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Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds (4-2) at Chicago Cubs (3-2)

In Series Previews by berselius

OSS: Cubs run out Lester and Arrieta and cap it off with a game against Jason Marquis. The two division leaders square off at Wrigley Field. The last-ish time these teams squared off, this happened There’s something about the Reds, I guess. A mini-throwdown between Johnny Cueto and David DeJesus (needlessly escalated by Matt Garza and Dusty Baker in the …

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Wild Card recap/preview

In Series Previews by berselius

*I meant to publish this yesterday, but got caught up in work before I could finish it.  What a game last night. I’ve been on the record that I’m a fan of the current wild card format. In a perfect world I’d rather have it just be the two best teams in each league playing in a long World Series like …

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 …

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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 …

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Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays (55-59) at Javier Baez (2-1)

In Series Previews by berselius

It’s hard to believe the Rays were ahead of the Cubs in the Race To The Top earlier this year. They take on the Javier Baez and the Baezettes in a weekend series in Wrigley that may or may not see a surge in ticket sales. Team Overviews (respective league ranks in parens) Rays wRC+: 105 (5th) UBR: 8.1 (2nd) …

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Series Preview: Javier Baez (0-0) at Colorado Rockies (44-67)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Cubs continue their western road trip with another key series in the Race to the….oh who cares, we’re just tuning in to see Baez, and Baez at Coors Field at that. Aisle424 wrote a great piece this morning on the callup and what it means for the fans and the process. Team Overviews Cubs wRC+: 88 (12th) UBR: 5.7 …

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (45-62) at Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles (62-47)

In Series Previews, Uncategorized by berselius

It’s Vin Scully week! Even better, we’ll get another Vin Scully week next year, as he returns for his 66th season broadcasting Dodgers baseball. @CeeAngi did a great piece on Scully’s process and career last month, which is worth a read (or re-read). The Dodgers were in on a bunch of players at the deadline, but didn’t end up making …