Cubs 5, Marlins 0 (8.1.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: I just checked the calendar to see if it is April again somehow. Three up: Kyle Hendricks threw a complete game shutout, his second CG of the season and first shutout. The last one was against the Phillies, so it was especially nice to see him shut down an actual major league offense. Even more so considering just how …

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Cubs 7, Mariners 6 (7.31.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Three up The Cubs won this game on a walkoff bunt by Jon Lester which was set up by a booming double to lead off the inning by Jason Heyward. That is a sentence I wasn’t planning to write any time in my life (dying laughing). Addison Russell went 1-5 with three strikeouts, but he was the WPA leader …

Cubs 12, Mariners 1

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: The April Cubs are back, and they’ll never lose another game etc etc Three Four up: We all laughed at Chris Coghlan getting the nod at the leadoff spot on the day he was reactivated from the DL, and he rewarded said laughter by leading the team in WPA. This was mostly due to the two run single that …

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White Sox 1, Cubs 3

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

OSS: The Cubs find a way to beat the White Sox ace and even out the four game series. Three up: John Lackey was really good tonight in his 6 innings. He gave up an RBI double to Melky Cabrera in the 1st and that was it. He gave up 4 hits and that 1 run while walking a batter and striking …

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White Sox 1, Cubs 8

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

OSS: The Cubs go deep 3 times and played screw the closer in the 8th. Three Four up: Javier Baez was only 1-4, but his 2-out home run in the 7th with 1 man on was the play of the night. Javy hit it way out and broke the 1-1 tie in Cubs favor. He’s got a 113 wRC+ on the …

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Counterpoint: It’s OK to Root for Chapman to Be Good at Baseball

In Commentary And Analysis, Transactions, Unobstructed Views by JonKneeV

From the comments, the acquisition of Aroldis Chapman is pretty polarizing. I, in fact, was part of that camp until I looked more into what did/didn’t happen and tried to think about how much it all matters to us as fans of a baseball team. Myles wrote up his take on Chapman from a baseball and personal perspective. I’ll leave out …

Cubs 4, Sox 5 (7.25.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: TOOTBLAN’d Three up: Javy Baez provided most of the spark for the Cubs offense today, hitting a two run homer in the seventh to answer a shot by Todd Frazier in the previous half inning. He also doubled to lead off the Cubs rally in the ninth inning and stole third. The Cubs biggest WPA play of the day …

Cubs still in on Aroldis Chapman

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

I’ve assumed for some time now that the Cubs weren’t really all that interested in Aroldis Chapman. I had assumed their real and only interest was Andrew Miller, but according to Ken Davidoff, the Yankees have asked for best and final bids from four teams. Those four teams are the Nationals, Cubs, Indians and, you know it, a mystery team. …

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Cubs 5, Brewers 2 (7.22.16)

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

Baseball predictions are silly up to a point, but I’m going to predict the Cubs are about to go on a run that’s similar to what they did in the first half. The Cardinals have pulled within 6.5 games, which is still a mile away in baseball terms, but I do miss the double digit lead they enjoyed for awhile. The …

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Cubs 6, Rangers 0 (7.15.16)

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

OSS: Now that’s more like it Three up The Cubs offense hung some runs on a crappy pitcher, a hallmark of good teams and something that they were failing to do during their recent funk. This wasn’t just Bryzzo blasting their way to the lead, it was a team effort with no particular player sticking out WPA-wise. They got some …