A brief look at the rest of the season

The Cubs have lost four in a row and are now 6 games behind Pittsburgh for the 1st wild card spot. They’re still 4.5 games ahead of the Giants. More importantly at this point in my opinion, they’re 5 losses better than the Giants. You can’t really make up a loss, but you can make […]

Should the Cubs sign Dexter Fowler to an extension?

Dexter Fowler has had arguably his best season in the big leagues in the year prior to becoming a free agent. The Cubs acquired Fowler from the Astros in January for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. Valbuena was surprisingly productive as a Cub from 2012-2014, but hasn’t been quite as successful this season with the […]

Cubs 8, Giants 5 (8/25/15)

OSS: Cubs make a laugher of it early, and a nailbiter of it late. Three Up 1. Jake Arrieta had a perfecto through 3, and ended the day allowing no earned runs (1 unearned on his own error, though), striking out 8 over 6 innings and allowing a single walk. Much like Rizzo deserves to […]

Anthony Rizzo: MVP Candidate?

Let’s start this article by talking about Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber is awesome, and this year he’s put up a .275/.373/.558 line. That’s really good, and a .931 OPS/153 wRC+ is good for 10th among all hitters in baseball with 160 PA. Incredible, right? Well, Anthony Rizzo is 9th. That’s right: as incredible as Schwarber has performed […]

Cubs 2, Cleveland 1 (8/24/15)

OSS: Kris Bryant picks up Jon Lester with a walkoff blast. Three up 1. After a week where the Cubs seemed to have scored roughly 217 runs, it was jarring to see them shut down for a game. The Cubs finally got through to Kluber with a RBI triple by Rizzo in the seventh, though […]

To Catch a Cardinal

The Cubs are 7 losses clear of the Giants and 6 losses away from the Cardinals. In a very real sense, the Cubs are closer to the division than they are to falling out of the Wild Card. However, that doesn’t mean that the Cubs are really all that close to getting there. BP has […]

2015 reverse standings

The Cubs season came to an end after their loss to the White Sox on Sunday. The Cubs have not won a game since the middle of August and due to this most recent losing streak, the Cubs find themselves in familiar territory. But not only is their season a failure on the field, they’ve managed […]

Cubs at White Sox (8-16-15)

The Cubs go for 10 in a row today on the south side. Lineups Cubs CF Dexter Fowler LF Chris Denorfia DH Kris Bryant 1B Anthony Rizzo RF Jorge Soler SS Addison Russell 2B Starlin Castro C Miguel Montero 3B Jonathan Herrera P Dan Haren White Sox CF Adam Eaton DH Jose Abreu LF Melky […]

Brewers at Cubs Game Thread (8-13-15)

Lineups Brewers SS Jean Segura C Jonathan Lucroy RF Ryan Braun LF Khris Davis 1B Jason Rogers 2B Elian Herrera 3B Hernan Perez CF Logan Schafer P Tyler Cravy Cubs CF Dexter Fowler LF Kyke Schwarber 2B Chris Coghlan 1B Anthony Rizzo 3B Kris Bryant RF Jorge Soler C David Ross p Jon Lester SS […]

Brewers at Cubs Game Thread (8-12-15)

Lineups Brewers CF Shane Peterson C Jonathan Lucroy RF Ryan Braun 1B Adam Lind LF Khris Davis 2B Scooter Gennett SS Jean Segura 3B Hernan Perez P Matt Garza Cubs CF Dexter Fowler LF Kyle Schwarber 2B Chris Coghlan 1B Anthony Rizzo 3B Kris Bryant RF Jorge Soler C Miguel Montero P Jason Hammell SS […]

Brewers at Cubs Game Thread

Lineups Brewers RF Shane Peterson LF Khris Davis 1B Adam Lind C Jonathan Lucroy 2B Scooter Gennett 3B Elian Herrera SS Jean Segura CF Logan Schafer P Taylor Jungmann Cubs CF Dexter Fowler LF Kyle Schwarber 2B Chris Coghlan 1B Anthony Rizzo 3B Kris Bryant RF Jorge Soler C Miguel Montero P Dan Haren SS […]

Where We Stand Now (8-10-15)

The Cubs completed their 4-game sweep of the Giants and won 5 of their games this week. They’ve won 10 of 11 overall during this hot streak. Their playoff chances are looking pretty good at this point with a 3.5 game lead over the Giants. Team W L PCT RS RA GB Cardinals 71 40 […]

Pirates 7, Cubs 5 (8/5/15)

OSS: Cubs make a comeback, but then realize it was ahead of schedule. Three up 1. Kyle Schwarber hit a two run bomb in the fourth inning to pull the lead within one. It’s been great seeing him crush the ball, especially with Bryant scuffling a bit of late. It was the second highest WPA play […]

Where We Stand Now (8-3-15)

I’m going to try and do these every Monday from now on. The Cubs are coming off a very nice 4-game sweep in Milwaukee with a chance to do even more damage in the next week. They’ve got 3 in Pittsburgh starting tonight and then return home for four against the Giants. Team W L […]

Cubs 4, Brewers 3 (8/2/15)

OSS: Cubs pull off a repeat of a sweep I recently enjoyed. Four up 1. Addison Russell hit his seventh homer of the year, a bomb to near dead-center. The tweak he made to his swing around the ASB has been showing some dividends with a .299/.339/.385 line, not including today’s game. It’s not like he’s blowing […]

Cubs acquire Dan Haren ***UPDATED***

The Cubs have acquired Dan Haren from the Florida Marlins. No word yet on who was sent to Miami. Source: Haren to Cubs from Marlins. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) According to Joe Frisaro, the Cubs will be sending two minor leaguers.

Cubs 5, Brewers 2 (7/30/15)

OSS: Rizzo hit a home run into Lake Michigan, basically. Three up 1. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson shut down the Cubs for the first seven innings on only two hits, but the Cubs jumped all over his relief, capped off by a Rizzo three-run blast off Will Smith. That has to have been one of […]

Cubs 9, Rockies 8 (7/27/15)

OSS: MY EMOTIONS Three up 1. Kris Bryant saved the day with a walkoff bomb in the bottom of the ninth, after the pen had blown the lead. He ended the game with a WPA of 0.98. 2. The offense woke up in the fourth inning, batting around on a previously-cruising Jorge de la Rosa. […]