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Posts tagged "Starlin Castro"

Damn Yankees--Yankees 11 Cubs 6

Damn Yankees--Yankees 11 Cubs 6
Brett Anderson struggled early. Anderson recorded a single out which tells you as much as you need to about this game. Brett Gardner led off with a double. Aaron Hicks hit the ball to Anderson, but an error allowed Gardner to score. Hicks wound up at second. Starlin Castro doubled to make it 2-0 Yankee... Read more »

A Cursed Wind: Yankees 3, Cubs 2

A Cursed Wind: Yankees 3, Cubs 2
On this kind of windy, cold afternoon at Wrigley, it’s hard to predict what the respective offenses will do.¬†All of today’s runs came on long balls, some of them sweet and one of them casting a pall over the afternoon. Kyle Hendricks ran into almost immediate trouble, looking as though he might fall victim to... Read more »

Series Preview: Cubs vs Yankees 5/5-5/7

Series Preview: Cubs vs Yankees 5/5-5/7
The Yankees are off to a surprising hot start. They enter the anticipated series as one of the three teams with a winning percentage over .600. This series is different and special. You will be told how different and special this is ad nauseam on two national broadcasts, but it doesn’t make it any less... Read more »
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Anarchists Brunch - The Never Ending Season

From the winter of 2002-2003, until about somewhere in 2010, feels like one constant baseball season to me. There wasn't an offseason and a regular season, it was all just one continuous din of noise. That winter, when I was a senior in college (yep, that old) is when the Cubs hired Dusty Baker. Back then, we didn't know he was a complete idiot and basically a health hazard to the Cubs' young pitchers or that he would manage the big moments with either both hands around his own neck or with a blindfold on or both. All we knew is that the Cubs were serious about winning, had a team that looked like it could compete, and enough youth in the rotation at least that they might be able to do so for more than one year. And it never stopped from there. As soon as one season ended began the furor over what the Cubs would do over the winter to be better the next season and then anticipation for spring training when those moves were made. The Cubs were seemingly never out of focus. They really only had one season completely out of it in that stretch, which was 2006, and that was followed by Dusty being whacked, the team put up for sale, the hiring of Lou, and the free agent binge to end all free agent binges. Our anticipation and angst never stopped. The World Series that went on without us was merely an obstacle until free agency and the winter meetings began. Something to be gotten out of the way. And we're there again...

Anarchists Brunch - The Small Moments

Anarchists Brunch - The Small Moments
I was talking with a friend the other day, and I've written about this before, about how to try and feel about the MLB playoffs. It's clear to everyone now, after a while without it, just how different it is from the regular season. It's like the 10 teams graduated from the regular season to participate in a different competition, one that resembles baseball as we know it but isn't quite. It's like Champions League soccer, where sometimes a loss is enough but that would never work in a league season. I thought about this again last night as I trudged back home after Game 1. 162 times, or maybe less, I wouldn't be so focused on tiny moments from one baseball game. I wouldn't focus on Starlin taking a half-moment to stare at his liner, costing him third base and eventually the Cubs run (I'm more focused on that than I am Gary Jones's send on Baez's single. Amazing how these dominoes fall, no?) One two-strike pitch to Curtis Granderson wouldn't be bouncing around my skull in June. Montero behind the plate instead of in front of it (A word on this: I wonder if with the new rules about a path to the plate if this isn't how catchers are going to do it more often, to avoid having to reach to the back of the plate. They don't have to be four feet behind it like Montero was, but maybe this is where catchers are going to decide they have to be to reach more runners. I've heard it talked about)...

Anarchists Brunch - This Is It, Depending On What "It" Is

Anarchists Brunch - This Is It, Depending On What "It" Is
Most times, I arrive here on Sunday morning and no matter how bleary eyed I am (usually quite) I have some idea of what I want to write here. Sometimes I don't, and I just start and see where it goes. This is one of those times. Because there really isn't anything I can add at this point. There is nothing I can say that I haven't thought before, such as it were. There is some confusion on this last day of the season. Sure, the Cubs have something to play for, but I don't get the impression Cubs fans, at least those not guaranteed to attend Wednesday, really care where that game is played. We'll throw out Jake Arrieta anywhere and feel pretty confident. It's just the inherent looniness that 162 games is going to come down to just one more...
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Anarchists Brunch - Halfway There And All Along I've Been A Traveler

Anarchists Brunch - Halfway There And All Along I've Been A Traveler
We passed the actual halfway point this week, and find ourselves on the mythical one that is the All-Star Break (and there's no week I hate more than the All-Star break. Just what am I supposed to do for four days? I seriously threw something when I found out the union added a fourth day to the break. Three I could almost handle, but four?) Sadly for us, the Cubs aren't exactly storming into the break. This 10-game homestand felt like it could be the gear change after the Cubs pretty much survived the toughest part of their schedule. And what's upsetting, bordering on infuriating, is it's just about inches from being the homestand we all hoped for. That one run loss to the Marlins. The loss in the middle of the week we won't mention by name. Ending four consecutive innings on double plays. The Cubs are just a breath away from being what... 7-2 so far on this one...

I Don't Know About You But I Feel Like A Stick Of Double Spearmint Gum - Sox 1 - Cubs 0

I Don't Know About You But I Feel Like A Stick Of Double Spearmint Gum - Sox 1 - Cubs 0
Well that was new for this year. While the Cubs have found all sorts of infuriating ways with the bats to come up short in games this year, ending the first four innings on double plays was a card they hadn't turned over yet. Certainly unique, and I for one am impressed that they were able to show the variety that they did in doing it. Once they knocked that out they let the home plate ump Dan Belino to basically snow the Cubs under in the rest of the innings. And if that wasn't enough, then rotten luck reared its ugly head. All made for a lovely afternoon, didn't it? Let's get through this in no particular order, shall we...

Anarchists Brunch: Oh, That Feeling

Anarchists Brunch: Oh, That Feeling
I feel like I've spent a great deal of time, both here and in my own forums, writing about there are a lot of firsts (or return to things after a long hiatus) this season. Or preparing for firsts, or trying to remember how things go when your team is actually competitive again and trying to head things off before they happen. And so it is again this week. We knew with a team this young that there would be bumps and stretches where they looked like utter garbage. That's what young, incomplete teams do. It's rather amazing that it took this long, which is probably why most of us are so bummed. That it took place in yet another trip into hell down I-55 makes it particularly sting...
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Let's Get Greedy: Dodgers 0 - Cubs 1

Yep, totally supposed to do this last night. But as the faithful readers of my hockey blog know, sometimes things just get away from me at night. Especially when I attend the event, and especially as fascinating of one as last night was. Yes, a 1-0 game might not interest most, but Jason Hammel staring down what might be the NL's best pitcher so far this year certainly holds the attention of most of us. When this week started, looking the most brutal week of what's been the hardest part of the Cubs schedule, seeing Kershaw and Greinke at the top probably had most Cubs fans in a bargaining state. Let's maybe get one of these, or just split the series with wins on the back half of it, and if we finish the week 3-4 that really won't be the worst thing in the world when things get easier in July. Well, the Cubs beat both of them, and now have a chance to kickstart this season into a frenzy. Yeah, I know, baseball doesn't work that way, but you know how you'll feel if the Cubs come out of this week 5-2 or something. Let's get to the minutiae, shall we...