Not Bad…For a Rookie

With the 11-1 ass-whipping the Cubs received yesterday, the Cubs fell to 64-82 and guaranteed themselves a losing record. It’s been a rough week, and after a really nice run of baseball, we’ve been thoroughly outclassed by some not-very-good teams (though they aren’t slouches, either). As the 2014 season draws to it’s merciful close, I’d […]

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (64-82) at Pittsburgh Pirates (77-69)

The Pirates are only 2.5 back from the Cardinals going into this series, and I wouldn’t mind seeing that lead shrink even further with the Cubs help. It could be a tall order even with the Cubs help though, as the Cardinals are playing a team even worse than the Rizzo/Castro-less Cubs as they host […]

Your Football Organization Sucks

Baseball is not perfect. From the crooked Black Sox, to Cap Anson’s refusal to play with black players, to Ty Cobb maybe being a murderer, to the drunk drivers, to the widespread steroid use, it has a fairly checkered past. It treats its future employees like garbage (it uses its incredible leverage and willing replacements to […]

Chicago Cubs (64-76) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68)

While the Cubs have done their best to help Pittsburgh out in their quest to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Pirates haven’t done much to help themselves lately. The Cubs swept the previously first place Brewers, but at the same time, the Pirates got swept by the Cardinals. So […]

Cubs Playoff Windows in 2014

If you follow any Cubs blogger on twitter, you’re almost certain to have come across the following stat in the past 7 weeks: “Ever since <date>, the Cubs have been <record that is close to .500>!” That’s cool, but I want to take it one step further. I want to find the dates that satisfy […]

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Series Preview: Brewers (73-63) at Cubs (61-76)

The Brewers started the season scorchingly hot and had a 20-8 record on May 1. Since then they’ve gone 53-55, are currently riding a five game losing streak, and are now tied with the (ugh) Cardinals for the division lead. I think the Pirates end up taking the division by season’s end but that big […]

How Far Have the Cubs Come?

It has been almost three years, nearly three hundred losses, and three drafts since the Cubs hired Theo Epstein to save the Cubs from their sins and rescue them from eternal damnation in their permanent subterranean dwelling in the Central Division’s fiery core. And if you think that metaphor is overblown and ridiculous, it was […]

The Struggle

Baez debuted at A in May 28, 2012. In his first month, he “struggled,” hitting .298/.330/.500. Sure, his career line at A was .333/.383/.596, but you have to stretch pretty hard to get struggling out of that. His strikeout rate was 21.7% and his walk rate was 6.6%. He was eventually promoted to A+, and […]

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Minor League Update: 8-20-14

Salt Lake Bees 4 @ Iowa Cubs 2 Stargazing Tony Campana (#9): 0-2, BB, SB Kris Bryant: 1-3, 2B, BB, SO Jorge Soler: 0-3, BB, SO Like, Totally, NOT Stargazing Mike Olt: 1-3, R Manny Ramirez: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI (2nd consecutive HR day) -Manny Ramirez hits a home run off of Randy Wolf in […]

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Minor League Update: 8-19-14

Salt Lake Bees 7 @ Iowa Cubs 5 Stargazing Tony Campana (batting#9): 1-4 Logan Watkins: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI Jorge Soler: 0-4, BB, 2 SO (.230/.330/.517) Mike Olt: 0-4, 4K On the Mound Chris Rusin: 6.1 IP, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 SO Tennessee Smokies 7 @ Montgomery Biscuits 1 Stargazing Albert Almora: 2-5, […]

Don’t Say the Cubs Never Listen to You

The people have spoken and the Cubs have heard the pleas from their fans. The people wanted change and times they are a’changin’. No, Kris Bryant isn’t coming up. No, they are not getting rid of Clark the Cub. No, they aren’t adding better beer options in the stadium. No, Al, they aren’t going to […]

DFP: Javy And His K’s

Javier Baez homered last night; it was his first at Wrigley Field and fourth since being called up. He didn’t walk, and hasn’t yet since being called up. That’s a little troubling, but it’s too early to say much about that. He also didn’t strike out, which is also a little early to make any […]

DFP: Missing Game 6

It’s funny. I deleted a post I was writing this week about appreciating the moment, appreciating what we have right now. It was about Javier Baez, the Cubs as they are, and life. Too preachy, too obvious, too blah-blah-blah. So, deleted. Obviously Robin Williams taking his own life has very little to do with Cubs baseball […]

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