Fifty-Three and Twelve

Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 3 Cardinals 5 – 11 innings WP – Ron Villone (1-0) LP – Chad Fox (0-1) Save – None Every game counts just as much as the next but losing to the Cardinals always seems a little different….especially with the way Lou Piniella’s crew dropped the first game of the series […]

Couldn’t Hold ‘Em

Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 7 Brewers 10 WP – Ben Sheets (4-0) LP – Jason Marquis (1-1) Save – Eric Gagne (8) For the first time this season the Cubs lost a game in which they scored at least 4 runs as they were out hit on a cold night at Wrigley. The Cubs offense […]

No Room For Error

Game Sixteen – Cubs 3 Pirates 2 WP – Rich Hill (1-0) LP – Ian Snell (2-1) Save – Kerry Wood (4) Lou Piniella’s crew won another close game against the Pirates on Friday afternoon at the old ballpark. The Cubs’ offense had plenty of opportunities to put up runs early in the game but […]

Sweeping with Soto, Fontenot…and Lieber, Too

Game Nine – Cubs 7 Pirates 3 WP – Jon Lieber (2-1) LP – Matt Morris (0-1) Save – None Lou Piniella’s crew came back from an early 3-1 deficit to win their 5th in a row and completed the 3-game sweep of the Pirates. Rich Hill struggled with his command and left after just […]

The Price of Winning

As the Cubs soared into the top ten of salaries in the majors, the expectations have risen to an all-time high. Fortunately for the Cubs, they do not have any albatross-type salaries from players that are not producing, ala the New York Yankees. 2009 will see a few contracts come off the books, and this […]

It’s Never Easy

Game Seven – Cubs 10 Pirates 8 – 12 innings WP – Jon Lieber (1-1) LP – Evan Meek (0-1) Save – Carlos Marmol (1) Lou Piniella’s crew jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the 3rd inning against southpaw Tom Gorzelanny and it appeared they were well on the way to winning their […]

A Little Patience?

Game Four – Cubs 3 Astros 4 WP – Wesley Wright (1-0) LP – Jon Lieber (0-1) Save – Jose Valverde (1) The Cubs third loss of the season can be explained by one word….unearned. Lou Piniella’s offense and defense turned in poor performances and were unable to back solid outings by Rich Hill and […]

Making Statements

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs 7 Rangers 6 WP – Les Walrond (2-1) LP – Robinson Tejada (0-1) Save – None The Cubs’ offense continued putting runs on the board on Monday afternoon at HoHoKam Park and were able to out slug the Texas Rangers. Two of the players that have received a fair […]

Piniella Announces Rotation and Closer

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ryan Dempster and Jason Marquis will join Carlos Zambrano, Rich Hill and Ted Lilly in the Cubs’ starting rotation. Jon Lieber will work as Piniella’s long man out of the bullpen. Dempster will be inserted into the 3rd spot in the rotation behind Ted Lilly and make […]

Weekend Update – 03/23/08

Happy Easter from everyone here at the CCO…. The Weekend Update returns for the final Sunday in Arizona. Counting Sunday’s game, Lou Piniella’s crew has only 5 games left in the desert and 7 total in the exhibition season. The Cubs square off later today in Peoria against Greg Maddux and the Padres. Kerry Wood […]