| Oct 10, 2012
| 7:40 PM
The Cubs wanted Starlin Castro to be a model citizen, improve his fielding, add a little power and use his speed more often this year.
Castro did all of those things to some degree and ultimately was rewarded with a seven-year, $60 million deal, with a...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 6:17 PM
Bobby Valentine has managed in the World Series and won a championship in Japan but he never has taken a major league team to a division title in 15 seasons as a manager. It's not likely to happen this year either.
A year after widespread indifference...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 1:38 PM
The Cubs are not a better team today without Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto.
They would be even worse without Matt Garza, and that still might happen by the Aug. 30 waiver deadline.
Either way, though, the Cubs organization is...
| May 28, 2011
| 9:04 AM
Newly acquired veteran Rodrigo Lopez will start Monday for the Cubs against Houston and Matt Garza, who is on the disabled list, will throw on the side before Sunday's game to see if he is ready to go back in the rotation.
Lopez was acquired from the...
| 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...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 7:17 AM
This was never going to be a “Wow!’’ hire.
In fact, if the Cubs indeed sign Dale Sveum, then the hire is more “Who?’’ than “Wow!’’
The Cubs already made their “Wow!’’ hire. Theo...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 7:30 AM
Carlos Zambrano is pitching well enough to get traded.
But apparently he has acted badly enough in an embarrassing past and has pitched inconsistently enough this embarrassing year to remain a Cub.
How badly has he acted and how inconsistently has he...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 8:55 AM
Talking baseball while saying goodbye to Elizabeth Taylor:
1. There's nothing harder for baseball managers and executives at this time of the year than considering tomorrow as well as today. These guys are held to such a high level of accountability...
| Apr 4, 2011
| 10:01 AM
I didn’t expect the Cubs to win 90 games this season, but I sure didn’t expect them to blow a series to the pathetic Pirates, a team they should’ve swept when you think about it because you have to sweep bad teams if you’re going...
| 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,"...
| Apr 24, 2011
| 10:46 AM
Sunday began with Starlin Castro as the second leading batter in the National League with a .393 average. Not bad for the league's youngest player.
Does the shortstop's continued success surprise Cubs manager Mike Quade?
"I would like to say no, just...