Cubs 5, Cardinals 0 (4/18/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Dexter Fowler: "After me, the flood" Three up Both offenses struggled with the combination of a huge strike zone and strike-throwing starters, but the cracks started showing when Dexter Fowler homered to deep CF in the sixth inning. Fowler also led off the game with a double, but it took a homer to wake up the Cubs bats. They got …

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (9-3) at St. Louis Cardinals (7-5)

In Series Previews by berselius

This should be the first of many fun matchups all season. The Cardinals are doing Cardinals things again – their position player WAR leaders on the season are OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, the 500th anonymous outfielder to get called up and produce solid numbers, and Aledmys Diaz, who was their third choice to play shortstop. And just yesterday, their backup catcher …

Cubs 6, Rockies 2

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Jake Arrieta is good at baseball Three up Arrieta made it look easy today, striking out eight over eight innings. He allowed five hits and walked one with no real jams to work out of all game. He now has a season ERA of 1.23, so I guess he can improve on last year after all (dying laughing). The Cubs …

Rockies 6, Cubs 1 (4/15/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs defense gives us a flashback or three Three up: Not much to pick for the Cubs today, in an all-around listless day game after a night game performance. The only Cubs position players with a positive WPA were Russell and Soler. Russell had the biggest WPA play of the day when he reached on a pitching error in the …

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Series Preview: Colorado Rockies (5-4) vs Chicago Cubs (8-1)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Cubs mowed down one team that's effectively punting 2016, just in time for another such team to head to Wrigley. The Rockies got off to a decent start, taking two of three from both Arizona and the Giants, and losing two of three while giving up 32 runs in three games to a team that began its season with an …

Cubs: 8, Reds: Dumpster Fire (4/14/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The Cubs sweep the Reds out of Wrigley in their first home series of the season. Three up: Jason Hammel was the Cubs WPA leader on both sides of the ball today, posting a .136 WPA with the bat due to awful Reds defense and .326 WPA due to awful/unlucky Reds offense. The normally surehanded Brandon Phillips bricked a Hammel …

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OV Podcast 14

In Podcasts by berselius

In this episode, David, Jeff, and Myles discuss: The impact of the Kyle Schwarber injury Whether David Ross has any bodies in his garage Players who surprised us this week, one way or another General grumbling about Zobrist and praise for Starlin Castro Impressions of Chase Field Comparisons with 2008 Listen and enjoy. Or don't. I can't tell you what …

Cubs 5, Reds 3 (4/11/15)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Addison Muscle. @Reds Noted. pic.twitter.com/J4DFaNZg7T — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 12, 2016 Three up: Russell brought the house down with a three run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was a no-doubter, and felt especially great given just how stymied the Cubs bats were all game by Reds starter Brandon Finnegan.  The Cubs highest-price acquisition from this …

Cubs 4, Dbacks 2 (4/9/15)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs knock around Greinke early, and Hendricks cruises Three up: Not much drama at all in this game, which seems typical of Kyle Hendricks starts. He came out strong, retiring the first six batters he faced (including a strikeout of Goldschmidt). He even slapped a single to left in his first PA of the season. The Dbacks WPA never rose …

4/9 Cubs @ DBaxx

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How to watch Televizor: CSC Radio: 670 AM and the Cubs Radio Network™ Time: 7:10 PM CT Cubs lineup CF Fowler RF Heyward 2B Zobrist 1B Rizzo 3B Bryant C Montero LF Soler SS Russell P Hendricks DBaxxxxx lineup 2B Segura CF Owings 1B Goldy RF Peralta C Beef Castle LF Tomas 3B Drury P Greinke SS Ahmed Things to watch …