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I've Found My Special Purpose! Cubs 4, Pirates 0

I've Found My Special Purpose! Cubs 4, Pirates 0
I’m a generally reserved person.  Those that know me well understand that I don’t get too high or low, and that I tend to stay even keel.  My students don’t get my dry sense of humor because I don’t change the expression on my face…ever.  But this Cubs team has me grinning ear to ear,... Read more »

Lineup Notes: Cubs call up Junior Lake, send down Schlitter

Lineup Notes:  Cubs call up Junior Lake, send down Schlitter
The Cubs have been playing short-handed for quite some time now. Not only have they played 3 catchers, but they have also been employing 13 pitchers. The Cubs called up outfielder Junior Lake and sent down RP Brian Schlitter. And there was much rejoicing. If you are wondering why the Cubs simply didn’t recall Matt... Read more »

Fowler overcoming unfair label and proving experts wrong on defense

Fowler overcoming unfair label and proving experts wrong on defense
Baseball isn’t immune to typecasting.  It is a game that is as closely observed as any sport — yet it is every bit as prone to being watched without really being watched.  It is prone to pre-determined judgment based on nebulous concepts such as body language and on through to those things we consider to... Read more »
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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...

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »