The Cubs Payroll for 2009 and Beyond

With the recent struggles and the delay of the ownership change, many are concerned about how the team can and will move forward this season. According to many reports the Cubs payroll for 2009 is set around the $140 million mark. Until the Ricketts Family is in charge many are concerned the Cubs will not […]

The Pirates Show No Pity for the Cubs – Cubs 8 Pirates 10

Game Forty-Three – Cubs 8 Pirates 10 WP – Tom Gorzelanny (2-1) LP – Neal Cotts (0-2, BS 1) Save – Sean Burnett (1) Lou Piniella’s crew lost their eighth game in a row and dropped below .500 for the first time since April 30 (10-11). The eight-game slid is the longest under Lou Piniella […]

Too Many Z-ros – Cubs 0 Padres 4

Game Forty – Cubs 0 Padres 4 WP – Jake Peavy (4-5) LP – Carlos Zambrano (3-2) Save – Heath Bell (12) The Cubs were shutout for the second time in the last four games…and for the fourth time in the season’s first forty games on Friday night. The offense managed only five hits, all […]

Soriano to Second…Fontenot to the Bench?

According to multiple reports on Thursday night, Lou Piniella “has one more move up his sleeve to try to wake up his slumbering, slumping lineup.” Piniella called it “a measure of last resort.” The move would be shifting Alfonso Soriano to second base, a position he has not played regularly since 2005, and inserting Micah […]

Third Verse Same as the First…and Second – Cubs 1 Cardinals 3

Game Thirty-Nine – Cubs 1 Cardinals 3 WP – Adam Wainwright (4-2) LP – Sean Marshall (2-3) Save – Ryan Franklin (11) The Chicago Cubs were swept in a three game series for the first time this season…and dropped their fourth game in a row after another lackluster performance on Thursday night in St. Louis. […]

Almost…But Not Quite – Cubs 5 Astros 6

Game Thirty-Six – Cubs 5 Astros 6 WP – Brian Moehler (1-2) LP – Rich Harden (4-2) Save – Chris Sampson (1) The Cubs’ five-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday after another dramatic ninth inning. The Cubs took an early 2-0 lead after run scoring doubles by Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee […]

From the CCO Inbox – 5/12/09

With the Cubs spending Monday recovering from 20 games in 20 days and receiving good news on Derrek Lee, it seems like the right time to empty out the CCO Inbox and pass along information we have received over the last three weeks. So while Lou contemplates the next change or changes to his bullpen […]

A Failure to Execute – Cubs 6 Brewers 12

Game Thirty – Cubs 6 Brewers 12 WP – Yovani Gallardo (4-1) LP – Ryan Dempster (2-2) Save – None What was a lowing scoring game for the first six and a half innings turned into a long, ugly loss for the Cubs that likely saw a career come to an end. The Cubs offense […]

Cubs Bench Can’t Back Marshall – Cubs 2 Giants 6

Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 2 Giants 6 WP – Tim Lincecum (3-1) LP – Sean Marshall (0-2) Save – None Lou Piniella ran out a split squad lineup on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago that almost pulled out a win against the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner. Sean Marshall made one mistake in seven-plus innings […]

Piniella’s Spark Plug – Cubs 8 Marlins 6

Game Twenty-Two – Cubs 8 Marlins 6 WP – David Patton (1-1) LP – Burke Badenhop (1-1, BS 1) Save – Kevin Gregg (2) Just when it appeared the Cubs were about to fall two games under .500, in stepped Ryan Theriot and with one swing of the bat turned a miserable day into a […]