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Daily Facepalm 3.26.15

Kris Bryant ——> LF (today) Bryant heads to LF for the first time this spring. I think the Cubs would have liked to have this happen earlier, but he had some shoulder fatigue, probably from hitting so many HRs. Bryant played some OF in college and it’s not like LF is that tough a position […]

Oh, Alvin Yellon. Oh, Oh, Alvin.

When Alvin titles an article Athletics 14, Cubs 2: Oh, Edwin Jackson. Oh, Oh, Edwin.   You just know that the article is going to be condescending. When Alvin writes any article, you know that the article is going to be poorly written. Here we go. Then, word came that he had been “caught in traffic.” […]

Projecting the 25-man roster

Yesterday, we heard the strongest whispers yet that Javier Baez was making the Opening Day roster. While not altogether unexpected, it nonetheless helps to shape the roster (and with just 2 weeks left, we’ll be hearing a lot more of these soon, I’d wager). The 5th OF and the 6th (or 7th) reliever aren’t the most pivotal […]

Obstructed View Podcast Episode 1

After much emailing and only one failed attempt, we now have a blog podcast! Sitrick, Myles, and I discuss things such as Kris Bryant How tired we are about talking about Kris Bryant The fifth starter spot Players flying under the radar Players flying over the radar Too Many Shortstops Pokemon There were a few […]

The Cubs #5 starter battle dissected

When the Cubs opened camp this Spring Training, one of the only real battles for a roster space figuring to take place was at the back-end of the rotation. 1 through 3 was definitely set (Lester, Arrieta, Hammel), and the 4th starter was almost certainly going to be Kyle Hendricks (though Muskat and others whispered […]

3-16-15 Liveblog (Cubs vs. Dads)

I’m watching the game and took the day off. I’m going to blog my random thoughts. First, the lineup: Al Contra 3B (interestingly) Coghlan LF  (looking behind his shoulder at Bryant/Lake) Castro SS Soler RF Bryant DH (nursing shoulder soreness) Sweeney CF (battling for a suddenly crowded outfield) Castillo C (auditioning for the Padres) \O/ […]

OV Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.12.15

Tweets of the day   Didn’t think I could care about anything less than hearing about fantasy baseball teams, but then Will Ferrell started playing in ST games. — Cee Angi (@CeeAngi)

Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.11.15

Back to Back to Back Your browser does not support iframes. Brett cooked up some odds on this happening Even if we generously say each of the three would normally homer in 1 out of 15 plate appearances (that’s a 40-homer pace in 600 plate appearances), the odds that the three would go back-to-back-to-back is 1 […]

Spring training pics

Fun in the sun from the last 2.5 days Cool stuff outside the park. The park in general was quite nice, and I can confirm that the toilets flushed extremely properly. Baseball is coming. Arrieta and Bosio, warming up before the game. Arrieta warming up with long toss. The Cubs take the field. Solid ballpark […]

Cubs Blogger Loses His Sandwich and Mind Over Cubs Latest Dick Move

The Cubs have finally pushed Alvin beyond the brink of what he can accept. He can accept years and years and years of a sucky team with no real plan in place to ever change that. He can accept that his seat 400 feet away from home plate now costs as much or more than […]

Game(s) thread – first day of Spring Training

Today’s lineups! At Giants (radio via Giants on mlb.com) La Stella, 2B Denorfia, LF Alcantara, CF Soler, RF Castillo, C Bryant, 3B Schwarber, DH Valaika, 1B Russell, SS Turner, P Vs A’s (Len and Mick on mlb.com) Fowler, CF Rizzo, 1B Castro, SS Montero, C Baez, 2B Coghlan, LF Olt, 3B Sweeney, DH Lake, RF […]

Previewing the NL Central via the BP Annual

Being more or less snowed in over the weekend provided plenty of time to leaf through this year’s BP annual. I was originally just going to rant about the Cardinals chapter, but figured I’d go ahead and do the whole division. Chicago Cubs Sahadev’s essay was excellent but not really news to those of us […]

Daily-ish Facepalm 2.26.15 – Rizzo’s stance, Coach Manny

Is Rizzo’s offensive surge for real? Sahadev takes a long look at Rizzo’s hitting mechanics during his breakout 2014 season vs his relatively disappointing 2013 over at BP. It’s behind the paywall*, but here are some highlights. Some of these are not super surprising for those of us who watched way too much Cubs baseball […]

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“Daily” Facepalm – Moncada, Epstein, Wood Extension?

Yoan Moncada ——-> Red Sox The Cuban defector goes to the Sox on a $30m deal. The Cubs continued to scout him despite being under the CBA signing limit penalty, hoping for the slim chance that he’d sign after July when their probation ends. The Red Sox burned their own signing bridges with the deal […]

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