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Your (Somewhat) Daily PITCHfix: 100th Birthday Letdown

Your (Somewhat) Daily PITCHfix: 100th Birthday Letdown
I was in the office all day for the 100th birthday spectacular and it wasn't until Strop was removed from the game that I really felt the Cubs were going to lose. That's not to say that bringing in Russell was the wrong move against the LHH Miguel Montero, but it was more superstition that when Russell has been brought in to get one out, he's failed three separate times this year. Call it a Cubbie Occurrence...

Your Daily PITCHfix: What's Wrong with Jose Veras?

Your Daily PITCHfix: What's Wrong with Jose Veras?
I thought I'd take the PITCHfix in a new direction today since yesterday's game was mostly a laugher and Saturday's game I didn't really get to see much of as I was doing family stuff for Easter. In Sunday's contest Ricky Renteria had a great opportunity to insert Jose Veras to get him back on track. Veras allowed that opportunity to end up in the left field bleachers...

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs v. Reds 4.18.14

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs v. Reds 4.18.14
Yesterday we saw Ricky Renteria's first display of outward frustration towards his team's performance. Sitting at 4-11 on the season it's pretty reasonable to be frustrated right now. Still, RR did end on a positive spin saying that, "And Jeff (starting pitcher Samardzija) really kept us in the ballgame throughout. And I think we'll do better." So in an attempt to stay positive, let's talk about Samardzija's start and give him some DAP where it's due...
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Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs @ Yankees 4.16.14

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs @ Yankees 4.16.14
Donuts. Goose eggs. Whatever you want to call it, the Cubs didn't muster a single run against the Yankees in the double feature yesterday so I thought I'd take the PITCHfix in a different direction today. I still looked at Cubs pitchers, and they were good mind you, but the Yankees hurlers were dominant and I wanted to have some fun. Besides, how many more times am I going to be able to go in depth on Tanaka this year...

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs v. Pirates 4.10.14

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs v. Pirates 4.10.14
Despite the great performance by today's starter Travis Wood this version of the PITCHfix will focus more on the relief staff than the starter. There's more to pick apart with the relievers and there's some worrisome signs with James Russell that need to be investigated. ...

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs v. Pirates 4.9.14

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs v. Pirates 4.9.14
Jason Hammel became the first pitcher since legendary slow-working Steve Traschel to give up three hits as a Cub starter with all three of them being home runs yesterday. Last Cub to do it in a victory like Hammel? Jamie Moyer. Those were Hammel's only mistakes in an otherwise great start. His gameplan was easy to decipher after looking at the PITCHf/x and he executed it brilliantly...
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Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs vs. Pirates 4.8.14

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs vs. Pirates 4.8.14
The two starts this year from Edwin Jackson really illustrate the difference in what he's capable of as a starting pitcher for the Cubs. They both come down to one simple thing that matters more than the stuff and movement a pitcher brings. Location, location, location. If you can't locate, it doesn't matter how hard you throw or how much movement you create...

Your Daily PITCHfix: 4.5 + 4.6.14: Cubs vs. Phillies

Your Daily PITCHfix: 4.5 + 4.6.14: Cubs vs. Phillies
Saturday was a bit of a late night for me with the Final Four taking place and a member of my household having a vested interest in the Wisconsin game so I'm combining both weekend games into one post. Through the first two series of the year if we could just remove the at-bats against the opposing 2nd basemen we'd be probably be .500. But, you gotta face nine opposing hitters at this level and that one particular position has been a boil on the ass of the Cubs this year...

Your Daily PITCHfix: 4.4.14 Cubs vs. Phillies

Your Daily PITCHfix: 4.4.14 Cubs vs. Phillies
Confession: I left this game in the top of the sixth inning, right as everything started to go south, because I simply couldn't handle the wind howling at my back anymore. With the wind blowing out the way it was I'm a little surprised that more than three home runs weren't hit. Travis Wood wasn't bad today, with his cutter again being the primary offering throughout the start...
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Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs @ Pirates 4.3.14

Your Daily PITCHfix: Cubs @ Pirates 4.3.14
At this point I feel like I'm living on borrowed time with this pitching staff. It's weird to say that through three games but every starting pitcher I've looked at for this feature has forced me to look for negatives as opposed to them hitting me in the face with a sock full of nickels. Since I'm going to the game tomorrow it's likely I'm jinxing Travis Wood. This is also my way of telling you that this will be delayed heavily (or foregone) for the home opener tomorrow...
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