1. Chicago’s Other Coach Q

    At 18 games out of first, you take pride in small victories. Defeating the Cardinals is one of them. Beating Adam Wainwright is another! Wainwright entered the game with an MLB-best 1...

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  2. Jeff Samardzija Update

    Decent outing by Jeff Samardzija Monday night—5.2 innings, no runs, six hits, four walks, and one strikeout. Good enough to pace the Cubs in a 5-1 win against a division rival. Samardzija appeared more in control of his pitches with the new delivery

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  3. Ryan Dempster Owns Milwaukee!

    Congrats to Big ‘D’ for career win 100! It’s Dempster’s 50th win as a Cub. He’s also collected 87 saves with Chicago. Dempster (13-10) has simply owned the Brewers...

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  4. Big Z’s Stats Since Rejoining Rotation

    Carlos Zambrano since returning to the rotation August 9: 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA. 8 earned runs in 45 innings pitched. Has allowed two or fewer runs in last seven starts. 32 strikeouts in his last four games...

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  5. Will Cubs Hit 100 Losses?

    The Cubs have not lost 100-games since the 1966 season (59-103). They have, however, come close a few times since: 2006 – (66-96) 2002 – (67-95) 2000 – (65-97) 1999 ...

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  6. Silva For Bradley A Steal For Cubs

    Carlos Silva has won me over this season. And that’s saying something because I didn’t give the guy a chance at first blush. Over-weight, over-paid and over-valued, I thought...

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  7. Quade, Castro & Soto

    –So Mike Quade is showing the Cubs he can bench star players, too. Fredi Gonzalez, a reported leading candidate for the Cubs manager position, gained much support for his benching of Hanley Ramirez earlier in the season with Florida...

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  8. Quade, Castro & Soto

    –So Mike Quade is showing the Cubs he can bench star players, too. Fredi Gonzalez, a reported leading candidate for the Cubs manager position, gained much support for his benching of Hanley Ramirez earlier in the season with Florida...

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  9. Carlos Zambrano Is Fool’s Gold

    Big Z has been terrific on the mound since returning from knucklehead rehab– (4-0) in six starts. But I’m not buying the ‘new & improved’ Carlos. Why should I? The man’s been fool’s gold for years...

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  10. Mark Prior Passes Towel Drill!

    Good to see Mark Prior back on track for the majors. And glad we’re not talking about the towel drill! Prior joins Triple-A Oklahoma City, a Rangers affiliate, this weekend. The 30-year-old envisions his comeback as a reliever, not a starter...

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  11. Is Fredi Ready For Wrigley?

    I could live happily with Fredi Gonzalez as the next Cubs manager. He thrive for four years with the always frugal Florida Marlins (276-279), and has both minor and major league coaching experience...

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  12. Cubs Running Express

    I take the CTA Red Line to and from downtown six days a week. It’s like riding along the Cubs’ season–a long, slow and frustrating journey. I piled on at the Fullerton stop Tuesday evening, the train well behind schedule...

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  13. Derrek Lee Cold In Hotlanta

    Derrek Lee has struggled offensively since joining the Braves last Friday. He’s 4-for-30 (.133) with 5 RBI, 3 walks, 3 doubles and 2 runs scored...

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  14. Early Returns Theriot For DeWitt Trade

    Here’s a comparison of part of the Cubs’ July 31 trade that sent Ryan Theriot to L.A. for Blake Dewitt. As early returns go, it’s been a respectful draw–their numbers as similar as their mug shots! Ryan Theriot 24 games with L...

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  15. Marlins New Stadium

    If there’s one thing keeping the Marlins from being a financial power house it’s the crummy ballpark that is Dolphin Stadium...

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  16. Eric Wedge Resume

    We now know Jim Hendry kick started the interview process for the Cubs open manager position by speaking face-to-face with former Cleveland skipper, Eric Wedge, on Thursday. Wouldn’t be surprised if Wedge ends up a finalist for the job...

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  17. Soriano Surprisingly Good

    Alfonso Soriano is quietly putting together a decent season–.261, 21 HR & 66 RBI. Avoiding major injuries, of course, has been key...

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  18. Mike Fontenot Update

    Since joining the Giants via trade on August 11, Mike Fontenot is 6-for-21 at the plate (.285) with three runs scored and zero RBI. He’s played seven games, starting five–3 at second base and 2 at shortstop...

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  19. Mike Quade Has Zero Chance to Manage Cubs in 2011

    The Cubs say Mike Quade is a candidate for the open managerial position, but my gut says otherwise. It’s unlikely Jim Hendry could withstand the backlash of hiring Quade; not ...

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  20. Former Cub Andres Blanco

    Andres Blanco is making a go of it with Texas this year. Since being acquired by the Rangers in March, the 26-year-old made his first Opening Day roster and has filled in primarily as a utility infielder for the first place Rangers...

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  21. Ted Lilly Best July Trade 2010

    Ted Lilly is shaping up to be the best July trade of 2010. Since joining the Dodgers, Lilly is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts...

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  22. Respect Wrigley Field

    Perhaps the sign pictured above, located in the right field bleachers, should be removed and placed in the Cubs dugout...

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  23. Derrek Lee Deserves Braves

    I’m glad Derrek Lee accepted the trade to Atlanta. He’s deserving of a winning team and another shot at winning a championship...

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  24. Cubs Just Good Enough To Lose

    I’d be interested to know how many times the Cubs have committed more errors than runs scored this season? My guess is in the four to five range, including Wednesday’s 1-0 ...

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  25. Cubs At 15 Rookies & Counting

    Chicago has called upon 15 rookies in 2010, the most since 2006 when the club used 16, and the most this early in a season since 1974 when 18 new jacks appeared in the first 115 games...

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