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You Mean to Tell Me that Leads are SUPPOSED to Hold? Cubs 5, Reds 2

You Mean to Tell Me that Leads are SUPPOSED to Hold? Cubs 5, Reds 2
I don’t know if it’s just been the five straight losing seasons, or if it’s the 6 playoff appearances in the last 7o years, or if it’s just the rough week our bullpen has had, but there is something very inherent about being a Cubs fan.  It’s a feeling of impending doom.  So even though... Read more »

Anarchists Brunch: Did The Path Just Change?

Anarchists Brunch: Did The Path Just Change?
So are the Cardinals going to have a creepy, Busch Stadium funeral for Adam Wainwright's achilles? My guess is yes. While it isn't official yet, there are reports that Adam Wainwright is going to miss the season, which would certainly alter the outlook of the Central. How much it changes it... that's hard to figure out. But the question for today is whether or not the Cubs and their fans should now think the division is completely in play for them. It just might be...

Daily Minors Recap: Vogelbach stuck in beast mode, Bruno slams, Clifton dominant again

Daily Minors Recap: Vogelbach stuck in beast mode, Bruno slams, Clifton dominant again
I was out celebrating last night, so let’s catch up on the recaps this morning… And the rest of the prospect world has been playing catch up on Trevor Clifton, but you know where you read about him first with detailed information about his raw tools and mechanics before the numbers started coming.  The fact... Read more »
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Lineup Notes: Juggling a 4 man bench forcing Maddon to make tough choices

Lineup Notes: Juggling a 4 man bench forcing Maddon to make tough choices
It is incredible to think that the Cubs are winning late in ballgames with a bench that consists of 2 backup catchers, a utility infielder who made the team as a non-roster player, and player that has recently come off the DL.  It makes for a difficult juggling act for manager Joe Maddon. There were... Read more »

Around the League: Baez is Back, Hamilton Trade?, Commish Wants Pre-Draft Medical Info and More

Around the League: Baez is Back, Hamilton Trade?, Commish Wants Pre-Draft Medical Info and More
Javy Baez returned to baseball this week for the first time following the death of his sister Noely on April 8. Baez has been on the bereavement list since his sister’s passing and hasn’t appeared in a game since spring training. Baez reported to extended spring training in Arizona on Thursday and is expected to spend... Read more »

Daily Minors Recap: Duane Underwood battles, Russell continues to pitch well, Barrett Loux pulled from game early.

Daily Minors Recap: Duane Underwood battles, Russell continues to pitch well, Barrett Loux pulled from game early.
Limited action today after a thrilling Cubs win. Iowa 2 – New Orleans 1 Barrett Loux was pulled after 40 pitches.and 2.2 scoreless with what seems to be an elbow injury.    It’s hard not to feel for Loox, who has fought injuries since the day he was originally drafted.  He had come back with... Read more »
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The One that Reminds You that Jim Belushi Exists; Cubs 7 - Reds 4

The One that Reminds You that Jim Belushi Exists; Cubs 7 - Reds 4
So, tonight the baseball gods asked the question, “What could make a Brennaman Broadcast even more insufferable?” Well, how about celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds World Championship team? Oh, please, can we parade player after player from that team into the booth and fill up my MLB At Bat highlight reel... Read more »

Lineup Notes: Cubs seek relief, need Lester to get deep into game, Fowler returns, and more

Lineup Notes: Cubs seek relief, need Lester to get deep into game, Fowler returns, and more
There is no way around it.  The Cubs can’t keep getting 5 innings from every starter not named Jake Arrieta.  They’re going to wear out the bullpen at this pace.  That said, I was all for pulling Kyle Hendricks yesterday.  He was only at 90 pitches but pitch count is not an absolute barometer.  It... Read more »

Guest Post: Rizzo, Castro, Soler posting interesting K-rates early on

Guest Post: Rizzo, Castro, Soler posting interesting K-rates early on
Editor’s Note:  Alex Walsh has written in the past for Fangraphs, MLB Trade Rumors  and the great, late Goat Riders of the Apocalypse as well as many  guest posts here at Cubs Den.  You can follow him on Twitter at @ajwalsh08   Rizzo, Castro, Soler posting interesting K-rates early on by Alex Walsh The smart people at... Read more »
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Daily Minors Recap: Schwarber bomb; Leal, Torrez have strong outings; Smokies walk 12 times

Daily Minors Recap: Schwarber bomb; Leal, Torrez have strong outings; Smokies walk 12 times
No intro today…let’s go straight to the recaps… New Orleans 9 – Iowa 2 This one was over quickly.  Journeyman Jeffrey Antigua‘s smoke and mirrors act wasn’t fooling the Zephyrs today.  They jumped on him in the first inning for 6 runs and scored 9 overall (4 earned) in 3.2 innings.  To be fair, Antigua... Read more »