Chicago Cubs (64-76) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68)

In Series Previews by aisle424

While the Cubs have done their best to help Pittsburgh out in their quest to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Pirates haven’t done much to help themselves lately. The Cubs swept the previously first place Brewers, but at the same time, the Pirates got swept by the Cardinals. So now the Cardinals are surging …

Cubs Playoff Windows in 2014

In aside by myles

If you follow any Cubs blogger on twitter, you’re almost certain to have come across the following stat in the past 7 weeks: “Ever since <date>, the Cubs have been <record that is close to .500>!” That’s cool, but I want to take it one step further. I want to find the dates that satisfy this criteria: If the season …

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Series Preview: Brewers (73-63) at Cubs (61-76)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Brewers started the season scorchingly hot and had a 20-8 record on May 1. Since then they’ve gone 53-55, are currently riding a five game losing streak, and are now tied with the (ugh) Cardinals for the division lead. I think the Pirates end up taking the division by season’s end but that big lead the Brewers built early …

How Far Have the Cubs Come?

In Commentary And Analysis, Uncategorized by andcounting

It has been almost three years, nearly three hundred losses, and three drafts since the Cubs hired Theo Epstein to save the Cubs from their sins and rescue them from eternal damnation in their permanent subterranean dwelling in the Central Division’s fiery core. And if you think that metaphor is overblown and ridiculous, it was meant to match the expectations …

The Struggle

In Uncategorized by myles

Baez debuted at A in May 28, 2012. In his first month, he “struggled,” hitting .298/.330/.500. Sure, his career line at A was .333/.383/.596, but you have to stretch pretty hard to get struggling out of that. His strikeout rate was 21.7% and his walk rate was 6.6%. He was eventually promoted to A+, and he absolutely struggled when promoted. …

Soler ————> Cubs

In News And Rumors by berselius

Per David Kaplan on CSN, Jorge Soler is being called up and will join the team for this week’s series in Cincinnati. I’m guessing Justin Ruggiano will be put on the DL in the corresponding roster move. It’s been a given for some time that Soler was going to be called up in September anyway, since he’s already both on …

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Minor League Update: 8-20-14

In Minor Leagues by myles

Salt Lake Bees 4 @ Iowa Cubs 2 Stargazing Tony Campana (#9): 0-2, BB, SB Kris Bryant: 1-3, 2B, BB, SO Jorge Soler: 0-3, BB, SO Like, Totally, NOT Stargazing Mike Olt: 1-3, R Manny Ramirez: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI (2nd consecutive HR day) -Manny Ramirez hits a home run off of Randy Wolf in 2014. Think about that. On …

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Minor League Update: 8-19-14

In Minor Leagues by myles

Salt Lake Bees 7 @ Iowa Cubs 5 Stargazing Tony Campana (batting#9): 1-4 Logan Watkins: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI Jorge Soler: 0-4, BB, 2 SO (.230/.330/.517) Mike Olt: 0-4, 4K On the Mound Chris Rusin: 6.1 IP, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 SO Tennessee Smokies 7 @ Montgomery Biscuits 1 Stargazing Albert Almora: 2-5, 2B, SO (.236/.261/.337) Addison Russell: …

Don’t Say the Cubs Never Listen to You

In Uncategorized by aisle424

The people have spoken and the Cubs have heard the pleas from their fans. The people wanted change and times they are a’changin’. No, Kris Bryant isn’t coming up. No, they are not getting rid of Clark the Cub. No, they aren’t adding better beer options in the stadium. No, Al, they aren’t going to lower your ticket prices. But …