Cubs 7, A’s 2 (8.5.16)

In Uncategorized by berselius

OSS: Cubs cruise to an easy win Three up: Despite having an epically crappy rehab stint in the minors, Jorge Soler hit a three run homer in his first PA back with the team. In true Soler style, the ball was hit about 5000 mph and went over the fence despite seeming to have a peak height of about 20 …

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (66-41) at Oakland A’s (48-60)

In Series Previews by berselius

What are these strange things called off….days? Several Cubs spent the day relaxing on their west coast travel day, and they even get one on the way back too. It certainly beats 3+ weeks with no breaks other than the Reds. West coast series suck all around, but at least only one game is a night game. Team Leaders Cubs …

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Cubs 5, Marlins 4 (8.3.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs win another weird one. Three up: Just looking over the WPA charts for this one is kind of strange. No Cubs position player had more than one hit, yet the Cubs had five different players on offense who posted a .100 WPA or greater, when usually you only see one or two, and two players who had hugely …

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Cubs 3, Marlins 2 (8.2.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The Aprilists wear down a great pitcher and hang on to win. Three up: The top two of the Cubs order set the tone for the day, reaching base six out of six times against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Fowler led all Cubs hitters with a .183 WPA, and he and Contreras combined to go 5-7 with a walk, …

Cubs 5, Marlins 0 (8.1.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: I just checked the calendar to see if it is April again somehow. Three up: Kyle Hendricks threw a complete game shutout, his second CG of the season and first shutout. The last one was against the Phillies, so it was especially nice to see him shut down an actual major league offense. Even more so considering just how …

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Series Preview: Miami Marlins (57-48) at Chicago Cubs (63-41)

In Series Previews by berselius

The bafflingly good-again Marlins took three of four from the Cubs back in late June, smack in the middle of their ice cold streak. It’s even stranger to see them succeeding despite a bad year for Giancarlo Stanton in every category other than HR. Team Leaders Marlins OBP: Ichiro Suzuki (.397) ISO:┬áJustin Bour (.258) HR: Stanton (22) R+RBI: Marcell Ozuna …

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Cubs 7, Mariners 6 (7.31.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Three up The Cubs won this game on a walkoff bunt by Jon Lester which was set up by a booming double to lead off the inning by Jason Heyward. That is a sentence I wasn’t planning to write any time in my life (dying laughing). Addison Russell went 1-5 with three strikeouts, but he was the WPA leader …

Cubs 12, Mariners 1

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The April Cubs are back, and they’ll never lose another game etc etc Three Four up: We all laughed at Chris Coghlan getting the nod at the leadoff spot on the day he was reactivated from the DL, and he rewarded said laughter by leading the team in WPA. This was mostly due to the two run single that …

Cubs 4, Sox 5 (7.25.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: TOOTBLAN’d Three up: Javy Baez provided most of the spark for the Cubs offense today, hitting a two run homer in the seventh to answer a shot by Todd Frazier in the previous half inning. He also doubled to lead off the Cubs rally in the ninth inning and stole third. The Cubs biggest WPA play of the day …

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Cubs 6, Rangers 0 (7.15.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Now that’s more like it Three up The Cubs offense hung some runs on a crappy pitcher, a hallmark of good teams and something that they were failing to do during their recent funk. This wasn’t just Bryzzo blasting their way to the lead, it was a team effort with no particular player sticking out WPA-wise. They got some …