Empty the Bench, Lou!

Hoffpauir!

I think right now with this six-game skid, it would be kind of interesting to see what kind of a spark all of the bench players could provide if they all started at the same time.  With fearsome opposing pitchers like Cueto (8-12) and Harang (4-15) coming up, now would be the perfect opportunity to empty the bench.  Continue reading

Samardzija Update and Cubs/Cardinals

I won’t brag about every Jeff Samardzija accomplishment on Ivy Envy.  Let’s be clear, my man-crush is on Matt Murton.  But I have never owned any Cubs shirt/jersey with a name on the back and when Jeff Samardzija makes it to the Cubs and is issued a number, I will own one.  I almost feel like I should apologize to Ryne Sandberg for saying that. 

Jeff Samardzija took the hill in Oklahoma City against the Rangers Triple A Affiliate.  Samardzija earned a win, going over 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits.  He walked 3 and struck out 6.  He is now 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA with Iowa.  Samardzija was gifted Continue reading

Look at Me; I Can Be Centerfield

I have seen some buzz about moving Fukudome to center field so Micah Hoffpauir could get in the lineup, including in this mailbag post on Cubs.com.  I realize that Hoffpauir has shown himself to be a good hitter, Continue reading

5/27/08 Notes

*  This homestand was just great.  At the beginning of the homestand, the Cubs were 2 games behind the Cardinals.  After going 8-2, the Cubbies are now 2 games up.  The most remarkable aspect of this homestand was    Continue reading