Keys for the Second Half – Pitchers and Catchers

The first half of the 2008 campaign is over and the Cubs posted a 57-38 record, tied for the best in the bigs with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Lou Piniella’s crew will begin the second half on Friday in Houston with at least a four game lead over the Cardinals….with the Brewers not […]

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The Other Fifteen

The Cubs hit the halfway point in the 2008 campaign on Saturday and last season they received contributions from just about every player on their 40-man roster. With all of the injuries over the past few weeks taking a toll, are there any players that could step in and give the team a lift as […]

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Thrown a Curve

Yogi Berra once said the game of baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical…. unfortunately that describes Rich Hill. The very talented southpaw possesses all of the talent needed to succeed at the big league level, he proved that a year ago. And after a solid, to very good, first full season […]

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The End of an Era

Baseball is a game of tradition. Baseball relies on its history to tell the full story of a game that has been passed down from generation to generation. Baseball, unlike the other major sports in America, celebrates its past and on a daily basis reflects on players and games from yesteryear in order to gauge […]

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What’s the Answer?

To leadoff or not to leadoff is the question Lou Piniella has to find an answer to once Alfonso Soriano returns from the DL. A report last week on Cubs.com indicated Soriano is pain free and several reports later in the week stated that when Soriano returns on Thursday against the Brewers he will hit […]

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Pie or Johnson?

Jim Hendry reportedly spent the off-season trying to add a right-handed option that could platoon in center with Felix Pie. Rumors suggested Hendry was also trying to provide Lou Piniella with a solid defender that could play all three outfield spots. After attempts to land several players via the trade route, Reed Johnson signed with […]

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Observations After Six Games

The start of the 2008 campaign for the Chicago Cubs did not go exactly as many as hoped, including Lou Piniella. But after losing 2 of 3 to the Brewers, the Cubs won their first series of the young season on Sunday and have won 3 of the last 4. Some players have met expectations, […]

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If You Were Jim and Lou….

How would you fill out the Cubs roster? With the signing of Reed Johnson on Tuesday, Lou Piniella figures to have three spots remaining….two on the bench and one in the bullpen. According to several reports on Tuesday night, the final two back-up spots are between Ronny Cedeno, Alex Cintron, Matt Murton and Mike Fontenot […]

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The State of Zambrano

Call him Carlos, or Big Z, or El Toro but the Cubs’ pitcher that most often refers to himself in the third person is arguably the biggest key to the upcoming season. Carlos Zambrano is the number one pitcher on the Cubs’ staff and possesses the stuff to be a legitimate ace, but he has […]

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Just Baseball

For more years than I care to remember spring has always been my favorite time of the year. Blooming flowers, green grass and a renewed spirit replace the long, cold winter. Everything is new, fresh and just looks a lot cleaner than it did a couple of months earlier. But the biggest reason I favor […]

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