Ivy’s Roundup: Trouble Brewing

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Ivy is feeling under the weather today so I’m doing this series recap for her while she battles the bug.  Honestly I didn’t actually watch most of this weekend’s games and only followed along off-and-on over a couple innings, but Continue reading

If the Cubs Season Ended Today (It Doesn’t)…

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I jokingly told Anno he was never allowed to go to Wrigley Field again because it always seems like the Chicago Cubs don’t do so hot when he’s there.  Then again, I’m only 1-0 this season and I’ve seen my Continue reading

Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

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Yesterday, I blogged up my thoughts on what teams like the Chicago Cubs might consider trying transactions-wise in the wake of Major League Baseball’s announcement that teams could trade their recent draftees sooner.  While this isn’t necessarily the same as Continue reading

I’m Gonna Go Out On a Limb and Say That Edwin Jackson Didn’t Deserve That Run

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In coaching high school baseball, I emphasize a few things… If you put the ball in play, good things happen. It’s easy to give up on yourself and on your team when the chips are down, but seriously, that’s baseball.  Shit Continue reading

Ivy’s Roundup: Not Quite a Sweep, But It’ll Do

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Now that the Cubs were cleared by Major League Baseball of possible tampering with Joe Maddon before hiring him, we can leave all of that behind us and focus on baseball. Let’s take a look at how they did against Continue reading

The Roster Shuffle is Coming

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The Chicago Cubs are off to their best start in seven years, and they are not even at full strength. Justin Grimm has not pitched all season, though he is on the way back and will be back soon. Grimm Continue reading

Imagining a World Where Darwin Barney is Still Useful

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Boy, that designated hitter talk sure hit the fan, didn’t it?  While none of us have to like it (myself included), there is an air of inevitability to it, particularly with some guy named Dan Vogelbach smashing baseballs down in Continue reading

Ivy’s Roundup: Let’s Just Call This a Sweep

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The Chicago Cubs are treading water until some guys come back from the disabled list or more reinforcements arrive from the farm system.  I think they’re doing okay.  How about you? Here we go… Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds, Great Continue reading

Why Should We Designate a Hitter?

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One of the greatest things about sports is the way rules change as human participants evolve into faster, smarter, and stronger athletes.  While we are all creatures of habit and have an appreciation for tradition and nostalgia, it often ends up Continue reading

Corey Black Adds to List of Power Arms for Cubs Bullpen

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Early in this major league season, the Cubs have had some issues with injuries in the bullpen.  Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez are both on the shelf, which has caused overuse of the reliable Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.  It’s Continue reading