Results tagged ‘ Brewers ’

11/11 Dye looking for job

Jermaine Dye rejected an offer last year from the Cubs of one-year, $3 million, and wound up sitting out the season. Now, Dye is trying to connect with a team for 2011. The outfielder told that he’s been contacted by three teams, the Phillies, Rays and Rockies. Dye says that besides the Cubs, he also was contacted by the Brewers and Nationals last year. Dye says he won’t do a Minor League deal and wants to play for a contender.

— Carrie Muskat

11/10 Spring Training

The Cubs have yet to announce their 2011 Spring Training schedule, but the Brewers did, and they will open the Cactus League season Feb. 28 with a game in Mesa, Ariz. The Cubs and Brewers also will square off March 2 in Maryvale. The Indians also have released their schedule, and they will play the Cubs March 10 in Mesa and March 28 in Goodyear. We expect to get Cubs full schedule soon.

— Carrie Muskat

9/10 Winning is best therapy for Z

Carlos Zambrano improved to 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his last seven starts with a victory Friday over the Brewers. The right-hander gave up three hits over 8 2/3 innings and had three hits himself, including a RBI single.

“That’s one of the better games I’ve seen pitched all year,” Milwaukee’s Dave Bush said. “His efficiency and the way he was attacking the zone — it was one of those days for us.”

Big Z nearly went the distance but retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth and then Ryan Braun singled. Prince Fielder reached on an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, and after 119 pitches, manager Mike Quade pulled Zambrano for Carlos Marmol. The Cubs closer needed one just pitch to get Casey McGehee to fly out and end the game.

“To me, that was vintage,” Quade said of Zambrano. “He had the whole package tonight.”

Zambrano has appeared in control of himself on the mound and off since returning following his dugout tirade June 25.

“I’m not attuned to what’s going on,” Quade said. “I know winning is good therapy, I know that whatever personal stuff he took care of at home — there’s probably a million things. Not only are you allowed to get better but you’re allowed to mature. [The therapy] is none of my business as to what he’s doing but whatever he’s doing, I hope he keeps doing it.”

The Brewers were impressed.

“He had great movement tonight and great location, too,” Fielder said. “He’s locked in, oh yeah.”

Zambrano is hoping all the rumors about the Cubs possibly trying to move him this offseason are over.

“I feel happy here and I love this team, I want to stay here for the rest of my contract,” he said. “No more trade talk.”

Does he think the Cubs front office has forgiven him for his transgressions?

“People make a mistake,” Zambrano said. “Not only players but people in the front office make a mistake. We’re human. The most important thing here is to learn from it and keep going. You can’t put your head down and think about what happened [June 25] or whatever. You have to keep your head up and walk like a winner. There’s nothing you can do about it except keep pitching and keep doing your job and everybody will say good things.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/6 Up in the air

In a span of about 57 hours, give or take a few, the Cubs will play in three different ballparks, beginning Sunday in Houston at Minute Maid Park. They have a makeup game Monday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh (11:35 a.m. CT) and then fly to Milwaukee to open a series Tuesday night against the Brewers at Miller Park.

* Last season, the Cubs played three games in three days in three different ballparks when they met the Indians at Wrigley on June 21, 2009; then play at Atlanta, then at Detroit.

* The last time the Cubs played three games in three days in three different road parks was 2004 when they faced Cincinnati on Sept. 19 (a 5-1 win), then played a doubleheader in Florida Sept. 20 (which they split), and then traveled to Pittsburgh Sept. 21 (a 10-inning win). Hurricane Francis in Miami forced that crazy itinerary.

— Carrie Muskat


4/24 Dempster vs. Brewers

Ryan Dempster definitely gives the Brewers trouble. He’s now 13-3 in his career against Milwaukee after Friday’s win. He also beat them April 12 at Wrigley.

“Normally, he’s got a real good slider against our right-handed hitters,” Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said of Dempster after Friday’s game. “He’s got a real good split-finger [fastball] too, and tonight some of the left-handed hitters were saying they had a difficult time picking up the rotation on that.

“It’s just my feeling that we’re getting closer to breaking through on this thing, OK?” Macha said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but we scored some runs off him down in Chicago, and tonight Prince [Fielder] comes up and hits a ball off the top of the wall and Rickie [Weeks] had tremendous at-bats against him. I think we’re getting close to breaking through, we just have to stay confident and have that feeling that we’re going to get him.”

The Cubs are 3-1 this year against the Brewers with two more games this weekend.

“For some reason, the Cubs are giving us a lot of trouble this year,” Milwaukee’s Gregg Zaun said. “It seems like every time we make a mistake out over the plate, they’re capitalizing on it.”

— Carrie Muskat


3/16 Want to go to the home opener?

Want to go to the Cubs’ home opener on April 12 against the Brewers? You can win four tickets to the game at Wrigley Field in the “I Want Tickets to the Home Opener” sweepstakes. Go to “Fans” section on (or try to get there via the attached link). You must enter by 12:01 p.m. CT April 1.

1/4 Cotts to Pirates; Sheets to Cubs?

The Pirates agreed to terms Monday on a Minor League contract with Neal Cotts, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in July. Cotts appeared in 19 games with the Cubs in 2009, his third season with the team. He never did match his 2005 numbers when he posted a 1.94 ERA in 69 games with the White Sox. The left-hander was the only arbitration eligible player who was non-tendered by the Cubs.

Cotts blew a save May 25 against the Pirates, and was sent down to Triple-A Iowa after that. He appeared in 12 games and had a 2.84 ERA before he was sidelined. Cotts moved his family to Arizona so he could focus on his rehab.

“I enjoy it over here and I’ve enjoyed the organization,” Cotts told me in an interview in October in Mesa, Ariz. “I know in terms of performance and in terms of staying up there, it hasn’t been as planned for by either side. I’d like to be up there to help the team.”

Now, he’ll be trying to make the roster of one of the Cubs’ division rivals.

* Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports predicts the Cubs will sign free agent Ben Sheets, who missed all of last season recovering from elbow surgery. Rosenthal says teams may need to see Sheets throw before deciding whether to make an investment in the right-hander. He was 13-9 in 31 starts in 2008 with the Brewers.

— Carrie Muskat

9/17 Lineup

Aramis Ramirez was not in the lineup Thursday in the series finale vs the Brewers, and Lou Piniella said it was just a day off. Jake Fox was in left field and batting fourth. Here’s Lou’s starting nine:

SS Theriot

CF Fukudome

1B Lee

LF Fox

RF Bradley

3B Baker

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Wells

— Carrie Muskat

7/28 Score runs, you win

Lou Piniella has stressed that the Cubs need to score runs to win — simple concept but true. Looking at team batting averages and runs scored since the All-Star break, he’s right.

TEAM: Batting aver. since ASG, Runs, Record

CUBS: .280, 61, 9-2

Reds: .225, 42, 3-8

Astros: .267, 46, 6-5

Brewers: .288, 47, 4-7

Pirates: .236, 39, 5-6

Cardinals: .281, 47, 5-6


Brewers' Macha on Cubs

Brewers manager Ken Macha was asked about the Cubs:

“They’re good. I do a little statistical analysis on teams that helps in the preparation of how we pitch guys. As a team, [in terms of] first-pitch hitting, they’re [batting] average is way above average. The entire team hits way above average on the first pitch. Not only that, but the percentage of walks is very high.

“So they hit well on the first pitch and they have a large number of walks. That’s a deadly combination. So you have to make pitches. You can’t just lay it in and get ahead of guys … because they’ll tattoo you, but they’re also selective. As far as my statistical analysis goes, we’d better pitch pretty darn good when we’re going to play those guys.”

— Carrie Muskat