Early Season Schedule Not Cutting Struggling Cubs Any Breaks

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The Cubs aren’t playing well.  Nobody is going to say anything different.  It’s actually pretty obvious.  And there is no question that is the single biggest contributing factor to their slow start, sitting just one game above .500 through 49 games.  Some key offensive contributors haven’t produced like they’re capable. Continue reading Early Season Schedule Not Cutting Struggling Cubs Any Breaks

Dreamcast 9: It Was More Than Just a Game

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As the Chicago Cubs get back on the winning track, it’s time for another episode of the Dreamcast.  In this edition, we talk about: Baseball, family, and the Cubs with Rich D’Anna, our benefactor and resident minstrel; Opening up a Cubs SportsCrate with the boy and being slightly underwhelmed; Cubs Continue reading Dreamcast 9: It Was More Than Just a Game

Jake Arrieta’s Struggles are Really Interesting

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It isn’t really breaking news that Jake Arrieta hasn’t been the same pitcher we’ve seen over the last few years to this point in 2017.  Even when he struggled with command in the second half last season, the results weren’t so strikingly awful. As we sit here today, through 8 Continue reading Jake Arrieta’s Struggles are Really Interesting

Dreamcast 7: At Least We Have Our Health

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Hey folks!  We’re back, and as usual we would love to have you send in questions and comments.  That helps with the conversation during our Dreamcast, y’see?  In this episode: Itemizing Cubs games since last time we talked; Looking at player performances and arguing for staying the course, with some Continue reading Dreamcast 7: At Least We Have Our Health

On the Cubs Pitchers and Velocity

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You may have heard some nervous chatter about the Chicago Cubs starting pitchers and their noticeable drop in fastball velocity.  There has been speculation on why this is, from a switch in tracking technology, to age or wear and tear due to consecutive deep playoff runs.  We had recently discussed Continue reading On the Cubs Pitchers and Velocity

Dreamcast 3: There’s No Place Like Home

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Hello there, Cubs fans!  Since the last episode of the Dreamcast, the defending World Series champions have played a week-plus of games that count.  Here’s what we talked about this time: Thanks to Rich for the Dreamcast’s theme song (see below) & Randall for the radio clip, need to remember Continue reading Dreamcast 3: There’s No Place Like Home

2017 Division Preview: 1st Place Chicago Cubs

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There is something wonderful about writing a blog previewing a Cubs season that doesn’t include things like a World Series Championship drought.  Or an NL pennant drought.  Or a division championship drought.  Or a “this is next year” narrative.  Or any of the stuff that has traditionally lined up so Continue reading 2017 Division Preview: 1st Place Chicago Cubs

2017 Division Preview: 5th Place Cincinnati Reds

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Much like last season, the Reds are in the midst of an expansive rebuilding project.  Jay Bruce is gone.  Brandon Phillips is gone.  Zack Cozart will probably be gone soon.  Homer Bailey would be out the door soon if his elbow would stay healthy. There isn’t a lot of positive Continue reading 2017 Division Preview: 5th Place Cincinnati Reds

The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

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While the Chicago Cubs continue tuning up for the regular season, when games actually count, I noted that the MLBTR folks had started talking about the free agents come next offseason.  MLBTR ranked the top ten impending free agents of that class, which is headlined by the Cubs’ own Jake Continue reading The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

Cubs Practice: The Grinder (VIDEOS)

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With Javier Baez still hanging out with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic (and doing quite well, mind you), the Chicago Cubs rolled out a modified Sunday lineup that looked very much like what they could use on Opening Day: We're a few miles down the road today Continue reading Cubs Practice: The Grinder (VIDEOS)