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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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. 17, Big Z's Neutral Site No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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

It seems so long ago, but it's only been a little over two years since the Cubs, with the best record in the National League, clinched their second straight Central Division title with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 20, 2008. My confidence in the Cubs was never - before or since - as high as it was in '08. And the highlight of that magical regular season came on Sept. 14 when Carlos Zambrano pitched the first Cubs no-hitter in over 36 years.

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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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Glass is Half-Empty, Glass is Half-Full

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, December 11, 2010

Consider me among those who has been underwhelmed by the Cubs' offseason activity up to this point, but it seems that every piece of less-than-exciting news has been surrounded by a silver lining.

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The Cardinals Can Have Theriot

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I will use a quote from the character of Rudy on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids to express my opinion of former Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot:

"Man, you're like school during the summer. No class!"

You would think that Theriot would be grateful for his experience with the Cubs. It was the organization that drafted and signed him and brought him to the majors in 2006. It was while with the Cubs, that Theriot was given the opportunity to become an everyday player in 2007 by manager Lou Piniella. Thanks to the Cubs, Theriot became a popular player on one of sports' most famous franchises. Thanks to the Cubs, Theriot became a millionaire.

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Ex-Cub Report No. 3

By Chris Rewers on Monday, November 8, 2010

For the first time in my life, I felt sorry for the New York Yankees when they fell to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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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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2008: Big Z's Neutral Site No-No

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It seems so long ago, but it's only been two years since the Cubs, with the best record in the National League, clinched their second straight Central Division title with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. My confidence in the Cubs was never - before or since - as high as it was in 2008. And the highlight of that magical regular season came on Sept. 14 when Carlos Zambrano pitched the first Cubs no-hitter in over 36 years.

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Sutcliffe Telling It Like It Isn't

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rick Sutcliffe, who was the analyst on ESPN's telecast of Wednesday's Dodgers-Rockies game, far too often goes overboard in trying to suck up to his favorite players and managers.

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The Cub Factor: Coming Clean

By Beachwood Reporter on Monday, August 2, 2010

Doesn't it feel good to come clean? To finally admit it? To stop the charade? The Cubs finally admitted it to themselves, to their fans and, well, to anyone else who is paying attention: They suck.

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So Long, Lilly and Theriot

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's difficult to judge a trade like the one the Cubs made ahead of Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline.

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Rockies 17, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Friday, July 30, 2010

Hero: James Russell allowed one hit struck out three, and walked none in two shutout innings of relief.

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Astros 8, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hero: Ryan Theriot went 3-for-4 to account for half of the Cubs' hits and scored their only run.

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Cubs 5, Astros 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hero: Carlos Silva (10-4) rebounded after back-to-back horrible outings to reach double figures in wins for the first time since 2007 when he earned 13 victories for the Minnesota Twins. Silva allowed one (earned) run on five hits in five innings while walking one and striking out four.

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Wanted: A Fans' Manager

By Beachwood Reporter on Monday, July 26, 2010

Marty Gangler explains in this week's Cub Factor.

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Cubs 6, Cardinals 5

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hero: Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double to raise his average to .308. The 20-year-old rookie shortstop has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games and is 34-for-94 (.362) over that span.

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Astros 4, Cubs 3 (12 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hero: Ted Lilly impressed the scouts who were there to see him but he ... couldn't ... quite ... finish the job. Lilly was working on a five-hit shutout when he allowed a leadoff homer to Pedro Feliz in the the eighth inning that tied the game at 1. Hindsight is 20-20, but Lou Piniella allowed Lilly to hit for himself in the bottom of the seventh with an off day Thursday. TRL exited with one out in the eighth after allowing seven hits, walking one, and striking out six.

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What The Cubs Did Over The All-Star Break

By Beachwood Reporter on Monday, July 19, 2010

According to this week's Cub Factor:

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Aisle 231, Row 9, Seat 12

By Chris Rewers on Friday, July 16, 2010

It had been some time - May 25th - since our previous visit to Wrigley Field.

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