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Cubs fire pitching coach Chris Bosio

After the Cubs pitchers struggled to throw strikes in the postseason, the Cubs have fired Chris Bosio. Joe Maddon thought the entire coaching staff would stay intact, which wasn't hard to believe since they've won an average of 97 games over the last three seasons.  Earlier this week, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he'd thought the coaching staff would stay intact heading into...
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18 hours ago

NLCS Game 5: Dodgers 11, Cubs 1

OSS: Well, it wasn't a sweep. Two up: At least this one was over quickly. Um…the pitching staff only issued two walks? Time to deal with my DVR/streaming backlog! Hannibal and Halt and Catch Fire, I'm looking at you. Three down: Quintana just didn't have it tonight, and the Dodgers made him pay. I look forward to his next few years in a Cubs uniform...
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2 days ago

NLCS Game 5: Dodgers @ Cubs

Time: 8:00 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (104-58, 3-1) Chris Taylor, SSJustin Turner, 3BCody Bellinger, 1BYasiel Puig, RFLogan Forsythe, 2BEnrique Hernandez, LFAustin Barnes, CCharlie Culberson, SSClayton Kershaw, P (92-70, 1-3) Albert Almora, CFKyle Schwarber, LFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BWillson Contreras, CAddison...
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2 days ago

NLCS Game 4: Dodgers at Cubs

Time: 8:00 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (104-58, 3-0)   Chris Taylor, SSCody Bellinger, 1BJustin Turner, 3BYasiel Puig, RFAndre Ethier, LF Curtis Granderson, CF Yasmani Grandal, C Chase Utley, 2B Alex Wood, P (92-70, 0-3)   Albert Almora, CFKyle Schwarber, LFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony...
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3 days ago

NLCS Game 3: Dodgers @ Cubs

Time: 8:00 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (104-58, 2-0) Chris Taylor, SSCody Bellinger, 1BJustin Turner, 3BYasiel Puig, RFAndre Ethier, LFChase Utley, 2BAustin Barnes, CJoc Pederson, CFYu Darvish, P (92-70, 0-2) Ben Zobrist, 2BKyle Schwarber, LFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BWillson Contreras, CJon Jay, CFAddison Russell,...
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4 days ago

NLCS Game 2: Cubs @ Dodgers

Time: 6:30 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (92-70, 0-1) Jon Jay, LFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BWillson Contreras, CAlbert Almora, CFAddison Russell, SSJason Heyward, RFJavier Baez, 2BJon Lester, P (104-58, 1-0) Chris Taylor, CFJustin Turner, 3BCody Bellinger, 1BEnrique Hernandez, LFLogan Forsythe, 2BAustin Barnes, CYasiel...
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6 days ago

NLCS Game 1: Cubs @ Dodgers

Time: 7:00 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (92-70, 0-0) Jon Jay, RFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BWillson Contreras, CAlbert Almora, CFAddison Russell, SSKyle Schwarber, LFJavier Baez, 2BJose Quintana, P (104-58, 0-0) Chris Taylor, CFJustin Turner, 3BCody Bellinger, 1BEnrique Hernandez, LFLogan Forsythe, 2BAustin Barnes...
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7 days ago

NLDS Game 5: Cubs 9, Nationals 8

OSS: That was the craziest Cubs’ winner-take-all clincher I have seen since the last time they had a winner-take-all clincher.* Three up: On a night of shaky pitching performances all around, Wade Davis somehow put together a seven out save to send the Cubs to the NLCS. He didn't have his best stuff, but he brought it for the final at bat by Bryce Harper. Addison Russell...
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9 days ago

NLDS Game 5: Cubs @ Nationals

Time: 7:00 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (92-70, 2-2) Jon Jay, LFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BWillson Contreras, CAlbert Almora, CFAddison Russell, SSJason Heyward, RFJavier Baez, 2BKyle Hendricks, P (97-65, 2-2) Trea Turner, SSJayson Werth, LFBryce Harper, RFRyan Zimmerman, 1BDaniel Murphy, 2BAnthony Rendon, 3BMatt...
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9 days ago

NLDS Game 4: Nationals @ Cubs

Time: 4:30 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (97-65, 1-2) Trea Turner, SSJayson Werth, LFBryce Harper, RFRyan Zimmerman, 1BDaniel Murphy, 2BAnthony Rendon, 3BMatt Wieters, CMichael Taylor, CFTanner Roark, P (92-70, 2-1) Jon Jay, CFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BWillson Contreras, CBen Zobrist, RFKyle Schwarber, LFAddison...
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11 days ago

NLDS Game 3: Cubs 2, Nationals 1

OSS: Cubs win despite getting no hit for most of the game again. Three+ up: Anthony Rizzo had the biggest hit of the game, a bloop single to left that managed to find the hole between three defenders to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. It more than made up for the double play he hit into in the sixth against a possibly tiring Scherzer. Albert Almora...
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12 days ago

NLDS Game 3: Nationals @ Cubs

Time: 4:00 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (97-65, 1-1) Trea Turner, SSBryce Harper, RFAnthony Rendon, 3BDaniel Murphy, 2BRyan Zimmerman, 1BJayson Werth, LFMatt Wieters, CMichael Taylor, CFMax Scherzer, P (92-70, 1-1) Jon Jay, CFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BWillson Contreras, CBen Zobrist, 2BKyle Schwarber, LFJason Heyward...
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12 days ago

NLDS Game 2: Cubs @ Nationals

Time: 4:30 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (92-70, 1-0) Albert Almora Jr. CF Kris Bryant, 3B Anthony Rizzo, 1B Willson Contreras, C Addison Russell, SS Ben Zobrist, RF Javier Baez, 2B Ian Happ, LF Jon Lester, P (97-65, 0-1) Trea Turner, SS Bryce Harper, RF Anthony Rendon...
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14 days ago

NLDS Game 1: Cubs 3, Nationals 0

OSS: Cyle pitches a gem and Bryzzo get just enough off of Strasburg to put the Cubs up 1-0 on the Nats. Three up: Kyle Hendricks showed why Joe had enough faith in him to make him the game one starter, pitching seven shutout innings with six strikeouts, two walks, and three hits allowed. The only vaguely threatening moment that the Nats offense had was in the second inning...
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15 days ago

2017 NLDS Game 1: Cubs @ Nationals

Time: 6:30 PM CTTV: TBSSeries PreviewGameday LINEUPS (92-70, 0-0) Ben Zobrist, RF Kris Bryant, 3B Anthony Rizzo, 1B Willson Contreras, C Kyle Schwarber, LF Addison Russell, SS Jason Heyward, CF Javier Baez, 2B Kyle Hendricks, P (97-65, 0-0) Trea Turner, SS Bryce Harper, RF Anthony...
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15 days ago

Quick Hit: Walks vs Strikeouts

I thought it might be interesting to track the difference in walk rates and strikeout rates for the Cubs that had meaningful AB for the team both this year and last (Schwarber excepted – I used his 2015 numbers). The upper left quadrant is good (increased walks, decreased strikeouts), and the bottom right quadrant is the worst (decreased walks, increased strikeouts). There isn...
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17 days ago

NLDS Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals

Playoff baseball never really gets old. Confession time: I've seen maybe 30 games this year. Maybe less. Part of that is having a 1-year old (and a 4-year old), but most of it is the fact that Cubs already did the damn thing. Furthermore, we pretty much all knew in the back of our minds that we were going to be at least competing for the division. I've watched more over the home...
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18 days ago

Cubs 10, Cardinals 2

OSS: Cubs win in a laugher to eliminate the Cardinals from the NL Central title. Three Four up: The Cubs snuffed out the Cardinals faint division title chances on their own turf, which is nice to see. At the time I write this the Rockies are losing, so it doesn't hurt that race quite so much aside from the fact that it's one less opportunity to pick up ground. Addison...
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26 days ago

Cubs 5, Brewers 0

OSS: Jose Quintana pitches a shutout and the magic number drops to two. Three up: Quintana was fantastic today, striking out ten and allowing just three hits and one walk. It wasn't a Maddux, but Q was much more efficient than he has been over his cubs career. Commenter mcalis2 wondered if his performance hinges on getting his curveball in for strikes – I'm not sure but...
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27 days ago

Cubs 5, Brewers 4

OSS: Cubs win in extras on a bases clogged walk. Three up La Stella drew a pinch walk with the bases juiced against a clearly gassed Corey Knebel in the tenth inning that proved to be the deciding run. The biggest play of the game by WPA was not the La Stella walk. Anthony Rizzo hit a no-out single in the tenth to put Bryant on third base, good for a WPA of .225. ...
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29 days ago

Cubs 5, Brewers 3

OSS: Cubs come back and win in extras thanks to a Bryant bomb. Three up: Kris Bryant hit a go-ahead two run homer in the tenth inning to put the Cubs back in the lead. Bryant was 3-4 on the day and also drew a walk, which was mitigated somewhat by the dozen or so double plays that the Cubs hit into during this game. In fact, the Bryant HR wasn't the highest WPA play...
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September 22, 2017

Rays 8, Cubs 1; Pirates 6, Brewers 4

OSS: Jon Lester looks bad, but the Pirates offense remembered their bats for once. Three up: The Pirates Adam Frazier hit a walk-off HR to drop the Cubs magic number to 8. Frazier also got the run scoring going with a triple in the second inning. It took a player having a WPA of nearly .700 for the Pirates to win a game, but here we are. Special thanks to the usually...
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September 21, 2017

BREAKING: The Pittsburgh Pirates scored!!!

During the 3rd inning of tonight’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, the Pirates scored a run. The memorable moment came when Adam Frazier tripled in Domingo Santana and Jordy Mercer during the Pirates half of the inning. The three witnesses in attendance were all from Pittsburgh.
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September 20, 2017

Cubs 2, Rays 1

OSS: Monty and the bullpen combine to one-hit the Rays. Three up: Mike Montgomery was great today after his brief bullpen test, allowing just a solo home run over six inning while striking out six and issuing zero walks. Edwards, Strop, and Davis shut the door over the final three innings, striking out five Rays and not allowing anyone to reach base. Javy Baez was...
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September 20, 2017

Cubs 8, Cardinals 2; Cubs 4, Cardinals 1; Cubs 4, Cardinals 3

OSS: Cubs sweep the Cardinals to six back. Three up Jason Heyward had a big day at the plate, going 3-4 and posting a .316 WPA, by far the most on the team. The biggest hit was a go-ahead, two out single in the seventh inning what proved to be the decider (not in a presidential sense). Jose Quintana had a solid start going, striking out eight and allowing just a handful...
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September 18, 2017
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