The 2015 Chicago Cubs: This Won’t Be a Nice Season

2015 had a chance of being a feel-good season for the Chicago Cubs, but that can’t happen now. Back when Kris Bryant was making a long-shot case for an All-Star berth and Kyle Schwarber was pretending he could destroy American League pitching when given the chance to DH, Near the end of July, the Cubs […]

Cubs 8, Giants 5 (8/25/15)

OSS: Cubs make a laugher of it early, and a nailbiter of it late. Three Up 1. Jake Arrieta had a perfecto through 3, and ended the day allowing no earned runs (1 unearned on his own error, though), striking out 8 over 6 innings and allowing a single walk. Much like Rizzo deserves to […]

Anthony Rizzo: MVP Candidate?

Let’s start this article by talking about Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber is awesome, and this year he’s put up a .275/.373/.558 line. That’s really good, and a .931 OPS/153 wRC+ is good for 10th among all hitters in baseball with 160 PA. Incredible, right? Well, Anthony Rizzo is 9th. That’s right: as incredible as Schwarber has performed […]

To Catch a Cardinal

The Cubs are 7 losses clear of the Giants and 6 losses away from the Cardinals. In a very real sense, the Cubs are closer to the division than they are to falling out of the Wild Card. However, that doesn’t mean that the Cubs are really all that close to getting there. BP has […]

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. […]

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), […]

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 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 […]

Cubs 8, Twins 0 (6/21/15)

OSS: A shutout by Arrieta and a grand slam by Fowler blow the doors off the Twins. Three up 1. Arrieta shook off whatever rust he had in his last outing, a laboring, career-worst six walk game. He went the distance, allowing only four hits and no walks and striking out seven. 2. The most memorable […]

The Cubs Rookie of the Year

It’s been an awesome year to be a Cubs fan, especially if you plan on being a Cubs fan in the future. They are pretty good and pretty fun. What’s more, they are crazily young. Soler, Bryant, Russell, and Schwarber are ALL eligible for Rookie of the Year. Any of the 4 could belong in […]

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6/18/15 Game Thread (Cubs v. Indians)

Here we go again. Our game thread may or may not have contributed to the 17-0 destruction of the Cleveland Indians last night. It’s hard to say. If Al’s hats have some sort of bearing on the fortune of this team, surely the 165th best and most discredited Cubs blog’s first game thread in ages could […]

The Cardinals are in a loooooooooot of trouble

The Cardinals are being investigated by the FBI for hacking into the Astros. My professional opinion: hahahahahaahahahahhahahaha More on this to come. From Tim:

Cubs 2, Reds 1 (6/14/15)

OSS: Castro puts yesterday’s game on repeat. Three Up 1. How can it not be Starlin Castro? He went 3-5 with the game winning double single (he never touched second, too busy celebrating), and he looks to be turning the corner nicely. This lineup goes from pretty good to pretty great when Castro is hitting, […]

Ian Happ profile

With the 9th pick in the draft the Cubs selected Ian Happ, 2B/LF out of the University of Cincinnati. Who is he, really? The first thing to note is that he’s a junior. It’s possible that he could go back to school and come out again just next year, but I find it very unlikely. […]

MLB Draft is today

In perhaps the best sign yet that the Cubs are respectable, not one shit has been given as to where the Cubs might draft in 2016. A 73-win campaign has given the Cubs the #9 spot in today’s draft, which is widely considered one of the weakest in recent memory. I won’t pretend that I […]

Cubs Journey Back To Respectability Garnering Big Crowds, Higher Ticket Prices

The Chicago Cubs march into June as one of the nicer surprises in all of Major League Baseball in 2015. To this point, they’ve done a solid job maintaining balance on both sides of the ball, as they have been able to provide timely offense along with quality pitching. With Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and […]

The Cubs’ Bright Spot

After a nice little run to start the season, the Cubs have come back to Earth somewhat. It’s been a tough stretch, going just .500 over the last 30 games and losing 6 of the last 10 (to very good teams, mind you). I know that I thought the Cubs would definitely score runs, and […]