There was little reason to think we’d be here after Saturday night’s game. But we are. Game Seven is coming tomorrow night. On the bats of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Anthony Rizzo and the arm of Jake Arrieta, Game Seven is coming. The Cubs jumped on Josh Tomlin early, reminiscent of the last Game 6... Read more »
I’m way too freaking nervous as I write this at 6:45pm CST. As Jared wrote in the preview, the “feeling” and “narrative” has changed from “oh no! The Cubs are done!” to “the momentum has totally shifted!” But I don’t have the hindsight that you have now (you’re so lucky). The game is over now... Read more »
For the past two seasons we’ve said it, and tonight we’ve seen it: The Cubs just aren’t the same anymore. For two games, they looked lifeless, and the malaise of the middle of the order that had previously been covered up by the performances at the plate of even the pitchers had come to a... Read more »
Fans of a certain age will feel they've been here before. A 2-0 lead in a best-of-give, in two games that demonstrated all the ways the Cubs are superior to their opponents, and heading back to California. Those nightmares still come to those who remember. I know my brother never got over it. But of course, this is a different team.
These days, at sites like this and many others, we try to find reasons, analysis, and evidence grounded in reality to explain everything we're seeing. We try and look past the narratives that a still pretty lazy mainstream media gives us, especially on the national scale. We try and find statistics or analytics that not everyone uses to prove our points and why they're wrong (or sometimes right).
But being a fan isn't as enjoyable, not nearly so, unless you dabble in the unquantifiable from time to time. There are some things that are simply "feel." They're out of emotion, because that's the whole point, right...
Did you miss yesterday’s game? That’s unfortunate for you. Because it was fun. But don’t worry, Jared’s got you covered here. This team never feels “down.” I use that word because it has one of them “double meanings” in this “scenario.” If you “know what I mean.” (Okay, I’ll stop.) But really, if they’re behind... Read more »
We have seen the vulnerability, and we have seen the invincibility. The last four games have a looked a lot more like the latter. Taken as a whole, the Cubs have been so improbably good so far that even Joe Maddon is surprised. Tonight, we saw a game that was won in what has been... Read more »
Tonight, Kris Bryant showed why he’s a legitimate MVP candidate, if not the favorite. We’ll get into it below. But man, this was a fun show he put on. Also, Addison Russell is also fun to watch. He had a dumb error early in the game, but made up for it with one of the... Read more »
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 »
It feels good, doesn’t it? The All-Star break is always a sports no-man’s land. There is literally nothing going on after the game up until… now. Thank god for The Open on the golf channel I suppose? Cubs struck first in this one as Javier Baez singled home Addison Russell in the bottom of the... Read more »
The Cubs…sorry I mean the National League All Stars took on the their American League counterparts Tuesday night at PetCo Park in the 2016 All Star Game. A total of 7 Cubs made the National League roster. Dexter Fowler couldn’t play due to injury, and Jake Arrieta didn’t pitch (more on that later). This is... Read more »