So, how ’bout Kyle Hendricks?

Kyle Hendricks, complete game shutout master.

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When thinking about the Chicago Cubs’ starting rotation – in particular, the most durable, longest-lasting starters, one generally thinks about the two at the top. Jon Lester, the staff ace. Jake Arrieta, one of the best in all of baseball over the past year or so. With that said, who just Continue reading So, how ’bout Kyle Hendricks?

Dreamcast 49 (not 48): Rice is an Idiot

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Alright, so I failed hard there because I forgot to put Episode 48 (see here) in the “Podcast” category, and mistakenly thought we were on 48 instead of 49. That’s pretty much Carlos Marmol, I guess, in that vintage Marmol would get himself in trouble and get himself out. I Continue reading Dreamcast 49 (not 48): Rice is an Idiot

Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

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On the minor league rehab trail, it’s been tough sledding for some Cubs.  Tommy La Stella has been put back on the shelf after aggravating an injury with Tennessee.  Dallas Beeler has been optioned to Iowa after struggling during his rehab stint in Iowa.  Tsuyoshi Wada‘s stint ended and he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

Welcome to Rickettsville

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Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, today purchased three more Sheffield Rooftop businesses bringing his total to six that line that street; he also has a financial interest in a seventh. He now fully owns all but three Wrigleyville Rooftop businesses along Sheffield. The day to day operations of Continue reading Welcome to Rickettsville

Keeping Things In Perspective On A Day Off

Still got it!

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Anno wrote about the standings Saturday morning before heading to the ballpark to see yet another victory.  The winning streak stopped at six as a combination of poor luck and bad umpiring didn’t allow the Chicago Cubs to score at all on Sunday, although you wouldn’t know that Joe Maddon Continue reading Keeping Things In Perspective On A Day Off

Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

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The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has allowed 13 stolen bases, after today’s game.  That is well Continue reading Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

What Does it Mean?

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Ladies and Gentleman of Chicago Cubs nation, your beloved North Siders are riding high on a five game winning streak, and are currently back at their high water point of the season being five games over the .500 mark. They have a record of 20-15 and are currently only four Continue reading What Does it Mean?

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

Minor League Recap: Baez Getting Back into the Swing of Things

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  With the season wearing on, the affiliates are starting to normalize.  Players are starting to show some regression to their means, while others (like Dan Vogelbach and Kyle Schwarber) still have monster numbers fueled by early season video game-like performances.  In general, all of the teams are playoff competitors Continue reading Minor League Recap: Baez Getting Back into the Swing of Things

South Bend Cubs: fundraising and updates

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I guess you could file this one under “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”. To be fair, we really care about how well they play baseball not how well they refill our diet Pepsi. On Tuesday, May 12, the South Bend Cubs participated in a fundraising promotion called Tip-a-Cub at Applebees Continue reading South Bend Cubs: fundraising and updates