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Weekend Recap — Rocky High Sweep – Rockies Outscore Cubs 31-14 in 3-Game Weekend Set @ Coors Field – 7/30/10 – 8/1/10

Posted on 02 August 2010 by Lou

What a horrible weekend for the Cubs in Denver this weekend – not sure it’s even worth it to re-live the debacle.

Friday – 7/30/10 – Cubs 2, Rockies 17 – A 12-run 8th inning turned a close game into an embarrassing laugher for the Cubs.  Sean Marshall gave up hits to the 1st 2 batters he faced in the 8th inning, but then got 2 strikeouts and 2 strikes on Carlos Gonzalez before Gonzalez stroked an RBI single to start the record-setting rally.  The Rockies set a major league record by recording 11 straight hits and they had 13 hits in the inning overall which was a franchise-record. The Rockies scored 12 runs to extend their 5-2 lead to 17-2.  WOW.  The Rockies batted around twice in the inning.  Troy Tulowitki, Clint Barmes and Melvin More each had 2 hits in the inning.  Every Rockies hitter got a hit in the inning.

Sean Marshall was charged with 5 ER on 5 hits in 2/3 of an inning.  Andrew Cashner faced 6 batters and did not record a single out – 6 hits, 6 runs, 2 home runs.  And Brian Schlitter mopped up the mess with 1 ER on 2 hits and 2 walks as he recorded the final out of the inning on an Ian Stewart fly ball to deep center field with the bases loaded.

Marshall had this to say — “It was dumbfounding as for us as it was people to watch the game.  You hate to be on the receiving end.  I don’t think it’s going to happen again.”

Manager Lou Pinella had this to say — “I’d never seen an inning like that.  We had two outs and two strikes on a hitter and they score 12 runs.  I’d never seen an inning like that.” The problem is Lou – it seems like you or another member of the Cubs organization has said that same thing about a dozen times this year.  The Cub sseem to invent new ways to lose on a daily basis these days…

Saturday – 7/31/10 – Cubs 5, Rockies 6 – After Derrek Lee’s game-tying 3-run home run in the top of the 8th inning, the Cubs thought their luck might change. Marshall even came in and pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the bottom of the inning, but interim Manager Alan Trammell opted to stick with Marshall to face the left-handed hitting Carlos Gonzalez instead of bringing in closer Carlos Marmol to start the 9th.  And that turned out to be a fatal mistake as Gonzalez crushed the 1st pitch he saw into the 3rd deck in deep right field.  It was a walk-off 6-5 win for the Rockies as Gonzalez used that home run to complete hitting for the cycle in his final at-bat of the game.

Tom Gorzelanny looked mortal again in the elevation of Colorado.  He pitched 6 1/3 innings, but gave up 5 ER on 9 hits and 2 walks.

Sunday – 8/1/10 – Cubs 7, Rockies 8 – Another poor start to the game put the Cubs in a hole on Sunday.  Carlos Silva only pitched to 4 batters because he was suffering from an abnormally high heart rate.  He had to make a trip to a Denver area hospital and did not make the trip back to Chicago after the game.  Silva recorded one out, but suffered his 5th loss of the season, giving up 2 ER on 2 hits and a walk.  James Russell did not fare much better, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and a walk in his 2 2/3 inning of work.  And while Carlos Zambrano tossed a scoreless 4th inning, he ran into trouble in the 5th inning giving up 2 ER on 2 walks and 2 hits.  He walked the first 2 men he faced in the inning and both runners scored.  Just like that – it was 6-0 after 2 innings and 8-0 after 5 innings.  Not good, when you are riding a 4-game losing streak.

The Cubs made it interesting in the late innings.  Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto each singled in runs in the 7th inning.  Alfonso Soriano cut the lead to 8-4 in the 8th inning with a solo HR.  In the 9th inning, Rockies closer Huston Street walked Lee and Soto with 1 out.  Marlon Byrd then triple in Lee and Soto and the lead was 8-6.  Soriano’s sac fly on a spectacular play by outfielder Nat Fowler plated Byrd to cut the lead to 8-7.  If Fowler doesn’t catch that ball, who knows how far Soriano goes on the play.  But with no one on base, Street struck out Jeff Baker to end the game.

One other bright spot for the Cubs — newly acquired Blake DeWitt had 3 hits in his Cubs debut.

All in all, it was a brutal road trip for the Cubs. After winning the 1st game in Houston, the Cubs proceeded to drop the final 5 games of the trip.  The Cubs are now 13 games under .500 at 46-59 and they trail the 1st place St. Louis Cardinals by 13 games…

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Cubs “Welcome” Carlos Zambrano Back, Take Rockies @ Coors Field in Colorado – 7/30/10

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Lou

Carlos Zambrano re-joins the Cubs major league tonight as the Cubs take on the Rockies at Coors Field in Colorado.  Zambrano will pitch out of the bullpen in the near-term, but could move into the starting rotation if Ted Lilly or Carlos Silva are moved before tomorrow’s trading deadline.

Zambrano made a public apology to the Cubs organization in an interview with Pedro Gomez on the MLB network.  Big Z made many comments including the following:

“I know I made a mistake.  I’m a person and a human, and I know when I make a mistake.  I have to come to the team and apologize.  I’m going to do it from my heart.  I want to be clear and at peace with my teammates.”  Ha ha – the idea of Big Z being at peace cracks me up.

“The last person I would be mad at is D-Lee.  He’s a Gold Glover.  I was just mad at myself… A lot of people have told me I needed to change if I want to be successful.  Thank God the Cubs have sent me to the doctor for anger management.  I’ve had three sessions already… doing exercises.  I have to write down every time I get mad.”  This is just too funny.  I can just see Big Z carrying around a little memo pad and pencil.  Someone gets his order wrong at the local McDonald’s and he goes into a rage.  But then he remembers what the doctor told him to do and he calms down, pulls out his little memo pad, and all is better.  Gotta love it…

He is set to apologize to his teammates in person before the game tonight.

Derrek Lee for one is excited to hear what Zambrano has to say — “We’re looking forward to the apology.  That’s what needs to happen.  We also need him on the field.  We know what he’s capable of.  It will be good to see ‘Z’ back.”

This should be interesting.  Let’s see how long Big Z keeps his emotions in check.  They always seem to get the best of him no matter how many times he says he is a changed man…

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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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Jim Hendry Continues to Find Ways to Turn Positives into Negatives – Please Trade Carlos Silva Now! – Cubs 5, Astros 11 – 7/19/10

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Lou

Forget about the 11-5 drubbing that the Astros handed the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday night.  The bigger question is this – why is GM Jim Hendry waiting so damn long to deal Carlos Silva and Ted Lilly?  Each Silva start that Hendry waits, the cheaper and cheaper Silva gets because he is coming back down to reality like we all knew he would.  Come on Jim – take action now!

Silva started the season 8-0 in his first 11 starts as a Cub.  His next 5 starts were still good and he looked like a prime candidate to be dealt sooner rather than later.  Even though his record in those 5 starts was only 1-2, he allowed just 2 ER in 4 of the starts and 3 ER in the other start.  Any team would take those numbers from their starter any day.  On July 6th, Silva still had a 9-2 record with an ERA of 2.96.  But take a look at his last 2 starts, and it looks like the “real Carlos Silva” has stood up.  In his final start before the All-Star Break, the Dodgers lit up Silva for 6 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks in 1 1/3 innings pitched (before he got tossed).  In his 1st start after the All-Star Break last night, the Astros lit him up for 5 ER on 7 hits and 2 walks in only 1 inning of work.  Not good at all.  Silva’s value has had to have taken a hit because of his last 2 starts.  When you throw in the fact that he is still owed $12.75 million in 2011 with a $2 million buyout for the 2010 season, the Cubs already expected to have to take a little of that on in order to make a deal work.  Now, dealing Silva could be in jeopardy.  Good job, Jim…

As for Ted Lilly, the guy is consistent and a bulldog out there.  It’s less important to deal Lilly, because he is a free agent at the end of 2010 and team’s might not be willing to part with prospects to rent someone like Lilly for just 11 guaranteed starts this season (with no guarantee of signing him next year).  But it would be great if the Cubs could move Lilly for a mid-level prospect or 2 and then have a handshake agreement with Lilly that the Cubs will make a strong push to sign Lilly back this off-season for another 2-3 year deal.  Lilly should be a hot commodity and I’m surprised Hendry hasn’t agreed to a deal to move Lilly yet.  Not sure what he is waiting for – like I said, the prospects that you can expect to get back for him will not be top-notch because he is a free agent at the end of the season – but you gotta think some team has made a pitch for him at this point.  Come on Jim – let’s do something here…

Aside from Silva’s disastrous start last night, you have to like some of the Cubs hitting of late:

Tyler Colvin – in the leadoff spot for a 3rd straight game, hit a solo home run in the 6th inning and drove in another run with a groundout.

Starlin Castro has been hitting better – batting average up to .288 – but went 0 for 4 hitting in the 2-hole for the 3rd straight game.

Derrek Lee had 3 hits and 2 runs scored.

Aramis Ramirez had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s with a home run.

Geovany Soto had 2 hits with a run scored and has his batting average back up to .291.

Look to see the same lineup for a while now – Colvin, Castro, Lee, Ramirez, Byrd, Soto/Soriano….

Let’s hope Ryan Dempster can get the Cubs back on track tonight against the Astros.  It would be his 9th win of the season…

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Cubs Take 1st 2 Games v Phillies – Cubs 12, Phils 6 7/15/10 & Cubs 4, Phils 3 7/16/10

Posted on 16 July 2010 by Lou

Not the way I expected the Cubs’ 2nd half to start – with 2 wins over the Phillies at Wrigley Field.  But I guess we’ll take it.  Now the Cubs batters have to face Hamels and Halladay over the weekend – 2 guys “slightly better” than Moyer and Blanton.  Can Randy Wells and Tom Gorzelanny get the job done against the Phillies’ aces?  We’ll have to wait and see.

Thursday night – Ryan Dempster was pretty dominant –6 2/3 innings pitched – 2 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks with 9 K’s.  He lowered his WHIP to 1.20 and his ERA to 3.57.

Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto had home runs for the Cubs in the win.  Aramis Ramirez continued his hot hitting with 2 2-run doubles to help break open the game.

Ted Lilly sent a message to teams in need of starting pitching in the Cubs 4-3 win this afternoon.  Lilly tossed 7 great innings of 3-run ball, giving up just 4 hits (2 home runs) and 1 walk while striking out 10.  Lilly is good – let’s hope the Cubs can move him to a winner for the final few months of the season and then re-sign him to a 3-year deal in the off-season.  He is worth it.

Marlon Byrd had a 2-run home run and Aramis Ramirez – the red-hit A-Ram – won it in the 8th inning with his deep home run to left field off of Ryan Madsen.

Sweep Sweep Sweep!

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Cubs Bad Weekend in L.A. Continues — Cubs 7, Dodgers 9 Friday 7/9/10 & Cubs 7, Dodgers 3 Saturday 7/10/10

Posted on 11 July 2010 by Lou

On Friday night, the Cubs lost to the Dodgers 9-7.  Ted Lilly had one of his worst starts of the season — 3 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 2 walks.  Although the Cubs racked up 11 hits and made it interesting in the end, they still lost.  Marlon Byrd stroked 4 hits and had 3 RBI’s.  Aramis Ramirez had 3 hits , 1 RBI and 2 runs scored and he is finally over the Mendoza line @ .204.

On Saturday afternoon on FOX, the Cubs bounced back with a 7-3 win behind a strong outing from Tom Gorzelanny.  Gorzelanny picked up his 4th win of the season, going 6 innings and giving up just 1 ER on 6 hits with 7 K’s.  He now has a 3.16 season ERA – not too shabby.  Geovany Soto paced the Cubs offense with 3 hits and 3 RBI’s.  Starlin Castro, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee each had 2 hits in the win.

We’ll have more on Sunday’s loss on Monday, but it is not looking good – down 7-0 in the 8th inning.  Vincent Padilla no-hit the Cubs until Castro doubled to lead off the 6th inning.

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Opposing Pitchers Feasting on Depressed Cubs Psyche — Cubs 2, Reds 3 (10 innings) 7/1/10

Posted on 01 July 2010 by Lou

I am really starting to like digging deeper into the Cubs woes in 2010.  At this point, it is just as much psychological as it is physical.  The Cubs clearly have a HUGE mental block right now, as they drop another 1-run game, this time in extra innings.  This one was even tougher to take because of Tyler Colvin’s heroics in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Down 2-0 after having ZERO scoring chances in the game’s 1st 7 innings, Colvin came through with a clutch 2-run single that tied the game at 2-2.  Colvin smartly advanced to 2nd on the throw home and then moved over to 3rd base after Mike Fontenot singled to shallow left field.  But once again, a Cubs veteran failed to come through with a runner on 3rd base and less than 2 outs as Derrek Lee hit into an inning-ending double play.  All we needed was a fly ball, a little single somewhere, a slow ground ball out, an error!  But no, Lee has to hit into the double-play.

You knew the Cubs would find a way to lose the game.  They actually almost did in the top of the 9th as Carlos Marmol loaded the bases with only 1 out, but he struck out Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto to end the threat.  They eventually did lose the game as Bob Howry gave up a 1-out single and then Sean Marshall picked a bad time to have his worst outing of the season.  Marshall faced 4 hitters giving up 2 hits, a walk and a run-scoring fielder’s choice play that sealed the Cubs fate.  The Cubs did manage to get 2 on in the 10th inning on a Starlin Castro single and Koyie Hill walk, but Colvin grounded into a game-ending double play to end the threat.

But back to my main point.  This team clearly does not have any confidence whatsoever.  They get good pitching, but can’t push across enough runs.  And when they do score enough runs, there always seems to be a collapse by the starting pitcher in the late innings or the bullpen in a tight game.

That being said, I really feel like a huge problem for the Cubs is the lack of consistent hitting.  Take a look at the last 2 games:

2-0 loss to Pirates on Wednesday – Brad Lincoln was making only his 5th career major league start.  In his 1st 2 starts he allowed 5 ER in each game with 6 innings pitched.  In his 3rd and 4th starts, he allowed 3 ER in each game and a combined 16 hits.  The kid clearly struggled against the likes of “poor-hitting” major league teams – the Nationals, White Sox, Indians and A’s.  But hey, against the Cubs, the kid looks like the next Cy Young, as he pitches 7 scoreless innings while giving up just 4 hits and 1 walk with 6 K’s.  In his previous 4 starts, he tallied only a total of 8 K’s!  Gimme a break.  Lincoln picked up his 1st major league win against the Cubs after going 0-2 to start his major league career.

3-2 loss to Reds today – Travis Wood was making his major league debut!  Through 7 innings, the Cubs managed just 2 hits and a walk off of Wood.  When Wood allowed back-to-back walks to start the 8th inning, Reds’ Manager Dusty Baker pulled the youngster and the Cubs eventually plated the 2 runners that had reached via Wood’s walks.  But up until that point, Wood had dominated a major league ball club with a payroll of over $140 million and he should have gotten the win if not for an inept Nick Massett.  That would have been back-to-back losses for the Cubs to young, inexperienced pitchers getting their 1st career major league wins.

It is a pretty dire situation for the Cubs right now.  Looks for lots of moves very very soon…

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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?

THE RICKETTS FAMILY NEEDS TO FIRE GM JIM HENDRY NOW!

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 Feared Nemesis – The Mighty Pittsburgh Pirates – Return to Wrigley Field for 3-Game Set – Cubs 8, White 6 Sunday 6/27/10

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Lou

Usually, the Cubs would love a series against the Pirates to get back on track.  But seeing as the Cubs have dropped 7 of 9 meetings to the Pirates in 2010, it is more of a dreaded visit than anything at Wrigley Field this week.  The Cubs have fallen to 33-42 overall this season, so the pressure is on to string some wins together to back into the NL Central race (they trail the Reds by 8.5 games) and the NL Wild Card race (they trail the Mets by 10 games).

The Pirates have been downright bad this year, except when they play the Cubs.  They are currently riding a 6-game losing streak, this after recently suffering through a 10-game skid in early June.  The Pirates have not won on the road since May 25th.  That doesn’t mean much though as the Cubs have really struggled hitting against the Pirates this season – scoring just 27 runs with a team batting average of .227 overall in the series.

Randy Wells looks to rebound after a series of bad outings.  He is suffering through a sophomore slump – 3-6 record; 5.21 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.  Not good.

The Cubs avoided the sweep against the White Sox this weekend by winning Sunday’s finale 8-6.  They are still reeling, however, from the whole Carlos Zambrano-Derrek Lee incident from Friday at US Cellular Field.  It’s not clear when Big Z will rejoin the team, but it’s clear that he has lost his starting spot in the rotation.  Can the Cubs build off the turmoil and rally together to put together a few wins before the All-Star Break?  I doubt it…

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Big Z Explosion Heard Round the World – Bye Bye Carlos – We Wish You Well! 6/25/10 6/26/10 6/27/10

Posted on 27 June 2010 by Lou

WOW – what a great way to kick of the weekend in the Cubs-Sox south side series.  Carlos Zambrano blowing a gasket, getting in Derrek Lee’s face.  D-Lee not backing down.  Manager Lou Pinella and coaches Larry Rothschild and Alan Trammell having to get in the middle of the near-brawl.  It was classic WWE Raw Madness – all right in your face in a baseball park on a beautiful Friday afternoon.  You couldn’t have asked for anything more.

As for the game, it was a typical Cubs loss – 6-0.  Bad pitching.  Even worse hitting – just 3 hits off of Jake Peavy and another number in the “L” column.  Yippee!  Let the sell-off begin…

The Cubs kept up their losing ways on Saturday – 3-2.  Carlos Silva pitched well — 2 ER on 3 hits and 1 walk.  But the Cubs bats didn’t get it done.  They only scored 2 runs off of Fast Freddy Garcia (a Derrek Lee single and an Aramis Ramirez opposite field home run that tied the game at 2 – did you even realize that those 2 guys were still in the Cubs lineup?!).  And Paul Konerko’s solo home run off of Andrew Cashner (who had been pitching so well) proved to be the game-winner in the 8th inning.

The Cubs managed to avoid the sweep with an 8-6 win on Sunday.  Ryan Dempster picked up the win – 3 ER on 9 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings.  Tyler Colvin batted lead-off for the 1st time in his major league career and he came through with 3 hits, 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored, including a 3-run bomb that gave the Cubs the lead for good at 3-2 in the 3rd inning.  Derrek Lee also had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.  Geovany Soto had 3 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.  Alfonso Soriano clubbed his 11th homer of the season.  And Starlin Castro got back on track with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

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