| Jun 25, 2008
| 10:44 PM
The loss of Carlos Zambrano for two weeks with a shoulder injury has given the Cubs a rare opportunity to see what life would be like without their ace.
And although it's still too early to make any judgments, a Big Z-free rotation appears to be a little...
| Jun 30, 2008
| 11:00 PM
The end of the City Series was a great relief to Cubs manager Lou Piniella and many of his players, after last weekend's sweep by the White Sox overshadowed the Cubs' sweep of the Sox one week earlier.
Before the Cubs opened the West Coast portion of...
| Jul 5, 2008
| 7:56 PM
When Cubs closer Kerry Wood entered in the ninth inning Saturday at Busch Stadium with a two-run lead over St. Louis, it seemed safe to say the game was history.
Wood had become automatic lately, converting his last 12 save opportunities, including...
| Jul 6, 2008
| 7:01 PM
In a 35-day stretch that ended Sunday on a steamy afternoon at Busch Stadium, the Cubs survived two West Coast trips, two City Series, a day trip from Toronto to Cooperstown to Tampa Bay, manager Lou Piniella's Tropicana Field homecoming and injuries to...
| Jul 9, 2008
| 10:50 PM
Cubs brass is considering a move to end the 71-year-old tradition of flying the "L" flag above the center-field scoreboard after losses at Wrigley Field, believing it's best not to advertise a losing performance.
But as long as the Cubs continue to win...
| Jul 10, 2008
| 5:51 PM
Cubs at home? Check, they had the best home record in the major leagues.
Wind blowing out at Wrigley Field? Check, Cubs were 9-2 and had out-homered the opposition 20-13 and outscored them 81-55.
Ted Lilly on the mound? Check, he hadn't lost at home...
| Jul 11, 2008
| 1:45 PM
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There was a very interesting story in last week's Sports Illustrated by Tom Verducci about Giants ace Tim Lincecum.
It's a long piece that delves deeply into pitching mechanics and is worth reading, but...
| Jul 18, 2008
| 9:47 PM
The Cubs are looking for a summer rerun of 2007, when they started off the second half with seven victories in their first eight games en route to a National League Central title.
Starter Ted Lilly did enough to get the Cubs off on the right foot...
| Jul 23, 2008
| 10:51 PM
During one of baseball's labor wars, major-league teams agreed briefly to carry the minimum number of players required by their rules—24 rather than 25.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella would have loved to be only one man short Wednesday night, when his...
| Jul 28, 2008
| 10:27 PM
Some Chicagoans tend to think of Wisconsin as an extension of their back-yard patio—a place to go and relax for a few days every summer to escape the daily stresses of big-city life.
A trip to Wrigley Field North is often part of the Wisconsin...
| Jul 31, 2008
| 10:01 PM
The Cubs didn't decide to stand pat at the trading deadline Thursday just because of their dominance over the Brewers this week at Miller Park.
But after an 11-4 victory gave the Cubs their first four-game sweep in Milwaukee in five years, it was hard to...
| Aug 2, 2008
| 8:24 PM
The winds of change swept through Wrigley Field after the 2006 season when Lou Piniella replaced Dusty Baker as Cubs manager.
And though Piniella has no control over the wind trends at Wrigley, the difference in how his Cubs teams have performed with the...