Stuff to read while everyone else is at the Cubs Convention

Today was my birthday.  I had considered going to Cubs Convention a while back, but decided not to.  Thankfully everyone else on Team WSD decided to brave the crowds (SOLD OUT!) and will bring you news later.  For the time being, here’s some stuff I gleaned while perusing the Twitters and reading up on news. The Chicago Cubs have settled with all of their arbitration-eligible...
Via World Series Dreaming
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Arbitration Figures

The Cubs had 7 players that could head to arbitration cases, they've settled with 5 of them today. Today happened to be the deadline when teams and players had to file their arbitation numbers if they were going to go to a hearing, thus the influx of news on completed deals. F. Doubront got $1.925M (1st time arb eligible) Chris Coghlan got $2.505M (1st time arb eligible) W. Castillo...
Via Cub Reporter
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop uninjured after crash in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic but was not injured, officials said Friday. The 29-year-old was driving a pickup truck when he crashed against a wall late Wednesday along a road southwest of the capital of Santo Domingo. ''We've talked with Pedro's family, and they've told us he...
Via AP on Fox
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Pedro Strop involved in car accident (photo)'s Carrie Muskat has announced that the Chicago Cubs have confirmed that reliever Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic late Thursday night. Strop, though, has no initial signs of serious injury, but no further details are yet available.#Cubs say Pedro Strop is fine after car accident in Dominican Thu night, which is amazing when you see his...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo of Pedro Strop’s Car Accident is Horrifying; Strop Somehow Survives

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher, Pedro Strop, was in a serious car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday night. All reports out of the Dominican are that Strop is basically fine, and DR police have confirmed that Strop was racing at least one other driver. Pedro Strop’s Car Accident Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. No word...
Via Sports Mockery
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs reliever somehow OK after being involved in awful accident

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, and after looking at his car, it’s pretty shocking that initial reports about his condition are positive. Here is the car the Pedro Strop was in. Details are unclear. I'm efforting an update. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 28, 2014   Report...
Via The Outside Corner
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop involved in car accident, is somehow OK

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, and after looking at his car, it’s pretty shocking that initial reports about his condition are positive. Here is the car the Pedro Strop was in. Details are unclear. I'm efforting an update. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 28, 2014 Report I just got...
Via Bloguin Best
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pedro Strop Involved in Car Accident

According to media reports and pictures from the scene, Cubs reliever, Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic late Thursday night. While details are fairly hazy, it appears that the crash was non-fatal, and Pedro Strop is in stable condition. According to some reports, Strop’s car was rear-ended, prompting the car to spin out of control and crash into...
Via Baseball Essential
November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Steamer Projections

The postseason is barely underway, but the projections will start rolling out. The Steamer projections came out yesterday or the day before. 2015 Chicago Cubs Steamer Projections Name IP H ER HR SO BB WHIP K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP Pedro Strop 65 54 22 4 71 24 1.2 9.77 3.37 3.06 3.01 Hector Rondon 65 56 22 5 66 19 1.16 9.15 2.68 3.1 3.17 Justin Grimm 55 50 20 5 53 16 1.2 8.62 2.61 3.28 3...
Via Obstructed View
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Five tool players

I admit it. I brought you here under false pretenses. Here you thought you were going to read about players or prospects that had the proverbial five tools like running, throwing, power, high batting average and character. But that is not what this post is about. I'll leave such tool worship to the scouts and prospect writers who are good at what they do. Instead this post is about...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles-Cubs Preview

A healthy lead in the AL East is evidence that the Baltimore Orioles have few regrets about their recent decisions. Letting Jake Arrieta go, however, may be one of the few they've come to regret. The red-hot Orioles get their first look at the revitalized Arrieta in a Chicago Cubs uniform Friday at Wrigley Field as they attempt to match their longest win streak of the season. Needing...
Via AP on Fox
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

From Bad to Worse

Just when you thought things could not get any worse for the Chicago Cubs, they did. Fresh off placing lead off hitter Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list with a rib injury, the Cubs may now be facing another devastating injury. Unfortunately, this injury affects one of the better aspects of the team, their young bullpen. Before you laugh, the Cubs young bullpen has been pretty...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Starter Henderson Alvarez leaves early, but Marlins rally past Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Pedro Strop hit Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch in the eighth inning then threw a wild pitch that allowed the Miami slugger to score the go-ahead run, and the Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Sunday. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez left the game because of a left hip injury and is day to day. Trailing 3-2 after Luis Valbuena walked with the bases loaded in the seventh...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 9 Closer Report

Welcome back to The Fantasy Fix’s Closer Report for Week 9. Are the Chicago White Sox switching closers? Do the Cubs have a new closer in waiting? Is there any news outside of the Windy City? Follow along to see where we are today. Remember, we’ve moved the Fantasy Fix Closer Report Chart to its full time home right here. As always, feel free to ask a question in the comments...
Via The Fantasy Fix
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Pedro Strop activated

The Chicago Cubs' bullpen has had its trouble this season, but it just got back one of the young hard throwers who are part of the team's rebuilding program. The Cubs have activated reliever Pedro Strop from the disabled list and will make him available for the series with the Milwaukee Brewers, which begins Friday night. The Cubs made the announcement via Twitter Friday mid-afternoon...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Eloy Goes Deep and Strop Continues Rehab at Diablo Park

Raul Linares ripped a game-winning walk-off RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, as the Angels rallied from a four-run deficit to edge the Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ. Eloy Jimenez belted a three-run home run and an RBI single, Jeffrey Baez singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored...
Via Cub Reporter
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pedro Strop Delivers Some Heat at Indian School Park

Johneshwy Fargas drove-in the tying and winning runs with a two-run double as the Giants rallied to edge the Cubs 3-2 in 12 innings in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale AZ.RHRP Pedro Strop (on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL - groin) started the game for the Cubs and threw one inning (12 pitches - 11 strikes), striking...
Via Cub Reporter
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Signs Of Improvement, Or Cause For Concern

On this off day, both the Chicago Cubs and their fans have got to be enjoying themselves. Coming off their second series win of the season (against the best team in the National League no less), the Cubs are starting to show some signs of improvement. While the improvement is likely coming too late to make much difference in the grander scheme of things, improvement will make watching...
Via World Series Dreaming
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Have Problems, But the Bullpen Isn’t One of Them

As Cubs fans, we’re accustomed to thinking that we have it worse than every other fan base of all of the other 29 teams.  In one particular area, it seems that we think if the Cubs were just average, the team would win a lot more games.  That area is the bullpen.  And that line of thinking is just not true.  The bullpen, for the most part, has actually been quite good. There...
Via World Series Dreaming
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs place Pedro Strop on DL

Following his MRI on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs have placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left groin. Our own Matt Musico described the injury that Strop suffered while working out earlier this week. Cubs beat writer for Carrie Muskat announced Strop's disablement via Twitter Wednesday afternoon.#Cubs put Strop on 15 day DL with moderate...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' Pedro Strop (groin) to undergo MRI Wednesday

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop has been hampered with a groin injury over the last week. It bothered him enough Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox to be removed from the game in the ninth inning.#487472975 / gettyimages.comJesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports Strop will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. The reliever apparently injured himself doing lunges in the gym...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Solving the bullpen problem

It would be awfully hard to look at one single problem the Chicago Cubs and say if the team fixes that, it’ll be on its way. The offense can be inconsistent and not always score runs. As of Monday, the team is batting .231 as a unit, good enough for 25th best in MLB. The starting pitching has a 3.79 ERA, 15th best in the game, but that’s mostly because of the performances of...
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs celebrate 100th birthday of Wrigley Field with epic collapse

You can’t make this stuff up.  The venerable Wrigley Field has seen it all, from Ernie Banks 500th home run to Sammy Sosa’s 62nd home run of 1998, to Ryno-mania in 1984, to three All-Star games to even, yes, five World Series (last one, 1945).  None of those ended well, neither did a Bartman or Billy Goat curse.  But today, April 23, 2014, nostalgia reigned as North-side fans...
Via Reading Between The Seams
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Celebrate Wrigley’s Birthday in Grand Fashion

Today, the Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field. Tom Ricketts and the Cubs pulled out all the stops to make this a day to remember, which is something that I think they succeeded in doing with flying colors. Today is a day that I do not think any fan of the Cubs will be able to forget for a long time; not even if they wanted to. Typically, baseball teams...
Via World Series Dreaming
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs rally for win in 9th with help from Cubs

CHICAGO -- Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday with a loss -- a dramatic, error-filled one, at that. One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday. After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop (0-2), Miguel Montero had...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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