The Chicago Cubs place Ryan Dempster on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 26 June 2007 at 10:03 pm

The Cubs have placed Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.  This will hurt the Cubs a little bit as Dempster has pitched pretty well this season for the Cubbies.  In 33 games this season Dempster is 1-3 with 16 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  He has thrown 34.2 innings this season and he’s allowed 21 hits, walked 14 batters and whiffed 33.  Look for Bobby Howry to take over as the closer of the Cubs until Dempster is ready to return.

The Chicago Cubs sign Bret Prinz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Tuesday 26 June 2007 at 9:02 am

The Cubs signed Bret Prinz to a minor league contract after he was released by the White Sox.  Prinz will go to AAA to get some work in and wait for an opportunity to get to the majors.  Prinz was 0-0 with a 8.10 ERA in 4 games this season for the White Sox.  He has pitched in 102 games in his major league career and he’s 5-4 with 9 saves, a 4.89 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  Prinz was a nice low risk addition to the Cubs who need some help in the bullpen.

The Chicago Cubs trade Michael Barrett to the Padres

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 June 2007 at 8:57 am

The Cubs have traded Michael Barrett to the Padres for catcher Rob Bowen and OF Kyler Burke.  The Cubs will miss Barrett’s bat, but not his awful defense and attitude in the clubhouse and with the pitching staff.  26 year old switch hitting Rob Bowen will likely share the catching job with Henry Blanco when he’s ready to return from injury.  Bowen has played in 30 games this season for the Padres and he’s 22 for 82 (.268 avg, .810 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers and 11 RBIs.  Bowen is a much better defensive player than Barrett is and he’s good with pitchers.  Kyler Burke is a struggling 19 lefty swinging outfielder.  In 62 games in Low-A ball, Burke is 45 for 213 (.211 avg, .572 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

The Chicago Cubs appear to be souring on Michael Barrett

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Monday 18 June 2007 at 6:26 pm

Michael Barrett has been getting into a lot of fights with pitchers, namely Carlos Zambrano and that hasn’t sit well with manager Lou Piniella or Cubs management.  It’s possible that the Cubs will look to trade Barrett soon so they hope he starts hitting like he can so they can get something for him.  Barrett has played in 56 games this season and he’s 52 for 206 (.252 avg, .732 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 9 homers and 29 RBIs.  Barrett is far and away the best hitting catcher on the Cubs roster but he’s also a poor defensive catcher.  Unless the Cubs acquire another catcher either for Barrett or in a separate trade it’s hard for me to believe that they would move him and play Henry Blanco and Koyie Hill as their catchers.  Blanco and Hill are both good defensive catchers but neither of them has hit a lick so far this season.  Blanco has played in 14 games this season and he’s 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .481 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs.  Koyie Hill is a switch hitter but he hasn’t hit good from either side of the plate yet for the Cubbies.  He has played in 9 games for the Cubs and he’s only 4 for 25 (.160 avg, .450 OPS) with 2 runs scored. 

The Chicago Cubs place Aramis Ramirez on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 12 June 2007 at 2:26 pm

The Cubs have placed starting 3B Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.  Ramirez has played in 53 games this season and he’s 63 for 211 (.299 avg, .892 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 13 homers and 39 RBIs.  This will hurt the Cubs’ offense quite a bit as they will lose a lot of power production.  Mark DeRosa will slide from 2B to 3B until Ramirez is ready to return.  Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot will split time at second base.

Felix Pie is exploding on the scene for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 12 June 2007 at 1:36 pm

In his 2nd chance with the Cubs, Felix Pie has been fantastic.  In his last 7 games, Pie is 9 for 28 (.321 avg, .894 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Pie has raised his season average to .264 and his OPS to .726.  Look for those numbers to continue to improve as he’s been batting 2nd in the lineup….behind Soriano and in front of Derek Lee so he should get a lot of good pitches to hit.

The Chicago Cubs continue to sputter along

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 11 June 2007 at 4:51 pm

The Cubs are only 5-8 the last two weeks as they were outscored 64-63 by their opponents.  The fact that the games were so close reflects that the Cubs aren’t getting clutch hits and their bullpen has been pretty bad.  The Cubs entered this week with a 27-34 record which has them in 3rd place in the National League Central, 6 games behind the Brewers.

The Chicago Cubs place Angel Guzman on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 7 June 2007 at 4:59 pm

The Cubs have placed Angel Guzman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.  That’s a shame because Guzman was pitching pretty well out of the Cubs bullpen.  He has pitched in 12 games (3 starts) this season and he’s 0-1 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  In 30.1 innings, Guzman has allowed 32 hits, walked 9 batters and whiffed 26.  The Cubs have recalled 21 year old righty Sean Gallagher to replace Guzman in the pen.  Gallagher has been a starter in the minors so this will be a new thing for him.  In 11 starts in AA ball this season, he is 7-2 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP so far this season.  In 61 innings, he has allowed 54 hits, walked 24 batters and whiffed 54.  It will be interesting to see if Gallagher can handle the jump to the majors and a change in his role.

The Chicago Cubs rotation is looking good right now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 5 June 2007 at 2:31 pm

The Chicago Cubs have a good mix of starting pitchers right now.  If Carlos Zambrano starts pitching up to his ability the Cubs are going to take off and go on a hot streak….mark my words.  Zambrano needs to settle down a little bit as he seems to be putting too much pressure on himself due to the fact that this is his free agent walk year.  He is only 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP and that’s horrible for a pitcher with his talent.  Jason Marquis (5-2, 2.84 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) and Ted Lilly (4-3, 3.52 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) have both been worth the big free agent dollars they signed for so far this season and there’s no reason to think that they can’t keep it up.  Young lefties Rich Hill (4-4, 2.89 ERA and 1.03 WHIP) and Sean Marshall (1-2, 2.25 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) have both been outstanding this season and they both have high ceilings.  The Cubs are getting close to rolling because of their starting pitching they’re just waiting for Carlos Zambrano to pitch like he can.

The Chicago Cubs place Daryle Ward on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 5 June 2007 at 7:52 am

The Cubs have placed reserve OF/1B Daryle Ward on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip strain.  This is a little bit of a loss for the Cubs as Ward is a pretty good pinch hitter.  In 33 games this season, Ward is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .804 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 5 RBIs.  The Cubs have recalled Felix Pie from AAA.  Pie has been mashing the baseball and he’s more than ready for the Majors.  Look for the Cubs to try to move Jacque Jones in a trade so they can keep Pie as their starting centerfielder.

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