Mully And Hanley
On Wednesday, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry went on record saying that despite the team having one of the worst records in baseball, there wouldn’t be a “fire sale.”
From his post-game rants to his Twitter messages to, well, pretty much everything he does, Ozzie Guillen is one of the polarizing figures in baseball. But whether you like Ozzie or hate him, he adds something to the game that may be missing.
Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd has been playing for the organization’s Triple-A affiliate this week, trying to get ready to return to the lineup. Byrd was placed on the disabled list in late-March, after being hit in the face with a pitch while the team was in Boston.
Coming into this season, Matt Thornton was named as the closer. But after struggling early on, the White Sox removed him from that position and went with a closer-by-committee approach. Now it seems as if Sergio Santos has taken that role for himself.
Former Major League closer Lee Smith spent the first eight seasons of his 18-year career playing for the Cubs. Over those eight seasons the Cubs had a wining record only once, but the right-hander still looks back fondly on his days on the North Side.
One of the few enjoyable things for Cubs fans this season has been watching Starlin Castro develop as a player. The Cubs’ 21-year-old shortstop has the third best batting average in the National League.
For being such an important part of rebuilding the Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane’s name has been thrown out as potential trade bait by fans, and even some members of the media, on a surprisingly regular basis.
Throughout the season, the White Sox have been plagued with an inconsistent offense and, at times, a shaky bullpen. It’s their starting pitching that’s kept them afloat, and can keep the season alive.
Despite playing better as of late, it’s unlikely that the Chicago Cubs will be able to compete for a playoff spot. As the team soon shifts its focus to improving for the future, Carlos Pena might hear his named mentioned in potential trades.
Thursday’s NBA Draft introduced a lot of overseas players to NBA fans. While there are usually a few European players drafted, the year’s draft skewed even more in that direction than usual.
For over 100 days, fans have had to watch as the fate of the NFL gets run through courts and negotiation tables. And now, it seems as if the NBA is in for a similar fate. While the NFL had a head start on the NBA, they’re really very similar issues.
After his second stint on the disabled list this season, Jake Peavy came back with a solid performance against the Cubs and earned a win. But a solid performance is hardly what the White Sox and their fans expected when they traded for the former Cy Young winner.
For many, the Chicago Cubs’ trip to Fenway Park earlier this season will be remembered as the the Cubs’ first trip back to Boston since the 1918 World Series. But for Marlon Byrd, at least, the trip will be remembered for one individual pitch.
Although it hasn’t been as drastic of a turnaround as last season, the White Sox have stabilized their season after going 10-18 in April. And considering the struggles by some players, the White Sox should feel somewhat fortunate to be only 4.5 games back.
The White Sox were expected to compete for the American League Central title, but after slowly recovering from terrible start to the season, they find themselves two games under .500.
Three of the Bulls most important players were drafted over the last four years: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson. With two picks at the end of Thursday night’s first round, the Bulls look to add another piece to a title contending team.
Adam Dunn’s 0-for-4 game, including three strikeouts, in Monday night’s loss to the Cubs is something that White Sox fans are getting familiar with.
Carlos Zambrano has been the center of several Cubs storylines this season, unfortunately they haven’t been because of stellar pitching performacnes.
There have been plenty of memorable moments and intense games during the relatively brief history of the White Sox-Cubs rivalry. However, this year’s series may be lacking a little of usual anticipation.
Last season, the strength of the Bears was their defense, the unit gave up the fourth fewest (17.9) points in the league. The offense struggled at times in their first season running the intricate and timing-based Mike Martz offense.