Before you ask, yes, I'm going to have the headline picture be a dog asleep in his food until further notice. I have to make this mine somehow. I think we can all get behind this.
So it all comes to an end today. As I wrote in The Ivy Drip, today feels like the end of our beginning. No matter how next year goes, and that's going to be up for wild debate over the winter with every move and every non-move, it is most certainly the next phase of this "Thed Epstoyer Project. " The time for acquisition and foundation building, while the latter will continue, will no longer be the main focus. Now it'll be development at the top level as well as actual attempts to compete and win...
I had one of them on Monday night. It's the kind of moment that makes fans of other sports hate us, because we think they only happen in baseball. Because they do only happen in baseball.
I had to miss out watching the last couple innings of Monday's 1-0 win over Cincinnati. I don't really have good reasons for doing so, other than trying to be a decent boyfriend for once. So the last two innings were basically enjoyed in my car with Pat and Coom-Dawg. I'm so glad it worked out that way (and my girlfriend got her prescription sudafed back, so she was pretty happy as well)...
Note: There’s a lot more to this that will be rolling in as the weeks progress. I concentrated on pitch counts here but pitch recognition is big part of what I address in the following column as well. I’m working on it. Let’s consider these two things: 1. Major League Baseball as currently constructed has... Read more »
Ahh, good to have ol’ Cub Baseball back. Anthony Rizzo pelting the pea all over the field, youngster Asmirendy Alcantra flying a hole in the wind………..Edwin Jackson……doing…..whatever it is he does. The Cubs started “The second half” of the season very much the way they played the first half- A very kaleptic bag of confidence... Read more »
MAybe Jeff Samardzija just knew a lot of good jokes. Perhaps Jason Hammel ran a card game that was the Cubs bonding social event of the season. Maybe the Cubs are just no darn good against the Reds. Whatever, the reason, the Cubs looked overmatched, overwilled, and just got fed their heads by a Reds... Read more »
Against the NL Central the Cubs have some kind of nervous tick that prevents them from playing their best baseball, overcoming adversity and finding ways to win instead of looking for ways to lose baseball games. Thankfully, the Washington Nationals play ball in the National league East. So when the Nats fought their back to... Read more »
Baseball truly is an incredible game. An inch or two here or there. A split second here or there. Last night’s 6-1 loss to the Cincinnati Redlegs could have gone any which way. Instead it went the way a lot of Cubs games have gone, with the Cubs losing. But don’t let the score fool... Read more »
Today’s answer is 5. Starlin Castro and Anthony “The Bear” Rizzo combined for 5 RBI in helping the Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 today. When the Cubs win, the answer is usually a crooked number. Today it was 5. And it all happened in the third. Bases loaded when Anthony Rizzo came up. Pirate... Read more »
So the Cubs, with the worst road record in the national league and starting a pitcher who has a road ERA over 7 and BA against over .300 go in to Philadelphia and just slam the door on the down trodden Phillies. That, my friends is why they play the games. On a beautiful day... Read more »
The great thing about baseball is there’s usually a game the next day to erase whatever happened before. Last night, the Cubs couldn’t hit a bull in the rear with a snow shovel. Tonight, Anthony Rizzo took the third Francisco Liriano pitch he saw and deposited it 400 feet into the last row of the... Read more »