Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Interleague Dominators

Today after work I’ll be working on my petition to send the Chicago Cubs to the American League. They managed to not blow a six-run lead yesterday in Seattle and beat the Mariners 7-6. They are now 10-4 against the American League so far this season. Compare that with 11-25 against the NL Central, and you’ll realize that the problem isn’t the bullpen or any of the other things we gripe about on a regular basis, it’s that the Cubs should be playing in the American League. seattle-space-needle

As for yesterday’s game, Edwin Jackson pitched well enough and the bullpen barely held on. While we’ve talked about Edwin’s bad luck so far in this season, Dale Sveum wants to see more consistent velocity out of the struggling starter.

“It’s been a very inconsistent first half,” Sveum said of Jackson. “The fastball command, the velocity are what bothers me as much as anything. Some days it comes out 97-[mph], and other days it comes out 90, 92. We need that guy to let it go.”

Yesterday was one of the days it came out 97.

“For me, [velocity] is [velocity],” Jackson said. “I’ve had games when I’ve come out and hit 96, 97, and gotten hit. It’s the best of both worlds. If you can come out and have the velo and have the location with it, it’s great. The days you can come out and let it go, it’s definitely not a problem to have. You can come out and attack hitters.”

I wonder what Edwin said there instead of velocity. Speed? Fastness? Something vulgar?

The news wasn’t all good out of Seattle yesterday, as we learned that Ryan Sweeney broke a rib running into the wall on Saturday. We were just beginning to appreciate his beauty and now he’s been taken from us.

“It’s unfortunate,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “We’re losing a big part of our offense. It’s unfortunate for him, too. He’s trying to get his career going, getting a chance to play every day, and it stinks when those things happen to guys like that.”

We also learned that there’s a decent chance the Cubs will make a trade before the All Star Break.

Asked if he expected the Cubs to make a deal before the All-Star break, Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations said Sunday the chances are “50-50.”

“Judging by the amount of calls that are going on, I would say the number of pieces we potentially have available and the opportunities that might present themselves for us to get better, yeah, I’d say 50-50,” Epstein said.

Who will it be? Nate Schierholtz? Matt Garza? Scott Feldman? Kevin Gregg?

20 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Interleague Dominators

  1. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Garza and Feldman are the names coming up most often . All I want is if Garza is traded, he goes to anybody but the Dodgers…

  2. Carl Heartscubs Gierhan says:


  3. dabirdguy says:

    ESPN is reporting the Cubs are close to dealing Marmutt to the Dodgers.

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      bahahahahahaha bahahaha and their gonna “absorb” some of the contract.

      1. Doc Blume says:


        (deep breath…)


    2. Doc Blume says:

      Where is Sloan? She’s got to make some sort of comment on this…right?

      1. cubsluver22 says:

        This is hilarious

      2. sloanpeterson2 says:

        They will have Marmol be the guru for Puig, so he can learn even more diva behavior and live up to his potential of being the Taylor Swift of the Dodgers…

        1. J says:

          This is Marmol we are talking about, not Aramis Ramirez. Marmol was never accused of being a bad teammate, just a bad pitcher.

          1. Doc Blume says:

            I don’t know…Marmol’s ass has tripled in size over the last 2 years. He could teach Puig the secret to his ass enlarging success.

  4. cubsluver22 says:

    It wasn’t letting me post earlier

  5. cubsluver22 says:

    Someone is saying on a message board Steve Clevenger just left a clubhouse with his bags packed. Not sure how true this is

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      Never mind just read he got the call to replace Sweeney

  6. cubsluver22 says:

    1 rumor has us trading Garza to the Jays for a package consisting of Kyle Drabek and lefty Sean Nolin

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I’ve had a long day, but if it is true about Marmol going to the Dodgers that will be the best news I’ve had tod ay. The LA Times actually refused to post a story about Saterday’s game because it ended at 10:30 p.m.PST, and Puig did not score any runs in that game. So the Marmol story will not appear in their paper until he has pitched for them already…

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Matt Guerrier might be the player the Dodgers throw in because he was DFA’d and does not want to go back to the minors…

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      Oh yay another Camp. Some are saying its multiple prospects were getting back. I’m sure their shitty but I can’t wait to see how much money the Dodgers give us.

  9. cubsluver22 says:

    Vin Scully won’t be alive much longer and neither will Tommy Lasorda after a week of the Marmolade.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      Look at is this way, Belisario will now have a teammate who makes him look good…

  10. cubsluver22 says:

    So Clevenger isn’t being called up, he’s headed to LA w/ Marmol????

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