Cubs Spring Training Figures to be Fun…and Uneventful

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The Cubs, as a championship caliber team, report to spring training this week without a lot left to decide.  In total, the World Series Champions return essentially all of their contributing starters, with the exceptions of Dexter Fowler and Jason Hammel.  What’s more, they return Kyle Schwarber as a full time Continue reading Cubs Spring Training Figures to be Fun…and Uneventful

Can Kris Bryant Get Even Better?

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Over the holiday weekend, I was asked a question.  Surely, it was somewhat rhetorical, but it led me to ask myself the question in a serious and analytical way… “How does Kris Bryant get better?” Before I continue with this article, because it needs to be said, there is going Continue reading Can Kris Bryant Get Even Better?

2017 Cubs Debuts Figure to be Less Impactful Than Years Past

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There is a level of disinterest that comes with prospect writing for a team who has a Major League roster full of young players who are pretty recent call-ups themselves that just won the World Series.  And the disinterest isn’t mine.  There’s an understanding that the people who read these Continue reading 2017 Cubs Debuts Figure to be Less Impactful Than Years Past

Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

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Before we dive into new Cubs reliever, Wade Davis, let’s talk about new (again) Yankees closer, Aroldis Chapman and what he meant to the Cubs bullpen.  Chapman came to the Cubs as a rigid one inning closer who preferred to start an inning with no inherited runners and shut it Continue reading Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

The Cubs Are Really Good, But They’re Not Without Weaknesses

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Nothing fans the flames of discontent quite like a 10-2 loss at a time when the Cubs haven’t been playing their best baseball.  For those who do not regularly partake in the joys that accompany having an account on Twitter dot com, it may not be quite as apparent that Continue reading The Cubs Are Really Good, But They’re Not Without Weaknesses

Could Cubs be Better off Moving Jason Hammel to the Bullpen?

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The news that the Cubs sent Adam Warren to Iowa to stretch out for spot starts wasn’t exactly a surprise.  Warren has been going through some struggles, so sending him to a low stress environment to work through those issues while stretching out to serve in a spot starter’s role Continue reading Could Cubs be Better off Moving Jason Hammel to the Bullpen?

Jorge Soler’s Early Struggles Are Complicated

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After Kyle Schwarber collided with Dexter Fowler and the worst was confirmed, the overwhelming sentiment was that Jorge Soler needed to step up and fill the void left in left field.  The reality of the Cubs’ roster was that if Schwarber were healthy, Soler was going to be, at best, Continue reading Jorge Soler’s Early Struggles Are Complicated

Schwarber’s Injury Significant, But Not Career Threatening (UPDATE: AFL bound!)

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After finding out that Kyle Schwarber has torn the lateral collateral ligament and the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee after a violent collision with Dexter Fowler, the over-whelming opinion is that he is out for the season.  Even the Cubs’ own press release is declaring that. Here’s the thing, Continue reading Schwarber’s Injury Significant, But Not Career Threatening (UPDATE: AFL bound!)

2016 Division Preview: 1st Place Chicago Cubs

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  Last season was a lot of fun for Cubs fans.  From the day Jon Lester agreed to terms to the renewed energy of Spring Training to #WeAreGood to the Arrieta no-hitter and ensuing presser in a onesie all the way to beating the Cardinals in the playoffs.  2015 was Continue reading 2016 Division Preview: 1st Place Chicago Cubs

2016 Division Preview: 2nd Place Pittsburgh Pirates

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  Is there a team who has gotten jobbed harder than the Pittsburgh Pirates?  Seriously?  Last year, they had the 2nd best record in MLB…and their reward for such a masterful season was one game against the team with the 3rd best record in MLB and the hottest pitcher in Continue reading 2016 Division Preview: 2nd Place Pittsburgh Pirates