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The Cubs historic start part 2

In Commentary And Analysis, Major League Baseball by dmick89

A month ago I looked at the Cubs historic start to the 2016 season by using Baseball Prospectus's 3rd order winning percentage.The Cubs didn't have any comparables at the time and today I set out to find the top team in 3rd order winning percentage each season going back 50 years. I looked for the top team as of games …

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Cubs 8, Phillies 1

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

OSS: Javier Baez goes 4-4 and John Lackey continues to dominate.  Three up: Javier Baez was 4-4 today with a double and the game-winning RBI in the 5th. He was worth just over a quarter of a win in WPA today (0.27). Myself and another commenter were complaining about Baez's approach early in this one. He could still clean the …

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Cubs 6, Phillies 4 (6/6/2016)

In Commentary And Analysis by myles

OSS: Cubs absolutely dominate the game for 8 innings, and then clench their collective butts for a 9th inning scare. Quirky Stat: No walks in this game. Three Up 1. Jon Lester has now been incredible for 2 consecutive games. He was very close to a Maddux and settled for 8 scoreless, with 4 hits, no walks, and 9 strikeouts. …

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Cubs Minor League Recap

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by dmick89

Memphis Redbirds 1 @ Iowa Cubs 6 The Iowa Cubs are on quite a roll. They've improved to 28-26 after this win and Willson Contreras wasn't even in the lineup. Even the great ones need rest. It's worth saying once again that Contreras should be called up immediately. His rest of season projection is now quite a bit better offensively than …

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Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

OSS: Jason Hammel dominates on the mound and has the biggest hit of the game. The Cubs improve to 8-1 on this 10-game homestand and they have Jake Arrieta going tomorrow.  Three up: Jason Hammel returned from his abbreviated start last time with 7 excellent innings. He only allowed 1 hit, though that hit was a 1st inning home run to …

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Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 0 (6.3.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

OSS: John Lackey was quite good and it seemed like everyone in the lineup had a double. Three up: John Lackey is efficient with his pitches. He struggled in the 2nd and threw 26 pitches, but other than that and a small jam in the 7th that Warren bailed him out of, he was outstanding. He struckout 9 and walked 2 …

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Cubs 7, LADoLA 2 (6.2.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Kyle Hendricks cruises, and Cubs bomb their way to a series win against their biggest preseason competition. Three up: Kyle Hendricks had another fantastic start, going eight innings while striking out six and allowing two runs on three hits. It's great seeing him working deeper into games, a few months ago he would have been done after the sixth …

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Cubs 2, LADoLA 1 (6.1.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: A Kris Bryant home run backs up Lester's gem. Three up: Jon Lester pitched his best game of the season, going the distance while striking out ten, allowing just four hits and no walks. The first batter of the game took him deep, but he cruised the rest of the way. Lester now has a 2.29 ERA with 8.79 …