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Cubs 9, Pirates 2

In Postgame by berselius268 Comments

OSS: Cole Hamels strikes out nine in his Cubs debut. Three up: It wasn’t the most efficient start, but Cole Hamels struck out nine Pirates in five innings in his first appearance in a Cubs uniform. He also picked up his first hit as a Cub as the team jumped all over the Pirates pitchers early. Hamels allowed one unearned …

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Cole Hamels ————> Cubs

In Uncategorized by berselius279 Comments

The final details are still being worked out, but the Cubs are on the verge of acquiring Cole Hamels. The main asset trading hands seems to be salary relief for the Rangers, who were on the hook for $14m going forward on Hamel’s deal. Going the other way could be P Rollie Lacy (Myrtle Beach) and OF DJ Wilson (also …

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Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

In Postgame by berselius226 Comments

OSS: Three out of five ain’t bad. Three up: Jose Quintana gutted out seven innings and allowed just two runs, which was just what the bullpen needed after a couple of early hooks and a doubleheader in this series. Kyle Schwarber had the biggest hit in this game, a solo shot in the sixth inning that gave the Cubs the …

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Cubs 9, Cardinals 6

In Postgame by berselius158 Comments

OSS: Cubs bats break it open in the fifth. Three up: Jason Heyward had a solid day against his old team, racking up three hits and two clutch RBI singles in the early innings. He also purloined his first stolen base of the year. I’m guessing the events of the last week or two have been a nice reminder that …

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What would you say….you do here?

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius64 Comments

While the Cubs position players have had a fantastic first half, returns have been less than great on the pitching front. With ~60% of the season in the books, Jon Lester leads the pitching staff with 1.0 fWAR. I’ll go into individual player recaps below, but one thing I’ve been wondering for a while is why there has been so …

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Midseason Update: Position Players

In Getting to Know... by myles36 Comments

The Cubs lead the division at the all-star break. As constituted, they are clearly a better team than any other in the division (which isn’t saying they are guaranteed to win it). The primary reason for that is a completely dominant performance by the bottom of the lineup, by far the best squad in the National League and in the …

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Cubs 7, Padres 4

In Postgame by berselius23 Comments

OSS: The Cubs head into the All-Star break on a sweep. Three up: The Cubs chased another bad starter early, which is what good teams do. Unlike yesterday’s home run barrage, the Cubs strung together a ton of singles and walks (and a HBP or two) and just two XBH to score seven runs. Javy Baez’s first inning RBI single …

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Cubs 11, Padres 6

In Postgame by berselius47 Comments

OSS: Everything’s coming up Milhouse. Three+ up: The Cubs offense took care of business against an opposing starting pitcher with a 7+ ERA. Schwarber, Baez, and Happ all went yard in this one, and at least this time Javy’s homer counted. Schwarber’s bomb was to the opposite field, which was also great to see. Baez also hit a two run …

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Cubs 2, Giants 0

In Postgame by berselius194 Comments

OSS: Aggressive Cubs baserunning is just enough to snag the inverted M. Three up: It was a scoreless and speedy affair most of the night, and the Cubs took the lead after Russell took third on a wild pitch and aggressively dashed home after an errant throw. Russell was on second to begin with thanks to even more aggressive baserunning …

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Cubs 6, Reds 5

In Postgame by berselius76 Comments

OSS: An Inverted M is an Inverted M. Three up: Who else but Javy Baez was involved in the most consequential play of the game (.411 WPA). Baez singled up the middle with runners on the corners in the seventh inning to tie the game at four…then Heyward flashed a bit of Javy on the basepaths and scored from first …