1. Former Cubs In The News

    –Mark DeRosa has quietly opted for season-ending surgery on his left wrist. He underwent surgery last offseason on the same wrist, but in a different area from his current nerve injury...

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  2. Next 20 Games Shape Cubs' Season

    Tuesday marks the first of 20-games in 20 days for Chicago heading into the All Star break. It’s a stretch that will certainly shape the rest of the season, and perhaps more importantly, the long term roster...

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  3. Derrek Lee On Angels' Radar

    Derrek Lee to the Angles remains one of the hot trade rumors heading into July, and the Halos got a firsthand look at Lee over the weekend during the three-games series at Wrigley...

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  4. Cubs Baseball Still Better Than Golf

    I realized two things Sunday afternoon. First, I’d rather watch a World Cup game than the US Open, and secondly, the Cubs can hit good pitching when they want too...

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  5. Official Scoring – Error Cubs

    You see more scoring in the World Cup matches than you do from the Cubs’ offense. Saturday’s 12-0 drubbing against the Angles was just another example: more errors (3) than hits (2), which is embarrassing to say the least...

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  6. Cubs Still In The Race?

    Just look at the fantastic division races across the National League! The biggest lead in any divisions is one game–San Diego leading Los Angeles–with the Braves and Cards holding just a half game lead over New York and Cincinnati...

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  7. New Music At Wrigley Field

    Besides seeing the Cubs’ season slip away, we’re also witnessing the changing of Wrigley Field...

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  8. Cubs Playing Single-A Ball?

    Feels like the season hit a new low Wednesday night, and not just because the Cubs have dropped 10 of its last 14 games. This was the ugliest baseball we’ve seen to date…booted balls, botched throws, and pure ineptitude at the plate...

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  9. Harden, Suppan & Snell

    Shocking news out of Rangers camp…Rich Harden has been placed on the DL with a strain glute. The right-hander struggling so badly in Texas he was nearly removed from the rotation just days before...

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  10. A Lilly No No

    Damn, I wanted Lilly to get the no-hitter! Not just because it was the White Sox, but because I fear Lilly could be dealt come July. And whether Cubs fans want to recognize it or not, Lilly’s the true ace of this staff...

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  11. Cubs' Offense Is Flawed, But Where?

    I look over this lineup and see a bunch of talent, but can’t seem to figure out why these guys can’t score runs...

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  12. What's Happened to Wells?

    What on earth has happened to Randy Wells? Since beginning the season 3-0 in April, Wells is just 2-5 in his last 10 starts, including a current five-game skid...

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  13. Cubs Ready To Abandon Ship?

    Don’t look now, the Cardinals are reeling. They’ve dropped four straight, losing Sunday against Milwaukee, then were swept right out of Chavez Ravine 3-0 by the Dodgers...

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  14. Blackhawk Pride!

    I jumped off the couch when Patrick Kane shot the puck. Hands on head, I frantically looked at the back of the net…no puck, no goal light...

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  15. Carlos Marmol 12/15 In Saves

    This is the Carlos Marmol I feared as the Cubs’ closer. The guy who hits a batter, walks another and then blows the save opportunity...

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  16. Hard Times For Rich Harden

    Twelve starts without a trip to the DL counts as a win for former Cub Rich Harden. But that’s all the right-hander has going for him this season in Texas...

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  17. Climbing Koyie's Hill

    Not long ago I wrote a post about Geovany Soto’s nice rebound from 2009. Seems no sooner than that post went up that Big Geo started spiraling downward again. He’s batting ...

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  18. Starting Tyler Colvin

    Tyler Colvin is answering the bell. Since mid-April the rookie is batting .322 with six doubles, five home runs, a triple, and 13 RBI. He’s batting ...

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  19. State Of the Chicago Cubs

    This is the state of our Cubs: six-games below .500…7.5 games back of the division lead and hopeless scoring runs. Houston’s No. 5 starter, Felipe Paulino, made 11 starts prior to Friday’s game...

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  20. Trading Derrek Lee

    The Cubs should have no problem trading Derrek Lee, despite his full no-trade clause. He’s a pro’s pro with a Gold Glove and a legitimate bat...

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  21. Missing Ken Griffey Jr.

    We talk about it all the time…great players hanging on too long. Ken Griffey Jr. is no exception. He should’ve retired last year when his teammates carried him off the field...

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  22. Cubs Contenders Or Pretenders?

    I use June 1 as my bench mark for pretenders & contenders. What it’s not is the end-all be-all for postseason predictions, but a fairly good indicator, nonetheless. Teams leading the division at this juncture typically make the postseason...

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  23. Cubs Choke vs. Pittsburgh

    The Cubs can’t beat Pittsburgh, and that’s flat-out embarrassing. Chicago, with a payroll three times that of Pittsburgh’s, is 1-6 against the Pirates…who were losers of five-straight and 9 of 11, entering Monday’s game...

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  24. Cubs Silva Lining

    I don’t think anyone saw this coming…not even Carlos Silva. But the round-mound of pounds is 7-0…leading the team in quality starts (7) and averaging six innings per outing...

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  25. What About Wells?

    Are you demoting Randy Wells to the bullpen? Tossing him under the bus after his disastrous outing Friday: five runs, zero outs? I’m not sure what to make of it, either. But I do know Wells entered Friday’s game with opponents batting ...

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