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Series Preview: Brewers (7-9) at Cubs (12-3)

In Series Previews by berselius161 Comments

The red-hot Cubs head back to Chicago for a four game set against the more scuffle-y Brew Crew. The Brewers are coming off series losses to the Twins and Reds, both at home. Their pitching has been about average, but their big problem is that their offense hasn’t gotten in to gear – they currently have a team wOBA of …

Cubs 6, Royals 1

In Uncategorized by berselius65 Comments

OSS: The Cubs offense takes its next steps to opening their own insurance agency. Three up: The Cubs offense continued its trend of piling on late in games, scoring four runs in the last two innings to turn this from a nailbiter to a comfortable margin of victory. I’m too lazy to go back and look for it, but I …

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Cubs 5, Royals 4

In Postgame by berselius13 Comments

OSS: Kimbrel still shaky, Cubs pull out another close one anyway. Three up: It was the Day of Jasons today, as Heyward and Kipnis both homered to drive in the first four Cubs runs. Willson Contreras added an insurance run in the eighth inning, which proved to be the winning run. One thing I like about the offense so far …

Cubs 2, Royals 0

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OSS: Good pitching and great defense pick up another W. Three+ up: Alec Mills had another solid start, pitching seven shutout innings with four strikeouts and three walks. I caught the first few innings on TV and thought it was shaping up to be an extremely fifth-starter-ish performance, but then I blinked and it was suddenly the seventh inning. Javy …

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Cubs 4, Pirates 3

In Postgame by berselius34 Comments

OSS: Chatwood continues to look solid, the bullpen continues to do the opposite. Three up: Another fantastic start by Tyler Chatwood, who struck out 11 and allowed 3 hits and two walks in six innings and change. He was cruising through most of this start, and had retired 15 straight batters through the middle of the game before running out …

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Cubs 6, Pirates 3

In Postgame by berselius23 Comments

OSS: Yu Darvish back to dealing. Three up: Yu Darvish bounced back from his rocky first outing with six innings of shutout ball, striking out seven, walking one, and allowing just a pair of singles. He also erased his lone walk by immediately picking the runner off first base. That’s more like the guy we remember from the back half …

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Cubs 8, Reds 5

In Postgame by berselius52 Comments

OSS: A great offense can paper over a work in progress bullpen Three up Most of the Cubs offense had a pretty good day, but Javy Baez stands out with 2 homers and a double. He also had at least one great play on defense, ranging far to his right and a ball and still nailing the runner with time …

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Cubs 8, Reds 7

In Postgame by berselius22 Comments

OSS: Craig Kimbrel’s beard was not the source of his weakness. Three up: The Cubs scored early and often, scoring six times in the first two innings to seemingly put this out of reach. In particular, Souza and Bote got a pair of RsBI each in their first starts of the season. Jon Lester exceeded the (probably too low) expectations …