Ivy’s Roundup: Those Annoying Buzzing Nats

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Well, I haven’t done one of these in what seems like forever! I’ve been so busy with life and school that I was unable to do the recaps, which tends to happen when you work full time and go to Continue reading

Tradition is Just Stuff You’re Used To

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I was used to Wrigley Field not having video replay boards. I was used to a game schedule with many more day games than night games. I was used to the fact that the National League doesn’t have a designated Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Dreamcast 49 (not 48): Rice is an Idiot


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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Keeping an eye on Javier Baez; Contingencies

The Cubs' Javier Baez hits a double during the fifth inning against the Sounds at Principal Park.

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 Continue reading