1. Tough Luck Lilly

    Hard to believe Ted Lilly is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. But the Cubs’ Ace hasn’t won a single game this month…and his last victory came April 24 at Milwaukee...

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  2. Missing Reed Johnson

    Feels like forever since we’ve seen Reed Johnson at Wrigley Field. In fact, it’s been a whole year considering Reed missed most of last season due to injury...

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  3. Don't Move Dempster!

    Forget about Big Z replacing Dempster in the rotation. The Cubs simply can’t afford to lose Dempster’s sparkling consistency as a starter. Tuesday night was a statement game for the right-hander...

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  4. Jose Lima vs. Cubs

    Jose Lima, the pitcher, is best remembered for his stellar season in 1999. He won 21 games, led the majors in starts (35), made his lone All Star appearance and finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting...

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  5. Cubs Dream Is Blackhawks Reality

    It’s been awesome watching the Blackhawks celebrate its trip to the Stanley Cup Finals! Reminds me of the Cubs’ celebrating its division titles in 2007 & ’08…TV ...

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  6. Kevin Gregg AL Saves Leader

    Former Cub Kevin Gregg leads the American League in saves (12). After his crash-and-burn season in Chicago, Gregg’s converted 12/14 save opportunities…posted an ERA below 2...

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  7. Score Four Cubs Soar!

    If close counted, the Cubs would be in business. More than half (24) of the team’s 43 games have been decided by two or fewer runs…including Friday’s 2-1 setback at Texas...

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  8. Walking With Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto is flying under the radar….rebounding nicely from a horrific sophomore season. His plate discipline has improved remarkably…leading all of baseball with 4...

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  9. Not Bob Howry!

    Before Aaron Miles and Milton Bradley, there was only one Cub I ever begged Jim Hendry to release: Bob Howry. The right-hander was simply dismal with the Cubs in 2008. But the best record in the NL masked Howry’s inabilities as a set-up man...

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  10. What's Next For Derrek Lee?

    Don’t write off Derrek Lee just yet. I made that mistake last year…calling for Micah Hoffpauir after Lee hit .189 through April...

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  11. Should Cubs Fire Lou?

    I’d hate to see the Cubs fire Lou, but it’s worth consideration. Look no further than the visiting Rockies who fell 10-games below .500 last May before firing Clint Hurdle in favor of Jim Tracy...

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  12. Lou 14th All Time With 1,800 Wins

    Congrats to Sweet Lou for becoming the 14th manger to reach the 1, 800 win milestone! It’s a notably achievement…and a rather impressive resume for the Cubs’ skipper ...

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  13. Cubs Throw-Up OnĀ 2010 Season

    It’s over…there, I said it. And as a matter of fact, I said it more specifically Friday…lose this home series against the Pirates and the Cubs’ goose is cooked for 2010...

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  14. Cubs Are Paper Champions

    The problem with the Cubs is that they’re paper champions. Since April 21 the offense is batting nearly .300…tops in all of baseball...

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  15. Gorzo Getting It Done

    It’s hard to believe Tom Gorzelanny is 1-4 this season. He’s posted a 2.83 ERA through six outings…four of which have been quality starts, including three straight, and opponents are batting just ...

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  16. Marmol Time!

    I doubted Carlos Marmol as the closer. Too many walks, too many hit batters…too wild for the ninth inning...

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  17. Cubs Swimming With The Fishes

    The reality of the Cubs situation is this…they’re sinking, not swimming. Tuesday night’s loss against Florida drops Chicago to a season-low six-games below ...

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  18. Theriot Better Than Castro?

    Ryan Theriot will never have the fielding talents of Starlin Castro. The 20-year-old has a superior arm; he’s quicker and can cover more ground...

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  19. Cubs Hit But Can't Score

    How is it the Cubs have four regulars batting above .300 but can’t score enough runs to win a ballgame? Theriot, Fukudome, Byrd & Soriano all rank in the top-11 for batting ...

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  20. Cubs Desperate For StarlinĀ Castro

    Bitter sweet arrival for Starlin Castro. He’s here because the Cubs are desperate…desperate for a spark…desperate for dear life…desperate in ways they shouldn’t be...

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  21. Cubs Desperate For Starlin Castro

    Bitter sweet arrival for Starlin Castro. He’s here because the Cubs are desperate…desperate for a spark…desperate for dear life…desperate in ways they shouldn’t be...

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  22. Milton Bradley Is Emotional Stress

    Milton Bradley isn’t the only one who should have his head checked this week…so should Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik. Seattle, at Milton’s request, placed him on the Restricted List so he can seek treatment for ‘emotional stress...

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  23. Soriano Back To Leadoff Spot?

    Why not move Soriano to the leadoff spot? For the past week the guy’s been pacing the Cubs’ lineup from the six-hole…batting 10-for-23 with 5 HR, 3 doubles and 11 RBI...

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  24. Cardinals 97.7% Likely To Win Division

    Four weeks in and the NL Central Division appears to be under wraps. The Cardinals…keepers of the best record in the NL…and on pace to win more than 100 games…will win the NL Central crown...

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  25. Brian Roberts, Ben Sheets & Rich Harden

    We wanted all three—Brian Roberts, Ben Sheets & Rich Harden—but the Cubs choose otherwise, not landing a single one due to scouting reports, money…or simply both...

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