| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 1:48 PM
Shortly after learning two starting pitchers were being placed on the disabled list, the Chicago Cubs had to regroup to play the Diamondbacks Wednesday in the finale of the opening homestand.
"I feel bad for the guys involved, but it's part of the deal,"...
| Jun 19, 2011
Forget Paul Maholm's 3-7 record. He has compiled a 3.12 earned-run average over 89 innings, holding opponents to 70 hits.
With limited options expected to become available on the trade market next month, Maholm is having the kind of season that could...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 9:44 AM
Ozzie Guillen says a lot of things, or at least is quoted as saying a lot of things.
Most of them are true. Some of them reveal surprising insecurity. He apparently needs to be needed more often and to a greater degree than you’d think a cocky,...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 1:04 PM
Carlos Pena, who hit the game-changing homer Monday, was the only left-handed swinger in the lineuip for the Cubs against the White Sox's Mark Buehrle on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Reed Johnson replaced Kosuke Fukudome at leadoff and was in center...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 9:58 PM
Sergio Santos came on to get a four-out save against the Cubs on Tuesday night, and you couldn’t help but play what-if.
The save was Santos’ 13th in 15 tries. He faced the 4-5-6-7 hitters and struck out three of them. And you couldn’t...
| Jul 3, 2011
Matt Thornton provided the model. Gavin Floyd reaffirmed it, reaching his potential for the White Sox after frustrating the Phillies.
General manager Ken Williams had those success stories, and others, in mind when he read scouting reports from one of...
| Jul 7, 2011
| 8:57 AM
I can't agree with your implication, or flat out statements, derogatory of Cubs manager Quade. He's probably what this team deserves. He stays positive and uses the limited talent he has to work with. I can't imagine Lou Piniella keeping his cool and...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 7:48 AM
The tarp went on the Wrigley Field infield before the Cubs and Astros had a chance to take batting practice Friday morning.
When the game does start, Cubs manager Mike Quade willl go with what has become his "everyday" lineup against right-handers with...
| Jul 23, 2011
| 8:10 PM
Don't be surprised if the Mariners surface as an option for Hall of Famer Pat Gillick, who is under consideration for a club president's job with the Cubs. The Mariners' collapse has cut into general manager Jack Zduriencik's standing at a point when...
| Jul 24, 2011
| 7:29 AM
Rain canceled Cubs batting practice Friday and Saturday -- and the Cubs won both games. Sunday's also was rained out, as the blue tarp protected against light rain.
The Cubs hoped to play this game, because Matt Garza was to face winless Astros'...