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The Scrap Heap – Winter Meetings

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius285 Comments

It was an ice cold stove for most of the offseason, but things finally picked up after Shohei Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Disneyland on the eve of the Winter Meetings. Cubs Moves The Cubs picked up a pair of relief pitchers and a injury project that could see some time in the pen late this year: …

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The Scrap Heap

In Facepalm by berselius147 Comments

I thought about making this a daily facepalm post, but the 'daily' in it stretches the incredulity even beyond our level of discreditedness. So I have revived its predecessor instead. Cubs Hires I had been waiting for the Cubs to hire Jim Hickey as the new pitching coach to write a new post, but they took something like four weeks …

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NLCS Game 5: Dodgers 11, Cubs 1

In Playoffs, Postgame by berselius77 Comments

OSS: Well, it wasn't a sweep. Two up: At least this one was over quickly. Um…the pitching staff only issued two walks? Time to deal with my DVR/streaming backlog! Hannibal and Halt and Catch Fire, I'm looking at you. Three down: Quintana just didn't have it tonight, and the Dodgers made him pay. I look forward to his next few …

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NLCS Game 4: Cubs 3, Dodgers 2

In Playoffs, Postgame by berselius38 Comments

OSS: Three up: Javy Baez homered twice, and Willson Contreras hit the longest HR of the entire season across all MLB (assuming I heard the announcers right) to account for all of the Cubs runs, which was just enough to hold on. The Cubs even managed to put some balls in play! We were hoping for Vintage Jake, but we …

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NLCS Game 4: Dodgers at Cubs

In Game Threads by berselius121 Comments

Time: 8:00 PM CT TV: TBS Series Preview Gameday LINEUPS (104-58, 3-0)   Chris Taylor, SS Cody Bellinger, 1B Justin Turner, 3B Yasiel Puig, RF Andre Ethier, LF Curtis Granderson, CF Yasmani Grandal, C Chase Utley, 2B Alex Wood, P (92-70, 0-3)   Albert Almora, CF Kyle Schwarber, LF Kris Bryant, 3B Anthony Rizzo, 1B Willson Contreras, C Addison Russell, SS Javy Baez, …

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NLCS Game Three: Dodgers 6, Cubs 1

In Playoffs, Postgame by berselius33 Comments

OSS: Cubs lose in all aspects of the game. Three up: Kyle Schwarber got the scoring started with an opposite field solo HR against Darvish in the first inning. Unfortunately, that is also when the scoring stopped. Kris Bryant had two hits and didn't strike out for what seems like the first time in the last month. We didn't have …

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NLCS Game 2: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1

In Playoffs, Postgame by berselius64 Comments

OSS: Showalter'd. Three up: Addison Russell struck the only major Cubs blow in this one with a line drive homer to left that briefly gave the Cubs the lead. The bullpen proper performed much better in this one, especially Carl Edwards Jr. Foolish bottom of the ninth decisions aside, Edwards, Strop, and Duensing combined for four innings, allowing just one …

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NLCS Game One: Dodgers 5, Cubs 2

In Playoffs, Postgame by berselius39 Comments

OSS: Well, at least it's a slightly longer series. Three up: Albert Almora was the only Cubs player with a positive WPA on the day, thanks to a two run homer off of Kershaw in the fourth inning to give the Cubs a lead. They didn't end up with much to show for it, but Bryzzo were squaring up Kershaw …