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Chicago White Sox Year in Review: Alexei Ramirez, SS

2012 ZiPS Projection: .274/.321/.412, 17 HR, 72 RBI, .319 wOBA 2012 Bill James Projection: .276/.329/.414, 17 HR, 82 RBI, .324 wOBA 2012 Actual Statistics: .265/.287/.364, 9 HR, 73 RBI, .284 wOBA Alexei Ramirez’ 2012 season is not without its positives but may be the most telling (and not in a good way) for Ramirez’ long-term future as shortstop for the Chicago White Sox. On the positive end, Ramirez contin ...

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Lilly And Zambrano Dazzle In Debuts As Cubs Win 5-1

Ted Lilly was activated off of the disabled list on Saturday. Lilly gave the already stacked Cubs' starting rotation a boost.  In order to activate Lilly, Chicago decided to option Jeff Samardzija to AAA Iowa. It appears that Samardzija's act has finally grown tired with Lou Piniella. Samardzija surrendered 11 runs (7 earned) in 3.1 innings pitched in a limited role. Samardzija has been mishandled by the fr ...

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Cubs Strike Early And Often In Rout of Brewers

Ryan Dempster loves pitching against the Brewers. He showed why once again on Friday night in game 1 of a 3 game set in Milwaukee. Coming off of a disappointing series in New York, Chicago's offense got started in the 1st inning and continued to add insurance. Dempster was spectacular, handling a potent Brewers offense. The former Cubs closer went 7.2 innings allowing only 1 run. Dempster struck out 4 while ...

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Too Little, Too Late For Cubs’ Offense

The Chicago Cubs had no answer for Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros. Oswalt, who has been the lone bright spot for Houston, stymied the Cubs offense all game.  Oswalt shutout the Cubs through 7 innings allowing only 5 hits. Houston's ace showed great command, walking 0 and striking out 6 Cub batters. Trailing by 4, Chicago's offense finally woke up in the 8th inning. Chicago hit a trio of doubles (Derrek L ...

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The Game That Got Away

With the wind howling out, the Cubs sent their ace to the mound in hopes of sweeping the Brewers out of town. The brooms weren't needed unfortunately due to yet another bullpen collapse. Carlos Zambrano (1-1) had a relatively short outing due to the combination of a high pitch count and what appeared to be forearm cramping. Big Z continued to be inconsistent allowing 4 (3 earned) runs while walking 3 and st ...

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