A Renewed Sense of Urgency

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And so, the night after the unthinkable happened, it has come to this… The Cubs are going home for the winter. With an optimist’s point of view, maybe it was best to give the players an extended rest after three consecutive seasons of deep playoff runs and an atrocious end-of-year Continue reading A Renewed Sense of Urgency

Midseason Cubs Audit

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Well well, we made it! As the Cubs go from a limp to a surge into the All-Star Break, they find themselves in sole possession of first place at least through next weekend with a surprisingly comfortable 2.5 game NL Central lead after the Milwaukee Brewers took a massive dump Continue reading Midseason Cubs Audit

In Which the Cubs Have to Reflect On Their (Lack of) Actions

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It’s been a month since this one, but the Chicago Cubs continue to ride the feast-or-famine roller coaster that Jeff Samardzija once alluded to. It’s a load of fun when the Cubs score runs in buckets; it’s not so fun when they can’t even plate one after almost getting no-hit. Continue reading In Which the Cubs Have to Reflect On Their (Lack of) Actions

Better to be Lucky AND Good!

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I’m pretty sure the Cubs are glad that they are going to their actual home soon, but it’s nice to know that they can play in front of a home crowd even in another state.  Between all the sniping on social media between the two teams and their fanbases, the Continue reading Better to be Lucky AND Good!

Dreamcast 36: Hubris

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Rice and Andy talk about the king of the hill after we discussed the also-rans last time around. Rotation thoughts, including a discussion on how the Cubs might set a hybrid rotation; The bullpen’s potential; The offense being awesome; A brief talk about the Cubs’ South Side brethren, and a Continue reading Dreamcast 36: Hubris

They’re TRYING Not to Suck…

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It’s always a bummer when Jon Lester pitches a great game, and Willson Contreras hits baseballs to the moon and back, and yet the Chicago Cubs just can’t win the game in the end.  Alas, that is the game we have come to love and curse at the same time, Continue reading They’re TRYING Not to Suck…

And the Cubs Never Lost Again

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Well, the second half is underway, and methinks the Chicago Cubs are doing okay for now… #Cubs since All-Star break* 6-0 record* +27 run differential* 16 Home Runs* 2.00 starter ERA* No first inning runs allowed — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 19, 2017 As we’ve talked about on the Dreamcast Continue reading And the Cubs Never Lost Again

Say, Everybody, Have You Seen My (Base)Balls?

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While we have all been lamenting the fact that John Lackey is now older and possibly broken, what is strange, even for him, was the fact that he gave up way more home runs than expected given a normal decline.  And on that same vein, most fans, players, and team Continue reading Say, Everybody, Have You Seen My (Base)Balls?

Rock Bottom

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Just a few days after the beatdown on Bobblehead Day, the Chicago Cubs ended the nominal first half of the season with a clunker against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Last season, the Cubs of course played like a juggernaut en route to the World Series.  This year?  Not so much, with Continue reading Rock Bottom

The Cubs’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Half

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So there you have it, folks.  One day into July, the Chicago Cubs have officially completed exactly one half of their 2017 regular season schedule, going 40-41 in the process.  The interesting thing about this is that they are +10 in run differential, suggesting that they should be at least Continue reading The Cubs’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Half