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Reflections on the Samardzija Trade

Last night, the Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a PTBNL. In following reactions around the Cub twitter-sphere, I was pretty surprised at how split the reactions were: fans who have bought in to what Thoyer is doing think this is on par with the Wedding […]

Alfonso Soriano, Gold Glover?

Everyone has been focusing on Darwin Barney's record breaking errorless streak, but yesterday was the first that I had heard of Soriano's. He hasn't made a single error all season and even noted Soriano critic Bob Brenly has praised his defense this year. So does he really have a shot? The thing that helps him […]

Series Preview: Iowa Cubs (23-31) at St. Louis Cardinals (33-24)

Team overview Team stats and NL ranks Cubs Cardinals wOBA .323 (5th) .344 (1st) UBR -7.3 (16th) -1.7 (12th) UZR -12.1 (14th) 6.9 (4th) SP FIP 4.07 (11th) 3.74 (4th) RP FIP 4.08 (16th) 3.78 (11th) I’m too lazy to breakdown the individual player stats. Blame the Cubs shittiness (laughing). I’ll hit the highlights. “RF” […]

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (20-15) at Chicago Cubs (15-18)

The Cubs stranded approximately 215 baserunners in the last series against the Reds, and I don’t know if I should be encouraged by the numbers of batters who got on base or discouraged by the fact that the only win the Cubs got in the series was on a 9th inning, down by one rally […]

NL Central Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

Last Year: Most thought that the Cardinals had all the pieces to run away with the NL Central, but somehow it never came together. Their offense dipped by 4 points from their 2009 rate to a .321 wOBA, good for 7th in the NL. Their pitchers posted an excellent 3.57 ERA (4th) and a 3.85 […]

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