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

The Cubs’ “D-Peat” (VIDEOS)

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For all the good things Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has brought to the North Side, you have to wonder about his spelling ability sometimes: “Talking about D-peat, I like the way we’re catching the ball,” Maddon said of what he has seen in camp, especially when he discounts outfield Continue reading The Cubs’ “D-Peat” (VIDEOS)

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

The New Cubs Benchwarmer

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In Thursday afternoon’s Chicago Cubs practice game, the regulars rested, but there were some implications for the guys who did play to entertain the crowd.  You see, the roster heading to St. Louis in April for the season opener is pretty much set, and on the position player side, there Continue reading The New Cubs Benchwarmer

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)

Cubs Practice: Respect Bald

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Saturday was the Respect Bald event that Joe Maddon sponsors to raise money for pediatric cancer research.  It seemed that the players really got into it, as well as plenty of Chicago Cubs fans who wanted to give back to the community while getting a buzz cut. A bittersweet day. Continue reading Cubs Practice: Respect Bald

Cubs Practice: A Few Dings, Almost a Dinger

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The Cubs dropped their practice game today, but emerged relatively unscathed, so again we will call that a win. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers was able to talk to Joe Maddon about the Anthony Rizzo scratch: I’m not an expert in psychology, but Maddon’s attitude suggests this is one of those things Continue reading Cubs Practice: A Few Dings, Almost a Dinger

Cubs Practice: A Few More Highlights Plus a Look Ahead (VIDEOS)

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Another practice game is out of the way, and since the regulars/MLBers only play half the game, they have time to go out and do good in the community, like Anthony Rizzo and Clark the Cub did yesterday: Had the opportunity to hang w/ Audrey. This girl, just like all Continue reading Cubs Practice: A Few More Highlights Plus a Look Ahead (VIDEOS)

The Fifth Element…Of the Cubs Rotation, That Is

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With the Cactus League exhibition slate about to start for the Chicago Cubs this Saturday, we got our first glance at how the pitching matchups would look to get the ball rolling… Montgomery vs. A's, Zastryzny vs. SF at Scottsdale on Saturday — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 22, 2017 Buchanan Continue reading The Fifth Element…Of the Cubs Rotation, That Is

Did You Catch All That? The Continuing Evolution of the Cubs Catching Situation (Updates)

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With the first pitchers and catchers workout completed, we can take a look back at a few storylines that are emerging in the early days of official Chicago Cubs spring training.  You can check out Anno’s writeup and Andy’s preview for some of our thoughts, but my focus today is Continue reading Did You Catch All That? The Continuing Evolution of the Cubs Catching Situation (Updates)