Midseason Cubs Audit

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Well well, we made it! As the Cubs go from a limp to a surge into the All-Star Break, they find themselves in sole possession of first place at least through next weekend with a surprisingly comfortable 2.5 game NL Central lead after the Milwaukee Brewers took a massive dump Continue reading Midseason Cubs Audit

Dreamcast 42: Things Fall Apart

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Boy, this weekend sucked, didn’t it? But we do have a Dreamcast for you to pass the time before the Cubs try to get back on track in Southern California… Thoughts on slumps, inconsistency, and the sheer length of a baseball season; Hope on the horizon; Oh yeah, you guys Continue reading Dreamcast 42: Things Fall Apart

Getting Back on Track?

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Remember Jurassic Park? The book, actually, not the movie. Within the book (which was better than the movie, which was already very good, in my opinion), the character of Ian Malcolm is a mathematician who specializes in chaos theory. He models real-world systems using a tool called fractals, which take Continue reading Getting Back on Track?

Good Brew

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After early season feelings of doom, the Chicago Cubs managed to secure a winning road trip before heading home to Wrigley Field for Monday’s home opener.  Having already taken two of the first three (and potentially, they could have swept those if not for some stupidity), taking the finale was Continue reading Good Brew

Countdown to Opening Day (UPDATE: Roster Official)

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The Chicago Cubs’ spring training officially ended on Tuesday afternoon as they went through the motions with a couple tune up games against the Boston Red Sox.  Now they’ll drive down the road to Miami where they will open the season against the Marlins on Thursday.  I did hear from Continue reading Countdown to Opening Day (UPDATE: Roster Official)

Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

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In between the very impressive showing by the Chicago Cubs rotation and their bullpen brethren so far, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have built an enviable pitching staff with depth and redundancies across levels.  We have already seen guys like Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler get extended outings in games Continue reading Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

Cubs Bullpen Rebuild (UPDATE)

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In the 2017 season, the biggest weakness for the Chicago Cubs was their bullpen. While they showed stretches of dominance, in the playoffs they were clearly showing signs of being worn down. Going into the offseason you knew fixing the broken bullpen would be a top priority, in addition to Continue reading Cubs Bullpen Rebuild (UPDATE)

Dreamcast 25: Respect Me

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Self-explanatory: .@ARizzo44’s got this. pic.twitter.com/aFX77LmnGb — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) October 9, 2017 With the Cubs taking a 2-1 NLDS lead over the Washington Nationals, and possibly having clinched a berth in the NLCS by the time you listen to this episode, Anno and Rice get together to talk about… That Continue reading Dreamcast 25: Respect Me

The Morning After: Mitigating the Cubs Narrative

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Now that we’ve had a sleep to digest what happened in the second winnable game of the NLDS, let’s step back and see what we can do about the disappointment on Saturday night.  After all, nothing screams fandom like hastily drawn narratives and knee-jerk overreactions. Shall we begin? The Offense Continue reading The Morning After: Mitigating the Cubs Narrative

Just Enough of Everything: Cubs Start Off On the Right Track

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The long wait is over as the Chicago Cubs started their title defense on Friday night.  And it started off in annoying fashion as Stephen Strasburg kept mowing down Cubs hitters, no-hitting them through the first half of the game. And then things happened.  Javier Baez forced an error from Continue reading Just Enough of Everything: Cubs Start Off On the Right Track