It’s a bummer that the Cubs weren’t able to clinch the division in St. Louis. But it’s also not a bummer at the same time. I said earlier this week that, really, it doesn’t matter. Sure, it would’ve been nice to have it wrapped up at Busch Stadium in front of a fan base that... Read more »
The Cubs of 2016 are hell-bent on sapping us of even hyperbole as they render it insufficient on their march to at least 100 wins and an easy playoff berth. While last year was about the surprising production of young players and a regular season win total far beyond what was expected – not to... Read more »
Did you miss yesterday’s game? That’s unfortunate for you. Because it was fun. But don’t worry, Jared’s got you covered here. This team never feels “down.” I use that word because it has one of them “double meanings” in this “scenario.” If you “know what I mean.” (Okay, I’ll stop.) But really, if they’re behind... Read more »
John spent a great deal of time discussing the nuances behind a Willson Contreras call up right before it actually happened, and he highlighted the dilemma the Cubs face in making this move in his prescient piece. Contreras’ bat is well ahead of his glove at the position. The Cubs struggled with this situation last... Read more »
The Phillies came into Wrigley today as perhaps the sneakiest team in the National League, if not all of baseball. Their run differential (-31) belies their success in the standings so far, and maybe they’re due for a drop, but for now, they’re winning a lot more than most of us expected. Going into the... Read more »
It’s time to get excited about defensive catching statistics, my friends. Unless you’ve been burrowed away somewhere, you’re probably aware of the release of some new defensive measures for catchers on Baseball Prospectus that have been dubbed “Catchella.” These are the work of Harry Pavlidis and Jonathan Judge, and especially in light of the stats... Read more »
Or more to the point, this is what it feels like to lose a game in October of 2015. Because the Cubs hadn't done that yet. Having never written a wrap for a playoff baseball game, I don't know whether to make a big deal out of small moments or try and zoom out. Because there isn't a lot of time to make up for the small moments that didn't go the Cubs way. But on the other side ranting and raving doesn't feel right either because it's still baseball. I guess we'll figure it out together.
I guess this one's on me, because in today's Drip I said I still don't buy John Lackey, and I probably never will. This was said against the evidence of his dominant season and a half in Deliverance On The Mississippi and his voodoo sign over the Cubs in three starts this year. All those starts came in the first week of July or before, and I thought the revamped Cubs offense could make more noise. Guess I missed on that one. Lackey was throwing harder than I recall, changing his arm angle, and not missing his spots. Even if his spots were anywhere in the same zip code as the plate...