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The Chicago Cubs decline 2009 option on Henry Blanco

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 31 October 2008 at 8:42 pm

The Cubs have declined a $3 million dollar option for the 2009 season on 37-year old righty swinging catcher Henry Blanco. The Cubs hope to re-sign Blanco at a much lower rate. He played in 58 games for the Cubs last season and he was 35 for 120 (.292 avg, .717 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. Blanco has now appeared in 208 games (4 years) for the Cubs and he is 147 for 576 (.255 avg) with 57 runs scored, 15 homers and 78 RBIs. Blanco is still a decent backup catcher so the Cubs might lose him in free agency.

The Chicago Cubs lose 3B Casey McGehee on waivers to the Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 30 October 2008 at 11:59 pm

The Cubs have lost 26-year old righty swinging 3B Casey McGehee to the rival Milwaukee Brewers on waivers. McGehee played in 9 games for the Cubs in 2008 and he was 4 for 24 (.167 avg, .368 OPS) with 1 run scored and 5 RBIs. He also played in 133 games in AAA in 2008 and he was 147 for 497 (.296 avg, .774 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 12 homers and 92 RBIs. The Cubs won’t likely miss McGehee much unless he gets a chance to show what he can do for the Brewers at some point in the future.

The Chicago Cubs outright Carmen Pignatiello to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 30 October 2008 at 11:55 pm

The Cubs have outrighted lefty reliever Carmen Pignatiello to AAA making him a free agent. He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in 2008 and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 6.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 45 games in AAA (0 starts) last season and he was 0-1 with 3 saves, a 7.94 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. Despite being a 26-year old lefty reliever Carmen Pignatiello has shown no signs of being a effective major league pitcher. Some team will give him a invite to spring training because he’s a lefty but the Cubs won’t lose any sleep over letting him go.

Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Chicago Cubs 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 5 October 2008 at 8:56 am

The Cubs were put out of their misery last night by the Dodgers as they just couldn’t hit the ball. Can’t blame Derek Lee for this loss as he was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Pinch hitter Daryle Ward drove Lee in with a pinch hit single late in the game. Rich Harden was awful for the Cubs in this game working the first 4.1 innings and allowing 5 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 3 batters and whiffing 4. He was the losing pitcher for the Cubs. Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol and Neal Cotts followed Harden in the game and they pitched well enough to keep the Cubs in the game working 3.2 innings and allowing only 1 hit while whiffing 5 batters and not giving up any runs. The Cubs were swept 3-0 by the Dodgers as Cubs’ fans misery continues.

Los Angeles Dodgers 10, Chicago Cubs 3

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 3 October 2008 at 6:23 am

The Cubs looked like the Bad News Bears last night as each of the Cubs’ infielders made a error. Mark DeRosa was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Derek Lee was the only other Cub with more than 1 hit as he was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Carlos Zambrano couldn’t overcome all of the shodding infield play. He worked the first 6.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 7 runs (3 earned), walked 2 batters and whiffed 7 as he was the losing pitcher. Reliever Carlos Marmol didn’t help the situation working the 8th inning allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs and whiffing 2 batters. The Cubs are now down 2-0 in this series.

Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 2 October 2008 at 6:09 am

Things were looking good for the Cubs as they were winning 2-0 after 4 innings and Wrigley Field was electric. But, 1B James Loney threw a wet towel over the optimism of the Cubs’ crowd when he cranked a grand slam off of Ryan Dempster and it was all down hill from there. Dempster worked the first 4.2 innings for the Cubs last night and he allowed 4 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 7 batters and whiffed 2 as he was the losing pitcher. Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Marquis worked the last 4.1 innings for the Cubs allowing 3 earned runs and they all gave up a earned run apiece. Mark DeRosa was one of the few Cubs that showed up in this game as he was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, a homer and 2 RBIs. Ryan Theriot also had a solid game as he was 2 for 4. Alfonso Soriano heard the boo birds in Wrigley as he was 0 for 5, whiffing twice. The Cubs are now down 1-0 to the Dodgers in this series.

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