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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.
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Of all the worries the Chicago Cubs have about their young players going into next year, first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not one of them. Rizzo continued to show that he's the real deal in Sunday's 13-9 comeback win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field. He enjoyed his first two-homer game, including his first grand slam. He also drove in a career-high six runs, becoming...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and drove in six to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 13-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Rizzo hit a two-run shot in a four-run fifth inning, then capped a five-run sixth with his first career grand slam to seize the lead for Chicago. The six RBI are a career-high, and it was also the 23-year-old's first multihomer game.
For the first time since Aug. 1, the Pirates found a way to beat the Cubs – apparently it’s a lot harder than it looks. The Bucs finally stopped the bleeding at 7 games, but they’ve already lost too much blood so this quick clot isn’t going to fix much even if they are somehow still only 2 games out of the wild card.
The Buccos picked up the 7-6 win but they led 7-3 heading...
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, [...]
Whoa! A Win! Win today and that’s two in a row. Win tomorrow and that’s a winning streak. I have my doubts. First Pitch: 2:20 PM EST Where to Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, WGN Chris Volstad, RHP (25) What a disaster Volstad has been for Theo and the Cubs. He has been quite awful People [...]