300 Already?

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There were a few really good things that happened for the Chicago Cubs and their fans on Thursday.  We can start with the part where the weather actually didn’t suck and the Cubs got to play a baseball game in relatively mild conditions compared to their games on Hoth the Continue reading 300 Already?

Dreamcast 37: Fish Fry

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Friend of the blog Crawly trekked down to Florida to check out the Cubs’ season opener against the Miami Marlins and dropped by to hang out with our Dreamcast: Crawly’s thoughts on Florida, Miami, and the Marlins Park experience; The Cubs’ performance in Game 1 of 162; Anthony Rizzo not Continue reading Dreamcast 37: Fish Fry

Countdown to Opening Day (UPDATE: Roster Official)

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The Chicago Cubs’ spring training officially ended on Tuesday afternoon as they went through the motions with a couple tune up games against the Boston Red Sox.  Now they’ll drive down the road to Miami where they will open the season against the Marlins on Thursday.  I did hear from Continue reading Countdown to Opening Day (UPDATE: Roster Official)

Cactus League Ends, Cubs Roster Takes Shape

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Kyle Hendricks got in some work in the final Cubs Cactus League game before they play the Red Sox in Florida for a couple extra tuneup games prior to Thursday’s Opening Day contest against the Marlins.  I assume he was just working on some nibbling, as he issued his first Continue reading Cactus League Ends, Cubs Roster Takes Shape

Cubs Conundrum: More Relief Vs More Bench Depth (UPDATE: More Relief It Is!)

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The Cubs have a night game on Monday, with their off day Tuesday, so it’ll be a good stretch before we have to worry about their in-game activities again.  Before their Spring Training game against the Reds, though, we saw some good news about the ailing Pedro Strop: Strop threw Continue reading Cubs Conundrum: More Relief Vs More Bench Depth (UPDATE: More Relief It Is!)

Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

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In between the very impressive showing by the Chicago Cubs rotation and their bullpen brethren so far, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have built an enviable pitching staff with depth and redundancies across levels.  We have already seen guys like Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler get extended outings in games Continue reading Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

Farewell to Jake Arrieta, Forever a Cubs World Series Champion (UPDATES: Contract Details)

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We have to say a sad and partly painful goodbye to a superb former Chicago Cubs player soon: Breaking: Phillies are moving close to a deal with Jake Arrieta — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2018 Terms of arrieta, phillies deal are unknown. will be multiyear obvs. @BNightengale called phils Continue reading Farewell to Jake Arrieta, Forever a Cubs World Series Champion (UPDATES: Contract Details)

Make Those Mound Visits Count!

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There have only been a couple of Cactus League games so far, and the broadcasters and media haven’t made too much of it lately, but we know that MLB is big on pace of play this year.  Among the biggest rule changes to expect in 2018 is the limit on Continue reading Make Those Mound Visits Count!

Pretty Good Tune-Up For the Cubs Regulars

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Most of the regulars had a rest day in the Cactus League opener, but came back to put in their first few innings of the spring on Saturday afternoon. Our #SpringTraining home opener at @SloanParkMesa! pic.twitter.com/n1lvmcXS6x — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 24, 2018 Even GameDay is in spring training mode Continue reading Pretty Good Tune-Up For the Cubs Regulars

Setting the Cubs Rotation

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I wrote this just before watching Black Panther, which was very very good.  The movie, that is…I have no idea what you think of what I wrote, but I thought my ideas were well-conceived given what we know of the current roster and in-house options.  I did start a spreadsheet Continue reading Setting the Cubs Rotation