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Could Starlin Castro be run out of town?

Castro was dropped to eighth in the batting order last night, right about where he belongs based on his numbers this season. Not surprisingly, Starlin Castro is a little frustrated with his season. Per the Sun-Times: Sometimes you have a tough season and you want to please everybody. But when you listen to everybody, it’s […]

Series Preview: Reds (65-52) at Cubs (52-65)

The Reds have had a great season, and all they have to show for it is looking up at two teams above them in the standings. At least they have a relatively solid grip on that last wild card spot, though that (thankfully) isn't as great of a position as a team would like. Joey […]

Just a slight weapons malfunction (Technical difficulties PSA)

We’ve been slammed by spambots for the past few days (if not months), which has caused the recent sluggishness/downtime of the blog. We’re migrating over to a new hosting service that offers better protection against these kinds of shenanigans. Everything should be cleared up in the next 48-72 hours, but don’t be surprised if comments, […]

Series Preview: American League (107-94) at National League (94-107)

Team overviews Since the usual would make no sense, I'll list the top three players as well as the team that leads the league in that category. Players with an asterisk did not make the ASG roster.   NL Team NL 1st NL 2nd NL 3rd AL Team AL 1st AL 2nd AL 3rd wRC+ 110 (Cardinals) 162 […]

Daily Facepalm 7.10.13

Cubs 'closing in' on deal with Taiwanese RHP Jen-Ho Tseng MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says the Cubs are close to a deal with the Taiwanese pitcher, who is ranked 29th in mlb.com's list and 23rd on BA's. For a while he projected to be the #1 prospect in this year's class, but he scuffled a bit […]

Series Preview: Anaheim Angels of Disneyland (43-45) at Chicago Cubs (39-48)

On June 9th, the Cubs (25-35) and Angels (27-36) had very similar records, and things weren't looking so rosy for the Angels. Since then they've begun digging themselves out of their hole, going 16-9 over that span including two road series sweeps…and climbed into third place in their stacked division.    Angels Cubs wRC+ 109 (5th) […]

Series Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates (52-32) at Chicago Cubs (36-47)

The Pirates now have the best record in baseball. Let that sink in for a second. Will they be able to avoid the second half collapse that they suffered in the previous two seasons? They've got a big hurdle to clear right now in the middle of the season, as four of the five pitchers […]

Diving into Starlin Castro’s 2013 numbers

It's safe to say that it's been a disappointing season for Starlin Castro. 82 games into the season, Castro's -1.4 fWAR makes Jeff Francoeur look like a valuable major league player (J.C. Bradbury nods approvingly). What is so different this year? MB posited to me a few weeks ago that pitchers have been pitching differently to […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (35-45) at Oakland Athletics (48-35)

When I checked the schedule before my work trip to San Francisco two weeks ago, I was bummed that the A's weren't also in town to allow me to knock another stadium off my list. When I got there, I was glad that they weren't in town, as raw sewage backed up through the drains […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (28-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (44-25)

I had to stop and ask myself if the Cubs had even played the Cardinals yet this year. Two and a half months into the season, the Cubs and Cardinals have only played a two game series back in May that they split. This is probably a good thing for the Cubs win-loss record (or […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (26-38) at New York Mets (24-37)

The Cubs have had a crappy year, but it's been just about as bad for the Mets. I'm sure Ron Santo is smiling somewhere that at least if the Cubs are going to be bad, the Mets are just as awful. They've gone 2-8 in their last ten games, and there's been a roster shakeup […]

Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds (37-26) at Chicago Cubs (25-35)

The NL Central's been pretty good this year. That is, the upper 60% of the division. The Cubs have been demolished by division opponents, going 7-18 against their divisional foes. The fun week that was the two teams, one cup series already feels like it was a month ago after three offensively futile games against […]

Daily Facepalm 6.10.13 – Welcome to the Cubs, Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson finally arrives The 'real' Edwin Jackson showed up for the first time this season, striking out eight while allowing one run, one walk, and four hits in seven innings. More importantly, his fastball averaged 94.78 on the day, much closer to his career avg of 95 mph than the paltry low 93.x mph […]

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