College of Starting Pitchers

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I understand that the alternatives are as appealing as the selection of women at closing time at the neighborhood dive, but I wish the Cubs would pull the plug on the James Russell-in-the-starting-rotation experiment.

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Welcome, Doug Davis!

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Remember how Jim Hendry and the rest of the Cubs front office would always downplay the extent of the injuries suffered by Mark Prior and Kerry Wood?

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Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 5

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hero: Andrew Cashner was terrific in his first major league start before exiting after 5 1/3 innings with tightness in his pitching shoulder. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed just two hits, struck out two, and walked one. He went to a three-ball count on just two batters, and fired 43 of his 72 pitches for strikes.

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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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Adios, Carlos Silva

By Chris Rewers on Monday, March 28, 2011

And don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out the door.

Kudos to the Cubs organization for making the right decision in naming Andrew Cashner the team's No. 5 starter and releasing Carlos Silva.

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Time for Cubs to Walk the Walk

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When spring training opened last month, Cubs manager Mike Quade let it be known that there would be open competition for a large percentage of the spots on his team's Opening Day roster.

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Only 32 Days Until Opening Day

By Chris Rewers on Monday, February 28, 2011

The snow has melted, the days are getting noticeably longer, and the Cubs are playing spring training games in Arizona.

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Welcome Home, Woody

By Chris Rewers on Friday, December 17, 2010

All sentiments aside, the signing of pitcher Kerry Wood on Friday to a one-year, $1.5 million contract was an astute move by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

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Cubs Player Rankings

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, November 6, 2010

The improved play the Cubs demonstrated under interim manager Mike Quade during the season's final weeks (a 24-13 record) was encouraging but it doesn't change the fact that the 2010 season was an unmitigated disaster.

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Cubs 2, Astros 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, October 1, 2010

Hero: Casey Coleman (4-2) finished the season by winning his final three starts. The rookie right-hander allowed six hits over seven innings while striking out two and walking one as the Cubs improved to 14-14 in shutout games. Cubs starters are 13-5 with a 2.87 ERA since Sept. 10.

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Cubs 5, Padres 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hero: Alfonso Soriano hit his 23rd and 24th home runs of the season to raise his batting average to .257 and his slugging percentage to .501.

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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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Aisle 233, Row 9, Seat 10

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Sucker," is not stamped on my forehead, but Tuesday night I attended the first of three games I have tickets for at Wrigley Field this week.

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Giants 1, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano labored through six shutout innings, throwing 116 pitches. Zambrano - who is 6-0 with a 1.42 ERA in nine starts since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9 - allowed three hits, struck out eight, and walked five.

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Building a Winner is Not a Zero-Sum Game

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Much of the debate regarding how the Cubs should go about building a winner has centered on whether the team should "play the kids" or pursue a quicker fix.

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Cubs 5, Mets 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hero: The renaissance of Carlos Zambrano (7-6) continued. Zambrano allowed two runs (both earned) on four hits in seven superb innings while striking out eight and walking just two. Big Z - who passed Kerry Wood for third place on the Cubs all-time career strikeouts list - topped out at 93 MPH, exhibited sharp breaking stuff, and had better control than in other of his recent outings. Since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9, Zambrano is 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA. A parting of the ways between the Cubs and Big Z this offseason once seemed inevitable, but if he continues to pitch like this, who knows?

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Cubs 7, Mets 6

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 3, 2010

Hero: Blake DeWitt (2-for-4) hit a two-out, three-run homer into the right-field bleachers off New York starter R.A. Dickey (9-6) to give the Cubs a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning.

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Cubs 3, Reds 2

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome entered the game with just one hit in 16 lifetime at-bats against Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (14-8), but went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Saturday.

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Cubs 5, Braves 4

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (7-7) allowed one (earned) run on seven hits over seven innings while striking out nine and walking two.

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Giants 8, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hero: Starlin Castro, now hitting .320, went 4-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. The rookie shortstop is hitting .407 since the All-Star break.

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