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 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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Astros 4, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, October 3, 2010

Heroes: Thomas Diamond, Marcos Mateo, and Sean Marshall combined for two scoreless and hitless innings as Cubs relievers closed the season with 28 straight shutout innings. The bullpen posted a 1.19 ERA in its final 25 games.

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Cardinals 8, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, September 26, 2010

Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, Andrew Cashner, James Russell, and Thomas Diamond combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

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Giants 13, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hero: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4) doubled twice, giving him a respectable total of 38 two-baggers on the season.

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Building a Winner is Not a Zero-Sum Game

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Much of the debate regarding how the Cubs should go about building a winner has centered on whether the team should "play the kids" or pursue a quicker fix.

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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 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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Padres 5, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hero: In his first career relief appearance, Thomas Diamond allowed one hit, no walks, and struck out a pair in two shutout innings.

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Busch Stadium: Section 270, Row 9, Seat 16

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A road trip to watch the Cubs play in St. Louis means having to endure a boring five-hour drive down less-than-scenic I-55 and scorching heat.

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Cardinals 6, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hero: Derrek Lee, who returned to the lineup and raised his average to .248, went 2-for-4 with a double and his 13th home run of the season.

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Giants 8, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hero: Starlin Castro, now hitting .320, went 4-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. The rookie shortstop is hitting .407 since the All-Star break.

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Reds 11, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hero: Jeff Baker led off a four-run Cubs seventh with his fourth home run of the season.

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Reds 4, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (5-10) was working on a three-hitter when he allowed a leadoff homer to Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs in the eighth inning. Stubbs had just two hits in his previous 39 at-bats. Wells allowed three runs - all earned - on five hits in seven-plus innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked two.

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122 Pitches! The Horror!

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The jury is still out on whether Thomas Diamond will be a decent starting pitcher and if he'll be part of the Cubs' rotation in 2011, but with the Cubs 14 games under .500 with 54 to play there is no time like the present to find out.

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Brewers 4, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hero: Thomas Diamond (0-1) became the second Cubs pitcher since 1920 to strike out 10 batters in his major league debut. Mark Prior was the other, on May 22, 2002.

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Brewers 18, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Monday, August 2, 2010

Hero: Starlin Castro, now hitting .306, went 2-for-4 with two doubles and scored the Cubs' only run.

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Will Diamond Take Our Minds Off Cubs' Wrinkles?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Cubs announced Saturday that Thomas Diamond was purchased from Triple A Iowa and added to the team's 40-man roster. He will replace the departed Ted Lilly in the starting rotation.

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A Diamond In The Rough?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 10, 2010

Carlos Silva is scheduled to make Sunday night's start against the Dodgers, but Lou Piniella said Friday that Silva is questionable because of a sore right knee.

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