Kerry Wood’s Charity Home Run Derby

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The Chicago Cubs outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates today.  It was a pretty funny game, because I was expecting it to be over by the time school let out with the Cubs being up so much late in the game.  But while I was grading papers, the game went to extras, Continue reading Kerry Wood’s Charity Home Run Derby

Keeping an eye on Javier Baez; Contingencies

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Prior to Javier Baez’s 1-4, 0 strikeout performance today, he was batting .265 with an OBP of .357.  That’s nearly a 100 point split between his average and on base percentage in his first 56 plate appearances this season.  That’s the biggest split we’ve seen from him yet in his Continue reading Keeping an eye on Javier Baez; Contingencies

The Great Lake Debate

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There is nothing I love more than a good baseball debate; that is assuming the other person can actually make a good argument for his side. This season with the Chicago Cubs we have seen a number of them, including: who should play shortstop Starlin Castro or Addison Russell, why Continue reading The Great Lake Debate

Wada Being Called Up Soon?

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While nothing is confirmed at all, according to Tommy Birch (Iowa Cubs beat writer) Tsuyoshi Wada is a healthy scratch for the I-Cubs. There is no words as to why he was scratched, but connecting the dots, he might get called up to the Chicago Cubs active roster. In order Continue reading Wada Being Called Up Soon?

Yet Another Sales Pitch

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The Chicago Cubs have an obvious problem, one that if not fixed soon will be a major hurdle in their competing for the division title and maybe even one of the two Wild Card spots. That flaw is their starting rotation. While the top three pitchers are pitching well, the Continue reading Yet Another Sales Pitch

Bleachers About To Open For Business

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With the Chicago Cubs out of town working out the kinks against division rivals, the construction crews have been hard at work back home putting the finishing touches on the bleachers and right field video screen.  The bleachers in left field are on track to be open on May 11 as Continue reading Bleachers About To Open For Business

If the Cubs Season Ended Today (It Doesn’t)…

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I jokingly told Anno he was never allowed to go to Wrigley Field again because it always seems like the Chicago Cubs don’t do so hot when he’s there.  Then again, I’m only 1-0 this season and I’ve seen my fair share of losses during the long rebuild that started Continue reading If the Cubs Season Ended Today (It Doesn’t)…

A Potential Talent Acquisition Loophole (UPDATED)

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The Chicago Cubs are playing some very inspired baseball against a tough schedule early in the season, having gone 12-8 in April against legitimate competition and starting off May right with a hard-fought win against the surprisingly terrible Milwaukee Brewers.  The hopes of contention hinge somewhat on how the Cubs Continue reading A Potential Talent Acquisition Loophole (UPDATED)

The Cubs Leading in Some Surprising Categories

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One month into the 2015 season, the Chicago Cubs are playing better than even the widest eyed optimist could have imagined. After years of disappointment and futility, the Cubs are off to their best start since 2008. That year they ended the regular season with the best record in the Continue reading The Cubs Leading in Some Surprising Categories

The Roster Shuffle is Coming

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The Chicago Cubs are off to their best start in seven years, and they are not even at full strength. Justin Grimm has not pitched all season, though he is on the way back and will be back soon. Grimm threw pen session Tuesday, close to pitching in a minor Continue reading The Roster Shuffle is Coming