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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (89-50) at Houston Astros (74-66)

In Series Previews by berselius

Remember when the Astros were bad? Like, earlier this year? They got off to a brutal start, going 7-17 in April, and a lot of people (read: me) saw that guys like Dallas Keuchel continued to struggle and simply wrote them off/laughed them away as a one-year fluke. Then they quietly won a whole bunch of games, and dug themselves …

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (88-48) at Milwaukee Brewers (60-76)

In Series Previews by berselius

At least the Brewers have a seven game lead on the Reds to avoid finishing last in the division. Looking at the standings,  there are five other teams in the NL with records as bad or worse than the Brewers. Remember when the Diamondbacks were viewed as having an outside shot at making the playoffs? (dying laughing). Team Leaders Cubs …

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Cubs 3, Giants 2 (9.4.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The Jason Heyward Game? Three up: Heyward drove in all three runs in this game, including the RBI single that sent the game to extras in the ninth and the game-winner in the thirteenth. His slash line since the weekend off in Coors now stands at .308/.320/.442, and hopefully he just keeps on hitting. Addison Russell had a great …

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Cubs 5, Giants 4 (9.1.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

MSS:  …before Tuesday’s game against the Athletics, pitcher Jeff Samardzija said he wasn’t thrilled with the moves. “I don’t think this team improves by trading Scott Feldman,” Samardzija said. “He was one of our better pitchers. He’s thrown a lot of innings, a solid dude, a solid guy in the clubhouse. It’s a shame to see him go, and the …

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Cubs 6, Pirates 5 (8.31.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs close out August with a nail biter. Three up Kris Bryant homered again, keeping pace with Nolan Arenado for the NL lead. Jason Heyward had yet another solid day at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk, a RBI, and the totally common run-scored-on-balk. Since his series off in Colorado, he has a .333/.351/.500 slash line, and has …

Cubs 8, Pirates 7 (8.29.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs win a bizarre one. Three Six up There were too many crazy plays in this game to stick to just three. WPA-wise this was one of the craziest games I’ve seen. There were twenty separate plays that swung win probability by more than ten percent. The biggest one was Jorge Soler‘s game-tying homer in the ninth (.470 WPA). …

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Cubs 6, Dodgers 4 (8.26.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Bryant and Heyward fuel a Cubs comeback. Three up: Kris Bryant poured a dump truck full of concrete into the foundation of his MVP case, hitting home runs number 34 and 35 to lead the Cubs to victory and put him back in the NL lead for homers. He might even have passed Mike Trout in the fWAR race, …

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Cubs 6, Padres 3

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs sweep away the Padres for their 81st win. Three up: The Cubs jumped on the Padres early, hitting two doubles and a triple in their first three plate appearances. The top of the order combined to go 5-13, scoring five runs. Kyle Hendricks struck out eight batters in six innings, and managed to hold the lead the offense …

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Cubs 5, Padres 3 (8.23.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: There’s no such thing as an easy win, I guess. Three up: Kris Bryant homered again, bringing his season total up to 33, and salted the rest of his performance with two walks. Going into the game he had tied last year’s 6.6 fWAR total, and there’s still a month and change to go. Addison Russell also had a …