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Playing Postseason Pepper 2015: Chicago Cubs

It’s really happening.  The Cubs are playing in the playoffs. Of course, given the expanded nature of the playoffs, that’s not exactly what it used to be.  They aren’t even the National League team with the longest drought left standing, as the Mets last were in the playoffs in 2006 (as we well remember) while [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
22 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Five critical questions that will decide NL Wild Card game

Unlike in the American League, there was absolutely no drama about who would be represented in the National League Wild Card Game. Rather, the race was more about where it would be played. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs separated themselves from the pack so far that it was hard for the San Francisco Giants, who finished a remote 13 games out of the final Wild Card spot,...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
52 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Five questions about the National League Wild Card game

It doesn’t seem fair that the teams with baseball’s second and third-best records are playing in a sudden death elimination game, but those are the breaks. The Chicago Cubs (97-65) travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates (98-64) to win the right to move on to the NLDS in St. Louis. Unlike the AL game that saw two sputtering teams see which one could be less worse than the...
Via The Outside Corner
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Chicago Cubs postseason hype video will give you chills

Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs will play their first postseason game since 2008.Sure, it's a one-and-done matchup -- on the road, to boot -- but it has Cubs fans pretty pumped. And rightfully so.To give you a better understanding of how big tonight's game is for the Cubs fan base, check out this awesome hype video (made by Trevor Vallese), guaranteed to give you chills.(h/t For The Win)
Via Fox Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates-Cubs: Composure in a pressure cooker

Win-or-go-home games are old hat for the Pirates. Pittsburgh has hosted the NL Wild Card in each of the past two seasons. In 2013, they ousted Cincinnati as chants of “Cue-to, Cue-to” echoed down from the boisterous black-clad crowd. Last October, Madison Bumgarner quieted PNC Park by blanking the Bucs. Tonight represents new territory for the Cubs. Joe Maddon’s squad is as...
Via Fangraphs
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta's sweet ... sinker?

Jake Arrieta‘s multi-faceted single-grip slider is sweet, but he’s had that for a while. There has to be something he changed to get better this year. There is something he’s changed, actually. He’s completely flipped his fastball usage. It’s visually compelling — Arrieta has changed very little about his pitching mix from last year to this year, except when it comes...
Via Fangraphs
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Pirates: Arrieta vs. Cole (Game 163)

This is it--one game, four years in the making. Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

Individual performances tend to be magnified in the postseason, and that is especially true of pitchers. While 16-18 other players appear in the lineups and many others will have profound impacts on the outcomes of games over the next month, the starting pitcher will likely have more influence over the outcome of a single game than any other player. Everything is magnified in the...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Playoffs, through Horn-Rimmed Glasses

On the day of his introduction as Cubs manager, Joe Maddon declared, “I’m gonna talk World Series this year.” Since that beginning, the eminently quotable Maddon has continued to embrace bold predictions while keeping the young Cubs loose yet focused, and players like Anthony Rizzo have echoed the confident tone set by their philosophical skipper. And, at last, […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

They Built It, and the Cubs Are Coming

I love a lot of things about baseball, but the thing I love most—at least off the field—is roster construction. There’s something beautifully technical and delicate about putting together a group of 25 guys that, while limited by certain constraints (age, positional ability, money), will produce the most wins possible for your ballclub. It’s a really, really hard […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Why the NL Wild Card Game makes or breaks Chicago

Sep 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs players celebrate after clinching wild card playoff berth at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Stay indoors. Keep away from windows and glass doors. Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors. Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye...
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Dreamcast 50: Unlike Dan Haren, We’re Not Retiring Just Yet

It’s been a while (more than four months) since we’ve done one of these, but what an incredible four months it has been!  The Cubs, as you know, are heading to the playoffs, and with that we’re seeing fans talk about signs, make new music, and show a ton of confidence.  Being the Wild Card game is a one-off, win-or-go-home deal, we’re cautiously optimistic and similarly...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015’s Five Longest Home Runs

If chicks still dig the long ball, then I’m going to go out on a limb and guess they adore Kris Bryant. The Chicago Cubs wunderkind hit the scene two weeks into the season and has been turning heads ever since. The biggest head turner came on September 6 when he absolutely crushed a Rubby De La Rosa offering deep into stratosphere on Chicago’s northside. 1.  Kris Bryant, 495...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Professor moves student’s exam to accommodate Cubs playoff game

The Chicago Cubs reached the playoffs this season for the first time since 2008, and they are hoping to win their first World Series since 1908. At least one college professor recognizes the significance of the team’s pursuit. A Cubs fan named Ben Larson, who is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Drunk Cubs fan jumps around in Milwaukee

YouTube A (presumably) drunk Cubs fan enjoyed the heck out of Milwaukee’s Miller Park playing House of Pain’s “Jump Around” Sunday.  Drunky McDrunkerson (presumably) was probably just celebrating the Cubs’ postseason berth and chose to do it by doing the whitest thing possible. The Cubs will play the Pirates for the one-game Wildcard in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  He better...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Really, the 2015 Cubs just won 97 games!

The Cubs won't host the NL Wild Card game against the Pirates unless the Reds complete some sort of magical comeback (they trail 4-0 late), but this team just won their 97th game of the season. They finished 97-65 and it's the 9th most wins in franchise history. It's tied with the 2008 club in wins, which was the best team in my life. That team did lose only 64. It's just crazy...
Via Obstructed View
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why MLB’s Wild Card System Is Far From Broken

Cubs Ace Jake Arrieta trumps all in the upcoming wild card showdown with Pittsburgh, and one game should be plenty for Cubs fans and baseball fans in general. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates have clinched it. No matter what happens on the final day of the season, they will have the best three records in baseball. That much has been decided by the grind of the previous 161 games...
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo has been great, but Kris Bryant is this team’s MVP

I've heard all throughout the season, and I've even said it myself, that Anthony Rizzo was the 2015 Cubs MVP. Over the last few weeks, I've started to think that just can't be the case any longer. Rizzo has had a great season, but Kris Bryant's second half has pushed him ahead of Rizzo. Their batting lines are very similar. Kris Bryant: .277/.368/.492 Anthony Rizzo: .279/.389...
Via Obstructed View
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Biff Tannen: The Cubs Are Going to Win

When the Chicago Cubs backed into the Playoffs last weekend and ended their seven-year postseason drought, it did nothing but add more mystique to the “Back to the Future II” prognostication that the team is going to win the World Series. We’ve all heard it. Thursday, actor/comedian Tom Wilson (with DeLorean in tow), was on WGN and predicted a Cubs victory. And we’ve got...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bartman spurns effort to send him to Cubs' wild card game

Uttering the phrase “Steve Bartman” in the City of Chicago is still probably akin to saying “Bucky Dent” in Boston, “Reggie Miller” in New York, or “JaMarcus Russell” in Oakland. But twelve years have apparently healed the wounds enough that some Cubs fans are willing to welcome the headphone-wearing Wrigley miscreant back into the fold....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Eyes on Cole, Cubs Feeling Wild

It’s not exactly news that the Cubs are going to be playing in the Wild Card game in 2015. Even if they have only been officially assured a playoff spot for a little less than a week, it’s been virtually a lock for what seems like forever. And although the location of the game isn’t quite decided […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Card Roster Predictions

Reports have indicated that the Cubs are toying with either a 16-9 or 15-10 position players to pitchers roster for the Wild Card game. Here's my quick take on the likely roster:C: Miguel MonteroC: David Ross1B: Anthony Rizzo2B: Starlin CastroIF: Javier BaezIF: Tommy La StellaSS: Addison Russell3B: Kris BryantOF: Dexter FowlerOF: Kyle SchwarberOF: Chris CoghlanOF: Jorge SolerOF:...
Via Cub Reporter
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton: Verlander once got ‘blackout drunk’ after bad start

Athletes have their ups and downs, and it’s important for them to learn how to take the good with the bad. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is no different. He had a rough 2014, in which his ERA skyrocketed to 4.54 with a 15-12 record. It was quite a difference from 2011 and 2012, when the hard-throwing pitcher compiled a 41-13 record in those two seasons combined, with an...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Filling the MLB playoff picture: Joe Maddon and the young Cubs

Fall officially began on Wednesday but the baseball season still has excitement in store. The Blue Jays took two-out-of-three from the Yankees leaving New York three back in the AL East entering play on Thursday. The Royals have lost closer Greg Holland to an elbow injury but are otherwise setting their lineup for the playoffs. The Texas Rangers have taken over the AL West putting...
Via The Sports Post
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobayashi tries to eat 40-pound goat to lift Cubs curse

It’s been 70 long years since Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was forced to leave a World Series game against the Detroit Tigers, when the Curse of the Billy Goat was placed on the Cubs. The curse has Cubs fans wondering if they’ll ever win the World Series again, being that they haven’t accomplished the feat since 1908. Well, Takeru Kobayashi has taken matters...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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