Found April 25, 2013 on Fangraphs:
Used to be, earlier in his career, Alfonso Soriano was the very model of an undisciplined hitter. He got a lot of press, because he was a Yankee, and back in 2002, Soriano drew 22 unintentional walks while striking out 157 times. He also mashed 39 dingers, so it’s not like there was much reason f...

Vitters' Stick Leads Cubs to Victory at Talking Stick

Josh Vitters singled twice and ripped an RBI double, Carlos Penalver doubled twice, scored a run, and knocked-in another, and catcher Lance Rymel threw out five baseruners (four caught stealing and one picked-off), as the Cubs edged the Rockies 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east...

Cubs rumors: Chicago to draft Mark Appel or Jonathan Gray

The Chicago Cubs hold the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, and the team is focusing on two top young arms -- Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray -- according to Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times. For months, team sources have said that they expect the Cubs to select either Appel or Gray. The Houston Astros -- holders of the first-overall selection -- should make...

Random Cubs Thoughts on Getaway Day

With the Chicago Cubs, fans always talk about the team being in a big market with a strong fan base and lots of funds coming in. There is some truth to that, but there are some details that we should probably discuss as well. Today, Cubs President of Baseball Operations was on the Score and the Born on 3rd Cubs Blog was gracious enough to provide some tweets from the interview: Theo...

Cubs 4, Marlins 2

Anthony Rizzo had two home runs and four RBIs to power the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night, giving Chicago back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Rizzo's second career two-home run game gave him eight on the season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April. Billy Williams (1970) and Henry Rodriguez (2000) each hit seven. Scott Feldman...

Illini about to plant flag in Northwestern's backyard?

There's rivalry shenanigans and then there's what the Illini are about to pull in a few weeks. Chicago has long been a fighting ground for the college sports fans hearts - after all, it's the number one location for grads of Big Ten schools in the country - but for decades it's been the battle ground for Northwestern vs. Illinois. However, yesterday the Illini decided...

Cubs 4, Marlins 3

Luis Valbuena wasn't going to let the game go to extras. Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning off Steve Cishek (1-3) to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. ''Ninth inning, two outs, I tried to hit a home run,'' Valbuena said. ''I didn't want to play extra innings.'' The Marlins...

A Tale of Two Sluggers

Something interesting came up today as Anthony Rizzo hit another two homers to become the Cubs’ all-time leader in homers in April by a left-handed batter.  Yeah, they have small-sample meaningless stats for everything!  But all those home runs are cool despite his crap average.  At the conclusion of the game, Rizzo had a slash line of .200/.277/.506, buoyed by the fact that...

Unearned Losses (and Other Pitching Stats We Need to Use)

(Photo: TOM LYNN/AP) Last weekend, the Brewers won two games thanks to several timely errors by the Cubs.  In games started by Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman, the Brewers took the lead on unearned runs both times.  It seems like a shame for Jackson and Feldman to get tagged with losses in those cases (as much as the Cubs losing can be a “shame” anyway). It got me thinking...

Cubs Take Another

The Marlins Marlins were beaten by the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Friday in a game they trailed from the start.  Chicago has now taken the first two of the series and Miami has 18 losses on the year to go along with only five wins.   That record puts the Marlins on pace for the worst record in Major League Baseball history.   Currently, it’s good enough for worst this season in MLB...
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