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Rafael Dolis (credits below) I'll be analyzing two different players of the same position who are available in at least 50 percent of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues. If you're torn between who to add, this column should offer some insight into each players' strengths, weaknesses and prospects going forward. The following duel is between two interim closers - one with lesser skills and more job security, and the other with a closer-worthy profile who is stuck in a committee. Rafael Dolis ChC-RP | 34% ESPN and 33% Yahoo) The most pressing question here - who is Rafael Dolis (pronounced "Doe-leese") and why should I trust him? A limited Wikipedia entry asks me to believe he's a 24 year-old homegrown talent who began his pitching career back in 2006. He recorded 17 saves in 72 IP in Double-A in 2011, with a 3.22 ERA and 48 Ks. He skipped Triple-A entirely, and outside of a 1 1/3 inning audition in 2011, has zero major league experience. However, the Cubs turned ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Javier Baez singled three times, stole two bases, and scored the only Cub run, but the Rockies scored three runs late in the game to break a 1-1 tie and defeated the Cubs 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ
The game was extended an extra inning so that all of the Cubs...
Yasiel Balaguert singled, doubled, and walked, drove-in three runs, and scored another, and Xavier Batista drilled a two-run double, walked twice, scored a run, and notched another outfield assist (he now has five in 17 EXST games), leading the Cubs a 9-4 victory over the Giants in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #4 in Scottsdale...
SORRY I MISSED YOU...
After blowing his first save in his last 50 tries, Brewers closer John Axford left a note for the media about having to run to the hospital to be with his wife for the birth of their child.
A visual analysis of Bryan LaHair’s swing.
Yes. Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair will sustain his success. The Cubs have indeed caught lightning in a bottle.
LaHair is leading the MLB with a .510 BABIP and is third behind Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton with a 36.4% HR/FB ratio. Fans of Chicago’s northside and fans of regression to the mean have begun to pay extra close attention...
Asking someone for their phone number can take courage, and rejection is never easy. Most people also don't need to worry about getting rejected too publicly, either, althought one's friend's might giggle when watching the rejection from across the room. One Chicago Cubs fan was unlucky with his advances towards a ball girl at the Chicago Cubs game, according to some...
Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol left the game against the Milwaukee Brewers with two outs in the seventh inning Friday night with a strained right hamstring.
Marmol, who lost his job as the Cubs' closer last week, had given up a run on a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. He had a 1-2 count on Corey Hart when catcher Wellington Castillo visited the mound and summoned...
Well, well, well. This team ain’t so awful. In fact, they are not half-bad. Heck, they are even somewhat mediocre and, while we’re at it, they can be downright entertaining.
After a grotesque and gut-wrenching 3-11 start, the Cubs have won 10 of 17 and head to Milwaukee to face a surprisingly struggling Brew Crew. So, with the impending series in Milwaukee, I just have...
Miguel Marte and Jensi Peralta clubbed back-to-back home runs to highlight a six-run 9th, as the A's rallied to sting the Cubs 7-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.
The 6'3 230 Marte belted two home runs in the game, a solo blast leading off the top of the 4th to give the A's a 1-0 lead, and then a grand...
Dear Randy -
You could do a lot worse.
I bet you didn't know that Forbes Magazine ranked Des Moines the #1 city in America for young professionals. And you gotta be the only one around here pulling down $2.7M per annum. You should get out more and explore. That's probably advice you're not used to getting but since you may be here for a while...
There's much more...
RHP Carlos Marmol left Friday's game after facing four batters in the seventh inning. The Chicago Cubs say he has a strained right hamstring. He will return to Chicago Saturday for an MRI, and it looks like he could be headed to the disabled list. Marmol was trying
to regain his stride after losing his job as closer.
There's been a rash of injuries to some star fantasy players this year, and many of those injuries occurred to closers. The loss of Mariano Rivera was the most recent development, as the legendary closer tore his ACL late last week. But if your fantasy team is struggling in the saves department there still are some solid options out there to grab. NESN's Julie Weatherbee...
Cubs go with the right-heavy lineup against struggling southpaw Randy Wolf.
Which will happen first?
Dempster wins a game