Cardinals 9, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Friday, May 13, 2011

Hero: Jeff Baker, who started in right field, continued his phenomeanl hitting against left-handed pitching, going 3-for-4 and driving in the Cubs' only run with a sixth inning single. Baker is 16-for-31 (.516 BA) against lefties this season. Baker's three singles came against St. Louis southpaw Jaime Garcia (5-0). He lined out to first baseman Albert Pujols against right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs in the eighth.

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Pujols Right Guy for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, May 12, 2011

I wish Chicago Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley would stick to telling White Sox general manager Ken Williams how to do his job.

In Thursday's Sun-Times, Cowley, a former longtime White Sox beat writer, advised Cubs fans to not get their hopes up in regards to the North Siders signing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. He suggested that any Cubs fan who dares dream of Pujols donning a Cubs uniform in 2012 should "pick up the nearest stapler and punch it into your chest to help snap you back to reality."

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A Contrarian View of the NL Central

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 31, 2011

I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.

I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.

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The Phillies' Phenomenal Rotation

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 3, 2011

There are several interesting storylines heading into the 2011 major league season. Among them:

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Glass is Half-Empty, Glass is Half-Full

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, December 11, 2010

Consider me among those who has been underwhelmed by the Cubs' offseason activity up to this point, but it seems that every piece of less-than-exciting news has been surrounded by a silver lining.

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Cardinals 8, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, September 26, 2010

Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, Andrew Cashner, James Russell, and Thomas Diamond combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

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Cubs 7, Cardinals 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hero: Casey Coleman (3-2) allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking two. Coleman, who did not allow a hit after the third, retired the last nine and 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.

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Cubs 7, Cardinals 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hero: Tyler Colvin became the fourth Cubs rookie to hit 20 or more home runs in a season. The other members of the exclusive club are Walt "Moose" Moryn with 23 in 1956, Billy Williams (25, 1961), and Geovany Soto (23, 2008).

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Pirates 14, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hero: Koyie Hill went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double. It was the 31-year-old switch-hitting catcher's sixth career home run and first since May 29, 2009.

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Busch Stadium: Section 270, Row 9, Seat 16

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A road trip to watch the Cubs play in St. Louis means having to endure a boring five-hour drive down less-than-scenic I-55 and scorching heat.

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Cubs 9, Cardinals 7

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hero: Derrek Lee hit two solo home runs to straightaway center before being removed because of back spasms. He's walloped four of his 16 home runs on the season in the last three games.

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Cubs 3, Cardinals 2

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hero: Carlos Marmol, who had electric stuff, retired five batters and pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning to record his 20th save of the season and first since July 26.

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Cardinals 6, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hero: Derrek Lee, who returned to the lineup and raised his average to .248, went 2-for-4 with a double and his 13th home run of the season.

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Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 (11 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hero: Center fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and also was credited with an outfield assist in the sixth when he pegged the Cardinals' Skip Schumaker at the plate when he tried to score from second on a Chris Carpenter single.

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Ramirez Joins The Immortals... and Larry Parrish

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Interesting stuff courtesy of Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times:

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Could The Cardinals Throw In Chris Carpenter?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 10, 2010

We believe Bill McClellan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was trying to be funny with his Friday column.

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Cardinals 9, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Monday, May 31, 2010

Hero: Geovany Soto's fifth home run of the season, in the seventh inning, accounted for the Cubs' only run.

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Cardinals 7, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Friday, May 28, 2010

Hero: Reliever James Russell's stock continues to rise. The rookie right-hander, in the longest outing of his major league career, worked four shutout innings, allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out one.

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The [Thursday] Sports Pages

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's early, but a loss like Wednesday's 3-2 setback is pretty hard to swallow.

John Grabow's failurewas the postgame focus, but the Cubs' offense was equally to blame. The North Siders managed just seven hits - only one was for extra bases - stranded 11 baserunners, and hit into five double plays. It's no excuse for a 3-and-1 changeup to a future Hall-of-Famer with the tying run aboard and first base open, but Grabow had no margin for error.

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