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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Cubs 1, Padres 0 (10 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 18, 2011

Hero: Carlos Zambrano remained undefeated since his meltdown at Comiskey Park on June 25 with eight innings of three-hit ball. Zambrano struck out 10 - the first time he achieved double-digits in strikeouts since his no-hitter on Sept. 14, 2008 - and walked just one.

For whatever it's worth, it was the Cubs' first "quality start" since Randy Wells turned one in against Arizona on April 4. The "quality start" statistic is as nonsensical as the "game-winning RBI." A pitcher who lasts just six innings and allows three runs is credited with a "quality start." The benchmark for what is deemed "quality" should be a bit higher.

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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 4, Diamondbacks 1

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 4, 2011

Hero: Alfonso Soriano hit a game-tying home run - his second in as many days - in the third inning and contributed a clutch two-out single in the eighth to drive in a crucial go-ahead run. Soriano didn't hit his second homer until his 15th game last season.

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Pirates 5, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hero: Starlin Castro produced three more hits, including a pair of triples, and is hitting .615.

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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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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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Padres 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hero: Rookie lefty Scott Maine continued the stellar work of the Cubs' bullpen by setting the Padres down in order in the eighth to lower his ERA in 12 appearances to 2.13. Relievers have posted a 1.38 ERA in 58 2/3 innings of work over the Cubs' last 21 games.

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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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Cubs 2, Giants 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (8-13) allowed six hits over 7 2/3 shutout innings while striking out six and walking one to lead the Cubs to their 11th shutout victory of the season.

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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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Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (7-13) allowed one (earned) run and five hits over eight innings while striking out five and walking none to earn just his second win in his last 10 starts. Wells - a native of nearby Belleville, Ill. - was making his first career start at Busch Stadium. He also drove in a single-game career-high two runs with a pair of RBI singles. Wells entered the game with three RBI in 91 career at-bats.

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Cubs 5, Cardinals 1

By Chris Rewers on Monday, September 13, 2010

Hero: Jeff Samardzija (1-1) worked 5 2/3 shutout innings and added an RBI single en route to his third major league victory and first as a starter. Samardzija allowed six hits, walked four, and struck out one.

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Astros 4, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Heroes: Relievers Marcos Mateo, Sean Marshall, and Justin Berg set down the final nine Houston hitters.

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Astros 7, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hero: Tyler Colvin went 2-for-4 with his fifth triple of the season and drove in a pair.

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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 5, Pirates 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome continued to close strong, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI. Fukudome, who is at .281 for the season, is 28-for-77 (.364) with eight doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI since the All-Star break.

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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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Reds 7, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 27, 2010

Hero: Rookie reliever Marcos Mateo had his best of his eight major league outings, striking out all three hitters he faced, in the bottom of the eighth.

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