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Series Preview: Texas Rangers (54-36) at Chicago Cubs (53-35)

In Series Previews by berselius

If you just look at the records and have been living in a cave for the past month, you would think that this is an exciting matchup with both fanbases eagerly awaiting the return to baseball to watch two possible championship teams sizing each other up. Instead, both fanbases find themselves cautiously peeking over the edge of their dumpster, hoping …

Cubs 6, Pirates 5 (7.10.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The marathon mercifully ends with a win Three up: Bryzzo combined to go 7-9 with a walk today, and Bryant drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. As bad as this stretch has been for the Cubs, at least these two guys have been producing. As Matt Clapp pointed out on twitter today, Bryant leads the NL …

Cubs 5, Reds 9 (6.5.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Four homers not enough to overcome a lackluster Lackey. Three up Addison Muscle had a big day, hitting two home runs and raising his slash line to .242/.338/.416 with a wOBA of .323, not too shabby from the shortstop position. He might not be the best choice to start for the NL in the ASG, but at least he’s …

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Cubs 10, Reds 4 (7.4.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The best cure for a slump is to face the Reds. Three up: Jason Heyward had the biggest hit of the day, a two-run double in the first that put the Cubs up 3-0. He was finally dropped to sixth in the lineup and had two hits and a walk. The Cubs had three home runs on the day, …

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Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds (30-53) vs Chicago Cubs (51-30)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Cubs get a break from their brutal stretch of consecutive baseball games by playing the Reds, only 22 games back of the Cubs. Somehow the Cubs still have the best record in baseball despite last week’s asskicking by the Mets. Having swept the Reds at GABP certainly helped. Team Leaders Cubs OBP:  Ben Zobrist (.404) ISO: Anthony Rizzo (.289) …

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Cubs 3, Mets 4 (6.30.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs let one slip away, but maintain their eleven game lead. Three up: Kris Bryant remains on fire, slugging a two run homer in the first inning to put the Cubs on the board before even conceding an out. It was his eleventh HR of the month, and he had hit .278/.379/.680 for the month going into today’s game. …

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Cubs 9, Reds 2 (6.29.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to drive them before you, to hear the lamentations of their broadcasters. Three up: After a 15-inning marathon last night, Kyle Hendricks pitched into the seventh inning to help give the pen a breather. I was going to say that it’s pretty long for a Hendricks start, but he’s actually …

Cubs 7, Reds 2 (15 innings)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The Joe Maddon game? Three up This was a slog of a game that turned entertaining as it got weirder and weirder in the late innings. Joe Maddon had used all of his position players by the 13th inning, so when he needed to bring in new LHP cannon fodder Joel Peralta to relieve Cahill he had Peralta take …

Cubs 11, Reds 8 (6.27.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Kris Bryant has a day Three up Kris Bryant went 5-5 for 16 total bases. He posted a .670 WPA, as well as a 1042 wRC+ and supposedly 0.6 WAR according to the twitters, but I think it’s a case of someone conflating WPA with WAR. Though having your season wOBA jump 21 points in one game might be …