Cubs 2015

ASTROS GET EVEN

11 September 2016: Fifteen years ago 2,996 people died after two aircraft struck the World Trade Center. This is not news, but as time passes current knowledge fills in some of the details of why this terrible event occurred. The political ramifications will not be discussed here; that’s for a different forum. It’s just come

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CUBS WIN ANOTHER 1 RUN GAME

2 September: yes, that’s correct. The headline isn’t just ‘Cubs win’; after all you’ve heard that more often than not. 86 times, actually. So, this isn’t simply about winning or losing. They know how to win. Playing 162 game, regular season baseball. Right now, they are the sine qua non of major league baseball. Nobody

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CUBS DROP ONE TO BREWERS

23 July: The Cubs got ‘Hendricksed’. For obvious comparison sakes, the success of Kyle Hendricks and his style of pitching has caught on. The Brewers have their own version of the stylish but velocity challenged right hander. Zach Davies(W, 7-4) would be a virtual clone if he wasn’t half his size. OK, so that’s a

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CUBS DROP OPENER TO NATS

13 June: This was bound to happen. If Cubsquest were of the gambling variety (not saying no, just not saying at all) this would have been what hard liner’s call a ‘ranch play’. Scherzer. At home. Hendricks, on the road. The Cubs have already not only swept them, but spanked Scherzer good last time.  But

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WINTER MEETINGS: WHAT TO EXPECT

3 December: The snowflakes have fallen on the 2015 season, brilliant and fun as it was to behold. But in baseball, like life, the operable phrase is ‘what have you done for me lately?’ And pulling 97 wins out of basically nowhere sets notions in people’s minds. Many Cub fans will be disappointed with a

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CUBS SPARED MISTAKES

2 December: There has been a lot of teeth gnashing and brow beating over the Cub front office and their reluctance to spend like drunken sailors on the free agent market. Pushed by a media machine that wants huge payouts for athletes, the fans are buying the notion that there is so much money out

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TURKEY DAY AND THE CUBS

24 November: So far so quiet. The moves so far: ************************************************************************** NOVEMBER DATE TRANSACTION November 20, 2015 Acquired RHP Spencer Patton from Texas for INF Frandy Delarosa. Selected the contracts of INF Jeimer Candelario, C Willson Contreras, RHP Pierce Johnson and INF Dan Vogelbach from Tennessee (SL). November 19, 2015 Agreed to terms with RHP

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JAKE ARRIETA: 2015 CY YOUNG WINNER

18 November: This one was all but inevitable; with all due apologies to the Los Angeles Dodgers fine one-two punch of Clayton Kershaw (third) and Zach Greinke (second). They both had superb years. Then again, Arrieta’s was beyond superb, or stellar, or any other adjective. Unless ‘otherworldly’ works for you. He had the best post

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JOE MADDON WINS MANAGER OF THE YEAR

17 November: Yes, Terry Collins was named manager of the year already. But that was the Sporting News, which while a respected journalistic institution isn’t the final arbiter on this award. That the Baseball Writer’s Association of America. The ones who voted for Rookie of the Year. The BBWAA. They are the ones who count,

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CUBS FORCED INTO EARLY DECISIONS

9 November: It didn’t take long. The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays jumped into the trade market quickly; catching the league off guard with a six player deal four days ago. It isn’t so much the players involved; reliever Nathan Karns and outfield prospect Herschel Mack ‘Boog’ Powell. No, he’s not related to THAT

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