I don't have a hobby to speak of, but after this weekend, I've decided I really, really enjoy schadenfreude.

Now, looking ahead...

If the Cubs are, in fact, planning to add a 12th pitcher, someone on the current 25-man roster will have to go. Multiple reports over the weekend suggested Jacque Jones was somewhere-else-bound, though all of the reports seemed to sidestep the fact that Jones is having a most unattractive season.

From Ken Rosenthal at foxsports.com, who also addresses rumors that Ken Griffey could soon be a Cub:

Good luck to the Cubs in their continuing efforts to trade outfielder Jacque Jones, who has a .295 on-base percentage and two homers in 201 at-bats. Oh, and forget about the Cubs acquiring Reds right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. If the team can't sign right-hander Carlos Zambrano due to its ownership change, then it certainly can't take on Griffey's $12.5 million a year contract through '08, plus a $4 million buyout or $16.5 million club option for '09.


Tonight's return to intraleague play brings the Rockies to town, with Jason Marquis (5-4, 3.38) facing Jeff Francis (7-5, 3.44). Marquis hasn't won a game since May 9th, which is compatible with the fact that he has pitched like hell. Francis, who has three no-decisions and a 9.19 career ERA against the Cubs, is coming off an excellent outing against the Yankees in which he allowed one run and struck out a career-high nine over 7 innings.

This game should also mark Aramis Ramirez's return to 3B after he served as DH over the weekend against the White Sox. According to the Tribune...

"(Lou) Piniella wouldn't say where he'd put Mark DeRosa when ...Ramirez returns to third base... 'It might surprise you,' he said."


Unless the position is something other than shortstop or right field, I'm thinking most Cub fans won't be surprised.

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