Dodgers finally win a game against the Cardinals. Cubs are alone in first place once again. Off to Florida.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Solid win today. Well's with 8 innings, 6 hits and 0 earned runs, excellent! Everyone, except Fuku, had a decent offensive day.
Cubs are back to 1st after dropping last night. Hopefully the Dodgers can learn to win again in St. Louis.
Update: Cards win off the Dodgers for a third time (what's up with that?), so Cubs are 1/2 game back again.
updated at 4:05 PM Posted by Mister Pickles
Monday, July 27, 2009
REMAIN IN FIRST PLACE!
Alright, let's lighten this up and begin to restore the faith. The Cubs are in first place in a hotly contested division with about 9 weeks to go. A lot say the NL Central is the weakest division in baseball, even 89 Cubs, but I fell that there's more competition in this division than others.
After talking to PlayoffBound in chat, I'm convinced the worst division in the NL and MLB is the NL East. All that's good and happening is the Phillies. Can one team's success against the rest of the terrible division (all 6.5+ games back) really mean that division is good? Nope. There is no competition. That's the worst division.
As for the 'Cubbie' injuries of recent. They are no worse than what we used to deal with. Not even close. Remember when we started the season without our two aces? Wood out for weeks and Prior gone for ... well... he was always injured in spring (couldn't handle the weather). Blame the curse or the Towel Toss. It was worse than today. I could go on to others, like sneezes, but don't feel like it.
This year, yes, some injuries. The Cubs played .500 ball, which is key. That keeps you in it. This team may not be the best we've seen (no 97 wins this year), but they are giving the Cubs a shot. That's all we need. Get to the playoffs, anything can happen. Go in as the best team in baseball and get swept. Come in as the least deserving, win it all.
Have Cubs fans, restore the faith! October baseball can be sweet!
Time to send in some photos of you and fam in your Cubs gear, at Wrigley or whatever. Send to email@example.com with a little back story. We post the best during the final run.
updated at 11:20 PM Posted by Mister Pickles
The Cubs are in first place.
I'll repeat it in case you are rubbing your eyes in disbelief:
The Cubs are in first place.
Yes, this is difficult to believe. I understand. Last you really paid attention the Cubs were in 3rd or maybe 4th place. I understand. Last you read the paper Ramirez was on the DL indefinitely, Dempster had a "Cubbie" injury and Soriano couldn't hit above .240. I understand. Last you read this blog, you saw me say the Cubs Suck and weren't going to make the playoffs. I understand.
But folks, the standings don't lie. Keep in mind that the Cubs are playing in the weakest division on the NL, if not all of MLB. The Cubs truly do have a great chance of winning the division despite the Cardinals recent trade for Holliday in addition to having the best player in baseball, Pujos possibly having another career year.
All that needs to happen for something special to happen is for the Cubs to make the playoffs. Then as we've all been told repeatedly, anything can happen. Just ask the 2006 Cardinals, 2005 White Sox, etc. etc.... BUT, does this mean the Cubs can win one playoff game? I'm still not convinced, and I think judging by the lack of total craziness within Cubdom this year compared to last year, I'm not the only one.
Carol Slezak wrote a great column in Sunday's Sun Times that pretty much personifies what I believe most Cub fans, including this one, are thinking right now. That these Cubs just aren't that good and there are still have considerable issues: our best pitcher, Lilly on the DL for another mysterious injury that could last who-knows-how-long; Bradley, Soriano and the entire Cubs team showing a severe 1st half funk (although there have been signs of life since the All Star break, albeit against inferior competition); Mármol's inability to consistently throw a strike and so on.
Cubs fans have been down this road the past two seasons and as such, we continue to watch with a skeptical eye. We wait until October now to really become emotionally invested. As my good friend, a White Sox friend said in an email today: "Nice run by the Cubbies. As usual the May suicide party by Chicago fans proves to be unnecessary...now the October suicide party..."
In the mean time, if you're looking for baseball entertainment that doesn't involve becoming too emotionally involved with the Cubs, I encourage you to check out Steve Stone making an Ass of himself again. Here's a great recap of what I'm referring to.
updated at 2:16 PM Posted by Sean Gill
Sunday, July 26, 2009
CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
updated at 4:18 PM Posted by Mister Pickles
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Cubs avoid the sweep in Philly with a 10-5 victory. Didn't catch the game, but watched a little gameday. I was nervous in the 8th.
Anyways, day off tomorrow for the 2nd place and 1.5 games back Cubs. The Cards could lose tonight and move us to 1. That'd be sweet! Cubs are then at home for a while starting with the Reds.
updated at 3:44 PM Posted by Mister Pickles
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Friday, July 10, 2009
We've reached the half way point of the season and the magic number is half way to 0 from 163 (just about). There is still a lot of baseball to be played, especially for the Cubs who have had some rainouts rescheduled for the second half.
Huge series this weekend for the Cubs, 4 games in 3 days against the first place Cardinals. Let's hope they can hold Pujoles back and take at least 3.
Today's game may not happen due to incoming storms. Stay tuned...
updated at 9:39 AM Posted by Mister Pickles
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
First of all, congrats to Ted Lilly on being a 2009 Allstar. Second, cubs win the series against the Brewers. And third, things are looking up for the Cubs with A-Ram, Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman returning. I wonder what they will do with Jake Fox who has putting up some great numbers. Stay tuned...
Cubs set to face Atlanta beginning tonight for a three game set at the Friendly Confines.
updated at 9:09 AM Posted by Mister Pickles
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
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