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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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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Reds 7, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome (1-for-3), who continues to sizzle in August, hit a two-run, game-tying homer off reliever Arthur Rhodes in the eighth inning. Fukudome, who is hitting .274 on the season, is hitting .367 with a 1.081 OPS in August.

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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 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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Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 4

By Chris Rewers on Monday, July 5, 2010

Heroes: James Russell, Justin Berg, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Marmol combined for 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Marmol and Marshall each struck out three, and Berg fanned a pair.

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Pirates 2, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hero: Reliever Brian Schlitter has been impressive in both of his major league appearances. On Wednesday, the 24-year-old right-hander allowed one hit, struck out one, and walked none over two shutout innings.

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Sincerely, JCB

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