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Cubs rally in 9th, survive replay challenge against Red Sox

A tense pitchers' duel didn't provide nearly as much suspense for the Cubs as a game-ending replay that validated their 2-1 win over the Red Sox. "It was nerve-wracking, especially with Papi (David Ortiz) coming up," Anthony Rizzo said. A challenge by Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that third baseman Luis Valbuena threw out Dustin Pedroia with the tying...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Cubs Game Ends With Close Play That Boston Challenges (Video)

BOSTON — The umpire’s fist went up, the call was confirmed and the Red Sox again walked away frustrated. Dustin Pedroia was thrown out on a bang-bang play at first base Tuesday to end the Red Sox’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park. Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the close call, but the initial ruling was confirmed, ending Boston’s attempt to rally in the...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe the Cubs should at least pad the doors…

On Thursday night, even worse than probably the night before, the fog really affected the Cubs-Nationals contest at Wrigley Field: Your browser does not support iframes. It was interesting to see Denard Span with the full “WTF?!” expression in center field as Luis Valbuena‘s “triple” fell in behind him. It was amazing that no outfielders got conked in the head at the last...
Via World Series Dreaming
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Outfielder Denard Span Loses Fly Ball In Wrigley Field Fog (GIF)

Catching a fly ball is a difficult thing to do, no matter the circumstances. Catching a fly ball while looking into thick fog? Well that’s just about impossible, as Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span found out Thursday night. Fog wreaked havoc during the Nationals’ game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and that came to a head during the sixth inning. That’s...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Denard Span lose a fly ball in the fog at Wrigley Field

And so, it was a foggy night last night at Wrigley Field (Cubs 5, Nationals 3). Up above, video of Denard Span losing a fly ball in the thick fog in the sixth inning, which led to a Luis Valbuena triple. Good thing nobody got hurt. Here's Span: "I didn’t even know it was coming at me, to be honest with you. I didn’t know where it was. I finally figured that the...
Via Nationals Enquirer
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Denard Span loses fly ball in thick fog at Wrigley Field (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. The Washington Nationals were in Chicago to take on the Cubs Thursday and the conditions at Wrigley field were less than desirable for those playing in the outfield. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena hit a fly ball to center field that would […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Idunno’s on Third: 2014 Edition

The Cubs didn’t do much tonight, but take a look at the slash line for Luis Valbuena: .288/.394/.456 I figured that Valbuena would have a pretty good OBP, but he has been on a tear lately and so while I wasn’t paying attention, his batting average shot up and despite striking out in his last at-bat, hes OPSing .850 in a part-time role.  As Cubs fans we are familiar with his...
Via World Series Dreaming
28 days ago  |  Discuss

This week in replay reviews (June 11th edition)

I think we’re getting used to replay – but that doesn’t mean controversy is dead and buried. Why would it be? June 4th, White Sox vs Tigers – rundown chaos. Rundowns where a team is able to get two outs but can’t are the worst. Adrian Gonzalez was originally ruled safe at third base, but upon review, was shown to have never touched the bag with his foot before getting...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins' Henderson Alvarez leaves Sunday's game with left hip strain

CHICAGO -- Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez exited Sunday afternoon's game against the Chicago Cubs with a left hip strain with one out in the sixth inning. Alvarez ran to cover first on Luis Valbuena's grounder to Garrett Jones, whose high throw made Alvarez jump and awkwardly land in a split behind the base. He remained on the ground, where training staff, manager...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Cubs 7, Mets 4

The Mets (28-32) lost to the Cubs (23-34) by a score of 7-4 on Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets and figured that, with the run support he had gotten (or lack thereof) in his first few starts, he shouldn’t even bother trying. deGrom had his worst outing to date, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in just 5 innings. The Mets had a chance...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Oh my gawd Luis Valbuena is the backup catcher

RED ALERT!  RED ALERT!  THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Seriously, they even said it…since John Baker is nursing a sore throat from the foul ball last night, Welington Castillo is on the disabled list due to a ribcage strain, leaving only Eli Whiteside as a bonafide catcher at the major league level, it’s going to be Luis Valbuena to the rescue… If necessary Luis Valbuena is emergency...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Wood, Valbuena lead Cubs to 3-2 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Other than one bad pitch, Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood had a pretty good night. Wood came within five outs of pitching his first career shutout before allowing Carlos Quentin's pinch-hit, two-run home run, and Chicago held on to beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Saturday night. Wood (5-4) hit an RBI single and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs, who bounced...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees beat Cubs in 13 innings 4-2

Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports It was a clear, 74 degree day at Chicago’s Wrigley field on Wednesday, May 21st.  A beautiful day for a baseball game  The crowd of 34,808 was treated to a 13 inning game as the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-2. It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the fourth.  Luis Valbuena singled to right center for the Cubs.  Wellington...
Via TopSportsReport
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 2 (4/22/14)

(A note for the reader: I’m home today with a sick little one. She’s asleep, so I’m writing this while watching Season 3: Episode 6 of Breaking Bad (titled: Sunset). There will be spoilers if you haven’t gotten this far). OSS: Hammel dominated, and Olt finally had a no-doubt home run. BBA: I like Walter’s new partner, but really what I love more is the music. Very impressive...
Via Obstructed View OLD
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4/3/14

Did the Cubs Win? Cubes 3 @ Pirates 4 (16 innings) OSS: Cubs tie it up in 9th, blow it in 12th, and kiss it goodbye in 16th. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena‘s single in the top of the 9th tied the game, part of a 3-6, 2 BB day. Even if Olt doesn’t seize 3B, we should really start to recognize how useful a player Valbuena really is, providing decent production with a decent glove at...
Via Obstructed View OLD
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs opening day roster finalized

Alberto Cabrera DFA, Brian Schlitter takes final spot With the bullpen sorted out (for now), the Cubs opening day roster looks like: C Welington Castillo C John Buck 1B Anthony Rizzo 2B/SS Darwin Barney SS Starlin Castro 3B Mike Olt 2B/3B Luis Valbuena 2B/SS/3B/CF Emilio Bonifacio OF Ryan Kalish OF Ryan Sweeney OF Junior Lake RF Nate Schierholtz RF Justin Ruggiano SP Jeff Samardzija...
Via Obstructed View OLD
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

I Still Like My Philly 3B More Than Mike Olt 3B

You, "So, Grey, I appreciate a well-coiffed mustache as much as the next straight man, but are you trying to tell me Luis Valbuena isn't a virtual lock at 3rd base?" Crazy shizz, right? The Cubs made the right move and went with Mike Olt to at least platoon at 3rd base. Here's what I kinda said in the past, "Don’t you love when New Yorkers say the expression...
Via Razzball
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

I Still Like My Philly 3B More Than Mike Olt 3B

You, "So, Grey, I appreciate a well-coiffed mustache as much as the next straight man, but are you trying to tell me Luis Valbuena isn't a virtual lock at 3rd base?" Crazy shizz, right? The Cubs made the right move and went with Mike Olt to at least platoon at 3rd base. Here's what I kinda said in the past, "Don’t you love when New Yorkers say the expression...
Via Razzball
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

I Still Like My Philly 3B More Than Mike Olt 3B

You, "So, Grey, I appreciate a well-coiffed mustache as much as the next straight man, but are you trying to tell me Luis Valbuena isn't a virtual lock at 3rd base?" Crazy shizz, right? The Cubs made the right move and went with Mike Olt to at least platoon at 3rd base. Here's what I kinda said in the past, "Don’t you love when New Yorkers say the expression...
Via Razzball
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #7

The Cubs used a power display to defeat the A’s on Sunday. I’m disappointed that Luis Valbuena didn’t really bat flip.  And then there was this defensive masterpiece by Darnell McDonald… He’ll get to laugh it off because the Cubs won. In other news, Starlin Castro got to play in minor league camp on Sunday and should be getting defensive innings soon. On the transactional...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #9

The Cubs beat the White Sox on Friday by a touchdown.  Luis Valbuena decided he didn’t like Sox pitching… As an added bonus, we get to hear Hawk Harrelson be sorta sad.  Chris Rusin pitched well, and Mike Olt got on base three times as the DH. In other Cubs news, Javier Baez had a minor foot injury (right heel contusion) after legging out an infield single, but he should be...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Olt: Cubs 3B job should be his on opening day

Mike Olt versus Luis Valbuena is not quite comparable to Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier trading blows in the boxing ring. However, the spring training battle for the Chicago Cubs starting third base job is one of the most intriguing matchups for Cubs fans to follow.  Although Olt has out-produced Valbuena to date this spring, we would still give Mike Olt the starting position...
Via The Sports Bank
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Searching for Starters: NL Central Edition

As much as we would all like our favorite clubs to employ multiple star sluggers and a handful of true aces, this is more of a fantasy than a realistic situation. I can’t even pull this off in fantasy ball, now that I think about it. In any case, filling roster weaknesses is both tricky and necessary. The key is simply to identify value where others do not, and that is what I will...
Via Batting Leadoff
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Violence in Venezuela is horror for Cubs who live there

For much of the first two weeks of spring training, Luis Valbuena lived in fear, clinging to one daily hope. Maybe today is the day my family can get out of Venezuela. . . .Maybe tomorrow. ‘‘The problem is they keep canceling the flights,’’ said Valbuena, whose wife and two young sons finally escaped the escalating protests and violence in their country late last week...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Cubs: PECOTA Hitters

It's projection season and though I've not covered them in as much detail as I have in the past, I still enjoy it. We took a look at the Cubs PECOTA pitcher projections last week and they were unimpressive. Particularly unimpressive for Jeff Samardzija, but I don't buy it.  Instead of adding commentary at the end, I'll do it before I post the projections.  Not...
Via Obstructed View OLD
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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