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Series Preview: Texas Rangers (54-36) at Chicago Cubs (53-35)

In Series Previews by berselius

If you just look at the records and have been living in a cave for the past month, you would think that this is an exciting matchup with both fanbases eagerly awaiting the return to baseball to watch two possible championship teams sizing each other up. Instead, both fanbases find themselves cautiously peeking over the edge of their dumpster, hoping …

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Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds (30-53) vs Chicago Cubs (51-30)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Cubs get a break from their brutal stretch of consecutive baseball games by playing the Reds, only 22 games back of the Cubs. Somehow the Cubs still have the best record in baseball despite last week’s asskicking by the Mets. Having swept the Reds at GABP certainly helped. Team Leaders Cubs OBP:  Ben Zobrist (.404) ISO: Anthony Rizzo (.289) …

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (47-23) at Miami Marlins (38-34)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Marlins have a winning record? Fuck the heck? Despite the Wei-Yin Chen signing most people were expecting them to be one of the many NL teams rebuilding this year, but once again they seem to have built a competitive team. Most importantly, a cheap competitive team. At the team level, they’re right around the league average at the plate …

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (39-16) @ Philadelphia Phillies (28-29)

In Series Previews by dmick89

The Phillies got off to a really hot start this season and then went to Chicago. Since then they've been pretty bad.  Team Leaders Cubs OBP: Ben Zobrist (.438) ISO: Anthony Rizzo (.272) HR: Rizzo/Kris Bryant (13) R+RBI: Bryant (80) wRC+: Dexter Fowler (155) BSR: Javier Baez (2.9) SP K/9: Jake Arrieta (9.79) SP BB/9: Kyle Hendricks (1.85) SP FIP: …