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Chicago Cubs MLB News - Cubs Baseball Blog » 2010 » September

Ryan Dempster had a very solid year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 30 September 2010 at 7:27 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Ryan Dempster probably should have had a better won/loss record this year but the Cubs stunk. He has pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Cubbies this year and he is 15-11 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Dempster has whiffed a career high 201 batters so far this year in only 209 1/3 innings as he seems to be getting better with age. Dempster has now pitched in 323 games (103 starts) in his 7 years with the Cubs and he is 52-46 with 87 saves, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Dempster has proved to be an asset in any role for the Chicago Cubs in his time with the team.

Carlos Marmol continues to amaze for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 September 2010 at 10:27 am

27-year old righty closer Carlos Marmol has been outstanding this year for the Cubs. He has pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Cubbies this year and he is 2-3 with 33 saves, a 2.78 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has only given up 39 hits while whiffing 124 batters in only 71 1/3 innings this year which shows what kind of nasty stuff he has. Marmol does have control issues though as he has walked 48 batters this year and that has gotten him into trouble at times. Still, it’s hard to get on a guy who averages a simply amazing 15.6 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Mitch Atkins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 September 2010 at 8:27 am

The Cubs have designated 25-year old righty reliever Mitch Atkins for assignment. Atkins pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. He also pitched in 28 games (15 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 8-3 with 1 save, a 3.63 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Atkins pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in parts of two years with the Cubbies and he was 0-0 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He doesn’t appear to have much of an upside so the Cubs weren’t worried about letting him go.

Geovany Soto is done for the year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 20 September 2010 at 5:13 pm

27-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto had surgery on his right shoulder earlier today ending his season. Soto played in 105 games for the Cubs this year and he was 90 of 322 (.280 avg, .890 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 17 homers and 53 RBIs in a nice bounce back season for him. 31-year old switch hitting Koyie Hill and 23-year old righty swinging Wellington Castillo will likely share time behind the plate for the Cubs the rest of the year. Hill has played in 66 games for the Cubs this year and he is 40 of 179 (.223 avg, .559 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 1 homer and 17 RBIs. The Cubs know what they have in Hill so they might give Castillo more P.T. the rest of the year. Castillo has played in 4 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 4 of 11 (.364 avg, 1.235 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.

Tyler Colvin’s season ends on a bizarre play for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 20 September 2010 at 5:09 pm

24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Colvin’s season is done. He was impaled by a broken bat while trying to score (he did) on a Welington Castillo hit. He was very lucky that the bat didn’t penetrate his chest much deeper or he might have literally gotten killed. Colvin played in 135 games for the Cubs this year and he was 91 of 358 (.254 avg, .816 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 20 homers, 56 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Colvin will likely be o.k. for spring training next year.

Starlin Castro is looking good for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 17 September 2010 at 11:12 am

20-year old righty swinging shortstop Starlin Castro came into this season as the Cubs’ #1 rated prospect. He started this year in the minors but the Cubs decided that they needed him so they called him up. Castro has played in 111 games for the Cubs this year and he is 129 of 413 (.312 avg, .781 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 3 homers, 41 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. The Cubs are pleased with his offense but he has made 25 errors this year which is way too many. Hopefully the Cubs’ infield coach will be able to coach Castro up the rest of this year and in spring training so that he improves on defense. Castro looks like he will be a fixture at shortstop for years to come for the Cubbies.

Randy Wells has not looked good this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Friday 10 September 2010 at 12:00 pm

28-year old righty starting pitcher burst onto the scene for the Cubbies in 2009. He started 27 games for the Cubs last season and he was 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP seemingly out of nowhere. The Cubs penciled him into this year’s starting rotation but he has not looked like the same pitcher he was in 2009. Wells has started 29 games for the Cubs this year and he is 6-13 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. He will likely have to earn a spot in the Cubs’ rotation during spring training in 2011.

Aramis Ramirez is catching fire with the bat for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 2 September 2010 at 5:31 pm

32-year old righty swinging 3B Aramis Ramirez got off to a awful start this season for the Cubs. But he got super hot in July and August for the Cubbies. In July+August, Ramirez was 58 of 189 (.307 avg) with 33 runs scored, 14 homers and 46 RBIs. He started so slow that his full year numbers are still not too impressive. Ramirez has played in 104 games for the Cubs this year and he is 94 of 391 (.240 avg, .734 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 20 homers and 69 RBIs.

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