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The Burdette (and the mini-Lew)

Since today is a day with absolutely no baseball, I thought it’d be cool to propose a new statistic – or, rather an updated take on a relatively new one. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Maddux. Invented in 2012 by Jason Lukehart, the criteria for a Maddux is simple: Throw a complete game in under […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 7-15-14

Jacksonville Suns 6 @ Tennessee Smokies 5 Stargazing Stephen Bruno doubled, but that’s all he did. Addison Russell doubled as well, but mixed in a walk for good measure (and neither struck out). Jorge Soler fanned twice and went hitless. Christian Villaneuva doubled twice and walked. Other Performances of Note Pin-Chieh Chen: 2-5, SO Charles […]

OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-14-14

Since Brett is sick, with no Bullets for the first time in probably 50 years, it’s time to capitalize and steal some market share. I kid. Javier Baez went way deep in the futures game. Best part of that video is his playful jawing with Bryant as he rounds third. Hopefully his recent hot streak […]

Cubs 6, Reds 4

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Hendricks had an uneven first start (strike the 1st, it was very very good), but Alcantara played himself onto the team!!! Three Up 1. Arismendy Alcantara went 4-5 with 2 singles, 2B, 3B. He had an extremely good game, and afterwards, it was announced that he’s not going down right […]

Reds 4, Cubs 1

Did the Cubs Win? OSS: Alcantara has an acceptable debut, but Cubs bats (besides Rizzo) fall silent. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo went 2-3, HR, BB. He now leads the Final Vote, and he really should win. He might be the best 1B in baseball this year. Pretty incredible what a difference in luck can […]

Cubs Top 3 Prospects, by Position

This is perhaps a fool’s errand. It’s hard to forecast where each player could play in the majors. To make this easier, I’m going with the OPTIMUM realistic projection of a player’s position (with one exception – Arismendy Alcantara, would be 3rd among SS but will almost certainly never play SS for the Cubs). I’ll […]

Who Will the Cubs Trade With on July 2nd?

The new international free agent signing period starts Wednesday. The Cubs were unable to stay within their allotted bonus pool limits last year, and won’t be able to spend more than $250,000 on a single player this year, despite having nearly four million dollars to spend. What that adds up to is the that the […]

Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Now that the draft is over and the IFA period is about to begin (July 2), I thought this would be a good time to revisit the Cubs Top 10. The Cubs will almost certainly augment this list with the Samardzija/Hammel trades, and those could happen anytime after Wednesday (which is when the dam breaks). […]

Let’s trade Samardzija to a bunch of teams

It’s apparent that the Cubs are trading Shark, and probably relatively soon. It definitely won’t be before July 2 (when IFA slots are available to be traded and the hot stove finally warms up), but it could be any time after that. I thought it’d be neat to look at the prospects that the Cubs […]

Reds 6, Cubs 1

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Rondon gave up some bloops and a blast. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo hit his 16th home run, and also singled. He’s the man. 2. Jeff Samardzija tried out for the Blue Jays and it went well – except for Devin Mesoraco, who has plunked twice. Add those to his […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 6-20-14

Since the Cubs didn’t play yesterday, let’s dust this off. El Paso Chihuahuas 2 @ Iowa Cubs 6 Prospecting Arismendy Alcantara went 2-5 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts, putting his season totals at .280/.322/.506. It’s the most power he’s shown in his career, but the lack of walks is a serious issue that threatens […]

Cubs 5, Marlins 4

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Starlin Castro and Travis Wood laying down the big lumber! 1. Starlin Castro went 3-6 with a 3-run bomb. His OPS sits at .802 (15 points over yesterday numbers). He’s never had an OPS over 800 over a whole season, but he’s also never shown power quite like this. His […]

Kyle Schwarber signs for well, well under slot

When the Cubs drafted standout C/LF/1B/DH Kyle Schwarber with the 4th overall pick on June 5, it was fair to assume that the Cubs stood to gain a pretty nifty underslot deal here. Most pundits thought it would be Michael Conforto (who fell to #10), but Schwarber was the recipient of some very late helium […]

Pirates 6, Cubs…screw it, here’s some Kris Bryant stuff for you

Let’s be honest. You don’t care about yesterday’s game. Two bad teams played, and the slightly less bad team won. Castro finished a triple short of the cycle, and the rest of the team sucked (as a team, they drew 0 walks). Who cares. Instead, I’m going to try to describe how awesome Kris Bryant […]

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (25-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (29-33)

The Cubs just finished a 5-1 homestand, which was nice to see and had people half-ironically pointing out that the team was only 5 or 6 games out in the Wild Card. But we all know what this version of the team is. I felt a lot better though upon seeing several members of the […]

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