Posted on 20 July 2012 by Lou
The Ryan Dempster watch is on high alert as the Dodgers have made a big pitch to acquire the righty from the Cubs. As far as we know, it’s unclear if they have included prized pitcher Zach Lee in the package that would come to the Cubs. If not, it could allow other Dempster suitors like the Tigers or Braves to jump right into the mix.
Dempster is slated to start tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis. As a back-up plan, the Cubs acquired Justin Germano from the Red Sox for cash considerations yesterday. They also scratched Casey Coleman from his Thursday night Triple-A Iowa start just in case Germano did not make it to St. Louis in time.
Ah the drama. No news yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as something breaks.
Go Cubs Go!
Posted on 27 June 2012 by Lou
The Cubs took 2 of 3 games from the New York Mets this week at Wrigley Field to bounce back from a 2-4 road trip. Anthony Rizzo’s Cubs major league debut went off without a hitch on Tuesday night. He went 2 for 4 and his 2-out RBI double in the 4th inning proved to be the game winner in the Cubs 5-3 win. After Randy Wells struggled through the game’s first 3 innings, the Cubs bullpen did the rest.
The Cubs win guaranteed a series win, but the Mets absolutely destroyed Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs in the finale today – to the tune of 17-1. Samardzija fell to 5-7 on the season – he lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up 9 ER on 6 hits and 4 walks. He served up 2 home runs and only struck out 1 batter. Samardzija has been miserable in his last 4 start – 25 ER on 26 hits and 10 walks. And his previous outing to that stretch, he only allowed 2 ER, but he battled throughout giving up 7 hits and walking 5. Not good. Casey Coleman got sucked into the madness – Manager Dale Sveum was not about to tax the rest of his bullpen in the blowout, so Coleman was left out there on a tough day to serve up 7 more ER on 6 hist and 2 walks. He too allowed 2 home runs.
The Cubs could use an off-day – especially when it is supposed to be over 100 degrees here in Chicago on Thursday. Then they open up a weekend series with the Houston Astros. Fun fun fun…
Posted on 27 March 2012 by Lou
Paul Maholm was named the Cubs 5th starter, but with more outings like this, he could be a #1-4 in any team’s rotation. Maholm who battled the flu early in the spring and has been behind due to that, finally got in a long outing in Monday’s 2-0 win over the Padres. He pitched 5 scoreless innings, scattering 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6. He lowered his ERA to 0.90 and he could be a nice surprise for the Cubs at the back end of the rotation.
The rest of the bullpen was just as masterful after Maholm departed in the 6th. Carlos Marmol allowed 2 runners on in the 6th inning, but got out of the game without giving up a run. Casey Coleman worked 2 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit with 2 K’s. And spring training surprise Rafael Dolis looks to have all but assured himself a spot in the bullpen with another scoreless outing. He gave up a walk in the 9th but closed the door on any Padres comeback. He has yet to allow an earned run this spring.
The Cubs scored a run in each of the 1st 2 innings to give Maholm a little cushion and the rest was history. You would have liked to see more than 2 runs on 7 hits, but a win is a win, even in spring training.
Go Cubs Go!
Posted on 01 March 2012 by Lou
Travis Wood will square off against Randy Wells in intrasquad action on Friday at HoHoKam Stadium. The two will be battling all spring for a spot in the starting rotation.
Andy Sonnanstine and Casey Coleman will serve as relievers on Friday.
Can’t wait for some live action to spic things up as we enter March…
Posted on 26 September 2011 by Lou
As the season winds down, Casey Coleman has made a big statement during his last 2 starts. Coleman worked into the 6th inning before giving up a home run and RBI double that gave the Padres a 2-0 lead. Coleman gave up just those 2 ER on 5 hits and 2 walks. He had 7 strike outs. In his previous start, Coleman picked up the win over the Brewers with a 6-inning gem against one of the better-hitting lineups in the National League. Coleman held the Brew Crew to just 1 ER on 2 hits and 3 walks with 8 K’s.
Coleman also broke up Matt Latos’ no hit bid with a 1-out triple in the top of the 6th inning. The Cubs managed just 1 other hit on the night – Starlin Castro’s single to lead off the 7th inning. Despite stealing 2nd base with nobody out, Carlos Pena, Bryan LaHair and Steve Clevenger could not bring him in.
With their 3rd straight loss, the Cubs fell to 70-90 on the season.
Matt Garza looks to continue his solid end to the 2011 campaign with his last start on Tuesday night. A win would give him double-digit wins in his 1st full season as a Cubs starter. Garza has not allowed more than 3 earned runs in any of his last 10 starts dating back to August 3rd – hello ace!!! Let’s hope he finishes off the great streak with his 10th win on Tuesday…
Posted on 23 August 2011 by Lou
The Braves topped Casey Coleman and the Cubs 5-4 on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. It was the Cubs 3rd straight loss.
Coleman worked 5 innings, giving up 5 ER on 5 hits and 2 walks. The Braves scored all 5 of their runs in the 4th inning to take a 5-0 lead. It was Coleman’s 6th loss of the season.
Aramis Ramirez went 5 for 5 on the night with 2 RBI’s and a run scored.
Alfonso Soriano also hit an inside the park solo home run in the Cubs 4-run 5th inning.
Posted on 26 May 2011 by Lou
With another storm heading towards Chicago, each team knew they had to score early and often to be ahead in a game that was certainly going to be rain-shortened at some point before 9 innings were played. The Cubs took a 4-1 lead after 1 inning of play courtesy of 2-out, 2-run doubles from Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano in a clutch hitting performance. But Casey Coleman and Justin Berg gave it right back by allowing the Mets to take command with a 5-run 2nd inning. Coleman recorded only 4 outs in his start — 6 ER on 7 hits and 1 walk. Why is he still in the rotation? Manager Mike Quade went with young gun Justin Berg to get Coleman out of the 2nd inning jam, but what did he do? Berg literally threw 12 pitches – all balls – to walk in 2 runs in a miserable effort. James Russell came on to save the day and keep the game close by striking out the final 2 batters of the game with the bases loaded and only 1 out. Sure the Cubs trailed 6-4, but it could have been worse. With the rain coming, the Cubs knew they needed to score and score soon, but they could never muster anything else off of Dillon Gee the rest of the way. The game was eventually called after 6 full innings of play.
It was another frustrating loss in another frustrating year for the Cubs…
Posted on 25 May 2011 by Lou
It looks like the storms have moved through the Chicago area and the next round of storms won’t hit until later tonight. Casey Coleman will look to build off of a solid start against the Marlins in Florida last week. Coleman tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and picked up his 2nd win of the season despite issuing 5 walks in the win. Coleman will square off against 25-year old Dillon Gee who has been a lifesaver for the Mets in 2011. Gee is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 8 games this season, 5 of which have been starts.
Let’s Go Cubs – make it 2 in a row. At 21-25, the Cubs still trail the 1st place St. Louis Cardinals by 7 games in the NL Central race…
Posted on 20 May 2011 by Lou
I love to be wrong in situations like this, as Casey Coleman led the Cubs to a 2-game sweep of the Marlins in Miami with a convincing 5-1 win.
Coleman picked up his 2nd win of the season, throwing 109 pitches in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Manager Mike Quade brought in the recently called up Scott Maine to get Coleman out of trouble in the bottom of the 6th inning after Coleman walked 2 batters with 2 outs in the inning. Maine made it a little scary but Byrd cuaght Wes Helms’ deep drive to center field to end the inning.
And how about John Grabow — he has given up just 1 ER in his last 10 appearances and he notched his 4th hold of the season with a scoreless 7th inning. If Grabow can regain the form that made him such an effective reliever before he signed a 3-year free agent deal with the Cubs, the Cubs bullpen will be that much deeper as the season progresses.
Kerry Wood gave up the Marlins only run on a homer to Mike Stanton. Wood is trending in the exact opposite direction as Grabow — in his last 5 trips to the mound, Wood has 2 blown saves and 2 losses, and has given up 7 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks. Not good.
Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless 9th inning in a non-save situation.
At the plate, Reed Johnson got the Cubs out to an early lead with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Marlon Byrd continues to swing a hot bat. He had 2 more hits including a 2-run home run in the 4th inning that increased the Cubs lead to 3-0. And Starlin Castro had 2 hits including a 2-run double in the top of the 9th inning that gave the Cubs some breathing room heading into the bottom of the inning with a 4-run lead.
After an atrocious start to the tough road trip with 2 frustrating losses to the 1st place Reds, it was nice to see the Cubs bounce back against the Marlins. The Cubs now trail the Cards by 5.5 games in the NL Central and need a 3-game sweep over the Red Sox in Boston this weekend in order to get back within 1 game of the .500 mark…
Posted on 12 May 2011 by Lou
The final 2 games of the Cubs-Cards series this week were blowouts, as the Cards took 2 of 3 at Wrigley Field. The Cards are now 22-16 on the season and they lead the Reds by 1.5 games and the Cubs by a full 5 games in the NL Central race.
Matt Garza got his 1st win of the season at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night as the Cubs won 11-4.
The Cards bounced back today against Casey Coleman winning 9-1. Jaime Garcia won his 5th game of the season and lowered his ERA down to 1.89. Coleman’s numbers continue to move in the wrong direction. At 1-3, Coleman now sports a 1.95 WHIP and 7.22 ERA. Not good…