more »

Ivy's Roundup: Nothing's Ever Easy

Ivy's Roundup: Nothing's Ever Easy
Here is the recap for the Cubs’ short home series against those damn Yankees: 5/20: W Cubs 6, Yankees 1 W: Hammel (5-2) L: Tanaka (6-1) Masahiro Tanaka hadn’t lost a regular-season game since August 19, 2012 — a span of 42 starts between Japan and the U.S.  Despite having the worst record in Major... Read more »
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Hector Rondon: From Rule 5 to Closer?

Hector Rondon: From Rule 5 to Closer?
Even though Rick Renteria refuses to name a closer in light of the failure of Jose Veras and his injury, the hit song by Semisonic “Closing Time” pops in my head every time I think of the situation the Chicago Cubs are facing with their current struggles in the late innings and Hector Rondon. After... Read more »

Your Chicago Cubs Opening Day 25 man Roster for 2014

Your Chicago Cubs Opening Day 25 man Roster for 2014
Even though pitchers and catchers only reported two days ago for your Chicago Cubs, and position players have yet to officially report (though a few early birds have arrived) you can make a few educated guesses as to who will likely be heading north with the team when they leave Spring Training. While many things... Read more »

Cubs Sign Wesley Wright. What That Means for James Russell, Bullpen

Cubs Sign Wesley Wright. What That Means for James Russell, Bullpen
Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs made their first real free agent signing of the off season, and many fans were left unimpressed. While other teams are making trades for key players such as Prince Fielder or Ian Kinsler, and others are signing players to contracts like Jacoby Ellsbury, the Cubs went ahead and signed a... Read more »
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The Ghost of Joe Borowski or the death and rebirth of the multi-inning reliever

The Ghost of Joe Borowski or the death and rebirth of the multi-inning reliever
Cubs Den writer Mauricio Rubio brought up a favorite name of mine on twitter last night. He talked about Joe Borowski‘s first full season with the Cubs which was in 2002. That season Joe Borowski threw 95 quality innings. The reason for this discussion was the fact that in 2002 Joe Borowski was asked to... Read more »