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Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (26-15) at Chicago Cubs (13-26)

The Brewers have cooled off a bit relative to their hot start to the season, ‘merely’ going .500 over their last 10 games. They’re down a few offensive weapons, with Aramis Rodrigo on the DL due to a hamstring injury and Carlos Gomez serving his suspension from last month’s brawl to take a few days […]

Alfredo Despaigne Profile

I’ll be GW’s pinch hitter, and hopefully he can give Alfredo a more thorough treatment than I can. Since Jose Dariel Abreu defected last year, the title of “best player not in the MLB” has fallen to Alfredo Despaigne. He is a multiple MVP of the Cuban League, and better yet, he is a corner […]

Series thread for the inevitable ass-whuppin’ by the Cards

None of us have time for a proper series preview so this title by cubsnorkia (Rice Cube) will have to do. Enjoy the ass kicking. If that’s not enough, enjoy this nonsense by Alvin. All of BCB is melting down now. This isn’t even by Alvin: “Don’t think I can be a Cubs fan any […]

Cubes 2, Barves 5 (5/12/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Cubes strikeout 14 times, and put Russell into the game. Three Up 1. Starlin Castro went 2-4 with a double and a strikeout. 2. Nate Schierholtz walked and doubled in 2 runs. 3. Anthony Rizzo is good, even when he isn’t that good.  He went 1-3 with a walk, but […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 6

Previous editions are here. This week, I’ll focus mainly on starting pitchers. Starting Pitchers Josh Beckett I understand that some find owning older, injury-prone veterans like Beckett distasteful, but he should really be on a roster in every league right now. His velocity is up, he’s throwing his curveball as frequently as he did in […]

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Series Preview: Cubes (12-21) at Barves (18-15)

Atlanta has been having trouble scoring runs this year, and is currently on a 2-8 skid that included sweeps by the Marlins and Giants. To get an idea of how awful the Braves offense has been, they have score 24 runs fewer than the mighty Cubs offense. Ouch. We could see less than 15 total runs scored […]

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Javier Baez’s slow starts

The Cubs top prospect Javier Baez is off to a forgettable start this year. Over 92 plate appearances he’s batting only .169/.250/.313. To his credit, he’s carried over a much improved walk rate from AA. It’s at 7.6% (7.9% at AA), but he’s struck out in 37% of his plate appearances. One thing we’ve gotten […]

Ryno’s Wet Dream: Day 1 of the NFL Draft

It’s time to throw Ryno a bone. Today is Round 1 of the NFL Draft. We’ll use this thread as a dump. Also, I’ll have a little contest. Anyone who wants to submit the first round of draft picks, do so in the comments. I only care about when they are drafted, not where. For […]

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Series Preview: Chicago White Sox (15-17) vs Chicago Cubs (11-18)

As far as I can tell, the Crosstown Cup no longer has BP as a sponsor. Fear not, I’m sure we’ll find out tonight that the Cubs sold the naming rights to Donald Sterling two weeks ago. As awful as the Cubs have been this year, they only have a -6 run differential. The Phillies […]

Al Yellon’s writing. It will hurt you, every time.

Here’s Al Yellon’s recap for yesterday’s game. Cardinals 5, Cubs 4: Walks Will Hurt You, Every Time The Cubs played well Sunday night, but hurt themselves with walks. Interesting premise! The Cubs lost the game. They must have given up way more walks than normal. *checks box score: 4 walks allowed* Well, maybe they just didn’t […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: The Story So Far (AAA and AA)

It’s been awhile since we’ve touched on the minor leagues this season. dmick has been busy. Seeing as I held the post of “minor league wonk” fairly recently, I thought I’d give a short synopsis of each team so far. Iowa Arismendy Alcantara has not been so great this year. His walk rate is down […]

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (5/5/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Yadier Molina owned the Cubs again off of a fluky single in the 9th, and Rizzo was the zero, not the hero. Three Up 1. The Valbuena/Olt battle is just about wrapped up at this point. Luis Luis walked, doubled and tripled. If the battle is between a guy who […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 5

My apologies for the late (and short) offering. I was indisposed today. Plenty of my previous rec’s are still widely available, given that these tend toward the deeper options. Dallas Keuchel An Astros starting pitcher? Really? Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are. And I don’t blame you for passing; he’s not likely to […]

Cubs 9, Reds 4 (5/1/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: A to the Rizzo dominates Cingrani/Christiani, and Cubs tee off on fastball guys. Three Up 1. Couldn’t be anyone but Rizzo, who walked 4 times and hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. His WPA for yesterday’s game was a stout .298. 2. Starlin Castro had almost as good […]

Cubs Report Card

The season is 1/7th over. Since we essentially are at the end of April, I thought it’d be a good time to go down the roster and assign grades to everyone. I’ll put a short blurb out as well. Welington Castillo Beef Castle has been more-or-less what he’s been his whole career; league-average at the […]

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