Teaching Respect

With spring training ramping up, we’re treated to a daily round of Maddonisms from our new Chicago Cubs manager, Joe Maddon: Schlitter and other #Cubs can keep their long hair. Says @CubsJoeMadd: “We have some great hair on this team — really good hair” — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 22, 2015 Joe Maddon says Tsuyoshi Wada has a lower-body issue. “I’m going...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting the Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster

With spring training right around the corner, I thought I would predict the Chicago Cubs opening day roster before anymore moves and injuries. Here I go: Starting Lineup: 1) Dexter Fowler-CF 2) Chris Coghlan-LF 3) Anthony Rizzo-1B 4) Starlin Castro-SS 5) Jorge Soler-RF 6) Javier Baez-2B 7) Miguel Montero-C 8) Mike Olt-3B Starting rotation: 1) Jon Lester 2) Jake Arrieta 3) Jason Hammel...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss


Let’s set up a disclaimer first.  For one, I am not saying that the Chicago Cubs absolutely need another pitcher; I’m just saying it would be nice to have another guy in the mix so that they don’t have to rely on Tsuyoshi Wada (or whoever) as the #5 starter.  For another, we already know that the Cubs front office is super disciplined and won’t be bullied into a deal they...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2015 Cubs (with ZIPS projections)

Position Player wOBA Pos Avg pwRC+ C Montero 0.304 0.305 100 1B Rizzo 0.367 0.328 112 2B Baez 0.319 0.298 107 SS Castro 0.33 0.297 111 3B Bryant 0.364 0.316 115 LF Coghlan 0.307 0.318 97 CF Fowler 0.345 0.32 108 RF Soler 0.335 0.316 106 - - - - - C2 Ross 0.277 0.259 107 IF La Stella 0.313 0.253 124 IF Alcantara 0.321 0.253 127 OF Denorfia 0.305 0.270 113 OF Sweeney 0.306 0.270 113...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Japan beats MLB All-Stars again, lead series 2-0

TOKYO -- Leadoff hitter Yuki Yanagita drove in four runs to lead Japan to an 8-4 win over the Major League Baseball All-Stars on Friday in the second game of the five-match series. Yanagita singled, doubled, and tripled at Tokyo Dome. ''Yanagita has a lot of bat speed,'' MLB manager John Farrell said. ''He's aggressive and whether it is against a left-handed pitcher or a right-handed...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Yanagita leads Japan to 8-4 win over MLB All-Stars

TOKYO (AP) Leadoff hitter Yuki Yanagita drove in four runs to lead Japan to an 8-4 win over the Major League Baseball All-Stars on Friday in the second game of the five-match tour. Nobuhiro Matsuda led off the eighth inning at Tokyo Dome with a solo homer off former teammate Tsuyoshi Wada, to give Japan a 7-3 lead. Yanagita made it 8-3 with a double to center that scored Hikaru...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs agree to 1-year deal with LHP Wada

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada. Wada signed a minor league deal with Chicago last December, and began this season with Triple-A Iowa. He made his major league debut in July and went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts with the Cubs. Wada played nine years in the Japan Pacific League before signing an $8.15...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs rumors: Tsuyoshi Wada signs one-year deal

The Chicago Cubs have signed starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to a one-year contract for 2015 reports Carrie Muskat, Cubs beat writer for MLB.com. The contract is worth $4 million in guaranteed salary and comes with incentives that could earn the lefty another $2 million. Tsuyoshi Wada signed for $4 million, and has chance to make $2 million in incentives. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Chicago could look to trade Tsuyoshi Wada

The Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, spoke yesterday about the state of the club and needs going forward at an event for season ticket holders. Epstein mentioned the strength of the bullpen and pitching depth in general, but also the need to add impact pitching from without the organization. He did not mention starting left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada. #455677172...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lucroy sets MLB record for doubles by catcher

MILWAUKEE -- It may have taken him longer than he had hoped it would, but Jonathan Lucroy made history at Miller Park on Saturday night. A run-scoring double off Chicago Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada in the fifth inning was Lucroy's 46th two-bagger as a catcher this season, breaking Ivan Rodriguez's major-league record for doubles in a season by a backstop. Lucroy now has 53 doubles...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Tickets Way Down For Series Vs Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from playoff contention after spending a majority of the season in first place in the National League Central. The final series of the season against the Chicago Cubs only has an average price of $35 on the secondary market. While there’s no playoff berths on the line, the most expensive Brewers vs Cubs tickets this weekend will be for Saturday’s...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Thursday, Sep 18

So, who’s the better start: Doug Fister @MIA or Felix Hernandez @LAA? That’s what the rankings are for! (They also say Fister by a hair.) R.A. Dickey @NYY scares me because of the ballpark and the long ball, but I think on average this is an appropriate ranking. Tsuyoshi Wada against the Dodgers could be an interesting start as LA struggles against LHP. Vidal Nuno at Colorado...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 7, Cubs 3

The final homestand of the season started off as well as you could have hoped, as the Pirates took care of the Cubs in a game that had a “taking care of business” type feel to it. It was a strong crowd, which you’d expect despite a gloomy day / chilly night and HS football under way, but the game didn’t really generate a big time atmosphere. Everyone knew the Pirates should...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates’ Offense Continues to Lead the Way

The Pirates weren’t crushing the ball in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Despite opposing starter Tsuyoshi Wada leaving his high 80s fastball over the plate several times, the Pirates didn’t bash numerous extra base hits. Yet, with a single here, a blooper there, and a few extra base hits mixed in, the Pirates put seven runs and 14 hits on the board, winning the game 7-3...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The last homestand

Take a deep breath. It’s September 12th, and the Pirates have nine scheduled games left at PNC Park in 2014. They are 1 1/2 games up in the wild card race on the Brewers, and the last three of these nine games will be against the Brewers. They’re only 2 1/2 back of the Cardinals, which is significant but not insurmountable. The entire 2014 season could be decided in part by the...
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Welington Castillo day to day with back issue

With only a few exceptions, the Chicago Cubs have avoided serious injuries for most of the season, but this month, the injury bug has bitten them often. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are hurt, and now catcher Welington Castillo has joined them. The Cubs announced Friday that Castillo is day-to-day with back tightness. He skipped Friday's game and will likely sit out of Saturday...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Tsuyoshi Wada exits with leg cramp

The Chicago Cubs have recently lost two of their mainstays in first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro, likely for the remainder of the season. On Friday, one of the Cubs' top-performing rookie pitchers, Tsuyoshi Wada, left the game with Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning with leg cramps.#Cubs Wada left game with mild left calf cramping— Carrie Muskat (...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates-Cubs suspended by rain in 7th inning

CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs game has been suspended by rain with one out in the top of the seventh inning on Friday. The teams were tied at 3 when a storm rolled through the area. With more rain in the forecast, the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 52 minutes. The Pirates and Cubs will resume their game on Saturday afternoon before their regularly...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking Down Prices Of Cubs Tickets For Series Vs Pirates, Plus Pitching Preview

Travis Wood Cubs – Photo Credit – Mike LaChance Despite another losing season, the Chicago Cubs have found hope in the excess of young talent within the organization. As the season enters the first weekend of the final month of the regular season, the Cubs welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to Wrigley Field, who are in the thick of the playoff hunt in the NL Central. The season average...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs (64-76) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68)

While the Cubs have done their best to help Pittsburgh out in their quest to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Pirates haven’t done much to help themselves lately. The Cubs swept the previously first place Brewers, but at the same time, the Pirates got swept by the Cardinals. So now the Cardinals are surging and leading the division and Pittsburgh is now behind...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Daily Grind: Chicago’s Guide to Handicapping MLB (9/5/14)

We went 1-1 yesterday with Baltimore winning, but the posted total going way over. There is a much larger card today so let’s dive in to the games and find some winners. Week 4 Breakdown Cubs Record: 1-1 -.05 units White Sox Record: 1-0 +1.00 units Play of the Day Record: 2-3-1 -1.9 units Overall 4-4-1 -.95 units Chicago Cubs (T. Wada) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (V. Worley) Tsuyoshi...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Do not sleep on the Cubs

If the Pirates are going to somehow win the National League’s second wild card (they enter today 1 1/2 games behind the Braves and Brewers, both of whom are playing awfully lately), the easiest route to it would seem to be to beat up on the Cubs and Phillies, two teams with lousy records that the Pirates play ten times in the next ten days. There is a problem with that plan: the...
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Friday: September 5, 2014

Following two 8-7 days, the tally for last night was 4-4. How uninspiring. When I looked at my picks this morning, my first thought was: "Why in the world would I have picked the Texas Rangers!?" Yes, exactly. Sometimes in life, we just make choices that don't make sense.Friday's picks:The Cubs over the Pirates: The Cubs are my new obsession. I love how they have been pitching...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates-Cubs Preview

Although they're aiming to reach the postseason for a second straight season, the Pittsburgh Pirates will watch those hopes slowly disintegrate unless they can snap another lengthy losing streak. That could be a difficult challenge against the Chicago Cubs, who are an NL Central-best 22-15 since July 28. The fading Pirates look to keep pace in the playoff race by avoiding their fifth...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs vs. Cardinals Series More Important Than You Think

This weekend, the Chicago Cubs are in St. Louis for a four game series with the Cardinals. With the St. Louis Cardinals in a playoff race that is really heating up, the Cubs have the opportunity to change a few things in the standings. Playing Spoiler St. Louis sits 1.5 games back of the NL Central division leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals also own the first of two wildcard...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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