Archive for July, 2008

Big Homestand Starts Tomorrow

Ok, whether you are a ticket holder for the 9-game Cubs homestand that begins tomorrow at Wrigley or not, I have some game day tips for you… Tickets – if you don’t tickets yet, go immediately to and take your pick! Seats – whether tickets are in hand or not, check out the view from […]

July 31, 2008   Posted in: game day  One Comment

What’s missing from Cubs-Brewers Rivalry

Where is the venom?  Where is the competitiveness?  Why aren’t these teams taking it personally?  What’s missing from the Cubs-Brewers rivalry is some old fashioned animosity. We need some bean-balls, some hard slides, a bench clearing brawl to spice up this rivalry.  There is just too much respect and professionalism between these two ballclubs. It […]

July 30, 2008   Posted in: rivalries  One Comment

Holy Sheets!

Cubs make it two in a row over the Brewers at Miller Park last night with a dominating 7-1 performance, extending their division lead to a full 3 games.  Carlos Zambrano overwhelmed the Brew Crew and their ace, Ben Sheets in convincing fashion.  With Sheets and Sabathia chalking up losses, I like our chances with […]

July 30, 2008   Posted in: players, rivalries, standings  One Comment

Brewers need a Message from the Northsiders

The rival Milwaukee Brewers had a brief share of first place in the NL Central over the weekend, a spot the Cubs had owned for the previous 61 days. With the Cubs 9-6 win at Wrigley yesterday and the Brewers loss to Houston, the Cubs are back in sole possession of first. Tonight’s game one […]

July 28, 2008   Posted in: observations, rivalries, standings  No Comments

Hard luck Harden

Man, what more can you ask from a guy than what Rich Harden has provided since coming to the Cubs?  In three games, they guy has been ridiculous; 17.1 innings, 30 k’s, just 8 hits, a 1.04 ERA and all he has to show for it is an 0-1 record.  With the exception of two […]

July 28, 2008   Posted in: players, stats  No Comments

Cubs Bidders Identity Revealed

The sale of the Chicago Cubs franchise is heating up with the inital round of 10 reported groups in the bidding now reduced to 5 for the second go-round. Crain’s Chicago Business posted this detailed article on the bidders moving to the second round of negotiations to buy the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, and a […]

July 25, 2008   Posted in: biz of baseball, Team Ownership, Wrigley Field  No Comments

Samardzjia called up, strikes out first batter

Notre Dame football phenom Jeff Samardzjia made his Cubs debut today at Wrigley Field, striking out the first major league batter he faced (Marlin pinch hitter Alfredo Amezaga) with a 97mph heater.  Welcome to the Bigs, kid. Next batter Hanley Ramirez then singled, stole second, and Samardzjia promptly air-mailed a pitchout for a wild pitch. […]

July 25, 2008   Posted in: players, roster  No Comments

Kerry Wood to the DL but Cubs still on top

I think Cub fans suffer some degree of post-traumatic stress when it comes to key injuries and late summer division leads.  With the hopes of the franchise resting on the shoulders/arms of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior in the first part of this decade, it was bitterly disappointing to watch them self destruct with injury after […]

July 24, 2008   Posted in: curse/superstition, observations, players  No Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are baseball’s best baserunners this year? July 23, 2008 In the last three editions of The Bill James Handbook, we introduced a new statistic to measure baserunning.  It’s called Net Baserunning Gain and it’s simply how many extra bases beyond average a player gains.  For example, a runner goes first to third on a […]

July 24, 2008   Posted in: John Dewan  No Comments

Mediocre in the Middle

July has been an uninspired month for Cubs hitters.  With Alfonso Soriano out for the past six weeks, the team picked him up big-time going into the All Star break as the league’s leading offense. But over the past couple weeks, the 2, 3, 4, 5 hitters have been struggling to say the least. Kosuke […]

July 22, 2008   Posted in: lineup, observations, players, stats  No Comments