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World Series Dreaming:
Today is officially June, which means we can now look back at all of April and May because everyone loves arbitrary endpoints. As of May 31, the 2013 Cubs have scored 221 runs while giving up only 210. They should be better than their 23-30 record suggests, but baseball happens.
The Cubs had an offensive turnaround between April and May. In April, they were only 10-16 with 92 runs scored with 111 given up. But once May was done, they went 13-14 (still not good, but not terrible) with 129 runs scored and only 99 given up. As of now, the Cubs are around league average in runs scored and better than average in preventing runs once the entire season is factored in. They still have yet to score ten runs in a game, but that’ll come.
This all comes with a team OPS of .722, which doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that the team on-base percentage is just .303 and ranks near the bottom of the majors. There are still three teams that are better than the Cubs in their own division, two of which are legitimate (the jury is still out on the Pirates). Dale Sveum has employed platoons about as well as he could to maximize the production of guys like Nate Schierholtz and Cody Ransom, while regulars such as Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo have been struggling a bit. The best offensive player might be one of the bloody pitchers (Travis Wood, OPS = .903 (!!!) ). There’s still a lot of work to be done, and I’m not entirely sure the Cubs can avoid a sell-off in July.
Next up is the MLB Draft, and then we’ll start exploring trade scenarios. In the meantime, be glad that the Cubs haven’t sucked as much lately and have actually been enjoyable to watch.
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Tonight’s (well, yesterday’s, now) game was pretty terrible. The Cubs did not win. They were going to win at one point, but then weird stuff happened and somehow Carlos Marmol got most of the blame. Of course, that is fair given the win expectancy chart. Marmol’s wildness and giving up that monstrous grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt (who is very very strong and was pretty...
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Samardzija exchanged words with D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy and third base coach Matt Williams at different times in Arizona'...
Alfonso Soriano has consistently hit well against the Diamondbacks during his career. The Cubs hope that trend continues Friday as they try to win five in a row for the first time in nearly two years in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
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It’s not often the Diamondbacks score 12 runs (actually never, so far in 2013) but Arizona did just that in a 12-4 victory over the Cubs Saturday night. Paul Goldschmidt led the charge, hitting an absolute bomb for his first career regular season grand slam.
Jeff Samardzija proved nearly unhittable earlier this week while throwing his first career shutout. The surging Cubs may not need him to be as sharp given their recent efforts at the plate.
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Scott Hairston hit a grand slam and Matt Garza got his first victory of the season as the Cubs extended their winning streak to five games by defeating the Diamondbacks 7-2 on Friday.
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Foreward: I hate Cubs v. White Sox. I grew up on the southwest side of the city as a White Sox fan before converting after a baseball hiatus in 1998. Since interleague play began this series has been a lightning rod for stupid. Nothing brings out the absolute worst in Chicago fans quite like Cubs v. White Sox, and that stupidity was on full display this year.
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As the public battle as to whether or not Wrigley Field should undergo a facelift continues...the Chicago Cubs have an unlikely supporter backing them up.
Former Chicago White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen.
"It's about time," the outspoken Guillen said. "Finally they start doing the right thing. It's 2013. I think the new owners and the new GM and the new...
The Arizona Diamondbacks will close out a solid month of May by heading to the Windy City to face the Cubs.