| Aug 23, 2012
| 8:16 AM
Sorry, Cubs fans. My condolences.
Your team is worse than I thought -- whoops, wait a minute, I think another Cub just struck out -- and so is your future.
It’s not here yet and won’t be for a long time. Heck, it looks like it’ll be...
| Sep 9, 2012
| 5:55 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the majors’ best stories only a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates are collapsing to the point they might not even be able to avoid shedding a dubious distinction they’ve carried for almost two decades.
| Jun 15, 2012
| 6:55 PM
You think Dale Sveum and the Cubs have problems?
Based on the level of angst mixed with the clubhouse oxygen, as well as the urgency to wring out every possible victory while improving with both the lineup and the starting rotation, the situation...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 8:28 PM
Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood wants home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor to know there’s an inside corner.
But the shoelaces were a strike?
Showing great savvy in adjusting to Bucknor’s sometimes incomprehensible strike zone...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 6:30 AM
The Cubs have won 12 of their last 16 games.
Their starters have an ERA of 1.13 in their last five.
The staff itself averaged an earned run a game in the weekend sweep of Arizona.
They are playing the kind of baseball we haven’t seen all season...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 8:45 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Samardzija gave up one hit over eight innings and Alfonso Soriano hit two run-scoring doubles as the Chicago Cubs cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night.
Samardzija allowed only a fourth-inning infield...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 7:20 AM
As Carlos Marmol rolled through this week with an earned-run average under 1.70 in his previous 12 outings, manager Dale Sveum said he expects Marmol to be the Cubs closer next year.
Nope. Sorry. Not buying it.
Granted, 1.70 is a nice number number, but...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 7:37 AM
I don’t know why Carlos Marmol is still a Cub.
I don’t know if Marmol knows why he’s still a Cub.
Only Theo Epstein knows, and he should know better.
Marmol is the European sports car of closers --- finely tuned and destined to cost a...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 9:42 AM
Talking baseball while wondering if the Chicago Bears can win without Brian Urlacher:
1. Maybe the Angels knew what they were doing when they tried to get Carlos Marmol. Maybe another good offer will come along for him before too long.
| Jun 23, 2011
| 4:23 PM
Injuries aside, it has become increasingly evident that Mike Quade simply does not know how to manage a professional baseball team in crucial situations. He has had multiple chances to make the right move, but instead he has made the wrong move or he has...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 9:22 PM
The MLB All-Star Break is upon us and it's time to assess how the 2011 Chicago Cubs have fared at the halfway point. The Good Carlos Pena - He took a while to warm up, but he has 19 HR's and 49 RBI's with a .225 batting average. His batting average...