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

Keeping the Cubs Success On the Field Through Reducing Injuries

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Back from California now, I got to follow the doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.  I also got to listen to the last bits of the Kyle Schwarber game Tuesday night, including the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) home run. In addition to a new, snarky Cubs Twitter, this Continue reading Keeping the Cubs Success On the Field Through Reducing Injuries

Intense Series Bring Out the Overreactors

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I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend Continue reading Intense Series Bring Out the Overreactors

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 Will Buy in 15, But Probably from Bargain Bin

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As the draft approaches, and subsequently passes, the hot stove is going to turn up again as teams take a look at where they are.  For the first time in six years, the Cubs can look at themselves and feel pretty good about what they see in the mirror.  At Continue reading Cubs Will Buy in 15, But Probably from Bargain Bin

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

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 threw pen session Tuesday, close to pitching in a minor Continue reading The Roster Shuffle is Coming

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 led to increased use of players like Brian Schlitter.  And Continue reading Corey Black Adds to List of Power Arms for Cubs Bullpen

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

Improving Cubs Ailing Offense Starts and Ends With More Baserunners

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Joey Votto takes one of the absolute dumbest criticisms a baseball player can take: That he is “content” to lead the league in on-base percentage.  Think for a second about what that actually means.  There are some people (mostly Reds fans and Harold Reynolds) who are critical because Votto makes Continue reading Improving Cubs Ailing Offense Starts and Ends With More Baserunners