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Cubs Hang Tough Against Cards in Weekend Series @ Wrigley Field – Cubs 5, Cards 6 Saturday 7/24/10 & Cubs 3, Cards 4 – 11 INN – Sunday 7/25/10

Posted on 26 July 2010 by Lou

The Cubs showed some grit against the Cardinals over the weekend in a “must-sweep series” at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.  And while they could finish off the sweep on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, I was impressed with the fact that the Cubs actually won the series.

In Saturday’s 6-5 win, give credit to Tom Gorzelanny for pitching well enough for the Cubs to win.  He tossed 6 innings of 3-run ball (despite 7 hits and 3 walks) to pick up his 4th straight win and 6th overall.

Youth proved useful again as well.  Andrew Cashner tossed 2 innings of relief in the 7th and 8th innings to get the ball to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol with a 1-run lead.  Despite putting the tying run on with a walk in the 9th inning, Marmol got the job done with 2 K’s to pick up his 18th save of the season.  Tyler Colvin led off the game with a home run again and Starling Castro had 3 hits, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.

In Sunday’s tough 4-3 loss, the longball came back to haunt Ryan Dempster again.  Dempster did not have his best stuff, but he gutted out 103 pitches over 7 innings to put the Cubs in position to win the game.  He gave up 9 hits and 4 walks and his 6th inning home run to Albert Pujols ended up tying the game at 3.

Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol each worked scoreless innings of relief, but Brian Schlitter served up Felipe Lopez’s game-winning home run in the 11th inning as the Cubs lost 4-3.  The Cubs had their chances against Chris Carpenter and 4 Cardinals relievers, but they could never push across that extra run in any given inning.  Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot each had 2 hits in the loss.

Carlos Silva goes for win number 10 on the season in Houston tonight.  Silva has not made it out of the 2nd inning in either of his last 2 starts, so let’s hope he puts together a good game tonight…

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Future Looking Bright for Chicago Cubs – Cubs 5, Cards 0 – 7/23/10

Posted on 23 July 2010 by Lou

Gimme a break, alright?! I’m just trying to stay positive as Tyler Colvin, Starlin Castro, Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner keep churning out impressive performances.  Now I haven’t forgotten that the Cubs are still 10.5 games behind the Cards for 1st place in the NL Central – even after today’s “easy” win.  It isn’t pretty, but at least some of the “kids” that we are betting on haven’t let the frustrating season get them down.

Tyler Colvin is clearly showing that he can play any outfield position every day of the season.  He led off the game with a home run to start the Cubs attack and he has a hit in 6 of his last 7 games.  He’s hitting .263 with a .320 on-base percentage.  In just 227 at-bats, he has racked up 14 HR’s, 37 RBI’s and 38 runs scored.  Not bad for a guy who didn’t become a starter until the middle of June.

Starlin Castro followed up Colvin’s HR with a single, although he was then erased on Derrek Lee’s double play.  He had 2 hits in the win which raised his average back up to an even 300.  July has been kind to Castro – he has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games in the month.  That includes 3 3-hit games and 4 2-hit games.  Simply put – the kid can play and it seems like he has adjusted to other teams’ adjustments to him over the last month or so.  After starting off the season red-hot, Castro’s batting average fell all the way down to .255 on June 24th.  But he has really turned it around since then and hopes to finish the rest of 2010 strong.

Randy Wells has also turned it around of late. Today, Wells worked 7 scoreless innings, giving up just 5 hits and 3 walks.  That makes 4 out of 5 starts in which he has allowed 1 run or less in each start.  The other start – he allowed just 3 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk in a solid 7-inning quality start against the Dodgers in L.A.  Can’t complain about that at all.  After a very slow start, Wells seems to have re-gained his focus.  He lowered his WHIP to 1.37 and his ERA to 4.07 and hopes to finish the 2nd half strong to get back to at least 10 wins (he has 5 wins now).

While Andrew Cashner did not pitch today, his numbers have been phenomenal for a rookie pitcher pitching in tense game situations.  In 23 2/3 innings in 21 appearances, Cashner has a 2.28 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up just 6 ER on 19 hits, striking out 17 against 12 walks.  More importantly, Cashner has rebounded from an “unlucky” stretch back in June when he suffered losses in 3 consecutive appearances.  Now that is pretty tough to do as a reliever, but it never seemed to derail the 23-year old rookie.  In fact, since that 3rd loss on June 30th, Cashner has a win and 2 holds in the month of July.  He has given up just 5 hits and 3 ER in 10 appearances in July and has become a trusted option for Manager Lou Pinella in late-game situations.  You gotta love his toughness.

And we cannot forget about Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol being “relatively young” as well.  Marshall threw 2 scoreless innings today, lowering his WHIP to 0.99 and his ERA to 1.78.  The guy has been so efficient and reliable this season – he is the team’s best pitcher by far right now.  Marmol has had his share of shaky outings – but what closer hasn’t?  Marmol has a 2.78 ERA with an acceptable 1.26 WHIP.  He has racked up 17 saves, while blowing 4.  Most importantly, he has had better control this year than he has had in each of the last 2 seasons.  In 45 1/3 innings, Marmol has walked just 33 batters while striking out 85.

Sure, the Cubs are 44-53 and they trails the Cards by 10 games, but there are some nice pieces in the mix.  Once we unload a few contracts this season (Silva, Lilly, Lee) maybe we can bring in some fresh blood via free agency during the off-season that will mesh well the young talented core on the North Side.  Come on, we can be optimistic, right?!

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Thanks for the Memories Lou – Cubs Rally for Win over Astros in Support of Skipper – Cubs 14, Astros 7 – 7/20/10

Posted on 21 July 2010 by Lou

Thanks for the memories Lou – we are going to miss you – even though we know you already checked out midway through the “Milton Bradley saga” in 2009.  You led us to 2 consecutive NL Central titles and back-to-back playoff appearances for the 1st time in a long time, so we have a lot to be thankful for.  Even though the playoff sweeps and the awful last 2 seasons have been tough to bear, you are a good coach and a good man.

That being said, your team’s performance in 2010 has been so difficult to watch.  After losing to the lowly Astros on Monday night, the club fell behind 7-1 after 4 and a half innings before the team rallied for the win at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

Ryan Dempster was downright bad – 7 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 4 walks in just 5 innings.  He struggled with his control and made a whopping 113 pitches in one of his shortest outings in 2010.

The top of the lineup was raking again:

Tyler Colvin – 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored.

Starlin Castro – 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.

Derrek Lee – 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI’s.

But the real hero was Aramis Ramirez who hit 3 home runs and drove in 7 runs.  Finally!

Geovany Soto kept up his hot hitting as well – 2 hits including a solo home run.

Congratulations go to the Cubs bullpen as well.  Andrew Cashner has emerged as a legitimate major league pitcher – 2 scoreless innings in the 6th and 7th. Sean Marshall pitched a perfect 8th inning as did Closer Carlos Marmol.

The Cubs go for the series win on Wednesday afternoon with Ted Lilly on the bump…

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Andrew Cashner — Great Pitcher, Better Teammate – 7/13/10

Posted on 13 July 2010 by Lou

Cubs rookie pitcher Andrew Cashner has looked good on the mound in 2010.  He has also earned the praises of his teammates in the clubhouse as well.  The Cubs certainly have a bright future with some of their young players, which is certainly something to look forward to especially given the poor play on the field.

Cashner was the Cubs 1st round draft pick in 2008 (the 19th pick overall) and he has appeared in 16 games during the 2010 MLB schedule.  Despite an 0-3 record (with all 3 losses coming on 3 consecutive appearances for Cashner back at the end of June), he has put up solid numbers for a rookie reliever.  In 18 2/3 innings pitched, he has yielded just 5 earned runs on 17 hits and 9 walks.  All good for a 1.39 WHIP and 2.41 ERA.  He has also racked up 15 K’s.

More importantly, Cahsner is also winning over his teammates.  For example, in Sunday’s 7-0 loss to the Dodgers in L.A., Cashner had the back of his teammate Marlon Byrd.  Dodgers’ pitcher Vincent Padilla (who had perfect control and a no-hitter for a good chunk of the game) surprisingly plunked Byrd with a pitch in the 7th inning with the Dodgers leading by 7 runs (Byrd had made “mean” comments about Padilla’s performances and his subsequent trade from the Rangers back in 2008).  The next inning, Cashner entered the game in relief and he quickly nailed Dodgers 2nd baseman Blake DeWitt with a pitch.  Cashner claimed that he was “a little excited coming into the game” and that the ball somehow “slipped” out of his control during his delivery.  Gotta love it.  Byrd had this to say — “Cashner is a great teammate.”

Good job Cashner – no better way to earn your stripes than to have the back of your teammates.  This guy has good stuff and as we wrote yesterday, I’m really looking forward to the pending Lilly and Silva departures so that maybe Cashner can get back into the starting rotation.

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Most Painful Year Ever — It’s Almost As If the Cubs Organization is Playing a Cruel Joke on Cubs Fans – Ricketts Family Must Clean House – Cubs 3, Pirates 1 6/29/10 & Cubs 0, Pirates 2 6/30/10

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Lou

Hah, hah, hah!!!  I cannot stop laughing.  I was planning on writing a positive article on how Alfonso Soriano has really surprised me this season with a solid 2010 effort.  But after today’s awful showing, I had to adapt my focus.

After dropping a 2-0 embarrassing loss to the Pirates today at Wrigley Field, the Cubs have now lost 9 of 11 games played against the NL’s worst team.  The Cubs payroll is over $140 million.  The Pirates payroll is just over $38 million.  What a joke?


Today’s 2-0 loss summed up the Cubs pathetic season once again.  Pirates starter Brad Lincoln (25 years old) threw 7 scoreless innings and he allowed only 6 Cubs to reach base – 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 HBP.  It was his 1st career major league win in 5 starts – he had let up 16 ER in his previous 4 starts with a 1.54 WHIP and 6.00 ERA.  You just have to love these stats.

I’m not really sure that the Cubs could meet a minor league team right now.  They are playing that bad and they are playing that tight.  The presumption that they are going to lose each and every game is clearly contagious and only a total cleansing of the organization is going to fix this giant mess created by Jim Hendry & Co.

Tom Gorzelanny threw 5 scoreless innings in his 1st start back since taking Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the rotation.  Brian Schlitter threw 2 scoreless innings to keep the game tied at 0.  But then Andrew Cashner suffered his 3rd straight loss in as many appearances because of an Aramis Ramirez error that set up a 1-out game-winning rally for the Pirates in the top of the 8th inning.  It is so comical.

Ted Lilly pitched another great game last night — 7 innings, 1 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk (now an ERA of 3.12 and WHIP of 1.06 but only a 3-6 record).  But if not for Alfonso Soriano’s 2 solo home runs, we might be talking about a Pirates sweep of the 3-game series at Wrigley this week.

This team has really hit rock bottom.  It’s time for Hendry to move several players – Carlos Silva, Derrek Lee, Ted Lilly and Carlos Zambrano.  It’s time to get some quality young stars into this organization.  And once that is all said and done, it’s time for the Ricketts to show Hendry the door before the season is over so that they can get a legitimate general manager to run the show…

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Cubs Petition MLB to Forfeit Opening Games of Series for Rest of 2010 MLB Schedule?! — Cubs 3, Mariners 2, 13 INN – 6/24/10

Posted on 25 June 2010 by Lou

In an unprecedented move, the Cubs have petitioned MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to be able to forfeit all of their series openers for the rest of the 2010 MLB schedule.  The infallible Elias Sports Bureau (confirmed by our crack staff of researchers all things bizarre) has confirmed that no other major league baseball team in the modern baseball era has made such a petition before.

The reason behind the request is simple.  The Cubs have not won an opening game of a series since they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 back on May 25th.  Since then, the Cubs have lost the series opener of 8 straight series and it looks like they are doing their best to make that 9 in a row (they trail the White Sox 6-0 in the 7th inning of today’s Crosstown Classic on the south side).  During that stretch, the Cubs have gone just 9-14 and they have fallen out of contention in both the NL Central race (they trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 8 games) and the NL Wild Card race (they trail the New York Mets by 9 games).  GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella figure that since the Cubs can’t win the opening game of any series anyway, they may as well forfeit the game to give their players some extra rest during the dog days of summer.  Then they can focus their attention on winning the final 2 games of 3-game series in an effort to actually win more games during the final 3 months of the season.  They’ll be able to watch more tape of opposing pitchers and hitters, and they’ll have more time to work with the coaching staff on hitting, pitching and fielding.  Pinella has also hinted that the Cubs will play a lot more simulated games on the “forfeit” days in an attempt to keep the players “fresh”.

I must say that this is an interesting move for the north siders.  All the tweaking of batting orders and bullpen moves hasn’t really paid off, so this may be the next best thing.  I really hope Selig gives the Cubs a fair shot at being able to forfeit these games.  It could go a long for this struggling Cubs squad – wouldn’t it be great if this is all it takes for the Cubs to get back on track.  It could set a new trend for teams all across the country.

Oh yeah – by the way – the Cubs hung tough against the Mariners in the series finale on Thursday afternoon in Seattle.  Ted Lilly (6 INN, 1 ER on 5 hits and no walks, with 6 K’s) got another tough luck no decision as the Cubs didn’t give him any support at all.  The Cubs managed just 6 hits against Felix Hernandez and 4 Mariners’ relievers.  Derrek Lee had 2 of the hits but is still just hitting .233 for the season.  Mike Fontenot didn’t have a hit but he drove in the Cubs first run with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning.  Chad Tracy drove in the Cubs 2nd run with an RBI single in the 7th inning that gave the Cubs a short-lived 2-1 lead.  Marlon Byrd drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 13th inning with his only hit of the game.

On a “down” note, Andrew Cashner gave up his 1st run in 8 major league starts, blowing the 2-1 lead in the process. It was also his 1st major league blown save.

As for today’s game, we’ll have more on this later, but Carlos Zambrano served up 4 easy runs for the White Sox in the 1st inning (RBI double by Alex Rios and 3-run HR by Carlos Quentin) and then promptly started yelling at Derrek Lee in the dugout after the end of the inning.  It’s not exactly clear what Big Z was pissed off about, but he clearly still has a lot of anger issues to deal with.  Add Big Z’s name to the list of Cubs that will be traded before the July 31 trading deadline.  The only problem with moving Zambrano is working out how much of the $18+ million owed to him over each of the next 2 years the Cubs will have to eat in order to get some team to take him.  Good job Jim!!!

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