Cubs 3, Cardinals 4 (5.23.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs outplay the Cardinals, lose anyway. Three up The Cubs biggest play of the day by WPA was Ben Zobrist‘s seeing-eye single up the middle in the ninth, making it first and third with one out and Rizzo coming to the plate. Zobrist had a great day at the plate in general, going 3-4 with a walk and a …

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Cubs 8, Giants 1, Heyward injured

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs win handily on Jake Arrieta day, but Heyward goes down early. Three One down Jason Heyward left the game after making a spectacular catch near/into the wall in the first inning. He slid into the padded wall and came up holding his side. No word form the Cubs on how serious it is, and any tentative reports you see should be …

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Cubs 2, Brewers 1 (5/18/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Against all odds, Travis Wood saves the day. Three up: Travis Wood Houdini-ed himself out of an impossible jam in the twelfth inning. He inherited two runners from Rondon, who was working in his second inning, then walked Santana to load the bases with nobody out. The Cubs brought an outfielder for the extra shot at the force at home but …

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Brewers 4, Cubs 2 (5/17/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Chase Anderson no-hits the Cubs into the eighth inning, nearly completes the shutout. Three up Jason Heyward is still a member of the No Homers Club, but he picked up his first one in the ninth today. Now that that monkey is off his back* maybe we’ll see more power out of him. Kris Bryant went back to back with …

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Cubs 8, Padres 7

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Cubs file an insurance run claim, hang on to win it. Three up: Addison Muscle had a great day at the plate, driving in three runs on two hits that seemed to land in the exact same place down the right field line. Kemp got to the first one a little faster than the second, which led to Javy being …

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Cubs 4, Nationals 3

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Javy walks it off in the 13th to complete the sweep of the Nationals. Three up Javy Baez hit a long blast to the left field bleachers to end this looooong, sloppy, game. Not surprisingly, he was the Cubs leading WPA position player of the day. The bullpen posted eight scoreless innings after Jake Arrieta could only make it through three …

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Cubs 8, Nationals 5 (5/7/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: It’s better to be lucky and good. Three Six up: Too many great performances to fit into the usual format today. Addison Russell had a huge day at the plate, posting a .431 WPA thanks to an RBI single in the sixth that sent Nats starter Gio Gonzalez to the showers and a two-run double in the seventh that gave the Cubs the …

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Cubs 8, Nationals 6 (5/6/16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Ben Zobrist homers again. And again. Three up: Ben Zobrist is just utterly on fire right now, homering twice and drawing two walks in today’s game. *Quietly deletes the WTF @ tbe Ben Zobrist signing post from the offseason*. When Rendon homered in the second PA of the game, it only made me more confident that the Cubs would have …

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The Cubs historic start to the 2016 season

In Commentary And Analysis, Major League Baseball, News And Rumors by dmick89

A lot has been written about how good the 2016 Cubs are. The articles began immediately after the Mets quickly dispatched of them in the 2015 NLCS. They increased significantly after the Cubs signed Jason Heyward and John Lackey away from division rival St. Louis. We’ve all marveled at some of these numbers and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Cubs beat …