Cole Hamels, Chicago Cub! (UPDATES: Official)

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The Cubs went and won themselves a ball game (the come from behind variety, again) while I was in the midst of moving all my stuff for relocation to California. That was fun, but I suppose we should address the elephant in the room that is Tyler Chatwood. In theory, Continue reading Cole Hamels, Chicago Cub! (UPDATES: Official)

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

Dreamcast 42: Things Fall Apart

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Boy, this weekend sucked, didn’t it? But we do have a Dreamcast for you to pass the time before the Cubs try to get back on track in Southern California… Thoughts on slumps, inconsistency, and the sheer length of a baseball season; Hope on the horizon; Oh yeah, you guys Continue reading Dreamcast 42: Things Fall Apart

Move Along Home

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The title of this article has multiple meanings. One, I am getting ready to move from Chicago back to my home state of California, where the only live Cubs games I will see from here on out will be at the local parks in San Francisco and Oakland, or perhaps Continue reading Move Along Home

Dreamcast 41: The Inevitable Comeback

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So you want a Wrigley scoreboard replica clock, eh? Maybe listen to this new Dreamcast to find out how. Also within: Thoughts on the Cubs’ quest to the top of the NL Central yet again; Some thoughts on pitching and the performances of various hitters; The recent Draft, which we Continue reading Dreamcast 41: The Inevitable Comeback

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)

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)

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

The Cubs’ Rotation Lends Itself to Some Creative Maneuvering

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Earlier, I was able to look at the pre-spring training roster and the reliever depth chart for the 2018 Chicago Cubs. I probably came to the same conclusion most of you did, in that the Cubs were pretty much set at every roster spot, and that they had plenty of Continue reading The Cubs’ Rotation Lends Itself to Some Creative Maneuvering

The (Luxury) Tax Man

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We begin with a quick visit to Theo Epstein’s comments from earlier this week, as the Winter Meetings began… Epstein on if there were talks with Marlins about Stanton: There wasn't much interaction given the makeup of our roster, our future payroll commitments and some plans that we have. Great Continue reading The (Luxury) Tax Man