NL Central Preview: 1st Place St. Louis Cardinals

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Manager: Mike Matheny Projected Record: 90-72 As is usually the case, the Cardinals have no obvious weaknesses.  They are the well-oiled developmental machine that successful organizations around baseball seek to emulate because even though they lose players to free agency or in trades, they seemingly always produce replacements who can keep them Continue reading NL Central Preview: 1st Place St. Louis Cardinals

NL Central Preview: 3rd Place Chicago Cubs

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Manager: Joe Maddon Projected Record: 84-78 While this isn’t exactly what anyone has in mind for this season, this is about where the Cubs are as currently constructed.  Although this off-season was exciting because of the acquisitions and the Cubs launched #LetsGo as the slogan after years of needing to be #committed Continue reading NL Central Preview: 3rd Place Chicago Cubs

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

Possible Roster Moves with Dan Straily Coming Up

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Tomorrow the Chicago Cubs will call up Dan Straily to start against the New York Mets in order to give Rick Renteria‘s starters an extra day of rest with their lengthy run of 21 games in a row without an off day. Before you get your hopes up, this is expected to only Continue reading Possible Roster Moves with Dan Straily Coming Up

Hug Watch 2014

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With the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline now two days away, fans of all teams need to watch for the hugs that precede the trade of a teammate. The Chicago Cubs already got a jump start on every other team when they traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on Continue reading Hug Watch 2014

Roster Moves a Plenty Right Around the Corner for the Cubs

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Tomorrow night, the Chicago Cubs begin the “second half” of the season with a somewhat in complete roster. While the Major League roster currently sits at 25, there are only three starting pitchers currently on the big league club. Those would be Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta, and (despite what most Continue reading Roster Moves a Plenty Right Around the Corner for the Cubs

What Can Realistically Be Done With Jackson

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As we have been talking about the past day and a half now, Edwin Jackson is a massive headache for the fans of the Chicago Cubs. Putting things kindly, Jackson has been pretty bad for any number of reasons for the past year and a half. Every time Jackson takes Continue reading What Can Realistically Be Done With Jackson

Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

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The sentiment in this is going to be wildly unpopular for two reasons: 1. Because of the trade that just happened, sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland; and 2. Because Travis Wood is a fan favorite…but the Cubs need to seriously consider trading Travis Wood before the deadline Continue reading Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

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By now, we’ve gotten word that the Cubs have traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for stud SS prospect Addison Russell, 2013 1st Round pick Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a player to be named later.  What is less clear is where the Cubs will Continue reading After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

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Allow me to preface all of this by saying that managing a bullpen is very difficult for a manager. Relievers need off-days, they need to be used fairly consistently, they might have minor arm issues that allow them to work, but on a strict pitch limit…the list of things that Continue reading Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria