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Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (8-11) at Chicago Cubs (14-5)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Cubs kick off a six game homestand with a three game series against the Brewers. In fact, sixteen of the Cubs next nineteen games are at home, which seems kind of odd, scheduling-wise. They pay the piper going into the all-star break, when they play 14 or 17 on the road, including road series with the Mets and Pirates. Still, …

Cubs 9, Reds 0

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: iCarly Simon does it again Three up Anthony Rizzo homered twice and drew a walk, and was the Cubs WPA leader on the day, thus breaking Hammel's streak of being the leader on both sides of the ball in his starts. Because both of his hits were homers, his BABIP remains laughably low. Speaking of players heating up, Jason Heyward's …

Cubs 8, Reds 1 (4/22/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs hit two homers in the rain and cruise to victory Three up ​Rizzo homered for his third straight game, and added two walks as well. The Cubs were very patient in general today, drawing five walks and pushing the Reds starter's pitch count up around 100 by the end of the fifth inning. They're just a meat grinder for …

Cubs 16, Reds 0, Arrieta 2 (no-hitters)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Jake. Arrieta. Those of us lucky enough to see this may have seen the most soul-crushing victory in modern MLB history. As mentioned by Len or JD during the game, the biggest margin of victory in a no-hitter was a 18-0 win in the 19th century between two teams that no longer exist. Huge props to Len for mentioning the no-hitter as …

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (11-4) at Cincinnati Reds (8-7)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Cubs follow up their series win against the Cardinals with ten straight games against the Reds, Brewers, and Barves. Not too shabby of a start to the season, schedule-wise. The Reds are coming off a series win vs the Rockies but have the Cubs, Mets, and Pirates up next on their slate. They have a winning record despite a …

Cardinals 5, Cubs 3 (4/20/16)

In Uncategorized by berselius

OSS: Post-rain delay karma not enough to push the Cubs over the top Three up Rizzo should have had two home runs today, but Grichuk robbed him of his first with a great catch at the wall to close out the first inning. The second one was a no-doubter, however, traveling 443 feet but felt like it was going to go …

Cubs 2, Cardinals 1 (4/19/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs grind out PAs and chase Jaime Garcia early, and Jason Hammel takes care of the rest. Three up This makes two games in a row where Hammel was both the Cubs leader in offensive and pitching WPA. Hammel struck out six and didn't walk anyone over six innings, though he did have one HBP. He got into and …

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 …