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Cincinnati Reds Beat Chicago Cubs: Friday Foibles From Mike Quade, Dusty Baker and Darwin Barney

May 6, 2011


The Cincinnati Reds took a tightly-contested series opener from the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon. After falling behind early, the Cubs scored single runs in four consecutive innings beginning in the third but left the bases loaded in the sixth and never threatened again. The story of this game was a series of […]

What’s Wrong with Ryan Dempster? Chicago Cubs Had Better Find Out

April 28, 2011


Ryan Dempster has not suffered a major velocity drop this April. He has not struggled to find the plate or strike batters out. The Chicago Cubs right-handed ace has 29 strikeouts and just 12 walks in narrowly more than 30 innings this season. His batted-ball distribution is nearly identical to the last two seasons. Yet, […]

Robert Whitenack Update: Chicago Cubs May Have Another Diamond in the Rough

April 28, 2011


Right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack took the mound for the Tennessee Smokies Wednesday, and continued a surprising run of dominance in the season’s first month. Making his Double0A debut for the Southern League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, Whitenack struck out three, walked none and allowed only three hits over six shutout innings. Tennessee lost 2-1 […]

Chicago Cubs Drop to 10-12: Carlos Pena Having Problems with Plate Coverage?

April 26, 2011


Chicago Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena has been heart-rendingly bad so far in 2011. He has been miserable. He has just 10 hits so far this season; only one, a double, even netted extra bases. He has 21 strikeouts in 73 plate appearances, and has only reached base 22 times on the strength of those […]

Chicago Cubs Week in Review AND Week in Preview: What a Deal!

April 25, 2011


The Chicago Cubs split their six home games this week against the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, taking two out of three from San Diego in a rain-drenched series before losing two of three to Matt Kemp and the Dodgers over the weekend. Beginning Monday, they will host Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado […]

Chicago Cubs Long-Term Focus: How Ryan Braun extension with Milwaukee Brewers helps Cubs

April 22, 2011


Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun signed a five-year, $105-million contract extension Thursday, ensuring he will be with the team through the year 2020. Braun had already been under an eight-year pact for $45 million, which ran through 2015. The Chicago Cubs (and especially GM Jim Hendry) will not acknowledge it publicly, but this is a […]

Rick Ankiel Ad for Cardinals Fans: Delusions of Grandeur Much?

April 20, 2011


Washington Nationals outfielder and former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel took out a full-page ad in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, thanking Cardinals fans for their “support and cheers over the years.” With the Nationals in town to play the current Cardinals, the ad is well-timed and (maybe this was Ankiel’s aim) should earn him a […]