The Cubs got another dose of bad injury news Friday. Lefty Ted Lilly, their only All-Star this…
Cubs May Have Trouble Making Move at Deadline
That prompted manager Lou Piniella to wonder if he had enough "pieces" on offense. In the heat of the moment, he even remarked that the Cubs might have to deal for "two bats" by the July 31 trading deadline.
Cubs GM Jim Hendry likely won't make any serious moves. The Cubs' ownership situation is in flux, and the Cubs are hamstrung by several long-term contracts and no-trade clauses.
The Cubs will have a big say in the division race coming up, and they'll do so at home, where they are 27-18, compared with 21-27 on the road.
They have three coming up with the Reds and four, including a makeup game next Thursday, with Houston, which is making noise in the NL Central. The Cubs are close to getting pitcher Ryan Dempster off the disabled list, and the bullpen is pitching well.
Piniella is still waiting for right fielder Milton Bradley to get going after taking two intensive days of instruction. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, as expected, has been slow to return to offensive form coming off the disabled list after missing almost two months because of a dislocated left shoulder.
--RHP Kevin Gregg is 19-for-22 in save opportunities. He has saved eight in a row. He pitched 1 1/3 innings for a save Wednesday at Philadelphia and 1 2/3 innings for a save July 18 at Washington. He has improved his ERA from 6.06 to 3.15 over his last 28 games.
--LF Alfonso Soriano has batted sixth in 12 of his last 14 games. The former leadoff man has gone 19-for-53 (.358) over that time. On the Cubs' trip, he was 10-for-24.
--SS Ryan Theriot brings a five-game hitting streak (7-for-19) into the weekend series against the Reds. Theriot has his batting average up to .300, and he leads the Cubs with 107 hits. His batting average is tops among Cubs who have played the whole season. He has appeared in 92 of the Cubs' 93 games.
--Ramirez is 10-for-46 (.217) since coming off the disabled list July 6. Ramirez missed almost two months with a dislocated left shoulder. He has one homer, one double and four RBIs since his return.
--1B Derrek Lee has hit safely in 39 of his last 45 games. He has 11 homers and 33 RBIs over his last 32 games, including seven homers and 21 RBIs in July.
NorthsidersReport.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Game Time Decisions
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rob Warner posts his big-name players to watch as they heal at the last minute before the games begin on Sunday. Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (pictured…Read More
NFL Week 8: Previews and Predictions
Highly opinionated previews of every game. Are you ready for some insider info?Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More