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Chicago Cubs and the disease of the trade deadline

Now in late July it's not premature to say that the Chicago Cubs have a very mediocre offense. They've slipped to 28th in batting average and 26th in slugging, and have now even struck out more than the "All-we-do-is-hit-home-runs-or-strikeout" Houston Astros. Their tendency to walk (3rd) has them eeking out a 23rd in OPS (.684). Add in the recent sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, plus a Cole ...

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Chicago Cubs Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon at Closer?

In what would be another instance of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer getting the old band back together, reports have surfaced that the Chicago Cubs have at least a passing interest in Philadelphia Phillies closer, Jonathan Paplebon. While no deal is close, the possibility begs the question of whether the Cubs would be wise to move on this, or if they're simply doing their due diligence on a player the front off ...

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Series Preview: White Sox @ Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies (46-47) have heated up going in to July, winning 7 out of the 10 games played this month. They will aim to keep up their hot streak tonight with rookie Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) on the mound—currently on a 2-game winning streak— as the White Sox (36-53) come to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series. But the Sox too have been riding high lately, coming off a surprising ser ...

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Cubs Hammer Halladay, Take 3 of 4 from Phills

Cubs 11, Phillies 6 Chicago -- The Cubs shocked the Phillies and their ace Roy Halladay (10-8) to the tune of 6 runs (5 earned) on seven hits over 6 innings including home runs from Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto. However, it was the kids at the top of the order who sparked the Cubs offense. Rookies Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro, the number 1 and 2 hitters, combined to go 6-9 with 3 runs scored an RBI a ...

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Cubs Hammer Moyer, Start 2nd Half Out Right

Cubs 12, Phillies 6 Chicago -- The Cubs hitters started out the second half of 2010 the exact opposite way they played the first. After beng shutout to end the first half the oft offensively challenged Cubbies busted out the sticks against former Cub Jamie Moyer (9-9). He lasted only 3 innings after allowing 6 runs. On the opposite side Ryan Dempser (8-7) pitched brilliantly after allowing a two run shot to ...

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