It’s a big jump to the playoffs for the Cubs…but they’ve done it before
Feb06

It’s a big jump to the playoffs for the Cubs…but they’ve done it before

Their odds to win the World Series are down to 12:1, The Sporting News picked them to win the World Series and even Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system predicts them to finish within a game of the second wild card spot in the National League. So what do we think realistic expectations for the 2015 Cubs should be? They took last year’s dogshit team and added rookies to right field, second base, third starting pitcher and...

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Joe called Ricky
Nov05

Joe called Ricky

True to his word, new Cubs manager Joe Maddon placed a call to former Cubs manager Rick(y) Renteria not long after the press conference to announce Joe’s hiring. You might think it would be awkward for the old manager to have to talk to the guy who not only replaced him, but basically shoved him out of his job into the street. You don’t know the half of it. Joe: Ricky, it’s Joe.  How are things going? Ricky: To be...

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Big Z might be the best reason to watch The Franchise

Showtime starts year two of “The Franchise” tonight and this year the focus is on Ozzie Guillen, Carlos Zambrano and the rest of the shitstorm that is the 2012 Miami Marlins of Florida. Carlos is one of my all-time favorite players, and Showtime was wise to release a 3:35 teaser of tonight’s premiere episode, featuring the big man.  He does not disappoint. Marlins President David Sampson says he’s glad that...

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It was never boring
Jan05

It was never boring

Despite the hand-wringing of the usual gaggle of dolts who write about the Cubs when Theo Epstein said it would be a “trust but verify” situation that could get Carlos Zambrano back on the mound for the Cubs this season, it was never going to happen.  Theo wasn’t going to let Carlos pitch an inning for the Cubs this year, and if he could avoid it, he would trade him before spring training ever started. Well, it looks...

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Cost cutting Cubs dump Colvin on Rockies
Dec11

Cost cutting Cubs dump Colvin on Rockies

Now how could trading a player who makes the league minimum help the Cubs cut costs you ask?  Well, when the player is Tyler Colvin, the savings on the team dental plan alone has to be in the tens of millions. And so, the Cubs traded him and his lofty stat line last year .150/.204/.306 with 58 K’s to 14 walks along with oddly misshapen infielder DJ LaMehieu to the Rockies for a third baseman who put up stats nearly as terrible...

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