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The North Side Strikes Back: Cubs 8, White Sox 1

The North Side Strikes Back: Cubs 8, White Sox 1
Tonight felt like a game waiting until the last few innings to really start. Even Anthony Ranaudo‘s home run in the 5th inning didn’t actually feel like it was real life. After all, who expects a pitcher who has gone up to the plate a whopping 7 times in his career and not had even... Read more »

Game 100 Preview--Cubs vs White Sox--7:05 PM

Game 100 Preview--Cubs vs White Sox--7:05 PM
I have made my feelings about this “rivalry”, emphasis on the quotation marks, known already on this blog. I am not going to rehash how silly it is to get worked up about an opponent who will have the same amount of influence on whether this season is a success or not as the San... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Moreno, Assad look sharp; Candelario, Burks HR; Young, Martin collect 4 hits

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Moreno, Assad look sharp;  Candelario, Burks HR; Young, Martin collect 4 hits
 New Orleans 9 – Iowa 5 Jake Buchanan fell to 9-6 with a 4.78 ERA and Pierce Johnson pitched middle relief today, allowing  3 runs in 2 innings — but did not walk a batter, which is progress.  If Johnson can throw strikes consistently, he should be able to get hitters out at this level.... Read more »
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That...wasn't great: White Sox 3, Cubs 0

That...wasn't great: White Sox 3, Cubs 0
Zero runs. Let’s start with this: this game was not good for the Cubs. The offense didn’t show up and everyone named Travis Wood was pretty not great on the mound (three straight walks?). But let’s look at the positives because I don’t like negatives. First, Kyle Hendricks was great again. Second, the White Sox... Read more »

Game 99 Preview: Cubs @ White Sox - 7:10 pm

Game 99 Preview: Cubs @ White Sox - 7:10 pm
Perhaps it’s a product of not growing up in Chicago, but I have never had any strong negative feelings toward the White Sox, but the reverse can’t often be said for the south side fans I’ve come across. But whatever the case, I don’t harbor any real ill will for that team (except Hawk Harrelson.... Read more »

Daily Minors Recap: Dewees promoted; Jimenez, Martinez, Sepulveda, Perlaza HR; Pries makes Cubs debut

Daily Minors Recap: Dewees promoted; Jimenez, Martinez, Sepulveda, Perlaza HR; Pries makes Cubs debut
Congrats to Donnie Dewees who got the promotion to Myrtle Beach.  He probably could have been there earlier but Rashad Crawford was playing well in CF for the Pelicans.  With the trade, the path was cleared.  Connor Myers gets bumped up from Eugene to fill in at CF for South  Bend. Iowa 6 – Memphis... Read more »
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This One Stings--White Sox 5 Cubs 4

This One Stings--White Sox 5 Cubs 4
I hate the Crosstown Series. I’ve said it lots of times, but I have never understood this fictitious rivalry between the Cubs and Sox. The game tonight and the games the rest of this week mean as much as games against the San Diego Padres. Perhaps this is something I will never understand since I... Read more »

Game 98 Preview: Cubs @ White Sox - 7:10pm CST

Game 98 Preview: Cubs @ White Sox - 7:10pm CST
A lot has happened in the past 3 days. Jerseys have been cut, trades have happened, and the takes have been scalding hot. If you’re interested, John had the write-up of today’s events here.  And, before the weekend, I offered my own thoughts on what it would be like to have Chapman on this team.... Read more »

Cubs to acquire star closer Aroldis Chapman for top prospect Gleyber Torres, pitcher Adam Warren, and 2 more

Cubs to acquire star closer Aroldis Chapman for top prospect Gleyber Torres, pitcher Adam Warren, and 2 more
UPDATE – Dan (11:30 AM) Sounds like the 4th player in the deal is Hi-A outfielder Rashad Crawford. Crawford is an athletic, toolsy outfielder who was an 11th round pick out of high school in 2012. The 22 year-old has posted a .255/.327/.386 line this season with 22 stolen bases. Crawford is talented, but very... Read more »
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Rumor Thread: Latest on Chapman to Cubs, Torres and Warren in deal, plus 2 more

Rumor Thread: Latest on Chapman to Cubs, Torres and Warren in deal, plus 2 more
UPDATE (11:05 AM) It’s official-ish. Not announced by the clubs, but Heyman is the next best thing. Yanks and Cubs have a deal. Torres, mckinney, Warren and likely 1 more to NYY. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 25, 2016 UPDATE (10:20 AM) First Vogelbach and now McKinney? Who are we supposed to include in all... Read more »