Tag: New York Mets

Mets vs. Cubs Series Preview (8/27-8/29)

Mets vs. Cubs Series Preview (8/27-8/29)
Fresh from a four-game sweep of the nuisance that is the Cincinnati Reds, and on a five-game winning streak--admittedly over the remedial class Tigers and Reds--the Cubs will look to continue the streak against the New York Mets in their only visit to Wrigley. And whenever you're talking about the remedial class, the Mets almost always have tenure there...

Count this one triple: Cubs 14, Mets 6

Count this one triple: Cubs 14, Mets 6
Winning a sweep is good salve for being swept. The sting of the weekend series against the Brewers is hardly felt when the Cubs respond with 39 runs in three games, but there are more important games to be won in the near future. For now, we’ll take the three wins and the preservation of... Read more »

Count this one double: Cubs 17, Mets 5

Count this one double: Cubs 17, Mets 5
The Cubs don’t stay down for long. After an ugly sweep at home at the hands of the Brewers over the weekend, the Cubs are quick to remind us of how good they are capable of being. Granted, it is against the Mets—who, as a team, should be optioned to the Pacific Coast League for... Read more »
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Death by Double Play: Mets 6, Cubs 1

Death by Double Play: Mets 6, Cubs 1
At least this one was over quickly. The Cubs, after dropping four straight and salvaging a win at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon, went to Queens and right back to flubbing it again. It took all the way until the 2nd inning for the Mets to score; the first run coming on Asdrubal Cabrera’s first of... Read more »

Anarchists' Brunch: Are Who We Thought They Are

Anarchists' Brunch: Are Who We Thought They Are
17-5. There's few things quite as satisfying as proving to be exactly what everyone, or at least most everyone outside greater Cubdom, thought you were. While paranoia is something I certainly have too much of, I know that there were plenty of other fandoms just waiting for the Cubs to stumble out of the gate, to once again show that they would crumble under the weight of expectations and predictions (and they're out to get me). Well, baseball's best record suggests they'll have to wait a bit more. There were many who still want to dismiss Jake Arrieta as a flash in the pan, a comet that will disappear as quickly as he appeared. 5-0, no-hitter, 1.00 ERA. Gonna have to wait on that one too, kids. Well, surely Jason Hammel will never recover from his second half. He's actually been better than Arrieta by a lot of measures. Certainly Lester won't prove to be worth the money and his throwing to the bases problems will be too much. He's been nearly as good as the other two. And the thing is, it's not even firing on all cylinders yet. Heyward hasn't hit for much power. Soler is still fighting it. Ad Rock still has yet to really blossom at the plate. Sure, some things have gone better than they will. Dexter Fowler is not a 12-WAR player (and if he is he'll probably do a touch better on the free agent market this time around). Tommy La Stella is not going to continue to have a 214 wRC+. Rizzo probably can't maintain a 160 point difference between his batting average and his on-base, though it's likely the former rising to close it than the latter sinking...

Anarchists' Brunch: Time To Be Brave (Don't Be A Slave)

Anarchists' Brunch: Time To Be Brave (Don't Be A Slave)
At some point today or tomorrow, Fearless Leader Arguello will post our predictions for the 2016 season. It's what you do on the eve of a new season, when our excitement is at its peak before the rhythm of a baseball season calms us down a bit. Over 162 games you never let a result affect you too much, and stuff has to accumulate before you adjust where your sights are set. But I doubt that's going to happen to me this season. In mine, I have the Cubs winning 97 games again and winning the World Series. It's time to stop fearing that. To say it and to believe it. It's not us, but this is not the Cubs we grew up with either...
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Anarchists Brunch: Breaking Through

Anarchists Brunch: Breaking Through
There is no such thing as "statement games" in any sport really. We like to put that label on some to highlight or peak certain games in regular seasons that always turn into a slog at some point. Except for football obviously, where every game is one because there just aren't that many of them and there's a difference between 9-7 and 10-6. If they do exist, they most certainly don't in baseball, which varies far too much from day to day and things can hinge simply on how your pitching matchup lined up for that day. Even full series really don't qualify. But that doesn't stop us from looking at them that way, especially this year with the Cubs as we try and figure out just how good they are and just how good they can be. And if you were doing that like me, you were probably driving yourself just a little too crazy for this early in the season, and probably overall...