Daily Facepalm 4.6.13

Cubs lose The Cubs dropped the first game of their series against the Braves. Scott Feldman gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings, and is lucky he didn't give up more than that. He allowed 4 hits, walked four, hit a batter, had two wild pitches, and topped it off with a fielding error. Behind him, […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-5-13

Iowa Cubs 6 @ Alburquerque Isotopes 10 The Iowa Cubs were first in the Cubs organization in 2013 to score more than 3 runs in a game. It's not like they've played that many games (8th game), but it's still nice to see some offense. Drew Carpenter got the start for the Cubs and wasn't […]

4/5 Game Thread – Cubs at Braves

Lineups (With ZiPS projected wOBA or FIP) Cubs CF Dave Sappelt (.304) SS Starlin Castro (.334) 1B Anthony Rizzo (.365) LF Alfonso Soriano (.328) RF Scott Hairston (.322) C Welington Castillo (.308) 3B Brent Lillibridge (.282) 2B Alberto Gonzalez (.266) P Scott Feldman (3.83) Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (.306) RF Jason Heyward (.350) LF Justin Upton […]

Series Preview: Cubs (2-1) at Braves (2-1)

The Cubs somehow managed to scratch together enough runs to take a series from the Pirates. Now they head to relatively warm Atlanta for another three game set. Atlanta beat up on their aging divisional rivals, the Phillies in their opening series.  Team Overviews Here's how the teams looked in 2012. NL Ranks in parentheses.   […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow 4/4/13

The minor league season is officially underway. All four full season affiliates began their season on Thursday. I would think these updates would evolve as the season goes on. I’d really like to highlight players we don’t typically consider prospects, as well as covering the prospects we all know about. My intention is to let […]

Cubs @ Pirates Game Chat

The Cubs are set to finish their first series of the year. They'll be looking to get back over .500. The game begins at 11:35 CT and the lineups are below.  Cubs David DeJesus, CF Starlin Castro, SS Anthony Rizzo, 1B Alfonso Soriano, LF Nate Schierholtz, RF Dioner Navarro, C Luis Valbuena, 3B Hide your […]

Daily Facepalm: 4/4/13

Did the Cubs win yesterday? Minor League In Cubs signed Donnie Murphy to a minor-league deal. He's a better option than Edwin Maysonet or Alberto Gonzalez in my opinion. Hopefully he never sniffs our major league roster, but if Barney is out for an extended period, you could do worse than Murphy (of course, you […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: Daytona (A+) and Kane County (A-) Rosters

It was reported the other day that Javier Baez would begin the 2013 season down at Low A in Kane County. However, the rosters announced yesterday have him, and Jorge Soler, in Daytona. Below is the roster for the Daytona Cubs. Pitchers RHP Yeiper Castillo: The 24 year old signed out of Venezuela never played […]

The Journeymen of Tomorrow: Iowa (AAA) and Tennessee (AA) Rosters

The minor league season begins in earnest tomorrow, and Obstructed View is going to do better than ever at covering it. DJ had been coverin the minor leagues here in the past and due to no fault of his own, dmick89 and myself have taken it over. Truthfully, dmick89 finds little else to talk about, […]

Daily Facepalm 4.3.13

Draft bonus pools announced Not shockingly, the Cubs have the second largest bonus pool at ~$10.5m. The Nats have the lowest at ~$2.5m due to their low draft position and losing their pick for signing Rafael Soriano.  Cubs sign Ryan Sweeney The Cubs signed OF Ryan Sweeney to a minor league deal and have him stashed […]

DiPS Game Score

I've been tinkering around with a pitching statistic for starters, and I think I'm ready to share it. It's a new take on an old stat called Game Score. Game Score was developed by Bill James to give a single number to a pitching performance that should tell you how they did. I like the […]

Opening Day postgame thread – Cubs 3, Pirates 1

Cubs win! The Cubs took an early lead on a first inning home run by Anthony Rizzo that still hasn't landed. Combine that with eight strong innings by Jeff Samardzija (two hits, one walk, 9 strikeouts) and it's a recipe for a Cubs win. Carlos Marmol made the end of the game interesting by doing […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (0-0) at Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0)

Well, here we go with another season of Cubs baseball. The Cubs open the season in what is probably the most beautiful ballpark in baseball (it's certainly one of the top 30). At least, beautiful when the weather forecast isn't 40s and raining. The Pirates aren't the punching bag they used to be – they've […]

Obstructed View Season Predictions

Our long national nightmare is finally over! The Cubs play today at 1:35 ET, and at around 5:00 ET I will be drunk and the Cubs will be a game out of first place. Now that the season is here, I rounded up all of our contributors and asked around for predictions. Without further ado, […]

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