How Should the Lineup Look With Alcantara?

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With Darwin Barney out of action for a couple of games due to the birth of his third child, the Chicago Cubs have called up Arismendy Alcantara to fill his role until he returns. Yes, he will only he here for a couple of days, this is still Barney’s job Continue reading How Should the Lineup Look With Alcantara?

After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

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By now, we’ve gotten word that the Cubs have traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for stud SS prospect Addison Russell, 2013 1st Round pick Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a player to be named later.  What is less clear is where the Cubs will Continue reading After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

Periodic fun with the Cubs numbers

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The Cubs had just dropped another series to the division rival Cincinnati Reds.  It’s almost as though the Reds think of Wrigley Field as their home away from home, but there was enough positive to think that eventually the Cubs will start using their homefield advantage again.  I’m a bit Continue reading Periodic fun with the Cubs numbers

The Overreaction Blog to Overreacting

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In not so breaking news, I love baseball. I love everything about the game. I love a great hitting display by a team who just cannot seem to do anything wrong. I love a great pitchers duel, nothing in my mind is more impressive than a pitcher who paints a Continue reading The Overreaction Blog to Overreacting

Idunno’s on Third: 2014 Edition

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The Cubs didn’t do much tonight, but take a look at the slash line for Luis Valbuena: .288/.394/.456 I figured that Valbuena would have a pretty good OBP, but he has been on a tear lately and so while I wasn’t paying attention, his batting average shot up and despite Continue reading Idunno’s on Third: 2014 Edition

Oh my gawd Luis Valbuena is the backup catcher

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RED ALERT!  RED ALERT!  THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Seriously, they even said it…since John Baker is nursing a sore throat from the foul ball last night, Welington Castillo is on the disabled list due to a ribcage strain, leaving only Eli Whiteside as a bonafide catcher at the major Continue reading Oh my gawd Luis Valbuena is the backup catcher

Signs Of Improvement, Or Cause For Concern

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On this off day, both the Chicago Cubs and their fans have got to be enjoying themselves. Coming off their second series win of the season (against the best team in the National League no less), the Cubs are starting to show some signs of improvement. While the improvement is Continue reading Signs Of Improvement, Or Cause For Concern

Edwin Jackson’s Getting a Bad Narrative

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What would you call a pitcher with a 3.79 fielder independent pitching (FIP), a 51.3% ground ball rate, a home run to fly ball ratio of 9.9%, and an fWAR of 2.0? My guess is you wouldn’t immediately call him the 2013 version of Edwin Jackson.  But it was.  We Continue reading Edwin Jackson’s Getting a Bad Narrative

2014 NL Central Preview: 5th Place – Chicago Cubs

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As the season is primed to start in two weeks, now is a good time to preview what we might see over the course of the summer.  For the Cubs, specifically, probably another season with more losses than wins, some mid-season trades, and unlike the last two seasons, more prospects Continue reading 2014 NL Central Preview: 5th Place – Chicago Cubs

Wasteful Spending Not the Answer for the Cubs

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At the risk of repeating myself, the Cubs were a mess.  They had huge spending that brought them to the dance exactly twice.  After that, they had huge spending that didn’t do them any good. With games starting out today and a 5-2 loss in the opener at Cubs Park, Continue reading Wasteful Spending Not the Answer for the Cubs