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NEW YORK — Who's your first half Most Valuable Player for the Cubs? Manager Dale Sveum picked relievers Shawn Camp and James Russell.
Camp was 2-4 with a 2.86 ERA and one save, while Russell was 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA entering Sunday. Russell had a 2.30 ERA in 101 games since the start of 2011, the second-lowest mark by a National League left-hander.
"Those guys have been phenomenal in the first half," Sveum said. "Without those two guys, we would've been in a lot of trouble. The combination of both of them has been tremendous. They've been consistent all season long. To have the numbers they have, and handle a position they've been put in [that they aren't used to] speaks volumes for what they've done for this team this year." – cubs.com
Both players have been worth .3 fWAR while Russell has been worth .6 rWAR and Camp has been worth .7 rWAR. They've each had good seasons, but it annoys me when a manager picks a reliever as the team...
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Well the All Star Break is upon us and two Cubs, Bryan LaHair and Starlin Castro are headed to Kansas City. It’s time for the up to date report card from a 70+ year old lifelong fan.
Their record is currently 33-52 which has them on pace to lose 99 games. That is an improvement from the 50 game report card where they were on pace to lose 104. In May they suffered through...
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The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Dempster on the roster, right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad has been optioned to Triple-A.
Placed on the disabled list with right lat tightness on June 18 (retro to June 16), Dempster returns to the Cubs rotation with a 3-3 record and a 2.11 ERA (19 ER/81.0 IP) in...
As bad as the Cubs were in the first half, and they were very bad at times, they still were an interesting team to watch. That should continue in the second half. The new management team, led by president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, stated as its goal to be competitive in 2012 while building a "foundation for sustained success" through drafting and...
The Chicago Cubs have inked first-round draft selection Albert Almora to a contact, Baseball America reports.
**** is about to come down on Starlin Castro, and it shouldn't be shocking to anyone that the source of the impending storm is located in a Paul Sullivan piece in the Tribune. Whether he is trying to stir the pot purposefully is a matter of opinion, but whether he is doing it intentionally or not, this pot is getting stirred as we speak.
Starlin Castro headed to the All-Star...
Right-hander Ryan Dempster was activated from the disabled list Sunday, prior to starting against the New York Mets. To make room for Dempster, right-hander Chris Volstad was optioned to Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa to make room. Dempster was suffering from a strained lat muscle and was placed on the disabled list on June 15. He has a 3-3 record with a 2.11 ERA. Volstad was...
Ryan Dempster comes off the DL today to face Jon Niese.
This afternoon at Citi Field, the Mets will be looking for the series victory over the Chicago Cubs. Yesterday afternoon the Mets played a solid game in a 3-1 win. Dillon Gee had probably his best outing of the year. Gee threw eight innings and allowed one run on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The most...
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#Mets Sun. lineup vs. Cubs: Tejada-SS, Murphy-2B, Wright-3B, Davis-1B, Duda...
NEW YORK -- The Chicago Cubs peppered Jon Niese with one hit after another Sunday, sending the New York Mets into the All-Star break shaking their heads not at their surprisingly first half but about another defeat to a dismal team. The Cubs entered Sunday tied for the worst record in the major leagues, but their 7-0 win at Citi Field marked their fourth win in six games against...
One of my favorite baseball books was “The Year the Mets Lost Last Place,’’ a diary of a three-series stretch in July of 1969 when the Mets played two series with the Chicago Cubs and one with the Montreal Expos.
Dick Schaap was the author and book took the form of timeline, nearly to the minute, of those games.
One of those games came on this date in 1969 when the Mets beat...
NEW YORK -- The Chicago Cubs peppered Jon Niese with one hit after another Sunday, sending the New York Mets into the All-Star break shaking their heads not at their surprisingly successful first half but about another defeat to a dismal team. The Cubs entered Sunday tied for the worst record in the major leagues, but their 7-0 victory at Citi Field marked their fourth win in six...
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W: R. Dempster (4-3) L: J. Niese (7-4)
HR: CHC - S. Castro (7) NYM - None
A four-run first inning was all the support Ryan Dempster needed in his return from the disabled list, as the Cubs blanked the Mets, 7-0, on Sunday in the rubber match of a three...