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Posts tagged "Addison Russell"

Duelin' Aces--Cubs 1 Pirates 0

Duelin' Aces--Cubs 1 Pirates 0
Tonight was the rematch of the series opener. The Cubs blew leads in the sixth inning or later in each one of those games. The game felt eerily similar to that opener, but the bullpen is good now. Gerrit Cole might not be the best evaluator of a team’s talent level, but he is a... Read more »

You Get a Run, and You Get a Run: Cubs 14, Pirates 3

You Get a Run, and You Get a Run: Cubs 14, Pirates 3
I’m fairly certain that the term “drubbing” was coined after a night like this. Whether tonight’s win was the product of feeling the sting of being swept at Wrigley Field just over a week ago or simple baseball quirkiness, the explosion of the Cubs offense and Brett Anderson’s quality start were the story of the... Read more »

The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla

The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla
For those not familiar with the analogy of the 800-pound gorilla, it is describing something that is so obvious that no one can ignore it, but at the same time so frightening and terrible that it is incomprehensible to acknowledge. The Cubs are now living with an 800-pound gorilla, and what they do with it... Read more »
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WALK IT OFF, ADDY: Cubs 7, Brewers 4

WALK IT OFF, ADDY: Cubs 7, Brewers 4
The Cubs do have “We Never Quit” on their World Series rings, and that’s not an attitude that went away after Game 7 last fall. True, a pair of comeback wins in April over an also-ran division rival don’t constitute the stuff of legend, but they are pieces of what makes the Cubs so exciting... Read more »

Beware the warm, windy days: Pirates 8, Cubs 7

Beware the warm, windy days: Pirates 8, Cubs 7
This was the kind of afternoon that Wrigley Field is notorious for. The sunshine, warm temperatures, and easy runs in the first few innings can lull everyone into a state of complacency. But no one should get too comfortable on these kinds of days, especially not the pitchers. The Cubs did their damage early, and then... Read more »

Cubs News and Notes: Baseball Season's Here Again

Cubs News and Notes: Baseball Season's Here Again
This is the last news and notes article before the regular season begins. If you’re interested to see my (and the rest of the Cubs Den staff) predictions look here. With less than a week of Spring Training to go, it’s time for various media outlets to begin making predictions. ESPN asked: “Are the Cubs... Read more »
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Replacing the Greatest: Addison Russell and Ernie Banks

Replacing the Greatest: Addison Russell and Ernie Banks
In Cubs history, shortstop has been the domain of Ernie Banks. World Series champion Joe Tinker is immortalized in a poem, but holds little attention in discussions of Cubs past as a whole, let alone in competition with his fellow middle infielders to don Cubbie blue. Banks is iconic beyond the baseball field as well,... Read more »

Game Seven is Coming: Cubs 9, Cleveland 3

Game Seven is Coming: Cubs 9, Cleveland 3
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 »

Back to Wrigley We Go: Cubs 8, Dodgers 4

Back to Wrigley We Go: Cubs 8, Dodgers 4
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 »
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Great Szczur's Bat Is Not Here for a Haircut: Cubs 10, Dodgers 2

Great Szczur's Bat Is Not Here for a Haircut: Cubs 10, Dodgers 2
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 »