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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Cardinals 6, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hero: Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 (all singles), was hit by a pitch, and scored twice.

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Cubs 3, Reds 2

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 8, 2011

Heroes: Carlos Pena (home run) Kosuke Fukudome (double) each contributed three hits and bookended a dramatic two-run ninth inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero (2-1) to lead the Cubs (15-17), as Pat Hughes described it, "to their most gratifying victory of the season."

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Reds 5, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Friday, May 6, 2011

Heroes: Sean Marshall (0.64 ERA) and Kerry Wood (1.50) combined for 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. They allowed one hit, struck out two, and walked none.

Cubs relievers have not allowed a run in their last 17 2/3 innings over nine games.

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Cubs 4, Dodgers 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hero: Finally, the Demp we know and love. Ryan Dempster, who turned 34 on Tuesday, walked the first two batters he faced on eight straight balls, but bounced back to work seven solid innings. Dempster- who lowered his ERA to 8.05 while not figuring in the decision- allowed one (earned) run on six hits while walking two and striking out five.

"To say this was the best outing of Ryan Dempster's season would be probably the understatement of the year," Len Kasper said during the WGN telecast."He was really good."

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Mr. April

By Chris Rewers on Monday, May 2, 2011

Gordon Wittenmyer, in Monday's Chicago Sun-Times, pointed out that Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome hit .383 (23-for-60) and is a .345 (101-for-293) hitter in his four seasons with the Cubs. But entering Monday's game, Fukudome was hitting just .244 (275-for-1,129) after April.

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Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hero: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4) wrapped up a terrific April with a solo home run in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth. It was the 10th homer of the season for Soriano (.258 BA, 20 RBI), who shares the major league lead in home runs with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.

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Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 2

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 29, 2011

Hero: Alfonso Soriano smashed two solo home runs. It was the 27th career multi-home run game for Soriano, who leads the Cubs (11-14) with nine long balls.

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Rockies 5, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 25, 2011

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome, who turns 34 Tuesday, had five singles in five at-bats to raise his average to .478.

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Dodgers 12, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 22, 2011

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .417.

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Life on Top

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 16, 2011

According to the preseason prognosticators, one of the Cubs' glaring weaknesses was supposed to be the leadoff spot.

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Brewers 6, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hero: Aramis Ramirez (3-for-5, 3 RBI) doubled three times off Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo. Six of the Cubs' 11 hits Sunday were doubles.

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Booth Review

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We're just five games into the new season, but Cubs TV broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, now in their seventh season together, are already in midseason form.

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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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Greatest Moments: No. 22, Eight-Run Lead Isn't Enough for Rockies

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

(Editor's Note: Ninth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

The Cubs were riding high when they played host to the Colorado Rockies on May 30, 2008. They had won their previous four games to improve to 33-21 and held a 1.5-game lead over second-place St. Louis in the National League Central.

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100 Worst: No. 92 Kosuke Fukudome

By Chris Rewers on Friday, November 26, 2010

Outfielder, 2008-10

.259 BA, 34 HR, 156 RBI with Cubs

(Editor's Note: Ninth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)

When the Cubs signed Japanese star Kosuke Fukudome to a four-year,$48 million contract before the 2008 season, the outfielder was often described in the media as a cross between Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui. In nine seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, Fukudome hit .305, won a batting title in 2002, and was named the Japanese Central League MVP in 2006 after hitting .351 with 31 homers and 104 RBI.

It's a shame, that his lasting image in the minds of many Cubs fans will be an awkward-looking helicopter swing and a miss.

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102 Years and Counting... Why Us?

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My grandfather turned 90 earlier this year.

Pops is no saint, but I have always been struck by his ability to make friends. It's a testament to his talent for relating to others that a week does not go by when somebody in our neighborhood asks me how he's doing or tells me a story about a good time they had with him.

But the fact that he has been a Cubs fan since at least the 1930s has to be penance for something. The man has been subjected to more bad baseball in his lifetime than anybody else I know and has not even enjoyed the experience of watching his favorite team play in the World Series since 1938. He was serving in the Pacific while the Cubs participated in the 1945 Fall Classic.

"Wait 'til next year!" my late grandmother would mutter whenever she'd hear a Cubs fan speak those words. "It's always wait 'til next year with those Cubs!"

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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 1, Padres 0

By Chris Rewers on Monday, September 27, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (10-6) earned his seventh road win of the season after allowing just three hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking four. Zambrano, who is 7-2 in 12 career starts against San Diego, is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 starts since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9. Big Z, who will make his final start of the season this weekend at Houston, has pitched 13 consecutive 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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