Cubs Guaranteed to Leave Milwaukee in First Place

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If my napkin math works well here, the Cubs will not only have dropped their magic number to clinch the Central to 6, but their 4.5 game division lead over the Milwaukee Brewers also means they will leave town in first place no matter what happens.  The pressure is now Continue reading Cubs Guaranteed to Leave Milwaukee in First Place

Dreamcast 23: Rewrite the Narrative

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With Anno back from marital bliss, if only temporarily, the WSD folks discuss all things Cubs after they took things into their own hands to control their own destiny: Some notes on the Cubs’ rotation, bullpen, and offensive surge; A bit on the SportsCrate (hint: don’t get one); Thoughts on Continue reading Dreamcast 23: Rewrite the Narrative

All the Marbles: Cubs Control Their Own Destiny

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Although Jen-Ho Tseng didn’t have the greatest of debuts, the Cubs had already won the series against the visiting New York Mets and got a chance to rest a few regulars for at least a few innings as they tune up for the final stretch of the season.  Tseng and Continue reading All the Marbles: Cubs Control Their Own Destiny

Back On Track? We Shall See

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I suppose it helps that the Cubs got to play the shell of the New York Mets this series, but a series win certainly helps keep them in first place and also watch their magic number keep shrinking as more matchups against their closest rivals loom.  It’s certainly a far Continue reading Back On Track? We Shall See

Slumps, Inconsistency, and Urgency

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Perhaps it is because the Milwaukee Brewers made a voodoo doll of Javier Baez, or maybe it was because I tempted fate one too many times in making light of the dwindling NL Central lead, but the Chicago Cubs just got swept in a series against their closest division rival, Continue reading Slumps, Inconsistency, and Urgency

A Cubs Fan Tours the Negro Leagues Museum

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The Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City is something that I learned about much later on in my life as a baseball fan.  Although I had always known there were Negro Leagues due to segregation in professional baseball before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, I didn’t realize that an Continue reading A Cubs Fan Tours the Negro Leagues Museum

Dreamcast 22: Bad Timing Awards

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Mere hours before Justin Verlander was traded to the Astros, Rice and guest Jared Wyllys fantasized about a super-deep Cubs rotation with Verlander in tow, and Samsonite, were we way off.  Such is the life for podcasters who have super-busy schedules.  We also talked about… Cubs pitching, including Kyle Hendricks Continue reading Dreamcast 22: Bad Timing Awards

A Nifty Night of Firsts For the First Place Cubs

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For the series finale, while starter Jose Quintana probably threw way too many pitches to come anywhere close to Kerry Wood‘s shared strikeout record, he at least weathered an early storm with a quality start to allow the Cubs to work their magic to sweep the Pirates.  The game was Continue reading A Nifty Night of Firsts For the First Place Cubs

Javy and/or Addy?

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As we watched Monday night’s game at Wrigley Field, and given that he’s played there in Addison Russell‘s absence (Addy is at Iowa on a rehab assignment right now), the Chicago Cubs have a potentially interesting problem brewing…do they put Addy back at his ideal position at short, or do Continue reading Javy and/or Addy?

Coming Down From a High

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Well then, a day after the nicest win of the year, the Chicago Cubs (you know, the defending World Series Champions and blah blah blah) dropped a clunker against the Philadelphia Phillies to lose the series and finish up a 3-3 road trip.  They did win the season series, of Continue reading Coming Down From a High