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Matt Garza and 2013 International Free Agency

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by GW

The 2013 international free agency signing period starts July 2nd (Hey, that's tomorrow!). All international players who turn 16 by August 31st are eligible for free agency. Top prospects from Latin America typically sign shortly after they turn 16. Korean and Taiwanese prospects, on the other hand, are usually not signed until they graduate from high school. Players over the age …

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (28-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (44-25)

In Series Previews by berselius

I had to stop and ask myself if the Cubs had even played the Cardinals yet this year. Two and a half months into the season, the Cubs and Cardinals have only played a two game series back in May that they split. This is probably a good thing for the Cubs win-loss record (or a bad thing, depending on …

Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks (30-23) at Chicago Cubs (22-30)

In Series Previews by berselius

The DBacks lead the NL West division with a record of 30-23, which would be good for fourth place in the surprisingly competitive NL Central. The Cubs are movin' on up, and now have a comfortable three game lead on the Brewers for fourth place. We're not Number Five! Let's see if they can continue to promote the ephemeral momentum …

Umpires practicing their ejection moves for June 10-13

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

Temperes flared in yesterday's Cubs game after Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus's head in the sixth inning. Cueto was visibly pissed with DeJesus at the start of the game when he felt DeJesus stepped out of the batters box several times and took way too long to get ready at the plate. Both benches were warned …

Cubs at Reds gamethread 5.26

In Game Threads by berselius

The Reds go for the sweep in what is easily the best pitching matchup of the series. Here are the lineups  Cubs wOBA wOBA Reds CF David DeJesus .365 .413 CF Shin-Soo Choo SS Starlin Castro .291 .259 SS Zack Cozart 1B Anthony Rizzo .354 .438 1B Joey Votto LF Alfonso Soriano .297 .348 2B Brandon Phillips RF Nate Schierholtz …

Series Preview: Cubs (18-28) at Reds (29-18)

In Series Previews by berselius

The Cubs are back in the basement of the NL Central following their winless series against the Pirates. If the season ended today, they would have the fourth pick in the 2014 draft. The Reds, meanwhile, are coming off a sweep of the Mets and get their ace back this week.  Team Overviews   Cubs Reds wRC+ 90 (11th) 99 …