Are You Qualified? New CBA Edition

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News from the wire about this coming offseason’s qualifying offer: Teams have been told that at the qualifying offer to free agents this offseason will be in the $18 million range, maybe $18.1 million. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 20, 2017 This is about a million dollars more than last Continue reading Are You Qualified? New CBA Edition

The Cubs Clubhouse

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There’s not much to do on an off day other than hoping that certain teams keep losing, so this seems like a good opportunity to talk about a rather nebulous topic.  See, I didn’t used to believe in clubhouse chemistry, as I figured that the most talented team would win Continue reading The Cubs Clubhouse

And the Cubs Never Lost Again

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Well, the second half is underway, and methinks the Chicago Cubs are doing okay for now… #Cubs since All-Star break* 6-0 record* +27 run differential* 16 Home Runs* 2.00 starter ERA* No first inning runs allowed — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 19, 2017 As we’ve talked about on the Dreamcast Continue reading And the Cubs Never Lost Again

The Adventures of Anthony Rizzo, Fantasy Second Baseman

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On the latest Dreamcast, Anno asked if there was an actual rule that mandated a glove change for when exaggerated shifts occurred.  As far as I could tell from scanning the rules, there are only a few stipulations on gloves that can be used by fielders on defense: The catcher Continue reading The Adventures of Anthony Rizzo, Fantasy Second Baseman

Dreamcast 17: Hot or Not?

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Now that we are back and rested from the All-Star break and experienced a very fun sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, let’s see whether the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs can give us something fun to look forward to come October… Rice got a job!  Yay! The new guy Continue reading Dreamcast 17: Hot or Not?

Risk, Reward, and Regret

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After a crummy first half, we talked on the Dreamcast about how the Chicago Cubs might go about turning their season around to win the division as most of us thought they would this year.  I think most of us figured that the Cubs had a lot of position player Continue reading Risk, Reward, and Regret

Say, Everybody, Have You Seen My (Base)Balls?

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While we have all been lamenting the fact that John Lackey is now older and possibly broken, what is strange, even for him, was the fact that he gave up way more home runs than expected given a normal decline.  And on that same vein, most fans, players, and team Continue reading Say, Everybody, Have You Seen My (Base)Balls?

An All-Star Event Without Too Many Cubs

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The 2017 All-Star Game would be played with but one Chicago Cubs player, and that guy (Wade Davis) wasn’t even on the 2016 World Series-winning roster. But that doesn’t mean the game was no fun, especially when the Cubs got what one could perceive as much-needed rest as they try Continue reading An All-Star Event Without Too Many Cubs

Dreamcast 16: The Fault In Our Stars

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After a not-so-good first half, we arrive at the All-Star break needing a rest from the Chicago Cubs, and even the Cubs themselves need a rest from the grind of baseball before they reset for the second half.  Guest host Dabynsky drops by to talk Cubs… Rice and family open Continue reading Dreamcast 16: The Fault In Our Stars

The Battle For Midsummer Bragging Rights

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With the first half mercifully over, most Chicago Cubs not named Wade Davis will get to rest over the next few days before jumping back into the grind of the regular season.  Meanwhile, the mighty Giancarlo Stanton will get to defend his Home Run Derby title on his home turf Continue reading The Battle For Midsummer Bragging Rights