Hello all. Sorry I've been gone from the brunch the past couple weeks. My laptop Allison (yes, all my devices have names. The laptop is named after the lead singer of The Kills/Dead Weather) needed to go under emergency surgery, and then last Sunday I was returning from a brief trip out of town. But I haven't forgotten about you. Oh, have I not forgotten about you.
It has not been the best showcase for Cubs fans this past week, has it? The problem with everyone having a voice through Twitter or the interwebs is that we have to listen to it all. The Cubs getting swept by the worst team in baseball certainly sent some over the edge, and then others over the opposite edge telling those others who had fallen over the first edge how stupid they were being for falling over the edge. None of this is going to be helped by the Cubs backing up that sweep at the hands of the Phillies with perhaps their craziest win of the year last night. Which came only a week after the craziest win of the season up until last night, the Schwarber Game. Needless to say, the pyrotechnics on this season have officially been set off the past week...
Last year Baseball Prospectus ran an advance scouting series towards the end of the season that focused on specific players. The work was tremendous and it inspired me to do something similar for Cubs Den. You can read the BP series archives here. Special thanks to John Arguello, Joe Hamrahi, Jason Parks, Nick Faleris and... Read more »
It’s been a tale of two seasons for the top two prospects in the Cubs system. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are a study in contrasts as both players display differing skill sets and aptitudes that almost run counter of each other. Entering the season Javier Baez was ranked just ahead of Bryant by Baseball... Read more »
Manny Ramirez will spend some time near Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara in AAA Iowa as Ramirez begins a stint as player coach for the I Cubs. Ramirez is on a career redemption tour that has taken a path through the minor leagues as Ramirez is hungry for one last shot at MLB playing time.... Read more »
The Cubs are in the midst of a brutal season this year. There’s no way to sugar coat it, there aren’t a whole lot of silver linings to be found this season. The North Side Nine haven’t found a way to execute all facets of their game for any consistent stretch at all this season.... Read more »
I love baseball. Best thing America ever produced. Greatest sport in the world. But I also love horse racing. Even after having the day I had at Santa Anita yesterday ( One of my greatest days at the track was Santa Anita Derby day 2008. Yesterday, Santa Anita Derby day 2014, Other side of the... Read more »
This offseason the Cubs were rumored to be in the hunt for an upgrade at catcher. The most prevalent rumor revolved around a Matt Wieters acquisition in some sort of Jeff Samardzija deal. It was a curious storyline to me; Castillo isn’t exactly an All-Star in the making but he provided decent offense last year... Read more »
The Cubs current third base situation is akin to placing a work lunch order to a place that you don’t necessarily love and aren’t sure if you even wanted. Sure, the portabella mushroom sandwich has some potential and the old standby burger and fries combo is food (technically) but you’re being forced to pick from... Read more »