Cubs 5, Brewers 2 (7/30/15)

OSS: Rizzo hit a home run into Lake Michigan, basically. Three up 1. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson shut down the Cubs for the first seven innings on only two hits, but the Cubs jumped all over his relief, capped off by a Rizzo three-run blast off Will Smith. That has to have been one of […]

Cubs 9, Rockies 8 (7/27/15)

OSS: MY EMOTIONS Three up 1. Kris Bryant saved the day with a walkoff bomb in the bottom of the ninth, after the pen had blown the lead. He ended the game with a WPA of 0.98. 2. The offense woke up in the fourth inning, batting around on a previously-cruising Jorge de la Rosa. […]

Where We Stand Now 7-23-15

The Cubs are coming off a 4-3 road trip and I thought I’d update the WWSN tables. The Cubs lost a game to the Cardinals since the break, but they don’t have much chance of catching them anyway. They did pick up some ground on the Pirates and it would be nice to finish in […]

Cubs 1, Kyle Schwarber 4, Reds 4 (7/21/15)

OSS: The Kyle Schwarber Game? Three up 1. Kyle Schwarber had a hell of a game, going 4-7 with a game tying and game winning home run. He posted a .860 WPA on the day, which seems safe to be in the top 10 across all MLB on the season. They were two completely different […]

Cubs 4, Braves 1 (7/19/15)

OSS: Cubs cruise to another win behind Jay Carrieta Three up 1. Jake Arrieta had another dominating performance, striking out ten in seven innings. Over his last six starts, he’s pitched 46.2 innings, giving up five runs and seven walks, striking out 54. Since we saw so much of Samardzija with the Cubs, his Transformation […]

Cubs Aiming To Start Off Second Half Right In Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs are in a good spot at the midway point of the 2015 MLB season, being 47-40 and in third place in the very competitive NL Central. That record would be good for first place in some other divisions, but the Cubs unfortunately have to compete with the best team in baseball (Cardinals), […]

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2008 Cubs vs 2015 Cubs (UPDATE: vs 2007 Cubs too)

Back in the heady days when the Cubs offense was clicking, I was starting to wonder about my belief that the 2008 Cubs was the best Cubs team I’ll ever see in my lifetime. I’m feeling pretty confident that’s still the case, but thought it would be interesting to see how the squads stack up. Hitters Rate […]

Where We Stand Now: ASB 2015

I figured the All Star break was as good a time as any to break out a new Where We Stand Now post. The Cubs sit in 3rd place in the NL Central, but 3rd place isn’t as bad as it sounds. They’re still a game up for the final Wild Card spot, but they’ve […]

Cubs 7, Cardinals 4 and Cubs 5, Cardinals 3 (7/7/15)

Game 1: OSS: Jake Arrieta outduels rando Cardinals starter. Three up:  1. Arrieta was cruising for most of the game and looked like he had a good shot at a Madduxes before the Cards started to break through in the seventh. He struck out four and walked two in 6.2 innings, and even managed two […]

Cardinals 6, Cubs 0 (7/6/15)

OSS: I’m going to need more beer before this series is over. Three up 1. Jon Lester struck out eight and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, though things felt like they were already falling apart in the previous inning. Further grumbling later in this post, but I don’t want to take away from […]

Baseball Prospectus Midseason Top 50 Prospects

There weren’t too many people that argued the Cubs top prospects entering this season were Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. Below them were Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kyle Schwarber and C.J.Edwards. It’s been fun to watch these guys at the MLB level, but that takes them off the top prospects list and therefore […]

Cubs 2, Marlins 0

OSS: To quote RtR from this game’s comment thread, I can’t decide what’s sadder: The Cubs’ lineup without Rizzo or the Marlins’ lineup without Stanton. Three up: 1. Kyle Hendricks was dealing today, striking out six and pitching into the eighth inning. He only had one stretch of trouble when the Marlins got two men on […]

Cubs 7, Marlins 2 (7/4/15)

OSS: A 6-RBI day by Kris Bryant cruises the Cubs to an easy win Three up 1. Kris Bryant hit a two-run shot in the first inning that probably still hasn’t landed. I think the people most upset by the bleacher expansion were probably the ballhawks. 2. Bryant then one-upped himself with a grand slam […]

Marlins 2, Cubs 1 (7/3/15)

OSS: Cubs offense continues to struggle, two runs feels like two hundred. Three up 1. Jason Hammel had a solid start, striking out five in seven innings and allowing four hits. Unfortunately two of those were solo home runs, but overall this was another solid outing that the  non-struggling version of this offense should have […]

Chicago Cubs Push Into July Trying To Break Playoff Six-Season Playoff Drought

The Chicago Cubs haven’t been to the playoffs since 2008, but with offensive reinforcements in Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, they’re entering July looking like a team about to end that drought. The Cubs got off to a nice start earlier in the year, and while they’ve slowed down a bit, they could storm back […]

Cubs 6, Mets 1 (7/2/15)

OSS: Ron Santo is smiling Three up 1. I listened to this game on the radio, so I don’t know if Arrieta literally broke a sweat in this game. Figuratively though, the Mets didn’t do much to worry him in this game aside from a double from the opposing pitcher that came around to score. […]

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Game Thread: Cubs v Mets, 7/3

It’s a day game, so let’s have a game thread! Lineups Cubs  Castro SS Rizzo 1B Montero C Coghlan LF Baxter RF Denorfia CF Herrera 3B Arrieta P Russell 2B Mets Granderson RF Ceciliani CF Murphy 3B Duda 1B Flores 2B Campbell LF Monell C deGrom P Tejada SS Sweep it for Ronnie  

Cubs 2, Mets 0 (7/1/15)

OSS: Stoppable force defeats movable object Three up 1. Jon Lester looked a little shaky early on, but settled down to shut out the Mets over seven innings, striking out seven. It is just the Mets punchless offense, but shutout performances are still always great to see, whether it’s the 27 Yankees or a beer […]

Cubs 1, Mets 0 (6/30/15)

OSS: Cubs pull a win out of their hat. Three up 1. Kyle Hendricks looked sharp last night, going six innings with no runs and six strikeouts. He had the Mets batters off balance the whole game, and along with the bullpen gave the Cubs the pitching performance they needed to break out of the […]

Cubs 1, Dodgers 0 (6/23/15)

OSS: Cubs beat a Cy winner for the second day in a row Three up 1. Hammel was cruising in this game, barely breaking a sweat until the Dodgers started to put a mini-rally together in the eighth. He only gave up two hits in 7.2 shutout innings, striking out six and somehow managed not […]

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