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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Cubs 1, Brewers 0

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hero: Ryan Dempster (13-10) became the fourth Canadian pitcher to win at least 100 major league games, joining the elite company of Fergie Jenkins (284), Kirk McCaskill (106), and Reggie Cleveland (105). Dempster allowed three hits - singles to Casey McGehee in the fourth, Randy Wolf in the fifth, and Alcides Escobar in the seventh -over seven innings while striking out eight and walking two.

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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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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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Castro A Hit, But Defense Needs Work

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, August 26, 2010

Starlin Castro, whose eighth inning RBI double snapped a scoreless tie in the Cubs' 4-0 victory at Washington on Wednesday, is now hitting .315 and is five plate appearances shy of qualifying for the National League batting championship.

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Reds 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 6, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (6-6) was a tough-luck loser after allowing three runs - all earned - on four hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked four.

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Cubs 3, Reds 1

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (4-6) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning en route to his first victory since April 30. Wells surrendered one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out five in 7 2/3 innings.

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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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