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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

OV Podcast Epsiode 5 – In which the Kris Bryant callup happens live

Due to scheduling conflicts, we recorded this episode earlier than usual, and due to more last minute scheduling conflicts, it’s just Berselius and Myles. In this episode we discuss This week’s Cubs games, and how we actually have hope for comebacks happening The parade of past their prime former Cubs pitchers from this week Colorado […]

Cubs 5, Reds 0 (4/15/15)

OSS: Jason Marquis did Jason Marquis things, Travis Wood looked like 2013 Travis Wood, and the Cubs are back in first place. Three up: 1. Anthony Rizzo hit his first homer of the year, an absolute bomb to right center into the teeth of the wind. The Cubs jumped out to an early lead and […]

Reds 3, Cubs 2 (4/14/15)

OSS: Death by a thousand singles (well, five) sinks the Cubs. Three up 1. Jake Arrieta’s stuff looked great tonight, but the Reds got five singles in the fourth inning and that’s all they ended up needing. 2. Beef Castle had a pinch hit homer off of former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg in the eighth […]

OV Podcast Episode 4

In this week’s podcast (recorded before Sunday’s game), we discuss Mike Olt’s wrist injury Extremely non-prophetic statements about Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler by Sitrick The knives are out for Starlin Castro Andrelton Simmons jokes Jon Lester narratives Judd Sirott epiphanies RISP woes Someday we will all die alone,

Cubs 7, Reds 6 (4/13/15)

OSS: *trademarks Jorge Soler Laser Show* Three up: 1. Jorge Soler was the star of the day, with two absolute bombs, both with Anthony Rizzo on base. Teams are growing to respect his cannon of an arm too, and he got an assist following a Lester throwing error early in the game. 2. Arismendy Alcantara […]


Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds (4-2) at Chicago Cubs (3-2)

OSS: Cubs run out Lester and Arrieta and cap it off with a game against Jason Marquis. The two division leaders square off at Wrigley Field. The last-ish time these teams squared off, this happened There’s something about the Reds, I guess. A mini-throwdown between Johnny Cueto and David DeJesus (needlessly escalated by Matt Garza […]

Cubs 9, Rockies 5 (4/11/15)

OSS: Kyle Kendrick turned into Kyle Kendrick and the Cubs bats woke up. Three up: 1. Dexter Fowler had two straight triples to start the game, and the Cubs hit the Rockies pitchers hard all day. 2. Coghlan and \o/ MIKE OLT \o/ went back-to-back in the 3rd 3. Castro had a nice day at […]

Rockies 5, Cubs 1 (4/10/15)

OSS: Cubs can’t buy a hit with RISP Three up: 1. Matt Sczcur tied the game with a bases-loaded sac fly in the third. 2. Edwin Jackson looked good coming out of the pen, hitting 94-95 with his fastball. 3. Rizzo got on base four times in four PAs, with two HBP and two singles, […]


Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (1-1) at Colorado Rockies (3-0)

Break up the Rockies, who started the season with a sweep of the Brewers, beating them with a combined score of 20-6. As frustrating as the Cubs opening day game was at times, at least they didn’t lose 10-0 to a team that had Kyle Kendrick as its opening day starter. I’ll be at the […]

Cubs 2, Cardinals 0 (4/8/15)

OSS: Arrieta settled down, the Cubs finally drove in a runner in scoring position. Three up 1. Jake Arrieta walked two batters in the first inning, then rolled the rest of the way, striking out seven and only walking one additional batter in seven innings, all while sporting a magnificent beard. His final pitch hung […]

Obstructed View Podcast Episode 3

In this episode: We answer some reader mail Discussion of the Baez demotion to AAA Win predictions for the NL Central Playoff predictions for the rest of the league A strikeouts draft NB: I tried something different to even out our volumes, but messed it up about 15 minutes into the podcast, and it sounds […]


Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (0-0) vs Chicago Cubs (0-0)

Baseball is back! I’m so glad that the Cubs opener is on a Sunday so I don’t have to burn a vacation day for my favorite holiday of the year. Today’s lineups: Cardinals 3B Carpenter RF Heyward LF Holliday SS Peralta 1B Adams C Molina 2B Wong CF Jay P Wainwright Cubs CF Fowler RF […]


Daily Facepalm 4.2.15 – Roofing, boarding, framing, we do everything

Rooftops fighting a losing battle Rulings have started happening on the roofies’ lawsuit against the Cubs, and it’s looking good for the team. Brett dusted off his lawyer hat (wig?) to take a look at the ruling. Here’s my precis of his precis of the ruling: the rooftops are fucked. There’s still plenty more rodeo […]


Daily Facepalm 4.1.15 – Roster taking shape

  This week’s cuts Lake, Schlitter, and Rosscup were sent to AAA today. This follows the much more ballyhooed cuts earlier this week of Bryant and Russell (both expected) and Baez (a little unexpected). I was on team Baez-to-AAA but was definitely in the minority in that among the Cubs Twittersphere. He’s 22, it’s not […]

Obstructed View Podcast Episode 2

In this episode, Sitrick, Myles, and I discuss More college basketball than we intended Wrigley Renovation ‘news’ The likely 25 man roster Guesses at the opening day lineup Kris Bryant and the CBA – a moral issue? Our favorite Cubs of the Jim Hendry era Innings pitched by the fifth starters How everything could go […]