Ivy’s Roundup – The Easy Part is Done

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Let’s get right to it and recap the Cubs rain-shortened home stand against the Brewers and Braves:   Brewers @ Cubs 4/26: W Cubs 4, Brewers 3 W: Warren (2-0) L: Nelson (3-2) SV: Rondon (4)   The game was tied at one until the sixth inning when Addison Russell Continue reading Ivy’s Roundup – The Easy Part is Done

Quick Thoughts

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Every so often, even powerful juggernaut type teams will sputter.  I guess the best news for today’s game is that the Chicago Cubs fought back, generally played well except for a bad hiccup in one inning, and had a chance to win in their last at-bat if not for a Continue reading Quick Thoughts

2016 Division Preview: 5th Place Cincinnati Reds

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In the beginning stages of what appears to be a significant roster overhaul, the Reds enter the 2016 season with more questions than answers.  After trading away Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake last summer to avoid losing them for only a draft pick, they followed suit this winter by dealing ace Continue reading 2016 Division Preview: 5th Place Cincinnati Reds

Cubs and Braves Present Strong Trade Match

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Over the past couple of seasons, the team the Cubs have been most associated with in acquiring starting pitching from is the New York Mets.  They are, as we saw in the playoffs, loaded with young controllable starters, after all. With David Price now going to the Red Sox and Continue reading Cubs and Braves Present Strong Trade Match

Amidst Uncertainty, Cubs Not Without Starting Options

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Theo Epstein said it explicitly.  The Cubs are going to seek to add to their starting rotation.  And that makes sense for a lot of reasons.  The biggest reason is that there is no way in the world that they can go into the 2016 season and have the possibility Continue reading Amidst Uncertainty, Cubs Not Without Starting Options

Cubs Left With Nothing but Bad Options for E-Jax

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Problems with finding a stadium that he spent his first spring with the Cubs working at aside, Edwin Jackson‘s time with the Cubs has been a colossal disappointment.  After signing a 4 year, $52M deal, Jackson was supposed to be a player who improved with the stability of a long-term Continue reading Cubs Left With Nothing but Bad Options for E-Jax

Six Questions the Cubs Hope to Answer in Spring Training

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As we enter the last weekend without Cubs baseball for at least the next 7 1/2 months, it has become time to focus on events, roster battles, and stories that all figure to take place during Spring Training that will shape the 2015 Cubs season.  With the amount of change Continue reading Six Questions the Cubs Hope to Answer in Spring Training

The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

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As we move into June, and past the amateur draft next week, trade winds are going to start blowing just a bit harder than they have been over the first two months of the season.  With so few teams being “out of it” with the addition of the second wild Continue reading The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

Potential Darwin Barney Trade Partners

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As we sit today, the Cubs have a pretty well stocked system of position prospects.  With Starlin Castro being under contract for the next six years, there is one infielder whose value is tied to what he can bring back in a potential trade…and that infielder is Darwin Barney. With Continue reading Potential Darwin Barney Trade Partners

The Editorialized Version of Moving From WGN

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Growing up in the ’90s during the resurgence of the Packers in the shadow of Lambeau Field (I know…BOO HISS EVIL!), it would have been easy for me to end up as another fair weather (which there never was) Brewers fan.  I didn’t, though, because 1) nobody cared about the Continue reading The Editorialized Version of Moving From WGN