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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Garza Trade Good for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Friday, January 7, 2011

The acquisition of pitcher Matt Garza by the Cubs, along with two minor leaguers, from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for five prospects - that include right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, outfielders Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, and catcher Robinson Chirinos - is a brilliant and gutsy move by general manager Jim Hendry.

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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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Mets 18, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hero: Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4) collected his 1,600th career hit with an RBI single in the first inning and his 1,601st with a two-run homer (22nd of the season) in the third. Ramirez, who is hitting .243 on the season and .295 since the All-Star break, has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 games and has 25 multi-hit games on the season.

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Cubs 8, Astros 5

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hero: Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 in his first three-hit performance of the season. Ramirez, who raised his average to .171, hit his fifth home run of the season to drive in the Cubs' first run in the second inning and added an RBI single in the fourth.

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Astros 3, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Friday, June 4, 2010

Hero: Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .302 and drove in his 28th run of the season with a double in the fifth inning.

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Sincerely, JCB

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