Starting Pitcher Acquisition Season is Coming Soon

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With the Cubs sitting at 2 games over .500 with 90 games to play, it’s been a disappointing start to the season.  There are a lot of reasons why the 37-35 Cubs haven’t boat raced a mediocre NL Central, yet.  The offense hasn’t been as consistently good as it was Continue reading Starting Pitcher Acquisition Season is Coming Soon

Joe Maddon, Protecting Fielders, and the Evolution of Baseball

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My thoughts are a bit scattered as I sit here during the summer (it’s officially the summer solstice!), having applied to more work and hoping that someone hires me before our family’s medical insurance runs out.  In the meantime, the Chicago Cubs are trying to right the ship (for real Continue reading Joe Maddon, Protecting Fielders, and the Evolution of Baseball

The Slide Heard Around the URLs (UPDATES: Bad Slide!)

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It is somewhat appropriate that Justin McGuire and I talked at length about the unwritten rules and beanball wars in the latest Dreamcast, as the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres may have ignited some kind of feud from last night’s game: There may be some bad feelings between Continue reading The Slide Heard Around the URLs (UPDATES: Bad Slide!)

Dreamcast 14: It’s Never Too Soon to Talk About the Trade Deadline!

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This week, after calling a truce due to conflicting sports loyalties, Rice talks with veteran baseball writer Justin McGuire (@JMcGuireMLB) about baseball (what else?) thanks to the peace offering of one Starlin Castro bobblehead… Why does the National League suck so much? Some thoughts on unwritten rules stemming from our Continue reading Dreamcast 14: It’s Never Too Soon to Talk About the Trade Deadline!

Dreamcast 13: What, Me Worry?

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Andy and Rice watch the Friday night game (spoiler: Cubs win) and talk about: Certain Cubs having some struggles, yet working hard to adjust back to what we know they can do; What the Cubs plan to do about their pitching issues this season and in the long term; …and Continue reading Dreamcast 13: What, Me Worry?

The Chicago Cubs’ Haul in the 2017 MLB Draft

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As you may have guessed from the first two days of the MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs were pretty big on picking pitchers with high floors and room for growth.  We discussed this in the past, and also on the Dreamcast, but with a team that had just come off Continue reading The Chicago Cubs’ Haul in the 2017 MLB Draft

All the Pitchers! Cubs in MLB Draft, Day 2

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Obviously none of the players drafted this week (especially since the Chicago Cubs pick so late in every round) will be called up to play for the big league team this year, but when the front office said they wanted to address a need, they weren’t kidding.  On the first Continue reading All the Pitchers! Cubs in MLB Draft, Day 2

New Cubs Coming For 2017 — MLB Draft, Day 1 (UPDATES)

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Finally, the MLB Draft has arrived!  As before: Since the Cubs are extremely likely to forfeit future picks for anyone, especially not picking so late in each round, let’s assume they only go 5% over their allotted amount.  This gives Chicago North a total of $7,827,645 to spread across their Continue reading New Cubs Coming For 2017 — MLB Draft, Day 1 (UPDATES)

The Next 100 Games

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The Chicago Cubs were not swept out of their home series against the Colorado Rockies as they took the finale before their long road stretch.  31-31 is not the record we expected from the defending World Champions coming off their long-awaited glory in 2016, but considering how terrible the rest Continue reading The Next 100 Games

Long At Bats are Killing Kyle Schwarber

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After Dexter Fowler officially left the Cubs for the St. Louis Cardinals, the question about who would replace him at the top of the line-up needed a definite answer.  And while looking back at before the 2016 offered some insight, there was no obvious mark on the roster.  Before Fowler Continue reading Long At Bats are Killing Kyle Schwarber