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Cubs and White Sox lose while NFL catches Dance Fever

Cubs and White Sox lose while NFL catches Dance Fever
          Monday night resulted in nondescript losses for both the Cubs and White Sox.  I’ll start with the Cubs.  John Lackey was knocked around, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings on 7 hits.  He also plunked Buster Posey in what seemed to be a hissy fit over being knocked around.  I... Read more »

2019 White Sox looking good

A couple of days ago I said the White Sox needed a remodel not a rebuild.  As a follow up, I’m giving a projection of what the White Sox could look like in 2019.  I’m not an expert on the Sox farm system but just a cursorily look at the farm system, coupled with a... Read more »

Sox sink Mariners and Jake comes up big (well pretty big)

Jake Arrieta wasn’t Jake The Great, but he was Jake The Pretty Good.  That would actually be good enough if Jake could repeat that regularly.  Arrieta went 6 innings, allowing only one unearned run.  Jake walked only one while striking out 6.  The Cubs bats were booming early in route of rout to their 13-6... Read more »
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White Sox need a remodel, not a rebuild

With the Cubs being rained out and the White Sox winning two in in a row of the Seattle Mariners I thought I’d concentrate more on the White Sox with this post.  The Sox enjoyed a 16-1 rout o the Mariners Saturday night.  Avisail Garcia had a huge night with 2 home runs, 2 doubles... Read more »

Cubs walk their way to an ugly 6-3 loss to Brewers

Even a great team will lose 50-60 games a year, but some losses are particularly galling.  The Cubs 6-3 loss to the Brewers falls under that category.  First of all, on a day with the wind blowing in, Cubs pitchers walked 10 Brewers.  By way of contrast, Brewers pitchers walked 1.  Recent Cubs starting rotation... Read more »

Cubs again pound Reds pitching in 9-5 win

Cubs again pound Reds pitching in 9-5 win
    Cubs fans have reason to feel better after their three game sweep of the Reds.  Reds pitching seems to have a way of reviving Cubs bats.  Thursday’s game highlighted that. Javy Baez’s grand slam was the key blow in the Cubs 9-5 win over the Reds.  Baez went 3-3 on the day and... Read more »
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Cubs bats were slumping, then came Bronson

As hoped for, the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff proved to be an elixir for slumping Cubs bats.  The Reds started 40 year old singer/song writer, Bronson Arroyo, and the results were predictable.  Arroyo went 5 innings, allowing 5 runs and 8 hits.  Ultimately the Cubs picked up 13 hits.  Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo each... Read more »

Angels' bats get to Pelfrey as Sox lose

Angels' bats get to Pelfrey as Sox lose
    Just about every five days I gripe about Mike Pelfrey being in the White Sox rotation.  Today is that fifth day.  Pelfrey went 4.2 innings giving up 4 earned runs.  Kole Calhoun’s three run homer tied the game at 3 and Mike Trout followed with another home run to give the Angels a... Read more »

Cubs looking for a few good hitters, lose 5-0

Cubs looking for a few good hitters, lose 5-0
            I went into this Cubs season with such high hopes.  It’s not that those hopes are dashed, but some re-evaluation is in order.  The Cubs 5-0 loss to the Cardinals leaves the Cubs 3.5 games behind the Cards in the National League Central.  The Cubs are now looking at... Read more »
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Cubs no longer Happless, but still lose to Cardinals

Cubs no longer Happless, but still lose to Cardinals
Ian Happ made a successful debut with the Cubs but ultimately it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost to the Cardinals by a score of 5-3.  Happ walked and homered in 4 at bats.  The homer brought the Cubs to within 2 at 5-3, but that was as close as they got.  Prior to Happ’s... Read more »