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In our Hope for the Hopeless series, we take a look at all of the teams in the league that finished under .500, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2012 season.
When the Cubs reset their front office regime this past offseason, hope was seemingly restored on the north side of the windy city. However, that hope came along with the realization that this year might not be the year. Or the year after that. Or the year after that one. Make no mistake about it, Theo and Co. took on a project, not a finished product. Year one of the challenge may have ended without a shred of hope for a 2012 postseason, but it will end with a sense that hope is definitely a part of their future.
The silver lining to 2012 is that the Cubs were able to rid themselves of some unwanted contracts while adding depth to their minor league system. The first and perhaps most significant move in terms of wiping the slate clean was purging themselves of the woeful Carl...
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro stumbled and fell rounding second base on a double during the eighth inning of Saturday's MLB game at Wrigley Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Fortunately, Castro's reflexes allowed himself to break his fall to avoid a faceplant and get back to second base in time to avoid disaster.
Castro came around to score a run on...
Well, hello again everybody. It has been awhile since I shared my ridiculous and random stream of consciousness with everyone. My sincerest apologies. Life got in the way as a trip to Ireland, and that pesky thing called a “work conference” prevented me from rambling about all things Cubs including a great weekend in Pittsburgh and due propers to Alfonso Soriano who apparently...
Name: Jason Berken
Position: Starting Pitcher
Current Age: 28
Uniform Number: 57
Who is this ******* guy?
He's a former sixth round pick of the Orioles (2006). He got a chance to start for them in 2009 and sucked. He was part of their bullpen in 2010 and wasn't too bad. Then he went back to sucking in 2011 again. He has made one appearance for...
Who's up next in the End of Season Post-Mortem series? Chicago Cubs, come on down!
If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and...
Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in his career. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...
Alfonso Soriano is an interesting chap. He had a big day at the plate and in the field. He's going to have a great counting stat year, probably ending the year with 30+ homers, 100+ RBI, and one+ error and 11+ assists. His rate stats aren't awful, but they aren't tremendous. He's gone to a lighter bat. Maybe his knees are better. He's a good player with a contract...
The Pirates open a four-game series in Chicago on Friday. Right-hander James McDonald will be on the mound for the Bucs. The Cubs will toss lefty Chris Rusin.
Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...
The Chicago Cubs are going all-out in their quest not to lose 100 games this season. Well, almost all-out. Team president Theo Epstein met with reporters on the field before Friday's 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. It was the Cubs' first game after a long, 10-game road trip. Epstein said he sees the symbolic value in not losing 100, something...
This week we welcome back Julie after a long absence and came to the conclusion that we still don't really don't know what to make of Jeff Samardzija after a full year. We also wonder how much longer the Cubs' season ticket waiting list can remain in the six digit range while the Cubs lose in the three digit range. And somewhere along the way we lost Julie.
Alright guys. The Chicago Cubs. You’ve played them before. They are a terrible team. You too are a terrible team, at least right now. It wasn’t always that way though. Even this calendar year, you have been good. Successful. What you need to do is play baseball. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Hit the [...]
Pirates (72-70) at Cubs (56-87)
2:20 PM EST–Wrigley Field, Chicago
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports, WGN
Well, the Pirates have gotten chance after chance after chance to stay in the wild card hunt despite their awful play recently. And here comes another chance, as they still somehow sit only three games out.
The Pirates are in Chicago for a four game set against...
I like to read message boards. I often frequent the Steelerfury message boards. They allow me to post my blog posts on their Pittsburgh Sports forum and a decent group of people talk Bucco-baseball. It’s nice really. Anyway I was reading there and one of the members posted this. If they don’t make the playoffs, [...]