Cardinal-like Cubs Surging Toward October

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One of the few simple truths about Cubs fans is that they hate the Cardinals.  That hatred is bred through the smug arrogance of the “best fans in baseball”, the way it seems like the Cardinals get all the calls to go their way, every BABIP flare that some guy Continue reading Cardinal-like Cubs Surging Toward October

As Cubs Inch Closer to the Wild Card, Playoff Roster Decisions Loom

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As the Chicago Cubs march into St. Louis to play the dreaded Cardinals, we cannot help but believe they are on their way to the playoffs. With a healthy lead over the Washington Nationals and San Fransisco Giants for the second Wild Card, how can we not? Believing the Cubs Continue reading As Cubs Inch Closer to the Wild Card, Playoff Roster Decisions Loom

September Call-Ups During An Unexpectedly Important Cubs Season (Updates: Initial Wave Set, Some DFAs)

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School had started for me, and it totally slipped my mind while I was busy beyond words that September was right around the corner.  Tuesday, in fact, is the first day that any member of the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster can be called up as reinforcements and to spell the Continue reading September Call-Ups During An Unexpectedly Important Cubs Season (Updates: Initial Wave Set, Some DFAs)

Cubs Get Bit Hard By Injury

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The Chicago Cubs today announced that both Jason Motte and Jorge Soler would be missing time due to injury today. The time frame for Soler is not good, he is expected to miss a month, perhaps the rest of the season if things don’t go perfectly for him. While the Continue reading Cubs Get Bit Hard By Injury

How’s Your August So Far?

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The trade deadline is up, and we’re looking at another deadline coming up at the end of August with some inklings that the Chicago Cubs may pursue Philadelphia Phillies legend-in-decline Chase Utley.  They’ve got a full month to figure this out, but in the meantime, games must be played, and Continue reading How’s Your August So Far?

Ivy’s Roundup: Can’t Keep a Good Cub Down

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Ivy will do the recap for the Eastern road trip soon enough, but since this was a shortened series, I’ll take care of it for now since I have the time.  Before we round up the series, though, two cool stories that I thought every fan would appreciate: 1. Bartolo Continue reading Ivy’s Roundup: Can’t Keep a Good Cub Down

Cubs Starters Fueling Bullpen Failures

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It is really easy to sit on the couch at home, watch the bullpen enter the game, squander the lead by allowing 2 or 3 runs to score, and blame the relief core for blowing the game.  Sometimes, that’s exactly how it works.  Sometimes, a starter comes out and shuts Continue reading Cubs Starters Fueling Bullpen Failures

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