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Boston Red Sox
The Cubs somehow managed to scratch together enough runs to take a series from the Pirates. Now they head to relatively warm Atlanta for another three game set. Atlanta beat up on their aging divisional rivals, the Phillies in their opening series.
Here's how the teams looked in 2012. NL Ranks in parentheses.
I think it's safe to say that the Braves had the best defense last year. Those numbers could take a blow with the loss of Michael Bourn, who was rated as a plus-plus fielder by both UZR and DRS. The Braves replaced him with BJ Upton, who has been more adventurous in CF. They'll still have a solid defensive outfield with Justin Upton and Heyward beside him, but they're probably going to drop down a peg from elite to simply very good. The only noted weak link def...
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If I had asked you to give me a current or former athlete to defend the actions of Rutgers head coach Mike Rice, who would it be? Would Chipper Jones come to mind? Probably not. Which is why it was quite surprising to read the former Atlanta Braves great’s musings on Twitter on Wednesday evening, where he seemingly called out the Rutgers basketball players: I got cursed at and...
If stakeholders agree on the proposed Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field renovation deal, some owners of nearby rooftops may take to legal means to protect their rights. The new plans call for a Jumbotron in the iconic left field that will admittedly obscure the view of rooftops in that direction“minimally” sources close to the deal stated according to the Chicago Sun Times. Additional...
Apparently licking your fingers is the appropriate response to giving up runs in the bottom of the 9th.
Since it’s going to happen pretty much every night, we’ll continue to highlight the ****** relief performance of the night. (I think we need a name for it). Tonight’s winner was Carlos Marmol. Yes, yes. He did actually record a save. But check out the stat line...
Did the Cubs win yesterday?
Minor League In
Cubs signed Donnie Murphy to a minor-league deal. He's a better option than Edwin Maysonet or Alberto Gonzalez in my opinion. Hopefully he never sniffs our major league roster, but if Barney is out for an extended period, you could do worse than Murphy (of course, you could do better).
Minor League Out
Cubs lost Robert Whitenack...
ATLANTA Taking three cuts after the Braves 4-1 win over the Cubs at Turner Field on Friday night.
1. Yes, He Is A Leadoff Hitter
The knock on Andrelton Simmons entering his first season atop the order was that he wasn't a prototypical leadoff man.
Last season the shortstop drew just 12 walks in 49 games, possessing a 6.6 rate that ranked 13th on the Braves. He had one stolen...
B.J. Upton led off the ninth inning with a homer and his brother Justin followed one out later with another long ball that helped the Atlanta Braves rally past embattled Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol for a 6-5 victory Saturday night.
Justin Upton went 3 for 5 with two RBIs. He also homered in the first and now has five homers in Atlanta's first five games.
The Braves rallied...
Hi Cubs fans! It’s so nice to (officially) be back, now that the season has started. I missed baseball SO much, as I’m sure you all did too. Well, let’s get into the recap of the Cubs’ first series of the 2013 Season.
Cubs 3, Pirates 1
W: Samardzija (1-0) L: Burnett (0-1) SV: Fujikawa (1)
In his first Opening Day start, Jeff Samardzija dominated the Pirates. After...