Cubs 7, Reds 3 – 11 innings (4/24/15)

OSS: Bullpen bends but doesn’t break, bats wake up in the 11th Three Up 1. Mike Leake had the Cubs number for all seven innings he was in the game, save for two pitches that Anthony Rizzo and Chris Coghlan deposited in the seats. Batter-vs-pitcher matchup stats are dumb as predictive stats, but can be […]

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (8-7) at Cincinnati Reds (8-8)

It’s been an eventful week in Cincinnati, which nearly reached Peak Reds before being eclipsed by whatever shit the Royals have been doing. Reds manager Bryan Price dropped a 77 f-bomb tirade at one of the Reds beat writers for actually reporting on the team instead of shilling/spreading false information for the team. I only […]

Pirates 5, Cubs 4 (4/23/15)

OSS: Get well soon, Grimm and Ramirez Three up: Tough to find much that particularly stands out. 1. Kris Bryant had a perfect day in CF, going 0-0 on fly balls hit to him. He also drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth, in an inning where it felt like the Cubs should have […]

Pirates 4, Cubs 3 (4/22/15)

OSS: Cubs leave everyone on base, fail to bail out pedestrian Hammel. Three Up 1. Bryant doubled and walked, scoring twice. However, he also recorded an out AT CENTERFIELD. I actually kind of thought we’d see him at center at some point in his career (there are a few teams right now that would be […]

Seriously, batting around is 9.

How is this even a thing? The definition of around is “located or situated on every side.” Is it “located or situated on every side, with the first side going again?” This is insanity. Perhaps the plain definition of the word “around” isn’t enough for you. Let’s consider what rounds mean in essentially every other […]

Cubs 9, Pirates 8 (4/21/15)

OSS: Cubs win a wild one with dueling bullpen meltdowns. Three up 1. This Kris Bryant kid could have a future in the big leagues my frent. He scorched a bunch of hits, but the key play of the game could be him going first to third on Castro’s game-tying single. He’s been extremely aggressive […]

Addison Russell has been called up

Prepare your body. Again. cubs now calling up addison russell to the majors. http://t.co/HJ0kD3hzIZ — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)

Cubs 5, Pirates 2 (4/20/15)

OSS: Sloppy defense by the Pirates and a little league HR for Kris Bryant Three up 1. Addison Russell has reportedly been called up to the Cubs. 1a. Jake Arrieta recovered from a few hard hit balls in the first to mow down the Pirates for six innings. He finished with seven strikeouts and no […]

Kris Bryant so far

Well, it’s happened. The biggest prospect the Cubs have had since Mark Prior (or Corey Patterson, if we’re talking positional prospects). Kris Bryant came up to ridiculously awesome fanfare. It didn’t last. After his third consecutive strikeout in his first game, you could already hear some of the Cubs fan yelling “you suck!” No wonder […]

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (6-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6)

Tough series loss to the Padres last weekend, but at least the Cubs get to move from a construction site to one of the most scenic parks in baseball. The Pirates are coming off a sweep of the Brewers where they outscored them 17-7 over the three games. Slammed at work this week, so don’t […]

Padres 5, Cubs 2 (4/19/15)

OSS: Schlitter and Motte implode, and the Cubs fail to convert on two bases-loaded situations. Three Up 1. Dexter Fowler got things started in this game, singling and scoring in the first. Then, he bunted for a single in the 9th, getting the tying run to the plate. He has been an excellent addition to the […]

Cubs 7, Padres 6 (4/18/15)

OSS: Bullpen not sharp, but Cubs pull it out in extras against Kimbrel. Three Four up: 1. Kris Bryant waved at two sliders to start the game, then managed to turn the PA into a walk. He reached base five times today, with three walks and two bloopy singles. He #Respected180 by going to second […]

Padres 5, Cubs 4 (4/17/15)

OSS: Inconsistent umpiring and inability to execute despite it sinks the Cubs. Three up: 1. I take back anything bad I’ve said about Herrera. He was on third base in the third inning and the Padres had a big shift on for Rizzo, leaving him uncovered at 3b. He took some huge leads, which led […]

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Series Preview: San Diego Padres (6-4) vs Kris Bryant (5-3)

Happy Kris Bryant day, everyone! Team Leaders Numbers taken from the depth charts/projections from fangraphs Padres: WAR: Shields (3.9), J. Upton (2.8), Tyson Ross (2.7) OBP: J. Upton (.339), Kemp (.335), Norris (.328) SLG: Kemp (.444), J. Upton (.442), Myers (.422) Defense: Alonso (3.1) SP K/9: Ross (9.0) SP BB/9: Shields (2.1) RP K/9: Kimbrel […]

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