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Title: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on May 04, 2015, 07:34:23 pm
Go Cubs!

Fantastic start, gotta keep the pressure on
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on May 04, 2015, 07:42:53 pm
Well there goes that, I love this rivalry, these games can be nuts
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on May 04, 2015, 07:55:35 pm
Crazy first inning.

As much as it pains me to say it, the Cubs are well positioned in the Central right now. The Cardinals could fall apart if we don't figure out a way to avoid too much mileage on the bullpen.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on May 16, 2015, 11:06:27 am
Nice little five game winning streak we got here! ;D

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on May 16, 2015, 12:20:13 pm
They have looked good. Pitching needs a little work, but as a core they are likely to be relevant for a few years to come.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on May 16, 2015, 06:32:46 pm
Nice little five game winning streak we got here! ;D

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And the Cardinals are headed in the opposite direction.

The Cubs could absolutely win the division.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on May 17, 2015, 10:21:58 am
Make it 6 now. The Cubs are winning close games, but still have a long ways to go.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 22, 2015, 03:22:02 pm
I was worried about the philosophies of Maddon and Theo clashing but all looks well right now.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on May 30, 2015, 12:27:37 am
Kind of in a slump. Not good.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on May 30, 2015, 11:41:40 am
Theo has put the Cubs in a great position.  That INF of Bryant, Castro, Russell, and Rizzo could be the starting INF at a ASG in a couple of years.  Add in Soler and it will be a long time before we see a young core like this again.  Add in Almora and Schwarber at AA, this Cubs lineup will be scary.

Think it would be smart to flip Baez for a young pitcher since there is a need there after Lester and Arrieta.  I know Edwards is on the farm, but it looks like the has been transitioned to the pen at least for now.  Maybe they could flip him to the Mets for someone like Steven Matz.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on May 31, 2015, 07:49:27 am
Or to the Dodgers for bolsinger?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 05, 2015, 11:12:44 am
Great job last night by Jake Arrieta against the Nats.

Ross made an excellent pick off throw to first base to end the game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 05, 2015, 11:41:25 am
Anthony Rizzo is awesome against left handed pitchers.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 06, 2015, 07:47:56 pm
Another strong outing by Hammel. Cubs win.

Cubs 4

Nats 2
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 06, 2015, 08:49:34 pm
Herrera, Fowler, and Montero all contributed today. Keep this up, then add the big guns, and there's no reason why they can't be an effective offensive team.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 07, 2015, 04:40:22 pm
Cubs activated Chris Denorfia.

He is in the lineup today and doing damage.

2 hits and a run scored so far today.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 09, 2015, 10:11:52 pm
Ugly at Detroit. No support for Lester, and a guy who's lost his last four starts pitches like a Cy Young contender.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 10, 2015, 07:13:49 pm
Top of the 4th.

Cubs 5

Tigers 0
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 10, 2015, 09:21:49 pm
12-3 top 9th. I like the way they bounce back after a loss.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 10, 2015, 09:47:28 pm
Cubs finish 5-4 on 9 game road trip.

Finished pretty strong after losing that series with Miami.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 17, 2015, 09:36:01 pm
They put it all together tonight. A 17-0 4-hit devastation of the Indians. Bryant capped it off with a grand slam in a 7-run ninth. Wow.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on June 17, 2015, 11:17:24 pm
They put it all together tonight. A 17-0 4-hit devastation of the Indians. Bryant capped it off with a grand slam in a 7-run ninth. Wow.

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And Schwarber 4/5?!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 18, 2015, 10:59:45 pm
Schwarber hit his first big league homerun tonight but Cubs lose 4-3.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 18, 2015, 11:05:07 pm
Pirates won again.

They are on fire.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on June 25, 2015, 08:05:43 am
8 games over! Love what this team has a chance to do in the coming years
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 30, 2015, 07:48:24 pm
Need to end this losing streak! No patience at the plate-too many LOB.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on July 03, 2015, 12:36:09 pm
By sweeping the Mets yesterday the Cubs swept a season series of more than six games for the first time since 1885.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on July 08, 2015, 02:02:37 pm
"Not since Barry Bonds was still playing has a lefty approached what Rizzo is doing off southpaws. It’s an amazing statistic knowing how hard it can be for left-handed hitters to hit against lefty pitchers."

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/32137/no-stopping-anthony-rizzo-vs-lefties (http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/32137/no-stopping-anthony-rizzo-vs-lefties)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on July 16, 2015, 01:45:31 pm
Looking forward to the second half of the season.

Will be interesting to see if the Cubs make a move before the trade deadline.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on July 19, 2015, 07:48:20 pm
I doubt they make a splash. They are ahead in their rebuild and won't move for a big name too early I don't think
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on July 19, 2015, 07:55:17 pm
Nice to take 2 of 3 at Atlanta. Arrieta struck out 10.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on July 20, 2015, 09:44:43 am
I think the Cubs and Pirates will be the NL wild card reps this season.  As a Dodger fan I hope we hold on in the west.  I don't think the loser between the Dodgers and midgets will make the wild card. Have to win the division!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on July 24, 2015, 11:12:47 am
Everyone (especially the Cubs) wants David Price


http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2015/7/23/9020237/david-price-trade-rumors-cubs-tigers (http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2015/7/23/9020237/david-price-trade-rumors-cubs-tigers)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on July 24, 2015, 02:55:13 pm
Apparently the Cubs are making efforts to trade for Cole Hamels.


http://mweb.cbssports.com/fantasy/fantasy-baseball/update/25248024/report-cubs-dangle-top-middle-infielders-in-cole-hamels-talks (http://mweb.cbssports.com/fantasy/fantasy-baseball/update/25248024/report-cubs-dangle-top-middle-infielders-in-cole-hamels-talks)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on July 31, 2015, 12:12:15 pm
Rizzo led the Cubs to a victory last night against the Brewers with a 3-run homer in the 8th.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 01, 2015, 08:03:37 pm
Rizzo hit another 3-run homerun tonight. Cubs lead Brewers 3-1 top of the 6th.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cubsfan5150 on August 01, 2015, 08:36:21 pm
Schwarberbomb on the side too
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on August 02, 2015, 12:39:48 pm
Schwarberbomb on the side too
I never thought Schwarber would be a top 10 prospect like he has turned out to be right now, but I thought it was a very smart pick by the Cubs at 4 last year.  He was a borderline top 10 prospect in the draft because his ability to stick behind the plate at C is still a huge question mark, but he was the top college bat available.  Signing him as far underslot as they did allowed the Cubs to pick three late first/second round type talents in the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds in Sands, Steele, and Cease.  It appears he is probably a corner OF, but it would be ideal for the Cubs if he could stick behind the plate at C because they have an insane amount of talented young position players.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 02, 2015, 06:13:38 pm
4-3 win completes the sweep at Milwaukee. Bryant hurt his head trying to stretch an RBI single. He looked woozy. Hope it's not serious.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 05, 2015, 01:02:42 pm
Cubs beat the Pirates last night for their sixth straight win.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 05, 2015, 01:09:38 pm
Jake Arrieta earning rep as NL Centrals Top Gun.


http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/61310/tuesdays-top-5-jake-arrieta-earning-rep-as-nl-centrals-top-gun (http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/61310/tuesdays-top-5-jake-arrieta-earning-rep-as-nl-centrals-top-gun)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on August 05, 2015, 05:17:28 pm
He does look good.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 07, 2015, 05:02:02 pm
Cubs up 6-1 over the Giants, top of the sixth.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 07, 2015, 06:23:39 pm
Final score

Cubs 7

Giants 3




Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 07, 2015, 07:58:52 pm
Fowler looked good at leadoff man, going 3-5 with a home run, and the top three hitters in the lineup went 7 for 13. Nice to see Lester get some support. They are getting offensive help from a lot of different guys. I really like Soler in RF. They're becoming a good team-they seem to bounce back from losses better than I've noticed in the past.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on August 07, 2015, 09:57:48 pm
I'm rooting for the Cubs this weekend.  Keep beating up on the hated giants!  a 4-0 sweep would be great! 

we will try to help you out be beating the Pirates but it didn't start good tonight with the bullpen blowing another game. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on August 07, 2015, 11:37:01 pm
Yeah, I'm not much on the Giants either.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on August 08, 2015, 03:40:47 pm
I'm rooting for the Cubs this weekend.  Keep beating up on the hated giants!  a 4-0 sweep would be great! 

we will try to help you out be beating the Pirates but it didn't start good tonight with the bullpen blowing another game.

Same here!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 08, 2015, 06:53:53 pm
In 3 games vs SF, Cubs rookies Bryant, Schwarber, Soler & Russell are a combined: 18-43 (.419 average) 5 doubles 2 HR 14 RBI.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 08, 2015, 06:55:09 pm
Another good win. Bryant with a HR, Fowler a triple, and Addison Russell had 3 hits, including a double. Batting him 9th in the lineup seems to be working. They also are showing more patience at the plate, drawing six walks today.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 09, 2015, 06:17:11 am
Interesting tidbit....

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 11, 2015, 01:37:28 pm
The 4 best records in baseball come from the Central divisions. 1. Cardinals 71-40 2. Royals 67-44 3. Pirates 65-44 4. Cubs 62-48
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on August 11, 2015, 09:21:30 pm
I think Joe Madden would be a Hoot to play for. Buck as well.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 11, 2015, 10:25:43 pm
6-3 win tonight, 11 out of their last 12. Rizzo and Soler with 2 RBI each. A hot team right now.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on August 11, 2015, 11:43:10 pm
I like Buck but I'm surprised to see him on there.  he was a real hard arse when managed the Dbacks and was classified as a "micro manager".  Maybe he has mellowed some in his later years. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on August 13, 2015, 09:00:56 am
The kids are picking up some momentum.  They feel like they can't lose.  Hope they can keep it up down the stretch and it could be a wild postseason...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on August 13, 2015, 09:11:53 am
The kids are picking up some momentum.  They feel like they can't lose.  Hope they can keep it up down the stretch and it could be a wild postseason...

Hell, they're only 1.5 games back of the Pirates to host the WC game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: CabotHog87 on August 13, 2015, 06:05:42 pm
Another win today! We are on a roll! I hope they keep this up. Chicago is going to be electric when I'm there Sept 15 for the AC/DC show at Wrigley.

Go Cubs Go!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on August 13, 2015, 06:35:43 pm
Nm
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 14, 2015, 05:44:58 pm
Cubbies sporting some sharp uniforms today.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 14, 2015, 06:36:16 pm
Cubs win 8th straight game. Beat White Sox today, 6-5.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on August 14, 2015, 07:38:34 pm
Maddon pushing all the right buttons.  Hope he stays with the cubs for a very long time.  He just seems to know how to get the most out of his guys.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on August 15, 2015, 03:55:23 pm
No kidding, Madden is proof how important managing is in baseball (often managers underrated in this sport).
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 15, 2015, 06:09:30 pm
He may very well be the best manager in baseball.

SC Featured: Joe Maddon

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on August 15, 2015, 08:01:49 pm
I definitely think Maddon is the best, or at least very close to it, manager in baseball. I was really hoping St. Louis would find a way to get him after LaRussa retired. I hated seeing him go to the cubs.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 15, 2015, 09:59:35 pm

ESPN Stats & Info
@ESPNStatsInfo

Cubs have won 9 in a row within a season in August or later for the first time since winning 10 in row in September 1953
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on August 15, 2015, 11:44:55 pm
They have a pretty easy schedule upcoming as well. Could be awhile before they lose again.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on August 16, 2015, 06:06:39 am
I definitely think Maddon is the best, or at least very close to it, manager in baseball. I was really hoping St. Louis would find a way to get him after LaRussa retired. I hated seeing him go to the cubs.

I assumed the Cards would go after him when TLR resigned. Maddon was my first choice. Props to the cubs for getting him.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on August 16, 2015, 08:52:32 am
I assumed the Cards would go after him when TLR resigned. Maddon was my first choice. Props to the cubs for getting him.

I think they actually tried, but he was under contract and Tampa wouldn't let them talk.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on August 16, 2015, 09:11:52 am
No kidding, Madden is proof how important managing is in baseball (often managers underrated in this sport).

Especially in the NL.

It sucks having him in the division for the foreseeable future. The guy is amazing.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 16, 2015, 08:28:13 pm
Well, can't win 'em all. 3-1 Sox. Taking 2 of 3 at US Cellular is a positive, though.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 17, 2015, 11:58:26 am
Best records since All-Star break.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 20, 2015, 10:45:32 pm
Rizzo hits a 3-run homer and Coghlan triples in his second straight game to beat the Braves and snap a losing streak. Cubs need to play better against teams with losing records.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on August 21, 2015, 12:41:33 pm
Jake Arrieta is first in MLB to 15 wins.

He hit the mark by fanning seven batters in six innings Thursday, is only the 6th Cubs pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to be the first in MLB to 15 wins and first since Greg Maddux in 1988.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on August 26, 2015, 09:51:40 am
He won his 16th last night.  Amazingly only 4 no decisions this year.  Greinke and Kershaw have about 8 or 10 each because of the sorry Dodgers bullpen.  Hope you guys sweep the midgets then go into a funk this weekend.  Although with Latos starting saturday I'm sure you will win that game!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on August 29, 2015, 11:51:40 am
Kershaw took care of you guys last night.  Now the Cubs have the advantage the next 2 games with Lester and Arrietta.  I would be ecstatic if Dodgers win one of those.  We have Giants Monday-Wed with Greinke and Kershaw Tues/Wed so I think we will win 2 of 3 from them (hopefully).
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 31, 2015, 06:34:55 pm
Arrieta throws a no-hitter last night in a 2-0 win that snaps a four-game losing streak.  ;D

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on August 31, 2015, 06:43:20 pm
THAT's how you stop a losing streak.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on August 31, 2015, 08:50:22 pm
Arietta is a stud.  Will probably lead the NL in wins and could win the Cy Young depending what happens in the next few weeks.  Greinke may have something to say about it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on August 31, 2015, 09:14:41 pm
Nice to have a trade the Cubs can call favorable.  We don't have many in our history compared to most.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on August 31, 2015, 10:03:01 pm
Arietta is a stud.  Will probably lead the NL in wins and could win the Cy Young depending what happens in the next few weeks.  Greinke may have something to say about it.
Arietta is probably the only player who can keep the NL Cy Young out of LA.  Not only has Greinke had a historic year so far in terms of ERA, Kershaw is having another Clayton Kershaw season.  Those would be the top 3 guys and DeGrom would round out the top 4.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on August 31, 2015, 11:40:55 pm
Couldn't argue much about those 4. I'd also throw Madbum to round out the rotation.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on September 01, 2015, 06:08:17 pm
Couldn't argue much about those 4. I'd also throw Madbum to round out the rotation.
Bumgarner is probably the #7 or so guy in line this year.  I would put at least Scherzer and Cole above him right now.  Heck, there are four starting pitchers on the Cards who have a better ERA than Bumgarner right now.

Now, there isn't anyone else I would have on the mound during the WS, but there have been several pitchers better than him in the NL this year.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on September 01, 2015, 08:02:44 pm
Decently full for a weeknight against the Reds.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on September 05, 2015, 07:07:39 pm
Arrieta solid again as Cubs beat Arizona 2-0.

Cubs win

Razorbacks win

Good day
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on September 07, 2015, 05:54:07 pm
Good start to the Cardinals series with a 9-0 win. Fowler and Russell with three RBI each.

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 07, 2015, 06:29:59 pm
Within 2 1/2 of the Pirates
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 10, 2015, 07:14:49 am
2 out of 3 against the Cards was nice, but we blew game 3.  Should have been a sweep.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on September 10, 2015, 05:51:36 pm
2 out of 3 against the Cards was nice, but we blew game 3.  Should have been a sweep.

Congratulations! It was tough to watch, I was at game 3, but it was nice to see Grichuk get back into the lineup in a limited role.

Good luck catching the damn Pirates. Hopefully we're getting everybody back in time to hold y'all off in September!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on September 11, 2015, 02:24:36 pm
Jake Arrieta takes the mound in search of his 19th win in the first game of a doubleheader today against the Phillies.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on September 11, 2015, 02:35:39 pm
Fowler has been really good in the second half of the season.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on September 13, 2015, 09:48:51 pm
Glad there's no more games against the Phillies. Either a bad matchup or playing down to the competition..

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on September 18, 2015, 04:44:23 pm
Young cubs on the rise...cardinals getting a little nervous.  Finally some tension between the two teams in late September!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on September 18, 2015, 06:29:58 pm
I don't think the Cards are really that nervous. Everybody's getting healthy at the right time and the schedule gets pretty easy the rest of the way except for the 3 against the Cubs and 3 against the Pirates. The Cubs and Pitt both have tougher schedules remaining.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on September 19, 2015, 04:30:48 pm
Not going to lie, as a Cards fan, I will be nervous once the postseason rolls around. I still think we are safe to win the division, but that's not what I really care about.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on September 19, 2015, 05:29:59 pm
Not going to lie, as a Cards fan, I will be nervous once the postseason rolls around. I still think we are safe to win the division, but that's not what I really care about.
I agree 100%. The Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs are unquestionably the 3 best teams in the NL -- arguably the three best teams in baseball (due respect to KC and Toronto). It's laughable that one of us will eliminate the other two prior to the NLCS.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on September 22, 2015, 09:38:05 pm
Arrieta gets win #20!

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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on September 23, 2015, 12:56:10 am
Just give big Jake the Cy Young now. I think he's proved he deserves it. He's had a great season.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on September 23, 2015, 09:12:32 am
Just give big Jake the Cy Young now. I think he's proved he deserves it. He's had a great season.

As much as it pains me to say it, I agree.

I didn't even think he was their ace when the season began.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on September 23, 2015, 10:00:42 am
Just give big Jake the Cy Young now. I think he's proved he deserves it. He's had a great season.

Agreed.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on September 23, 2015, 08:18:43 pm
Just give big Jake the Cy Young now. I think he's proved he deserves it. He's had a great season.
I still think Grienke is the front runner, but it will be one of the best Cy Young races in a long time.  Grienke is throwing up a season ERA not seen since Bob Gibson while Arrieta is having one of the most dominant stretches ever seen and is quickly closing in on Grienke's ERA.  If Grienke has one bad start down the stretch while Arrieta maintains his dominance, I think Arrieta sneaks in and wins it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on September 23, 2015, 08:51:53 pm
Greinke's going to miss his next start and Jake is pitching better currently. I just think the voters will consider how you finish the season in a 2 horse race. I also believe the human element will give it to him because he plays for a better team..
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Imminent Rueage on September 24, 2015, 12:49:48 am
Grienke is throwing up a season ERA not seen since Bob Gibson while Arrieta is having one of the most dominant stretches ever seen

I assume you weren't around in 1985 when Dwight Gooden had the best post-Gibson '68 season ever when he went 24-4 with 268 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA in 276 2/3 innings with 16 complete games and eight shutouts.

And speaking of dominant stretches, the Cardinals' John Tudor in the same season went 21-8 but he started 1-7 and after the first of June went 20-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his final 210 innings to finish with a 1.93 ERA in 275 innings, 14 complete games and ten shutouts.

He gave up 32 earned runs in that stretch of 210 innings. He had four complete game shutouts in September alone, including a 10-inning 1-0 victory at Shea Stadium.

That's dominance.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on September 27, 2015, 10:09:35 pm
Arrietta is amazing. What a game tonight. Just sick.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on September 28, 2015, 07:59:53 am
Arrietta is amazing. What a game tonight. Just sick.
We are going to see that Cubs / Orioles trade back in 2013 on the most lopsided trades list for a long time.  That only happened because the Orioles tried to alter Arrieta's cross fire delivery while the Cubs embraced it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on September 28, 2015, 08:18:34 am
Sometimes you have to embrace oddities in baseball. I remember Arizona tried to alter Craig Councel's ugly batting stance. Didn't work.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on September 28, 2015, 08:19:15 am
We are going to see that Cubs / Orioles trade back in 2013 on the most lopsided trades list for a long time.  That only happened because the Orioles tried to alter Arrieta's cross fire delivery while the Cubs embraced it.

I was just talking about this with a friend from Baltimore the other day. 100%.

This Cardinals/Pirates series is gonna be huge. Frankly, we don't have a starter that I'd want to put up against Arrieta in a one game series. That said, I like our starting rotation against the Cubs starting rotation over the course of a series, even without Carlos Martinez.

Must win series against Pittsburgh starting tonight as the lead is at 3 games.

Tonight Lynn v Happ is fairly even matchup.

Tuesday Wacha v Morton is a must win for us. Wacha has struggled in recent games.

Wednesday Lyons v Cole is the one that we may have to concede.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 28, 2015, 12:58:32 pm
A very exciting end to the race in the Central, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 03, 2015, 07:19:27 pm
Jake Arrieta finishes strong.


He finished his regular season Friday with six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.41 since the start of August. That's the best in that span since ER became official in 1913. Every other pitcher's ERA with at least 10 starts was more than twice as high.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 04, 2015, 01:07:24 am
Crazy that most pitchers are getting weaker as the season goes.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on October 04, 2015, 03:12:08 pm
Jake Arrieta finishes strong.


He finished his regular season Friday with six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.41 since the start of August. That's the best in that span since ER became official in 1913. Every other pitcher's ERA with at least 10 starts was more than twice as high.
One of the most dominant stretches ever and I think it carries him to the Cy Young even though Grienke deserves it more.  He put together one of the most dominant seasons in a long time which is what the award is about.  Grienke, Arrieta, and Kershaw are making this Cy Young race one of the most memorable ones we have seen.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 04, 2015, 09:44:01 pm
One of the most dominant stretches ever and I think it carries him to the Cy Young even though Grienke deserves it more.  He put together one of the most dominant seasons in a long time which is what the award is about.  Grienke, Arrieta, and Kershaw are making this Cy Young race one of the most memorable ones we have seen.

I don't think you can argue Grienke deserves it more.  But I agree you could argue it could go either way and it would be a fair decision.

They are basically in a statistical tie when it comes to WHIP and ERA, with very slight edges to Grienke.  Arrieta has 3 more wins, 36 more strikeouts, 3 more complete games, and 3 more shutouts.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ucahogfan on October 04, 2015, 09:59:22 pm
I don't think you can argue Grienke deserves it more.  But I agree you could argue it could go either way and it would be a fair decision.

They are basically in a statistical tie when it comes to WHIP and ERA, with very slight edges to Grienke.  Arrieta has 3 more wins, 36 more strikeouts, 3 more complete games, and 3 more shutouts.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 07, 2015, 10:10:03 pm
The wild card game isn't supposed to count in the Cy Young voting, but it will, and Jake just won it if he hadn't already.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: CabotHog87 on October 08, 2015, 05:05:58 pm
I was so ecstatic last night that my Cubbies finally won another playoff game! Arrieta was brilliant. What makes the win sweeter is that we get a chance to knock off the Cardinals now.

Obviously, we're throwing Lester in Game 1. If he wins, I'm assuming we'll go with Hammel or Haren in Game 2 and save Jake for Game 3 at Wrigley? If we lose Game 1 do you think we pitch Jake in Game 2 with the mentality that we absolutely can't afford to go down 2-0?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 08, 2015, 06:16:05 pm
I was so ecstatic last night that my Cubbies finally won another playoff game! Arrieta was brilliant. What makes the win sweeter is that we get a chance to knock off the Cardinals now.

Obviously, we're throwing Lester in Game 1. If he wins, I'm assuming we'll go with Hammel or Haren in Game 2 and save Jake for Game 3 at Wrigley? If we lose Game 1 do you think we pitch Jake in Game 2 with the mentality that we absolutely can't afford to go down 2-0?

I was wondering the same thing. He'd be on 3 days' rest which is absolutely doable and he'd be able to go again in a potential game 5. Tough call.

The Lackey/Lester matchup will be very interesting tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: CabotHog87 on October 09, 2015, 11:51:24 am
I was wondering the same thing. He'd be on 3 days' rest which is absolutely doable and he'd be able to go again in a potential game 5. Tough call.

The Lackey/Lester matchup will be very interesting tomorrow night.

Well, looks like we left Haren off the roster. I guess since he plans to retire? Anyway, looks like Hendricks in game 2 and Arrieta in game 3 so I was partly right. But I still think if we lose tonight then Maddon is going to have a tough call to make.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 09, 2015, 12:31:37 pm
Well, looks like we left Haren off the roster. I guess since he plans to retire? Anyway, looks like Hendricks in game 2 and Arrieta in game 3 so I was partly right. But I still think if we lose tonight then Maddon is going to have a tough call to make.

I agree with 100%, although we seem to be in the minority.

Frankly, I pray to God that doesn't happen. I DO NOT want to face Arrieta twice. He's been as good as any pitcher I've ever seen over the last three months. The movement is just sick and he seems to be able to put it exactly where he wants to. Nearly every pitch.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 09, 2015, 09:58:32 pm
You guys scared the hell out of me tonight. Especially when Rosie put runners on the corners in the 9th.

Gonna be an electric series. I'm just glad Arrieta had to start in the play in game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 09, 2015, 10:29:57 pm
Lester hasn't gotten much support this year. Postseason offensive woes continue. Lackey pitched a great game.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 10, 2015, 08:00:26 am
I'm thinking this is a must win game for the Cubs today.

Would be nice to even the series at 1-1 and head back to Chicago with Arrieta taking the mound in game three.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 10, 2015, 08:25:46 am
I'm thinking this is a must win game for the Cubs today.

Would be nice to even the series at 1-1 and head back to Chicago with Arrieta taking the mound in game three.

Do you don't think there's any chance Maddon starts Arrieta today?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 10, 2015, 08:51:42 am
Do you don't think there's any chance Maddon starts Arrieta today?

Hendricks is scheduled to start today.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 10, 2015, 08:57:53 am
I think Maddon has confidence in Kyle Hendricks right now.

Hendricks closed the season by throwing 12 shutout innings over his last two starts.

Hopefully he can carry that over to today.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: 4Lions04 on October 10, 2015, 01:00:16 pm
I'm thinking this is a must win game for the Cubs today.

Would be nice to even the series at 1-1 and head back to Chicago with Arrieta taking the mound in game three.

I'm with you. A split is necessary and then hopefully Arrieta will put us up 2-1.  2-0 is a huge hole to climb out of, especially against the cards. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 10, 2015, 07:38:55 pm
Huge win.

Good to see some runs today.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 10, 2015, 09:43:51 pm
Yep, huge win, good run production

Ready to see post season baseball in Wrigley
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 10, 2015, 09:57:18 pm
I'll go out on a limb here and predict wacha out-duels arrieta Monday.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 10, 2015, 11:21:49 pm
I like Soler; he'll put up monster numbers if he can stay healthy. Lots of exciting young talent that doesn't seem to want to wait until next year and a manager like Maddon makes them dangerous at home. I like their chances to advance to the NLCS.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 11, 2015, 07:50:10 am
I'll go out on a limb here and predict wacha out-duels arrieta Monday.

I hope and pray you're correct, but I think the Cubs may have beaten us last night.

Cardinal nation tips our collective hat to you, Cubs. Well played and ahead of schedule.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on October 11, 2015, 02:45:38 pm
I hope and pray you're correct, but I think the Cubs may have beaten us last night.

Cardinal nation tips our collective hat to you, Cubs. Well played and ahead of schedule.

If there's one thing I learned in 2011 it's that it's not over until it's over. Baseball is a funny game like that.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 11, 2015, 03:54:33 pm
If there's one thing I learned in 2011 it's that it's not over until it's over. Baseball is a funny game like that.

Very true. But we're way behind the eight ball right now -- the Cubs are in a great position in this series. You have to respect what they're building.

Honestly, if they beat us I'll slide into a severe depression, but I'll pull for them to win the whole thing.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on October 13, 2015, 08:11:29 am
Is today the day?  I really don't want it to go to game 5, all momentum back to St. Louis at that point.

Arrieta was off last night, but our sluggers (and the wind) were enough.  6 HRs...geez.  Going to be a wild afternoon at Wrigley today.

Go Cubs Go!  Fly the W!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Biggus Piggus on October 13, 2015, 07:01:26 pm
W
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: dacskc on October 13, 2015, 07:12:40 pm
Congrats from a Cards fan! Cubs fans are some of the most loyal fans in all of sports. Glad you finally get rewarded (even if it is as the expense of my Cards).

Hopefully we will get to watch an Arrieta/Keuchel matchup soon. That would be good baseball.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: 95_alum on October 13, 2015, 07:24:12 pm
"Old Style!!!"
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Cubbie08 on October 13, 2015, 07:28:41 pm
"Old Style!!!"

Drinking one right now!!!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 13, 2015, 07:34:50 pm
Well the next 173 days are going to be very difficult waiting for baseball season to come back, but congratulations. Well deserved and long awaited for the Cubs.

Maddon has done a great job in short order.

I look forward to seeing the Cardinals put the Cubs back in their rightful place next year, but for now -- congratulations on the series win and good luck in the NLCS.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: 95_alum on October 13, 2015, 07:43:58 pm
Drinking one right now!!!

+1!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on October 13, 2015, 08:26:50 pm
Well the next 173 days are going to be very difficult waiting for baseball season to come back, but congratulations. Well deserved and long awaited for the Cubs.

Maddon has done a great job in short order.

I look forward to seeing the Cardinals put the Cubs back in their rightful place next year, but for now -- congratulations on the series win and good luck in the NLCS.
The NLCS again?  Thanks!  ;)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on October 13, 2015, 09:03:36 pm
Congrats from a Cards fan! Cubs fans are some of the most loyal fans in all of sports. Glad you finally get rewarded (even if it is as the expense of my Cards).

Hopefully we will get to watch an Arrieta/Keuchel matchup soon. That would be good baseball.

The Astros have a tall order tomorrow after that heartbreaker yesterday.
Haven't decided whether the youth of the Astros helps them or hurts them in coming back after blowing that game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on October 13, 2015, 09:04:58 pm
Congrats to all the Cubs fans on the board!!
It doesn't get much more exciting than this.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 13, 2015, 10:22:48 pm
How sweet it is.  I can't decide if we want the rest by waiting for Mets/Dodgers to play game 5, or if it would be better to keep playing while we are hot.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 13, 2015, 10:28:06 pm
Nice job Cubs.  As an avid Cards hater I was glad to see you beat them.  I hope my Dodgers can pull it off in Game 5 Thursday and meet you in the NLCS.  Hopefully Arrietta will be human again like he was Monday.  That guy had the best second half ever. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on October 13, 2015, 10:43:27 pm
Well the next 173 days are going to be very difficult waiting for baseball season to come back, but congratulations. Well deserved and long awaited for the Cubs.

Maddon has done a great job in short order.

I look forward to seeing the Cardinals put the Cubs back in their rightful place next year, but for now -- congratulations on the series win and good luck in the NLCS.
I don't think the Cubs are stepping back anytime soon. The amount of young talent on that team is sick!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on October 13, 2015, 11:30:28 pm
Congrats cubs fans.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 14, 2015, 12:47:16 am
I don't think the Cubs are stepping back anytime soon. The amount of young talent on that team is sick!

No doubt. Just a light hearted attempt at keeping my dignity.

I honestly feel bad for the Reds and Brewers. The Cubs, Pirates, and Cardinals are all set up for success over the next few years.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bob Slydell on October 14, 2015, 03:40:28 am
From a lifelong Cardinals fan, you guys have a very, very good team. I won't even use the qualifier of 'young'. I really look forward to the NL Central races for the next few years! Congrats and good luck the rest of the way. I'm actually kind of rooting for you to break the curse.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on October 14, 2015, 08:45:56 am
No doubt. Just a light hearted attempt at keeping my dignity.

I honestly feel bad for the Reds and Brewers. The Cubs, Pirates, and Cardinals are all set up for success over the next few years.
One of those three teams needs to flip to the AL.  The way it all set up in the WC game was just an injustice to the season the Pirates had.

These should be 3 division winners.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 14, 2015, 09:02:14 am
One of those three teams needs to flip to the AL.  The way it all set up in the WC game was just an injustice to the season the Pirates had.

These should be 3 division winners.

Would've been:

Cardinals v WC (Dodgers/Mets)

Pirates v Cubs

if ther world were fair. But it is what it is. Good luck the rest of the way. Well deserved. God, I can't wait until Spring Training.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: 95_alum on October 14, 2015, 09:46:05 am
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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 14, 2015, 09:54:25 am
Sucks that 2 of 3 best teams in baseball are already eliminated.  Awesome that the 1 survivor was the Cubs!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Jackrabbit Hog on October 14, 2015, 12:31:32 pm
Sucks that 2 of 3 best teams in baseball are already eliminated.  Awesome that the 1 survivor was the Cubs!

My two least favorite teams in the NL have always been the Dodgers and the Mets; not sure why but they are.  Behind the Cardinals, my favorite NL team is the Cubs.  I've been to Wrigley for games probably 6-7 times and love the place.  Here's hoping they break the curse and win it all this year.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 14, 2015, 12:44:00 pm
Congrats to the Cubs. I think they are a fun team to watch. Disappointed in the way things went with the Redbirds, but the Cubbies just played better.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 14, 2015, 05:57:11 pm
I'm happy for the city of Chicago that the Cubs are tasting some postseason success. The team shows patience at the plate and they play good defense for being so young.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 17, 2015, 02:33:32 pm
Cubs vs Mets.

Lester vs Harvey in game 1.

Should be a fun series.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on October 17, 2015, 03:57:15 pm
Play Ball!!!!!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 17, 2015, 10:21:25 pm
Lester is becoming the new Kershaw.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 18, 2015, 06:50:04 am
Harvey was good last night.

Cubs did have some hard hit balls against him.

Schwarber has now hit a homerun in three straight October games.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 18, 2015, 09:32:53 pm
Arrietta is human I guess.  that's two consecutive games he has allowed runs. 

I think the Mets may be the team of destiny this year.  You just never know. Murphy is this year's version of Matt Carpenter.  Can't hit a HR off a lefthander and hits two off kershaw in the playoffs, hits another off Grienke and then tonight hits one off Arietta.  Dude is playing like superman.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on October 19, 2015, 11:01:42 am
Arrietta is human I guess.  that's two consecutive games he has allowed runs. 

I think the Mets may be the team of destiny this year.  You just never know. Murphy is this year's version of Matt Carpenter.  Can't hit a HR off a lefthander and hits two off kershaw in the playoffs, hits another off Grienke and then tonight hits one off Arietta.  Dude is playing like superman.

All the Mets needed was a little offense to take them from pretty good to very good. Their pitching is pretty dang deep. I'd put their starting rotation right there with the Cardinals.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on October 19, 2015, 06:43:30 pm
We are too dependant on the long ball right now, works in Wrigley sometimes, but in a park like Shea they need to shorten up and take the singles
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 19, 2015, 09:18:35 pm
We are too dependant on the long ball right now, works in Wrigley sometimes, but in a park like Shea they need to shorten up and take the singles
Shea is long gone. New stadium called Citi field.  but I know what you mean. 

Dodgers had same issue.  They led the NL in HRs but struggled in post season vs stellar pitching. I still believe the old adage that good pitching beats good hitting.  The Mets definitely have good pitching. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on October 20, 2015, 07:36:56 pm
Shea is long gone. New stadium called Citi field.  but I know what you mean. 

Dodgers had same issue.  They led the NL in HRs but struggled in post season vs stellar pitching. I still believe the old adage that good pitching beats good hitting.  The Mets definitely have good pitching.

showing my age, thanks for the correction
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 20, 2015, 09:50:34 pm
That would have been an RBI double in the 8th when Denorfia walked.  But the ump took a very low pitch and called strike three.  Garbage call when the Cubs need any help they can get.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on October 20, 2015, 10:53:28 pm
Down 3-0......Cubbies are toast.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on October 21, 2015, 12:36:35 am
Down 3-0......Cubbies are toast.

Back to the future fooled everyone.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 21, 2015, 01:51:45 am
Yep, not looking good
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 21, 2015, 02:40:48 am
National League games have been much more competitive in the LCS. The Cubs have at least been in each game, unlike the other series. Seems like with the exception of game 2 one team dominated the other.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on October 21, 2015, 06:30:23 am
Down 3-0......Cubbies are toast.

You never know - remember the 2004 Red Sox / Yankees ALCS.
It can be done.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 21, 2015, 08:42:47 am
Sure could use a four game winning streak right now.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on October 21, 2015, 04:25:02 pm
You never know - remember the 2004 Red Sox / Yankees ALCS.
It can be done.

As a Red Sox fan of course I remember that 2004 series. But I don't see the Cubs pulling it off. Mets aren't going to lose four straight. Though I will allow it would be funny to see BOTH teams from NY pull off that dubious feat. lol
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 21, 2015, 08:12:11 pm
I know it's early in this game, but even on Maddons face you can see defeat.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: popcornhog on October 21, 2015, 10:56:53 pm
Great run Cubs. We look forward to a very heated NL Central race in 2016.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 22, 2015, 12:40:30 am
Good season Cubs.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 22, 2015, 10:11:34 am
This season far, far exceeded my expectations.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 22, 2015, 11:15:48 am
That Mets pitching staff showed Chicagoans, what Gun Control really is. They had the young guns baffled and were really the difference. I'm really amazed that Lester and/or Arrieta were limited to a start apiece in this series.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on October 22, 2015, 01:05:45 pm
Cubs used up all their emotion battering the Cardinals.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on October 22, 2015, 07:26:59 pm
Cubs used up all their emotion battering the Cardinals.

Don't think that's it at all. I think it's as simple as 2 things. They are young and streaky, and the mets pitching was great. Oh and Daniel Murphy, so I guess 3 things.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 22, 2015, 07:54:45 pm
I'm with clutch.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on October 22, 2015, 08:04:20 pm
The curse of the goat is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 23, 2015, 04:36:34 pm
Don't think that's it at all. I think it's as simple as 2 things. They are young and streaky, and the mets pitching was great. Oh and Daniel Murphy, so I guess 3 things.

This sums it up well.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 24, 2015, 04:06:06 pm
Great season Cubs! Good young team; I'm excited about their future. They need to try and bolster up the starting rotation over the winter.

 :razorback:


Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 24, 2015, 04:22:23 pm
One of the guys on postgame feels David Price will be a cub in 2016
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on October 24, 2015, 07:41:08 pm
One of the guys on postgame feels David Price will be a cub in 2016

If Theo is given enough money to do it it could happen.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on October 24, 2015, 09:07:31 pm
One of the guys on postgame feels David Price will be a cub in 2016

I hope so. He can't win a postseason start to save his life.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: onebadrubi on October 26, 2015, 11:23:21 am
One of the guys on postgame feels David Price will be a cub in 2016

So they want to improve their regular season but chaulk up that many L in post season?  Price and wrigley might not be the best combo.  Maddon and Price might try to make it happen though.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 06, 2015, 02:40:40 pm
We may have the best lineup top to bottom in the Bigs for the next few years, my worry is that Arrieta wont be able to repeat what he did this year and we wont quite have enough pitching, I do like our Bullpen though.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on November 08, 2015, 07:02:39 am
We may have the best lineup top to bottom in the Bigs for the next few years, my worry is that Arrieta wont be able to repeat what he did this year and we wont quite have enough pitching, I do like our Bullpen though.

I doubt anyone repeats the stretch Arrieta had in the second half this year. If  he can keep command of his fastball next year, he'll be fine. His slider and curve are top–notch.

I expect the Cubs to add a big arm this offseason to bolster their starting rotation.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on November 20, 2015, 11:32:12 pm
Congrats to Arrieta.

 :razorback:

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on March 09, 2016, 02:37:08 pm
Big question for this year how do these young guys respond to having a target on their backs?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on March 19, 2016, 02:00:43 am
I'm excited for the season! It's nice to be a contender before the season even starts, and to know these kids will be here for a long time makes it even better
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on April 03, 2016, 12:19:34 am
Our quest begins monday, but we have baseball tomorrow!  It's here!!!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 05, 2016, 01:06:09 pm
well so far so good.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 05, 2016, 09:20:30 pm
Villanova product Matt Szczur (really, I looked it up) doubled in three runs last night. It's been a good week for the Wildcats.

 :razorback:




Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on April 06, 2016, 09:29:28 am
Szczur is raking to begin the year.  If he can keep that up all year, this lineup is absolutely loaded from top to bottom with very capable reserves.  Looking GREAT so far.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 06, 2016, 11:22:04 am
Szczur is raking to begin the year.  If he can keep that up all year, this lineup is absolutely loaded from top to bottom with very capable reserves.  Looking GREAT so far.
he has been great thus far, I doubt he stays this hot but its nice to see. Why has he started over Soler and Schwarber anyway, are they banged up? Schwarbers defense and Solers bat not getting it done?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on April 06, 2016, 01:56:21 pm
he has been great thus far, I doubt he stays this hot but its nice to see. Why has he started over Soler and Schwarber anyway, are they banged up? Schwarbers defense and Solers bat not getting it done?

Soler was in the DH spot the last two games.

Schwarber did start one of the games. I'm assuming he sat out the second game due to the left handed pitcher they faced.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 06, 2016, 02:21:05 pm
Soler was in the DH spot the last two games.

Schwarber did start one of the games. I'm assuming he sat out the second game due to the left handed pitcher they faced.
you are right, I went stupid for a sec. I even remember arguing about the DH rule with my buddy who is a Royals fan while Soler was batting.

Either way, if Szczur's bat can remain even half this productive it would play huge dividends in Inter-League play and against leftys.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Biggus Piggus on April 08, 2016, 10:25:11 am
29-7

Runs for/against, through three games.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on April 08, 2016, 06:34:56 pm
So Cubs fans, how's the season ending injury to Schwarber going to impact the Cubs this year? As a Cardinals fan, I don't think it will hurt them too bad. Their lineup is deep. Interested to see Cubs fans feelings on this though.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on April 08, 2016, 06:42:35 pm
Oh and one other thing. Apparently Castro likes hitting in black pinstripes a lot better than he did blue. He's lighting it up in NY.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 08, 2016, 09:39:02 pm
So Cubs fans, how's the season ending injury to Schwarber going to impact the Cubs this year? As a Cardinals fan, I don't think it will hurt them too bad. Their lineup is deep. Interested to see Cubs fans feelings on this though.
The loss of power is a little concerning, but they should be ok. As BP pointed out, they're scoring a lot of runs without him.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on April 09, 2016, 09:58:33 am
Losing Schwarber definitely hurts, but we still have soler there to get regular ABs now, so it eases the pain quite a bit. As far as castro, that dude hit well in Chicago too. He is talented as hell, no doubt.

I'll be sure to pop in to say hi in yall thread when wainwright hits the DL.  Haha
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hogcard1964 on April 13, 2016, 01:10:05 pm
Oh and one other thing. Apparently Castro likes hitting in black pinstripes a lot better than he did blue. He's lighting it up in NY.

I had a feeling they (the Cubs) traded the wrong ss.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on April 13, 2016, 01:20:26 pm
Losing Schwarber definitely hurts, but we still have soler there to get regular ABs now, so it eases the pain quite a bit. As far as castro, that dude hit well in Chicago too. He is talented as hell, no doubt.

I'll be sure to pop in to say hi in yall thread when wainwright hits the DL.  Haha

Chill dude. Not trying to stir up any trash talking. I just enjoy talking baseball, even about teams I don't pull for. I find the Cubs interesting and wondered what Cubs fans take on the Schwarber situation was. If it will make you feel better to pop into the redbirds thread and talk about injuries then knock yourself out.

I'll give you a list to start with.

Peralta
Tejada
Pham
Pena
Lynn
Walden
Harris
Gonzalez

Fire away
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on April 15, 2016, 10:13:08 am
At 8-1 the Cubs are off to their best start since 1969.


Nice.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 15, 2016, 01:24:20 pm
I had a feeling they (the Cubs) traded the wrong ss.
yea that Addison Russell kid is such a scrub.

/sarcasm off/
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 15, 2016, 01:26:09 pm
At 8-1 the Cubs are off to their best start since 1969.


Nice.
definitely hot out off the gates, I hope this team has the mental makeup to deal with the midseason slumps/ fatigue of a long season.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on April 15, 2016, 05:01:06 pm
You can tell who I pull for by my avatar, but I really do like good baseball. The O's and the Cubs are sure fun to watch this year. I'm still thinking the Cards are the team to beat though.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on April 16, 2016, 07:15:41 am
I'm still thinking the Cards are the team to beat though.

While I hope you are right, PP, I must disagree. It is the cubs that almost all observers, fans, analysts, beat writers, Vegas oddsmakers (Vegas also had SFG with as good or almost as good odds as the cubs to win the NL) have tabbed as the team to beat.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on April 16, 2016, 11:41:52 am
While I hope you are right, PP, I must disagree. It is the cubs that almost all observers, fans, analysts, beat writers, Vegas oddsmakers (Vegas also had SFG with as good or almost as good odds as the cubs to win the NL) have tabbed as the team to beat.

I'd say the Cubs and probably the Pirates would both be the teams to beat in my mind over the Cardinals. The Pirates have been so good the past few years and I think they are about to the point where they are experienced enough to make a real push for a WS soon.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 16, 2016, 05:44:45 pm
Arrieta and 3 home runs gets them back in the win column.

 :razorback:

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on April 19, 2016, 03:19:35 pm
Ready to see Rizzo hit his stride. Bryant is starting to find his swing and once Rizzo does too it will be hard to stop.  Fowler has been huge to begin the year taking a little pressure off of Rizzo.  If all of these guys get in the groove at the same time, look out.  Such is baseball though, one guy goes 0-4 and another goes 4-4 then they do the opposite the next night. 

This is a fun group to watch and the confidence that our pitchers have right now must be through the roof with the almost constant run support (not sure what happened with the Rockies series).

Go Cubs Go!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 19, 2016, 09:22:32 pm
One thing that's different about this team is their patience. Ever since the old WGN days with Harry Caray the Cubs always seemed to be a bunch of free swingers and it was frustrating to watch them squander scoring opportunities.
Now they work pitchers deeper into the count and have improved their hitting with men on base. I like the way the pitchers hit, also. Arrieta, Lackey, and Hammel have had key hits. This is a pretty good team.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 20, 2016, 09:28:15 am
Ready to see Rizzo hit his stride. Bryant is starting to find his swing and once Rizzo does too it will be hard to stop.  Fowler has been huge to begin the year taking a little pressure off of Rizzo.  If all of these guys get in the groove at the same time, look out.  Such is baseball though, one guy goes 0-4 and another goes 4-4 then they do the opposite the next night. 

This is a fun group to watch and the confidence that our pitchers have right now must be through the roof with the almost constant run support (not sure what happened with the Rockies series).

Go Cubs Go!
I didn't see game 1 but Chatwood was throwing absolute filth in game 3.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 21, 2016, 08:18:45 am
I will take 2-1 at Busch all year long.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on April 21, 2016, 09:12:05 pm
Arrieta with No-No #1 this year.  Dude is dominant.

Oh, and he went 2-4 from the plate himself...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 21, 2016, 09:33:49 pm
Arrieta with No-No #1 this year.  Dude is dominant.

Oh, and he went 2-4 from the plate himself...
Zobrist and Bryant: 7-11, 9 RBIs. Six players with at least 2 hits. They laid the wood to the Reds tonight.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on April 22, 2016, 08:28:52 am
Zobrist and Bryant: 7-11, 9 RBIs. Six players with at least 2 hits. They laid the wood to the Reds tonight.
Hope they don't go cold the rest of the series.  Only needed 1 of those 16 to win last night.

Ahh...who am I kidding, it's the Reds. 

Did see a stat last night where there have only been 2 other no hitters thrown while scoring 13+ runs.  Both of those teams went on to win the World Series...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 22, 2016, 09:16:09 am
Hope they don't go cold the rest of the series.  Only needed 1 of those 16 to win last night.

Ahh...who am I kidding, it's the Reds. 

Did see a stat last night where there have only been 2 other no hitters thrown while scoring 13+ runs.  Both of those teams went on to win the World Series...
You must be a closet Cards fan, otherwise there is no way you try to jinx us like that.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on April 22, 2016, 11:04:39 am
You must be a closet Cards fan, otherwise there is no way you try to jinx us like that.
After 100+ years, do jinxes really still matter?  It's time my friend, IT. IS. TIME.  Just hate that it is an even year...(throwing a jinx at the Giants)  ;)

And no, I am far from a Cards fan.  But I understand your reasoning. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on April 22, 2016, 01:15:07 pm
After 100+ years, do jinxes really still matter?  It's time my friend, IT. IS. TIME.  Just hate that it is an even year...(throwing a jinx at the Giants)  ;)

And no, I am far from a Cards fan.  But I understand your reasoning.
I was just messing with you, but yes it is time. I just cant help but be wary of anything.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 22, 2016, 06:40:49 pm
Hope they don't go cold the rest of the series.  Only needed 1 of those 16 to win last night.

Ahh...who am I kidding, it's the Reds. 

Did see a stat last night where there have only been 2 other no hitters thrown while scoring 13+ runs.  Both of those teams went on to win the World Series...
Some stars do seem like they are lining up..

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on April 22, 2016, 08:09:57 pm
Bryzzo heating up...watch out!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on April 22, 2016, 09:49:22 pm
Final

Cubs 8

Reds 1

Productive 9th inning for the Cubs offense tonight. Four runs scored in the 9th inning alone on a Baez homer, Fowler double, Heyward double, and Bryant double.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on April 22, 2016, 09:53:51 pm
Final

Cubs 8

Reds 1

Productive 9th inning for the Cubs offense tonight. Four runs scored in the 9th inning alone on a Baez homer, Fowler double, Heyward double, and Bryant double.
Back to back to back doubles are just as good as back to back homers anyday.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on April 28, 2016, 06:05:18 pm
Looks like Bryant may be heading to the 15 day DL. Should know more soon.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 29, 2016, 07:02:56 pm
MRI shows no damage to Bryant. Matt Szczur gets his first career grand slam in today's win over the Braves.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on May 04, 2016, 09:25:43 am
Looking good.  Need to keep widening that gap between us and that Pirates/Cards. 






I can't help but imagine a Cubs/White Sox world series game 7 with Arrieta/Sale....
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on May 06, 2016, 06:41:28 pm
It very well could be a Windy City Series. I wouldn't count the Royals out yet, but Houston has the worst record in the AL at the time. Didn't see that coming. As for the NL, I see it coming down to the Cubs and whoever wins the west or Washington. Then it's a matter of who's the hottest at the moment.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on May 06, 2016, 10:08:36 pm
Don't rule out the Mets.  They have great starting pitching and capable hitting.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on May 07, 2016, 08:09:51 pm
After beating Washington today the Cubs improved to 23-6 and are the first NL team to win 23 of its first 29 games since the 1977 Dodgers.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 08, 2016, 11:27:30 am
After beating Washington today the Cubs improved to 23-6 and are the first NL team to win 23 of its first 29 games since the 1977 Dodgers.
noted bad company to be in.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: yraciv on May 08, 2016, 11:58:17 am
It very well could be a Windy City Series. I wouldn't count the Royals out yet, but Houston has the worst record in the AL at the time. Didn't see that coming. As for the NL, I see it coming down to the Cubs and whoever wins the west or Washington. Then it's a matter of who's the hottest at the moment.

I'd like to see it since I'm in Chicago, but I highly doubt it.  The Sox will fold, and don't really even look good on paper.  The Cubs may make it, should be the favorite, but I believe in the curse and somehow/someway they'll likely screw it up again.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on May 08, 2016, 02:09:02 pm
The Cubs are en fuego
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on May 08, 2016, 07:50:28 pm
24-6 after today's walk off
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on May 08, 2016, 10:04:19 pm
Cubs are fakes. To be the best you got to beat the best. The Cubs can't claim they did that when they acted like cowards and walked Bryce Harper THIRTEEN times in the weekend series. Joe Maddon is a clown who treats MLB as if it is little league baseball and is scared to let his pitchers face the best hitters in the league.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on May 09, 2016, 08:21:56 am
Cubs are fakes. To be the best you got to beat the best. The Cubs can't claim they did that when they acted like cowards and walked Bryce Harper THIRTEEN times in the weekend series. Joe Maddon is a clown who treats MLB as if it is little league baseball and is scared to let his pitchers face the best hitters in the league.

I'm far from a Cubs fan, but they just swept the Pirates (#2 team in their division) and Nationals (#2 team in NL) back to back. That is beating the best. Maddon is smart. He's the best manager in the MLB. Baseball is a thinking mans game. He was trying to limit the damage Harper could cause with his bat by taking the bat out of his hands. It obviously worked. That's not being scared, that's called good managing.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on May 09, 2016, 09:38:56 am
Cubs are fakes. To be the best you got to beat the best. The Cubs can't claim they did that when they acted like cowards and walked Bryce Harper THIRTEEN times in the weekend series. Joe Maddon is a clown who treats MLB as if it is little league baseball and is scared to let his pitchers face the best hitters in the league.

Baseball is a great sport.  You should try watching it sometime.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 09, 2016, 09:43:52 am
Cubs are fakes. To be the best you got to beat the best. The Cubs can't claim they did that when they acted like cowards and walked Bryce Harper THIRTEEN times in the weekend series. Joe Maddon is a clown who treats MLB as if it is little league baseball and is scared to let his pitchers face the best hitters in the league.
someone is salty. last time I checked who wins is determined by the number of runs each team has at the end of the game, not how many walks a player has, so yes in fact they can say they beat the best.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: yraciv on May 09, 2016, 10:13:24 am
Cubs are fakes. To be the best you got to beat the best. The Cubs can't claim they did that when they acted like cowards and walked Bryce Harper THIRTEEN times in the weekend series. Joe Maddon is a clown who treats MLB as if it is little league baseball and is scared to let his pitchers face the best hitters in the league.

What a nut!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on May 09, 2016, 01:07:04 pm
Cubs are fakes. To be the best you got to beat the best. The Cubs can't claim they did that when they acted like cowards and walked Bryce Harper THIRTEEN times in the weekend series. Joe Maddon is a clown who treats MLB as if it is little league baseball and is scared to let his pitchers face the best hitters in the league.
Must be a STL fan, lol.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on May 09, 2016, 01:08:00 pm
Maddon is arguably the best manager in the game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 09, 2016, 01:19:50 pm
Maddon is arguably the best manager in the game.
he definitely looked like a genius this series.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: yraciv on May 09, 2016, 02:29:42 pm
Must be a STL fan, lol.

Cards/Cubs is a pretty mild rivalry in terms of pure hatred toward the other.  I've been to many Card/Cubs games, and it's not near the the environment you'd get say Dogers/Giants or Red Sox/Yankees.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 09, 2016, 02:58:45 pm
Cards/Cubs is a pretty mild rivalry in terms of pure hatred toward the other.  I've been to many Card/Cubs games, and it's not near the the environment you'd get say Dogers/Giants or Red Sox/Yankees.
don't tell golfnut that.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on May 09, 2016, 03:04:52 pm
don't tell golfnut that.

Umm.....I am a Red Sox fan. And yeah I was steaming after Friday nights Ron Kulpa debacle.  ;)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on May 09, 2016, 03:05:32 pm
Maddon is arguably the best manager in the game.

who is scared to let his boys pitch to Harper.  ;D
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 09, 2016, 03:16:55 pm
who is scared to let his boys pitch to Harper.  ;D
well they swept the nats in 4 games and are 24-6 so........
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on May 09, 2016, 03:54:54 pm
Cards/Cubs is a pretty mild rivalry in terms of pure hatred toward the other.  I've been to many Card/Cubs games, and it's not near the the environment you'd get say Dogers/Giants or Red Sox/Yankees.

As a Cubs fan I can admit we've sucked for so long it's hard to view anyone as a heated rival. 

I can't stand the Cardinals, but only mainly because I'm surrounded by so many Cardinals fans, at least half of which geographically should be Kansas City fans.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on May 09, 2016, 03:57:17 pm
who is scared to let his boys pitch to Harper.  ;D

Barry Bonds says hello and to get over it.

It's up to the guys behind Harper to make this a bad strategy.  Baseball 101.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on May 09, 2016, 04:32:48 pm
well they swept the nats in 4 games and are 24-6 so........

And still would not let a quality pitcher like Arrieta pitch to Harper? If Jake is the kind of pitcher he is being touted to be (and I think he is awesome) then he should have had no problem keeping Harper off the bases. It's jmo but to me it is a hollow victory if you refuse to face the best the other team has to offer. And in this case the Cubs refused to face Harper.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on May 09, 2016, 08:01:56 pm
And still would not let a quality pitcher like Arrieta pitch to Harper? If Jake is the kind of pitcher he is being touted to be (and I think he is awesome) then he should have had no problem keeping Harper off the bases. It's jmo but to me it is a hollow victory if you refuse to face the best the other team has to offer. And in this case the Cubs refused to face Harper.

Having a guy like Arietta on the mound makes that decision even smarter. You have even more faith in him to get the guys behind him out and not let that decision come back to bite you.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on May 09, 2016, 08:23:52 pm
And still would not let a quality pitcher like Arrieta pitch to Harper? If Jake is the kind of pitcher he is being touted to be (and I think he is awesome) then he should have had no problem keeping Harper off the bases. It's jmo but to me it is a hollow victory if you refuse to face the best the other team has to offer. And in this case the Cubs refused to face Harper.

So you didn't watch?  I saw two games.

Lackey gave him a fast ball right down the middle which resulted in a ground out.  Then he struck him out twice in a row, and then with the Cubs up 8 - 2  Richard threw 3 strikes, 1 ball just off the plate, and 1 high fastball.  But 2 of the strikes were called balls so he got a "hollow" walk. 

Jake through him 4 strikes in first AB. Two were borderline.  Result was a "hollow" walk.
Jake walked him in the next AB.  Two of the balls were borderline.  One was a little low.
Down 2 - 0 nothing and a man on 2nd he was intentionally walked in the next AB.  Standard baseball.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on May 10, 2016, 10:10:12 am
who is scared smart enough not to let his boys pitch to Harper.  ;D
FIFY...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 10, 2016, 02:30:49 pm
And still would not let a quality pitcher like Arrieta pitch to Harper? If Jake is the kind of pitcher he is being touted to be (and I think he is awesome) then he should have had no problem keeping Harper off the bases. It's jmo but to me it is a hollow victory if you refuse to face the best the other team has to offer. And in this case the Cubs refused to face Harper.
LOL that's part of the reason Maddon is an MLB manager and you are not.

In no world but your head is a 4 game sweep a "hollow" victory.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on May 10, 2016, 10:49:27 pm
Addison Russell with a triple and 3 knocked in and Zobrist goes 4-4 as the streak continues.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 11, 2016, 08:40:31 am
Addison Russell with a triple and 3 knocked in and Zobrist goes 4-4 as the streak continues.

 :razorback:
I didn't get to watch, but if they did anything but throw center-in fastballs to Kemp then they are cowards and its a hollow victory. ;D

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on May 11, 2016, 10:20:21 pm
Padres took em down today. TWICE!  :)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on May 12, 2016, 09:14:31 am
Padres took em down today. TWICE!  :)

those were hollow losses because the Padres didn't have to face Jake...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on May 12, 2016, 11:17:07 am
Sucks to be 25-8 huh?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on May 12, 2016, 07:27:08 pm
Padres took em down today. TWICE!  :)
Law of averages.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on May 12, 2016, 10:22:59 pm
those were hollow losses wins because the Padres didn't have to face Jake...

fify  ;)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on May 13, 2016, 12:30:36 am
I don't think the Cubs need to worry about dropping 2 in a row. They are a pretty loose group. They probably won't panic much.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 13, 2016, 01:26:52 pm
I don't think the Cubs need to worry about dropping 2 in a row. They are a pretty loose group. They probably won't panic much.
good point plus Maddon prolly wont let them get too low or too high this season. He is prolly the best "manager of personalities" in the game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on May 25, 2016, 05:20:14 pm
A 9-8 win gives the Cubbies the series. Three-run dinger for Bryant and another win for Arrieta despite giving up 4 earned runs.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on May 26, 2016, 11:16:38 am
A 9-8 win gives the Cubbies the series. Three-run dinger for Bryant and another win for Arrieta despite giving up 4 earned runs.

 :razorback:
Was a rough road trip over the past week.  Thank goodness for the Cardinals...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on May 26, 2016, 11:24:34 am
Cardinal tears are sweet!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on May 26, 2016, 12:42:25 pm
Two weeks ago my Grandfather the man who taught me how to throw a change-up, told me that I should swing inside out since I was so scrawny, and the reason I am a Cubs fan, found out he had Liver Cancer. Today they found out it is not operable and all indications are this is the last MLB season he will see on this side of heavens gate.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting on his knee watching WGN and listening to Harry Carey call the games, and as I got older wondering aloud with him in which strange way we were gonna implode against the Cards this time.

I didn't post this to bring the mood down or ask for sympathy. It is just a reminder that to a lot of us Baseball is more than a game, and that life is short.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on May 29, 2016, 10:25:04 pm
7-2 win completes the sweep of the Phillies, the sixth one this year.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on May 30, 2016, 05:34:24 pm
Watching my Dodgers play the Cubs right now (on TV).  Scoreless game in the 5th.  Dodgers have trouble scoring runs all year.  Pitching been pretty decent.   Just no hitting, especially in clutch situations.  And no power this year.  You guys miss Kershaw since he pitched last night vs the Mets.  Should be a good 4 game series.  I would be happy with a split. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on June 01, 2016, 08:16:41 am
Watching my Dodgers play the Cubs right now (on TV).  Scoreless game in the 5th.  Dodgers have trouble scoring runs all year.  Pitching been pretty decent.   Just no hitting, especially in clutch situations.  And no power this year.  You guys miss Kershaw since he pitched last night vs the Mets.  Should be a good 4 game series.  I would be happy with a split.
Dodgers got the best of the Cubs last night.  Kazmir was on and Arrieta did enough...but too little offense and the bullpen crumbling led to a late inning collapse.  Hopefully Lester can even it up today.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on June 01, 2016, 11:27:20 pm
Now 2-1 series lead for Cubs.  Again , no offense from either team.   Dodgers need a win tomorrow for a split.  starting the rookie Urias who struggled mightily vs Mets last week.  Hope he is up to the challenge. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 02, 2016, 07:33:44 pm
No split. Cubbies win behind four home runs. Even Heyward hit one, only his second of the year.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on June 02, 2016, 07:39:49 pm
Now 2-1 series lead for Cubs.  Again , no offense from either team.   Dodgers need a win tomorrow for a split.  starting the rookie Urias who struggled mightily vs Mets last week.  Hope he is up to the challenge. 

I was glad to see my Cubs win, but hated rooting against Bolsinger.  Other than the Bryant knock he pitched very well.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 04, 2016, 04:22:40 pm
Hamels gets the win and contributes a hit and two RBI.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on June 04, 2016, 06:28:51 pm
I was glad to see my Cubs win, but hated rooting against Bolsinger.  Other than the Bryant knock he pitched very well.
Bolsinger has pitched well most of the time.  His biggest problem is he goes full count against most hitters so his pitch count get high very quickly.  He survives off a great curve ball but if he cant get that over or get batters to swing at it then he struggles. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on June 11, 2016, 07:01:47 pm
Good to see Chris Coghlan back with the Cubs.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 17, 2016, 05:02:39 pm
I've never heard of Albert Almora, Jr. but he had 3 hits and 2 RBI in a 6-0 win over the Pirates. Arrieta with his tenth win.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on June 17, 2016, 08:43:13 pm

 Arrieta with his tenth win.

 :razorback:

11th
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 17, 2016, 11:02:46 pm
11th
oops. Sorry, Jake don't whoop me  ;D
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on June 25, 2016, 10:59:45 pm
Injuries and the grind of the season starting to take its toll.

 :razorback:

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on June 26, 2016, 05:43:30 pm
Yep, fortunately the Bucs and Cards are struggling too.  Hopefully they can get some rest at the all star break and get back on track.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on June 28, 2016, 03:07:18 pm
Cubs going through tough streak and still leading by 10 games. WOW!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on June 29, 2016, 08:25:07 pm
3 in a row against Reds helps

Baltimore, Cleveland, Texas, and San Fran are all on fire, extending their leads.

Nats and Cubs have struggled some lately, but all 6 teams with strong leads going into the all star break.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hawgrunner on June 29, 2016, 11:34:20 pm
3 in a row against Reds helps


sure does.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on July 01, 2016, 04:46:15 pm
It should be better after the All-Star break when Soler, LaStella, and Dexter Fowler get back. DF sets the table well.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on July 10, 2016, 09:16:33 pm
6 - 15 in the last 21 games.  Ready for the break and some healing.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Jim on July 10, 2016, 11:42:12 pm
6 - 15 in the last 21 games.  Ready for the break and some healing.

AMEN!!  Hate to see them peak too soon then sputter out b/c by now, everyone knows they're for real but still have to get that one humongous goat off their shoulders.  Last year was a great indication of the gelling chemistry in the dugout.  Hopefully Joe can keep them focused but loose thru the break & dog days of summer then slowly push the pedal down the rest of the season.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on July 15, 2016, 05:31:52 pm
Good start. Five hit 6-0 victory against the Rangers. Cool.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on July 15, 2016, 07:06:46 pm
Big win indeed
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on July 22, 2016, 10:15:24 am
Just gotta keep it steady.  Long home (or close to home) stand looming.  Win 2 out of every 3 and hopefully push the division lead back to 10+ and try to keep it that way until September, then it all gets really real.

@ Milwaukee
@ White Sox
vs White Sox
vs Mariners
vs Marlins

Not traveling on an airplane from All-star break until August 6th (3+ weeks)...that will do a lot to keep some fresh legs/arms/bodies for the late September/October push.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 03, 2016, 07:08:43 pm
Won 7 out of the last eight. I think they're getting their mojo back. Having Fowler back at leadoff helps immensely.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on August 03, 2016, 10:32:09 pm
3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to sweep the Marlins

25 games over .500

Cubs are warming up again
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on August 04, 2016, 03:24:00 pm
3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to sweep the Marlins

25 games over .500

Cubs are warming up again
9.5 game lead over the Cards...warming up again...I like the set up for August/September.  Just stay healthy.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 06, 2016, 12:17:36 pm
Eibner got a homer for the A's, but Lester and the Cubs win 7-2. Soler comes off the DL with a first inning 3-run dinger.

 :razorback:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on August 06, 2016, 08:58:11 pm
Good to see Arietta have a great game.  8 innings 3 hits, as the Cubs have won 6 in a row and 9 out of 10.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: lefty08 on August 21, 2016, 10:17:13 pm
Cubs showing why everyone who was anyone thought they were the best team on paper

How freakin scary would this team be with Schwarber?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Biggus Piggus on August 22, 2016, 02:38:12 pm
Cubs showing why everyone who was anyone thought they were the best team on paper

How freakin scary would this team be with Schwarber?

Yes, that was a significant loss. Still might cost them.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on August 22, 2016, 10:27:09 pm
Losing Lackey and Strop hurts, also.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on August 22, 2016, 10:45:17 pm
Hopefully everyone can get healthy while maintaining a double digit lead

Good time to be playing the Padres
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on August 27, 2016, 08:58:43 am
Nice win over the Dodgers in 10.  Good start to a tough 10 game stretch against the Dodgers, Pirates, and Giants
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on September 05, 2016, 10:19:06 am
Nice to come back and take the Giants series. The bullpen has been very effective lately.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 13, 2016, 11:10:07 am
Magic number is 3
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on September 13, 2016, 01:10:28 pm
Magic number is 3
how sweet it would be to clinch at Busch.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 14, 2016, 06:04:25 pm
how sweet it would be to clinch at Busch.

Almost, but clinched a playoff spot and the magic number is one with a big 7 - 0 win today
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on September 16, 2016, 01:15:22 pm
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Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on September 20, 2016, 09:15:38 am
The wife and I decided to make a trip up to Chicago this Saturday for the Cubs/Cardinals game.  This will be my first trip to Wrigley (and Chicago for that matter).  To those that may have been there before, any suggestions on food?  We already have a hotel booked downtown on Michigan Ave.  We are flying in early Saturday and flying out early Sunday so we literally have 24hrs there.

So basically if you had about 6hrs of free time to do sight seeing and eat at one nice restaurant, where would you go?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!  I'm pumped!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on September 20, 2016, 10:09:06 pm
Joe's Stone Crab is awesome. If you can't get a table, Eddie V's across the street is very good also.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on September 21, 2016, 09:35:04 am
Joe's Stone Crab is awesome. If you can't get a table, Eddie V's across the street is very good also.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on September 29, 2016, 09:53:51 am
Ok, I think looking ahead we should root for the Mets, I like the thought of facing them after Thor has to throw the WC game than I do facing the Giants, which will just throw Madbum and Cueto till their arms fall off and prolly pull off a miracle.

Also, is it time to worry about Arietta?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 29, 2016, 01:14:32 pm
Ok, I think looking ahead we should root for the Mets, I like the thought of facing them after Thor has to throw the WC game than I do facing the Giants, which will just throw Madbum and Cueto till their arms fall off and prolly pull off a miracle.

Also, is it time to worry about Arietta?

I tend to agree, and Jake has has a very average 2nd half, which means a huge drop off.  But he still sprinkling in good games.  Maybe move him to the #2 starter.  Or maybe boost his confidence backup and keep at #1.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on September 29, 2016, 01:27:32 pm
I tend to agree, and Jake has has a very average 2nd half, which means a huge drop off.  But he still sprinkling in good games.  Maybe move him to the #2 starter.  Or maybe boost his confidence backup and keep at #1.
At this point, I think you have to put Lester #1, I may event put Hendricks #2. Lester has been money in the playoffs his whole career, then even if Hendricks has postseason nerves and gets rocked you have Jake in game 3. no team in baseball has a game 3 starter as good as him.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 29, 2016, 01:37:22 pm
At this point, I think you have to put Lester #1, I may event put Hendricks #2. Lester has been money in the playoffs his whole career, then even if Hendricks has postseason nerves and gets rocked you have Jake in game 3. no team in baseball has a game 3 starter as good as him.

It sure feels nice to have those three in a playoff/postseason situations
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on September 29, 2016, 01:40:25 pm
It sure feels nice to have those three in a playoff/postseason situations
true, I can't help but wonder when the curse will rear its ugly head though. They cubs give me battered fan syndrome.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 07, 2016, 11:01:14 pm
Baez!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 08, 2016, 01:16:47 pm
Chance to get a real leg up in the series against Samardzija. Probably more offense in today's game. The bats need to come out.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 08, 2016, 05:49:27 pm
Chance to get a real leg up in the series against Samardzija. Probably more offense in today's game. The bats need to come out.
if Hendricks doesn't let the moment get too him I like our chances.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 08, 2016, 10:38:09 pm
Travis Wood with a homer in the win. Hendricks left early with a forearm injury. X-rays were negative.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 08, 2016, 11:24:06 pm
Would love to see Jake close this out in 3.  The team is playing well.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 10, 2016, 09:57:58 pm
Big Jake goes yard to give the Cubs a 3 - 0 lead.  He's 35-1 the last two years when given a 3-run lead.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 11, 2016, 06:53:53 am
35-2
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 08:19:27 am
35-2
still 35-1 he got a ND.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 08:21:48 am
As a cubs fan I have seen this movie before, prove my cynical self wrong boys.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 11, 2016, 09:15:14 am
Sf won't win 3 in a row on em.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 10:37:24 am
Sf won't win 3 in a row on em.
my head says that but my jaded heart says, the Giants find some kind of hail Mary to pull it off
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 11, 2016, 11:02:41 am
my head says that but my jaded heart says, the Giants find some kind of hail Mary to pull it off
It is a even year.lol
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 11, 2016, 11:42:15 am
After 2:00 on a work night is rough, especially when we lose.  I hope we close it out today.  I don't want to see Cueto again.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 11, 2016, 11:49:13 am
After 2:00 on a work night is rough, especially when we lose.  I hope we close it out today.  I don't want to see Cueto again.
I want it to go all five games. I don't care who win's the series.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 11, 2016, 11:56:14 am
my head says that but my jaded heart says, the Giants find some kind of hail Mary to pull it off

know what you mean...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 01:28:29 pm
know what you mean...
being a Cubs fan is not for the faint of heart.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 11, 2016, 02:53:19 pm
being a Cubs fan is not for the faint of heart.

Are all cub fans paranoid? It's Your WS title to win. Nobody gonna beat Y'all in a series.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 03:11:54 pm
Are all cub fans paranoid? It's Your WS title to win. Nobody gonna beat Y'all in a series.
spoken like someone who hasn't followed the cubs very long.

I will concede this, of all the cubs teams I have watched collapse in the past none were as talented or complete as this one. However, baseball in the postseason is random.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 11, 2016, 06:43:18 pm
spoken like someone who hasn't followed the cubs very long.

I will concede this, of all the cubs teams I have watched collapse in the past none were as talented or complete as this one. However, baseball in the postseason is random.

I'm not a Cubs Fan. I am a Stl Cards Fan. I just want Y'all to get Your World Series championship so Y'all can stop talking about the curse.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 11, 2016, 08:03:26 pm
being a Cubs fan is not for the faint of heart.
You got that right.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 08:22:56 pm
I'm not a Cubs Fan. I am a Stl Cards Fan. I just want Y'all to get Your World Series championship so Y'all can stop talking about the curse.
well will stop talking about the curse when cards fans stop talking about 2011 everytime the Cubs beat them.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 08:24:24 pm
Seriously how is everything the Giants flail their bat at finding a hole.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 11, 2016, 08:35:54 pm
well will stop talking about the curse when cards fans stop talking about 2011 everytime the Cubs beat them.
Cards will always be 2006 and 2011 World Series champs. Cubs will never catch the Cards 11 World Series Championships. Second most behind the Yankees. Go Cards.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 11, 2016, 08:42:16 pm
Cards will always be 2006 and 2011 World Series champs. Cubs will never catch the Cards 11 World Series Championships. Second most behind the Yankees. Go Cards.
One thing cards and Yankees fans have in common talk about nothing but the past, worse than all these people who are suddenly royals fans.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 11, 2016, 09:38:01 pm
Don't understand why Joe pulled Lackey.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 11, 2016, 11:13:44 pm
Wow, what a comeback

I'm not a Cubs Fan. I am a Stl Cards Fan. I just want Y'all to get Your World Series championship so Y'all can stop talking about the curse.

As a lifelong Cubs fan I agree.  I want the monkey off my back.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 11, 2016, 11:14:45 pm
Don't understand why Joe pulled Lackey.

Bochy made the same mistake pulling Matt Moore.  It cost them the game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 12, 2016, 01:07:14 am
Are all cub fans paranoid? It's Your WS title to win. Nobody gonna beat Y'all in a series.

Exactly what someone says when they want that team to lose.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 12, 2016, 09:04:12 am
Who do the rest of you Cub fans want?  The nationls or dodgers?

I'm leaning dodgers, but I'm not sure there will be much of a difference.  It will be a great NLCS either way.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 12, 2016, 09:18:45 am
Who do the rest of you Cub fans want?  The nationls or dodgers?

I'm leaning dodgers, but I'm not sure there will be much of a difference.  It will be a great NLCS either way.
I think we match up better against the nats, either way we are gonna have to learn how to hit starters. Neither of these bullpens will have a 4 run 9th inning meltdown.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on October 12, 2016, 09:34:28 am
That was sure a fun game to watch last night.
I couldn't believe it when the Cubs came back and won it - figured this series was headed to Game 5.
Hope the Cubbies win it all this year.
Theo would sure go down in baseball lore if he managed to help the Red Sox and the Cubs break their curses.
That would be an amazing feat for fairly young guy.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Chitlins on October 12, 2016, 11:27:52 am
Giants fan here, congrats to the Cubs, you guys whooped us. Good luck!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on October 12, 2016, 11:50:44 am
Cards will always be 2006 and 2011 World Series champs. Cubs will never catch the Cards 11 World Series Championships. Second most behind the Yankees. Go Cards.
There is a Cardinals thread, I don't see Cub fans over there talking shizzle even though they certainly could this year with their total domination of the Central and the NL. Add that to the fact the Cards missed the playoffs all together.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 12, 2016, 10:29:46 pm
Who do the rest of you Cub fans want?  The nationls or dodgers?

I'm leaning dodgers, but I'm not sure there will be much of a difference.  It will be a great NLCS either way.
Hard to decide. Both teams have notable Cub killers (Jayson Werth for the Nats and Corey Seager for the Dodgers) and as 06 mentioned, solid bullpens.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: 4Lions04 on October 13, 2016, 07:20:33 am
Who do the rest of you Cub fans want?  The nationls or dodgers?

I'm leaning dodgers, but I'm not sure there will be much of a difference.  It will be a great NLCS either way.

I see very little difference, but I'm leaning towards the Nats. We won't see Scherzer until game 3. Kershaw would be game 2 for LA. Plus the Nats have more hard throwing RH Starters.  I'd rather face them than Kershaw and Hill.  On paper we should beat either team, but it's the playoffs. Either way it will likely be a 4-2 or 4-3 series.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 13, 2016, 08:44:43 am
I see very little difference, but I'm leaning towards the Nats. We won't see Scherzer until game 3. Kershaw would be game 2 for LA. Plus the Nats have more hard throwing RH Starters.  I'd rather face them than Kershaw and Hill.  On paper we should beat either team, but it's the playoffs. Either way it will likely be a 4-2 or 4-3 series.

Excellent argument
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 15, 2016, 11:06:09 pm
8-4 as Cubbies take Game 1. Miguel Montero hits a grand slam in the eighth after the Dodgers had tied it in the top of the inning. Wow.

 :razorback:

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 16, 2016, 03:16:26 pm
8-4 as Cubbies take Game 1. Miguel Montero hits a grand slam in the eighth after the Dodgers had tied it in the top of the inning. Wow.

 :razorback:
media is ripping Robert's for the 8th, I don't get it, he made the right call blanton just didn't execute. Same with Maddon in the top of the 8th.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 16, 2016, 03:44:23 pm
media is ripping Robert's for the 8th, I don't get it, he made the right call blanton just didn't execute. Same with Maddon in the top of the 8th.

Agreed.  What was it, a 1 - 2 pitch and he just didn't spot it well

The media just doesn't understand baseball, or sports in general for that matter
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 16, 2016, 03:52:32 pm
Agreed.  What was it, a 1 - 2 pitch and he just didn't spot it well

The media just doesn't understand baseball, or sports in general for that matter
it was 0-2 and he threw him a third straight slider, to a guy that has struggled with high cheese all year. I dunno what blanton and grandal were trying there.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 17, 2016, 08:20:31 am
I may be wearing my blue tinted glasses, but I think we got unlucky last night. I think agons Homer was lucky to leave the yard, and I thought Kershaw got lucky a few of our swings stayed in.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 17, 2016, 10:43:04 am
I may be wearing my blue tinted glasses, but I think we got unlucky last night. I think agons Homer was lucky to leave the yard, and I thought Kershaw got lucky a few of our swings stayed in.

I agree.  Didn't feel like we earned that loss.  Let's steal the next one with big Jake and I'll feel a lot better.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on October 17, 2016, 12:08:58 pm
This nugget began circulating last night:  only 2 starting pitchers in MLB postseason have been involved in 1-0 shutouts of the cubs -- Kershaw and Babe freakin' Ruth.  Crazy trivia.  The actual stat is somewhat different since Kershaw only went 7IP.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 17, 2016, 02:31:45 pm
There is a Cardinals thread, I don't see Cub fans over there talking shizzle even though they certainly could this year with their total domination of the Central and the NL. Add that to the fact the Cards missed the playoffs all together.
They have in the past.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 17, 2016, 02:38:10 pm
One thing cards and Yankees fans have in common talk about nothing but the past, worse than all these people who are suddenly royals fans.
Wrong. What is worse is all these bandwagon Cub Fans.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pignparadise on October 17, 2016, 04:59:08 pm
This nugget began circulating last night:  only 2 starting pitchers in MLB postseason have been involved in 1-0 shutouts of the cubs -- Kershaw and Babe freakin' Ruth.  Crazy trivia.  The actual stat is somewhat different since Kershaw only went 7IP.
That's because they haven't been in postseason much in their history. 😅
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 17, 2016, 06:02:40 pm
Wrong. What is worse is all these bandwagon Cub Fans.
I will actually agree with you, I'm sick of these dudes suddenly wearing Cubs gear. I'm like do you even know who mark grace is bro.

Still, it is impossible to talk baseball with most cards or Yankees fans, without "yea but x amount of ws titles!!!!!". It's sad really.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 17, 2016, 06:05:25 pm
That's because they haven't been in postseason much in their history. 😅
like we told speedy, there is a cards thread to discuss teams on early vacation.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 17, 2016, 07:41:18 pm
I will actually agree with you, I'm sick of these dudes suddenly wearing Cubs gear. I'm like do you even know who mark grace is bro.

Still, it is impossible to talk baseball with most cards or Yankees fans, without "yea but x amount of ws titles!!!!!". It's sad really.

Shawon Freaking Dunston!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 17, 2016, 08:32:54 pm
Shawon Freaking Dunston!
another on the long list of Cubs could have beens.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 18, 2016, 12:12:26 am
another on the long list of Cubs could have beens.

Couldn't lay off the slider down and away.  Otherwise he might have been a HOF'er.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 18, 2016, 08:54:29 am
Couldn't lay off the slider down and away.  Otherwise he might have been a HOF'er.
A lot like Corey "count is 3-2 so I will close my eyes and swing for the fences" Patterson.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 18, 2016, 09:49:15 pm
Well... and winning.  The past huh? So we missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and all we do is talk about the past?  Good freaking grief you should never post again. Oh and no one has more bandwagon fans than the Lovable Losers.  If and that's a big if, you ever win a world series, that franchise will have no identity.


You need to understand something.  The Cubbies *giggle* will never be able to talk "shizzle" to the Cardinals.  Dominating the division one year won't change that.  Dominating for 3 or 4 years won't change that.  We are the National League Franchise of the 2000s, and historically.  I understand your frustration(actually I don't), but know your place.


There is no denying the evil red machine is far and away the better run franchise over the last "history of baseball."

But post in your own thread you jackwagon.  No offense of course...
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 18, 2016, 10:50:23 pm
My bad.  I didn't know we were zoned. 
But what do the Reds have to do with this? 

The reds aren't evil
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 19, 2016, 08:56:11 am
somebody is really butthurt their team is sitting at home.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 19, 2016, 11:40:21 am
Hahahahahaha.  Whatever makes you sleep at night.  I just hate the Cubs and their drunken fan base.
yea, nobody cares about your delicate sensibilities.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 19, 2016, 12:50:00 pm
Sumbuddy cant scwore  :(. 

To the tune of the Beatles hit (Can't buy me RUNS):

I'll buy you a diamond ring(get it?) my friend if it makes you feel alright
I'll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright
Cause I don't care too much for money, money can't buy you RUNS

I may not have a lot to give, but what I got I'll give to you
I don't care too much for money, money can't buy you RUNS
Can't buy you RUNS, everybody tells you so
Can't buy you RUNS, no, no, no, no

Say you don't need no diamond ring(get it now?) and I'll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can't buy
I don't care too much for money, money can't buy you RUNS
Can't buy…



I'd suggest a hobby.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 19, 2016, 03:48:11 pm
In my experiences, Cardinals fans are as bad as any in baseball.

Having said that, hope the cubs choke again.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 19, 2016, 03:50:32 pm
In my experiences, Cardinals fans are as bad as any in baseball.

Having said that, hope the cubs choke again.
Misery loves company?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on October 19, 2016, 03:55:37 pm
Hahahahahaha.  Whatever makes you sleep at night.  I just hate the Cubs and their drunken fan base.
Must have really p!ssed you off when the Cubs blew the rest of the Central out of the water this year after sending the Cards home last post season. Get you used to it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 19, 2016, 04:15:05 pm
Must have really p!ssed you off when the Cubs blew the rest of the Central out of the water this year after sending the Cards home last post season. Get you used to it.
haters sure were quiet till we showed signs of struggling. ::)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 19, 2016, 05:34:01 pm
I have ragged on the Cubs every chance I have gotten since the Bartman embarrassment.  That was the most disgusting thing in the history of sports.  I only recently discovered this thread.  Don't worry I won't go away.

I agree, the way Bartman was treated was pretty awful.

Oh well, Go Cubbies!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 19, 2016, 05:44:08 pm
They've never ruined a fans life to explain away their team choking. Cubs fan are drunken baboons.  I've watched them roll out of Busch like they won the World Series in mid June, with their heels firmly dug into the cellar.  And that city, as a whole, is a failed state inside the borders of the United States of America.  I've just never understood the media's love affair.  It's just not American to love a loser.

Why are you still here?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: SpeedyHog on October 19, 2016, 06:10:39 pm
In my experiences, Cardinals fans are as bad as any in baseball.

Having said that, hope the cubs choke again.

Wrong. Every fan base has a few bad apples.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 19, 2016, 06:30:40 pm
Oh goodness.  Here comes the thread police.  Ok.  I'll let you guys enjoy your game.  Carry on.

no, just tired of you.  go be a jerk anywhere else and I'm fine with it
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 19, 2016, 07:30:45 pm
I love Wilson Contreras.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 19, 2016, 07:47:55 pm
I haven't shown my face for a while but since my Dodgers are doing well I thought I would come back.  Thank god the Cubs bats have gone dormant.  I hope we win tonight with Urias as I have no faith in Maeda plus you guys have Lester tomorrow who I'm sure we will have problems hitting him.  Maeda is an ok fifth starter but not a top 3 guy. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 19, 2016, 07:52:38 pm
And that's been our nlcs in a nutshell, Russell absolutely crushed that ball....right to toles. Then Gonzalez gets jammed and the ball finds a way through the infield.... through the shift.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 19, 2016, 08:01:27 pm
I haven't shown my face for a while but since my Dodgers are doing well I thought I would come back.  Thank god the Cubs bats have gone dormant.  I hope we win tonight with Urias as I have no faith in Maeda plus you guys have Lester tomorrow who I'm sure we will have problems hitting him.  Maeda is an ok fifth starter but not a top 3 guy.
I'm not gonna lie you guys got hosed on that call.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 19, 2016, 09:50:52 pm
I'm not sure why they were holding Montgomery but I'll take it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 20, 2016, 12:22:27 am
no, just tired of you.  go be a jerk anywhere else and I'm fine with it

He's been dropping doosh bombs all over the board the past couple days. There's one in every crowd.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 20, 2016, 12:28:01 am
He's been dropping doosh bombs all over the board the past couple days. There's one in every crowd.

I'm beginning to notice the pattern
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 20, 2016, 01:02:49 pm
What have I been wrong about?

(https://media.giphy.com/media/F1EqNgksWjSaQ/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 20, 2016, 02:13:08 pm
:o

Ah, c'mon, I just like having an excuse to post a Big Lebowski gif
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 20, 2016, 05:02:38 pm
I just put that there to hold my post because I couldn't get my gif to work.  I am a terrible troll.

*tucks tail and walks away*

ha! hang in there, you'll get better.  ;)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 20, 2016, 08:02:04 pm
Lester was having trouble with location in that inning so the Dodgers.............bunt Pedersen???
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 20, 2016, 09:50:39 pm
Blanton threw a horrible pitch to Russell and he killed it.  Then he had Ross 0-2 and hangs another one.  I think we are going to Chicago down 3-2.  I still like our chances with Kershaw and Hill.  Should be good fun.  Downside is the Hog game will be in the second half when baseball game starts.  Have to flip back and forth between my two favorite teams I guess. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 20, 2016, 10:10:18 pm
Blanton threw a horrible pitch to Russell and he killed it.  Then he had Ross 0-2 and hangs another one.  I think we are going to Chicago down 3-2.  I still like our chances with Kershaw and Hill.  Should be good fun.  Downside is the Hog game will be in the second half when baseball game starts.  Have to flip back and forth between my two favorite teams I guess.
I almost feel bad for blanton, but yea his sliders have been our mvp.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 20, 2016, 10:16:58 pm
Javier Beaz my be the best infielder I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on October 20, 2016, 11:46:59 pm
Javier Beaz my be the best infielder I have ever seen.

He really is incredible
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: 4Lions04 on October 21, 2016, 07:05:58 am
Javier Beaz my be the best infielder I have ever seen.

His hands are unbelievable. And the craziest part is that he is a natural lefty! How does that even work? He is a freak! And the best part is that as good as he is, Russell is just as solid at SS. We have a really really good defense. And that is why we won over 100 games this year. And will for at least a couple more years.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 21, 2016, 11:35:47 am
His hands are unbelievable. And the craziest part is that he is a natural lefty! How does that even work? He is a freak! And the best part is that as good as he is, Russell is just as solid at SS. We have a really really good defense. And that is why we won over 100 games this year. And will for at least a couple more years.
I won't predict winning 100 for the next few years as it is incredibly hard to win 100 once, much less a few times in a row. I do agree that we could have the best defensive infield in the majors for the foreseeable future.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: CabotHog87 on October 21, 2016, 12:39:15 pm
ONE. MORE. WIN.

I haven't been able to say that since 2003. I've had my hotel in Chicago booked for about a month and a half now for games 4 and 5 next Saturday and Sunday, and now we're just one win away.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 21, 2016, 09:59:32 pm
ONE. MORE. WIN.

I haven't been able to say that since 2003. I've had my hotel in Chicago booked for about a month and a half now for games 4 and 5 next Saturday and Sunday, and now we're just one win away.
Hopefully you booked a chain hotel and can switch the reservation to LA!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 21, 2016, 10:00:31 pm
I almost feel bad for blanton, but yea his sliders have been our mvp.
Blanton did a great job this year and definitely over achieved.  He may be coming back to reality which is not good news for us Dodger fans. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 22, 2016, 09:45:37 pm
Congrats to the Cubs.  You have a very good team.  I think the only Dodger that could start on the Cubs is Seager (and russell is pretty good) and maybe Grandal.  Your starting pitching is excellent.  Bullpen is ok.  That may be the one achilles heel now that the lineup is hitting again. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 22, 2016, 09:54:16 pm
Somebody pinch me I must be dreaming is it really happening?!?!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 22, 2016, 10:41:49 pm
Good job by former razorback and Cubs' hitting coach Eric Hinske
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 22, 2016, 10:56:26 pm
Congratulations to the NL Champions. Hendricks says, "what curse you talking about?"

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: whosiskid on October 22, 2016, 11:31:33 pm
I just called my daughter and she took the EL down to Wrigley to join the crowd. We used to live two blocks south of Wrigley - 3421 N Seminary, now a 12-flat combined with the lot next door - and we joined the crowd back when they had Wood and Mark Pryor (a two-year wonder but still the prettiest motion I've ever seen). I used to catch the EL right beside Wrigley. I know pretty much every brick around Wrigley, and I'm just sitting here crying. I worked with three different guys who were absolutely fanatic Cub fan but unfortunately died. I just keep thinking of them and so many others who have passed away without seeing this. My friend Rosalyn from work is married to a guy who cut Ernie Banks's every couple of weeks. And that just kills me. Ernie Banks's should have lived to see this. Ernie Banks's statue is right to the left of the ticket windows on Wrigley and Clark. It is just so wrong that he can't see this. At least Billy Williams is still alive. I don't care that hat frakkin' fraud Harry Carray missed this. (I hate him because he would blabber on about who he knew in the stands and finding stupid hats, ignoring what was happening on the field. And I hate that he has a statue on the south side of Wrigley.) My friend Tom just retired from where we used together. He was born two years after the Cubs were last in the World Series. He has season tickets right behind home plate. I'm sure Tom was at tonight's game. He would sell a bunch of his tickets each season and I'd buy 7 or 8. Plus I'd end up seeing 4 or 5 extra games. Tom's seat is about eighteen rows straight back, just underneath the upper deck, maybe the [CENSORED] that doesn't get rained on if it starts to rain. The guy right to the left of Tom's two seats is morbidly obese and he can't avoid spilling out over his seat, so I'd end up sitting there and I'd be leaning over at an 80 degree angle.

What I'm trying to say is, the Cubs are a neighborhood team. Yeah, people come in from the suburbs and they no longer sell bleacher tickets on day of game (if I didn't have something to do I would go stand in the line to watch a game and I'd read a book until they started letting people in). I literally have some of Wrigley Field in my copy of Don Delillo's UNDERWORLD. I was walking to EL once October and they were ripping up the field for the annual resodding. I went and tore off a handful of grass and tossed it in my book. I'm going to hold the book as a good luck charm.  But Wrigley is smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. There are shops and stores and restaurants all up and down Clark and along Belmont. I would go to the Einstein's Bagels at the trisection created by Clark, Sheffield, and Newport crossing one another, and I often would see Yosh Kawano, the longtime Cub Clubhouse manager. I think he was 90 when he retired. But you get behind the shops and bars and there are houses all over the place.

All the things that happened since the Cubs last won a World Series. Millions of Cub fans have lived and died without seeing a World Series come to Chicago (well. the White Sox did, but they don't count - the Cubs are the real Chicago baseball team). Things that happened since the Cubs last WON a World Series:

World War I
World War II
The emergence of Hollywood
The entire political career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Cold War
Professional Football

Teddy Roosevelt was president. In other words, the Cubs are due.

But here is the NUMBER ONE THING. The Cubs have never won a world series since they moved to Lakeview. Heck, Lakeview didn't exist when the Cubs last won a World Series. So the neighborhood is due.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 23, 2016, 07:37:19 am
^^^

Good lord.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: whosiskid on October 23, 2016, 08:33:21 am
^^^

Good lord.

What is your problem?

You don't know me, yet you feel you need to make a negative comment of some kind on half of my posts. What does it say about the moral character who does that sort of thing.

Like I said, you don't know me. If you did you would know I'm a very caring, compassionate, nice guy. I don't go around dissing people for their posts.

Yes, I write long posts. What is inherently wrong with that? This isn't Twitter where you are limited to 144 characters and it isn't phone messaging where you are charged if you get a message.

So what is your problem?

When, in all of my posts, have you tried to point out weaknesses in an argument or tried to formulate an argument of your own? I'll answer. You haven't. You emerge, based on your incredibly negative comments, a pretty unpleasant person.

But I would ask you to think about this: I never, ever attack an individual. I might attack an idea or a way of thinking but I never am mean or unpleasant to an individual.

Since you haven't seemed to be inclined to know me, instead of attack me, let me give you a quick summary. I live in Little Rock, where I was born, attended McClellan High School, got a B.A. from Ouachita with a triple major of Literature, Religion, and Drama. I went on to one year at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville for a year, before transferring to Yale University where I got two masters in Philosophy of Religion with a masters thesis on Kierkegaard. I then attended University of Chicago where I specialized in the History of Moral Philosophy. Living in Chicago I intensified my love of the Cubs (which began with following Arkansas Donnie Kessinger on the Cubs in the late sixties and Ferguson Jenkins, who I saw as a very little kid when he pitched for the Arkansas Travelers it was a Phillies farm team (Dick Allen was on the same team). I was married but it didn't last, but I became a fulltime single father of the child we had, who grew up to be a brilliant and beautiful and intensely nice person. I had to drop out of grad school because I wasn't able to write a doctoral dissertation while working fulltime to support me and my daughter and giving her the attention she needed and deserved. I have been a fanatic Razorback fan since age 10 when I watched the Hogs win the Cotton Bowl against Nebraska and win a national championship. I added the Cubs, Bulls, and Bears while living Chicago. My main hobby is reading, mainly literature, philosophy, the movies, the Civil War, political philosophy, American Political  History, Lincoln, FDR, and WW II (I own just under 9,000 books but am trying to figure out how to get more shelf space for more). I also read deeply in the Bible and Theology. My favorite parts of the Bible are the Gospels and the Pauline letters and my favorite theologians are John Calvin and Karl Barth. I am also very far to the left politically, thanks mainly to reading the Sermon of the Mount compulsively since the age of around 12 or 13. I listen to a lot of alt rock but also a lot of classic country (Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Snow, George Jones, and their ilk, but nothing this side of Garth Brooks. I have written a number of essays for magazines and journals on television and film and was an editor and feature writer for a major online pop culture website. I edited the first anthology that considered the entire career of Joss Whedon. I love to hike, especially with my German Shepherd named Lion. I have been extremely ill for the past three years, though I have finally seen my health improve somewhat in the past three months. I moved back to Arkansas a year ago, sadly a month after my father died. I have two cats.

So go ahead. Say something else that makes you look bad. Because how else do you think I, at least think of you when you keep reply to things I write with nothing more intelligent than a snear. Because that is all you ever do. You don't engage in ideas, you don't engage in arguments. I'm still waiting for you to say something even minimally intelligent. And yet you presume to put "Dr." in your online handle. I think not. Or at least, not based on anything seen.

Try to be more than you have been so far.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 23, 2016, 09:15:06 am
I know the postseason isn't supposed to "count" but let's be honest, Hendricks won the cy young last night.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 23, 2016, 10:09:41 am
Yeah, you've never attacked any politician.

Get off your high horse.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 23, 2016, 11:12:22 am
I just called my daughter and she took the EL down to Wrigley to join the crowd. We used to live two blocks south of Wrigley - 3421 N Seminary, now a 12-flat combined with the lot next door - and we joined the crowd back when they had Wood and Mark Pryor (a two-year wonder but still the prettiest motion I've ever seen). I used to catch the EL right beside Wrigley. I know pretty much every brick around Wrigley, and I'm just sitting here crying. I worked with three different guys who were absolutely fanatic Cub fan but unfortunately died. I just keep thinking of them and so many others who have passed away without seeing this. My friend Rosalyn from work is married to a guy who cut Ernie Banks's every couple of weeks. And that just kills me. Ernie Banks's should have lived to see this. Ernie Banks's statue is right to the left of the ticket windows on Wrigley and Clark. It is just so wrong that he can't see this. At least Billy Williams is still alive. I don't care that hat frakkin' fraud Harry Carray missed this. (I hate him because he would blabber on about who he knew in the stands and finding stupid hats, ignoring what was happening on the field. And I hate that he has a statue on the south side of Wrigley.) My friend Tom just retired from where we used together. He was born two years after the Cubs were last in the World Series. He has season tickets right behind home plate. I'm sure Tom was at tonight's game. He would sell a bunch of his tickets each season and I'd buy 7 or 8. Plus I'd end up seeing 4 or 5 extra games. Tom's seat is about eighteen rows straight back, just underneath the upper deck, maybe the [CENSORED] that doesn't get rained on if it starts to rain. The guy right to the left of Tom's two seats is morbidly obese and he can't avoid spilling out over his seat, so I'd end up sitting there and I'd be leaning over at an 80 degree angle.

What I'm trying to say is, the Cubs are a neighborhood team. Yeah, people come in from the suburbs and they no longer sell bleacher tickets on day of game (if I didn't have something to do I would go stand in the line to watch a game and I'd read a book until they started letting people in). I literally have some of Wrigley Field in my copy of Don Delillo's UNDERWORLD. I was walking to EL once October and they were ripping up the field for the annual resodding. I went and tore off a handful of grass and tossed it in my book. I'm going to hold the book as a good luck charm.  But Wrigley is smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. There are shops and stores and restaurants all up and down Clark and along Belmont. I would go to the Einstein's Bagels at the trisection created by Clark, Sheffield, and Newport crossing one another, and I often would see Yosh Kawano, the longtime Cub Clubhouse manager. I think he was 90 when he retired. But you get behind the shops and bars and there are houses all over the place.

All the things that happened since the Cubs last won a World Series. Millions of Cub fans have lived and died without seeing a World Series come to Chicago (well. the White Sox did, but they don't count - the Cubs are the real Chicago baseball team). Things that happened since the Cubs last WON a World Series:

World War I
World War II
The emergence of Hollywood
The entire political career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Cold War
Professional Football

Teddy Roosevelt was president. In other words, the Cubs are due.

But here is the NUMBER ONE THING. The Cubs have never won a world series since they moved to Lakeview. Heck, Lakeview didn't exist when the Cubs last won a World Series. So the neighborhood is due.

As a cubs I appreciate this, though you could have used a few more paragraph splits.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 26, 2016, 06:50:54 am
Was there a game last night?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 26, 2016, 07:12:45 am
A rough one, but at least the red wolves used their three best pitchers and all had 3 had to throw a little more than they would like.  We need to take game two tonight.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: riccoar on October 26, 2016, 07:26:24 am
Lester looked nervous to start.  Just like against Kershaw, the bats were slow to attack.  Gotta get on track tonight
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on October 26, 2016, 08:04:49 am
I just called my daughter and she took the EL down to Wrigley to join the crowd. We used to live two blocks south of Wrigley - 3421 N Seminary, now a 12-flat combined with the lot next door - and we joined the crowd back when they had Wood and Mark Pryor (a two-year wonder but still the prettiest motion I've ever seen). I used to catch the EL right beside Wrigley. I know pretty much every brick around Wrigley, and I'm just sitting here crying. I worked with three different guys who were absolutely fanatic Cub fan but unfortunately died. I just keep thinking of them and so many others who have passed away without seeing this. My friend Rosalyn from work is married to a guy who cut Ernie Banks's every couple of weeks. And that just kills me. Ernie Banks's should have lived to see this. Ernie Banks's statue is right to the left of the ticket windows on Wrigley and Clark. It is just so wrong that he can't see this. At least Billy Williams is still alive. I don't care that hat frakkin' fraud Harry Carray missed this. (I hate him because he would blabber on about who he knew in the stands and finding stupid hats, ignoring what was happening on the field. And I hate that he has a statue on the south side of Wrigley.) My friend Tom just retired from where we used together. He was born two years after the Cubs were last in the World Series. He has season tickets right behind home plate. I'm sure Tom was at tonight's game. He would sell a bunch of his tickets each season and I'd buy 7 or 8. Plus I'd end up seeing 4 or 5 extra games. Tom's seat is about eighteen rows straight back, just underneath the upper deck, maybe the [CENSORED] that doesn't get rained on if it starts to rain. The guy right to the left of Tom's two seats is morbidly obese and he can't avoid spilling out over his seat, so I'd end up sitting there and I'd be leaning over at an 80 degree angle.

What I'm trying to say is, the Cubs are a neighborhood team. Yeah, people come in from the suburbs and they no longer sell bleacher tickets on day of game (if I didn't have something to do I would go stand in the line to watch a game and I'd read a book until they started letting people in). I literally have some of Wrigley Field in my copy of Don Delillo's UNDERWORLD. I was walking to EL once October and they were ripping up the field for the annual resodding. I went and tore off a handful of grass and tossed it in my book. I'm going to hold the book as a good luck charm.  But Wrigley is smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. There are shops and stores and restaurants all up and down Clark and along Belmont. I would go to the Einstein's Bagels at the trisection created by Clark, Sheffield, and Newport crossing one another, and I often would see Yosh Kawano, the longtime Cub Clubhouse manager. I think he was 90 when he retired. But you get behind the shops and bars and there are houses all over the place.

All the things that happened since the Cubs last won a World Series. Millions of Cub fans have lived and died without seeing a World Series come to Chicago (well. the White Sox did, but they don't count - the Cubs are the real Chicago baseball team). Things that happened since the Cubs last WON a World Series:

World War I
World War II
The emergence of Hollywood
The entire political career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Cold War
Professional Football

Teddy Roosevelt was president. In other words, the Cubs are due.

But here is the NUMBER ONE THING. The Cubs have never won a world series since they moved to Lakeview. Heck, Lakeview didn't exist when the Cubs last won a World Series. So the neighborhood is due.

I understand perfectly where you are coming from. I Come from a family of Italian immigrants who live and die with the Boston Red Sox. We'd visit my Dad's parent's every summer and make numerous trips to Fenway while there. The 2004 WS win was bittersweet because I couldn't share it with my Dad.
That would have been a glorious conversation.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 26, 2016, 11:15:59 am
Lester looked nervous to start.  Just like against Kershaw, the bats were slow to attack.  Gotta get on track tonight

Yes he did, he was also getting squeezed, not that it matters as we didn't score any runs.  Let's hope for the good Big Jake tonight.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 26, 2016, 10:27:07 pm
Back to Chicago tied at 1.  Will Schwarber play in the OF?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on October 26, 2016, 10:43:03 pm
Back to Chicago tied at 1.  Will Schwarber play in the OF?
Nope
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 26, 2016, 11:22:10 pm
Nope

But can you put him back on the bench?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 27, 2016, 09:39:51 am
But can you put him back on the bench?
yea, you use him as a PH and that's it. No way you risk his knees in the field.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DiamondHogFan on October 27, 2016, 01:24:33 pm
yea, you use him as a PH and that's it. No way you risk his knees in the field.
How is playing in the field any worse than at the plate?  Honest question.

I realize he was injured playing in the field. How could he twist and plant on his leg at the plate but not be able to play in the OF.  I think if he his healed for one, he his healed for the other.



BUT, I think you are right in that he is a PH.  We have enough bats to win without him (did it all year), and to have him as a PH is a great option in a close game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 28, 2016, 11:43:43 am
How is playing in the field any worse than at the plate?  Honest question.

I realize he was injured playing in the field. How could he twist and plant on his leg at the plate but not be able to play in the OF.  I think if he his healed for one, he his healed for the other.



BUT, I think you are right in that he is a PH.  We have enough bats to win without him (did it all year), and to have him as a PH is a great option in a close game.
I don't know specifically, but I do know that every buddy I have ever seen shred his knee playing baseball was in the field, and the doctor always clears them to hit and run at least a couple weeks before they clear them to play the field.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 29, 2016, 08:50:13 am
Did anybody ever score last night?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 29, 2016, 10:29:56 am
The offense needs to show up early tonight.  Hoping the Indians sending out all their guys on short rest backfires.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 29, 2016, 10:31:18 am
The offense needs to show up period.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on October 29, 2016, 10:47:57 am
whatever happens tonight, this Cub team is capable of winning 3 in a row anywhere, anytime, against anyone.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 29, 2016, 12:52:34 pm
Yes, very capable, need to do it and close this out in 6.  I'm not sure I can survive a game 7.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on October 29, 2016, 03:31:52 pm
The biggest puzzle about this team is, How can this offense be so potent up and down the line-up and just stink some games like the do? On paper this ought to be the final game tonight. I honestly thought the Chicago Police cars would be in hiding somewhere by now. You know some of them will burn if the Cubs win the series.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 29, 2016, 03:44:17 pm
Burning cars would be the least of the problems in that city.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: GolfNut57 on October 29, 2016, 09:41:58 pm
If Cleveland wins tonight's game, and it certainly looks like they will with the 7-1 lead in the 7th.........the Cubbies are DONE!! No way they come back and win 3 in a row, especially with the last two in Cleveland.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 29, 2016, 10:56:06 pm
Win tomorrow.  One game at a time.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on October 30, 2016, 09:11:02 am
5 times a team has come back from 3-1, the last being the Royals in '85....the WS that continues to taunt.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on October 30, 2016, 10:35:34 am
How is playing in the field any worse than at the plate?  Honest question.

I realize he was injured playing in the field. How could he twist and plant on his leg at the plate but not be able to play in the OF.  I think if he his healed for one, he his healed for the other.



BUT, I think you are right in that he is a PH.  We have enough bats to win without him (did it all year), and to have him as a PH is a great option in a close game.

Playing in the field there is a lot more opportunities for a player to be running and cutting in multiple different angles and odd directions. Hitting and running bases is more straight ahead. Sure, there are slight cuts while running bases, but it is more of a rounding motion instead of a cut and is somewhat controlled since the player has already established maximum effort in straight line running.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 30, 2016, 09:37:30 pm
Man, this is killing me to watch.  I am/was not comfortable seeing Edwards coming in for Lester.  Let's hope Chapman can fix that mistake.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 30, 2016, 10:03:28 pm
Man, this is killing me to watch.  I am/was not comfortable seeing Edwards coming in for Lester.  Let's hope Chapman can fix that mistake.

Got thru that, somehow have to get 6 more outs
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on October 30, 2016, 10:22:41 pm
Was that pitch to Lindor in the strike zone?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 30, 2016, 10:30:31 pm
Was that pitch to Lindor in the strike zone?

Depends which strike zone they are calling tonight.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 30, 2016, 10:44:51 pm
Back to Cleveland

Big Jake
Schwarber

One game at a time
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on October 31, 2016, 07:32:09 pm
Last nights game was fun to watch if you are a baseball fan. My favorite thing about postseason baseball is that it really allows the managers to throw everything they've got at the other team. In a 1 run game, it usually comes down to managing. Both of these guys are excellent in game managers. It's fun watching their moves. I have to admit, I was questioning Maddon when he pulled Lester in the 7th. Then I realized I was questioning probably the best manager in baseball and just sat back and watched it play out.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on October 31, 2016, 09:12:56 pm
No doubt. Playoff baseball is memorizing.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 01, 2016, 01:46:33 am
I have to admit, I was questioning Maddon when he pulled Lester in the 7th. Then I realized I was questioning probably the best manager in baseball and just sat back and watched it play out.

Heck, I'm still questioning it.  But it turns out it was a great move.  I think they are two of the best managers in the game, along with Bruce Bochy (and an underrated Ned Yost).
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: riccoar on November 01, 2016, 09:45:34 am
Tonight is now or never.  Gotta be aggressive or this one will be over before the 5th inning.  Cubs getting the DH slot back should be good.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 01, 2016, 10:30:04 am
The DH working in favor of the NL team.  That's rare.

If it's the good Jake I like our chances, but need to get to Tomlin early.

Not sure if Chapman is ready to pitch more than an out or two. 

Baez needs to take the first, I don't know, 15 pitches he sees tonight.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on November 01, 2016, 08:15:47 pm
Ironic that the cavs come back from 1-3 down to now Indians in the process of blowing 3-1 lead.

Ah, Cleveland.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: whosiskid on November 01, 2016, 08:29:53 pm
Addison Russell. Wow. Just wow.

I refuse to get my hopes up until we hit the 9th inning with  this kind of lead.

But lord, we just might send this to Game 7.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: whosiskid on November 01, 2016, 08:32:15 pm
Ironic that the cavs come back from 1-3 down to now Indians in the process of blowing 3-1 lead.

Ah, Cleveland.

I was really afraid -  and still am - that Cleveland might have two championships. But I think Cleveland should share the championships. They shouldn't be greedy.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 01, 2016, 09:55:35 pm
I don't understand this move at all.  Hopefully they'll reverse this bad call and end the inning.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 01, 2016, 09:56:33 pm
Good, now bring in Grimm to finish the game with Rondon as the backup.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: whosiskid on November 01, 2016, 10:32:31 pm
OK, I'm feeling OK now. We really did end up with a 7 run lead going into the 9th.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DeltaBoy on November 02, 2016, 08:37:08 am
Game 7 coming up GO CUBS!!!!!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on November 02, 2016, 09:05:57 am
This has been a fun series to watch.
I wish I hated one of these teams so I could really pull for someone.
I thought I would be for the Cubs, but it's really hard for me to root against Tito.
I love baseball and am always sad when it comes to an end - glad this one is going to Game 7.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on November 02, 2016, 09:27:48 am

I love baseball and am always sad when it comes to an end - glad this one is going to Game 7.

^^^^^
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: razCzar on November 02, 2016, 09:45:28 am
It has been an especially fun series to watch.  I don't always pay attention to the WS, but with Cubs and Indians, who could resist! 

I'm pulling for the Cubs in this one.  More than any fanbase, those avid Chicago folks deserve it.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 09:52:38 am
More than any fanbase, those avid Chicago folks deserve it.


I've been waiting 108 years for this moment!!!!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on November 02, 2016, 11:08:49 am
Opinions on Maddon using Chapman last night in a blowout game?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on November 02, 2016, 11:17:20 am
Opinions on Maddon using Chapman last night in a blowout game?
Can't second guess him till it backfires. I was extremely surprised by the move though.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on November 02, 2016, 11:38:41 am
Opinions on Maddon using Chapman last night in a blowout game?

He's been questioned all morning in various articles and on ESPN.
It'll be especially bad if Chapman really did more than just tweek that knee last night.
I would still rather be the Cubs than the Indians.
Pitching Kluber for the 3rd time in the series - 2nd straight time on short rest - it's hard to say how effective he'll be. Indians have the big 3 in the bullpen but they'll still need some good innings out of Kluber.
Cubs have all the momentum.
What Francona has managed to accomplish this post season after losing his #2 and #3 starters has been pretty masterful.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on November 02, 2016, 12:55:38 pm
Three great World Series' in a row.

Go Cubbies!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on November 02, 2016, 01:06:23 pm
He's been questioned all morning in various articles and on ESPN.
It'll be especially bad if Chapman really did more than just tweek that knee last night.
I would still rather be the Cubs than the Indians.
Pitching Kluber for the 3rd time in the series - 2nd straight time on short rest - it's hard to say how effective he'll be. Indians have the big 3 in the bullpen but they'll still need some good innings out of Kluber.
Cubs have all the momentum.
What Francona has managed to accomplish this post season after losing his #2 and #3 starters has been pretty masterful.

I feel like I like the Indians chances because of the bullpen situations. The Cubs really have to hope that they get a lot of innings out of their starter. He's been great all year, but it's a lot tougher knowing you may not have anyone behind you. Especially if Chapman's knee isn't quite right. Kluber knows that he has an arsenal behind him. If they can get 5 innings out of him they are in good shape. Kluber's been so dang good in both games he's pitched though. I expect more of the same from him. Even though it's short rest, it's plenty of rest. The only reason they rest the extra day during the season is because of how many more outings it would cause you to go throughout the year. He will be fine tonight I think.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on November 02, 2016, 03:34:43 pm
Addison Russell. Wow. Just wow.

I refuse to get my hopes up until we hit the 9th inning with  this kind of lead.

But lord, we just might send this to Game 7.



Pretty awesome that I got to watch the 19th Grand Slam in WS history, hit by a Cub, with my son.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Atlhogfan1 on November 02, 2016, 03:42:38 pm
http://www.spotrac.com/mlb/payroll/

$176 million payroll vs $83 million payroll

The difference in depth and talent is obvious. 

One of the reasons MLB lost me years ago.  Would be great to see the Indians spoil the Cubs attempt to buy a WS.  But it would also be great for the Cubs to win so the story will be over much like it was with the Red Sox. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 05:49:09 pm
http://www.spotrac.com/mlb/payroll/

$176 million payroll vs $83 million payroll

The difference in depth and talent is obvious. 

One of the reasons MLB lost me years ago.  Would be great to see the Indians spoil the Cubs attempt to buy a WS.  But it would also be great for the Cubs to win so the story will be over much like it was with the Red Sox. 

$186M to $115M according to your link

And having 4 teams higher then you doesn't give me thoughts of buying a championship, particularly when 6 starters are 24 or younger. 

The Cubs bought a great pitching staff and overpaid for Jason Heyward.

There no Florida Marlins circa 1997.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Atlhogfan1 on November 02, 2016, 08:24:26 pm
$186M to $115M according to your link

And having 4 teams higher then you doesn't give me thoughts of buying a championship, particularly when 6 starters are 24 or younger. 

The Cubs bought a great pitching staff and overpaid for Jason Heyward.

There no Florida Marlins circa 1997.

25 player roster
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ronmahony on November 02, 2016, 08:41:57 pm
Pulling for the Cubs, their fans remind me of Hog fans.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ronmahony on November 02, 2016, 08:43:22 pm
They sure have been hitting the last two games.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 02, 2016, 08:54:15 pm
I won't second guess Maddon, but I think Hendricks deserved a chance to get out of this.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Hogz87 on November 02, 2016, 08:56:35 pm
Awfully short hook for Hendricks.  Don't really agree with that move but who am I to second guess Maddon?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Hogz87 on November 02, 2016, 08:58:00 pm
And right on cue....

That was kind of a fluke, unfortunate play for the Cubs, but Lester's first batter face gets a weak dribbler in the grass for a single and moves the runner on first to third.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ronmahony on November 02, 2016, 09:04:14 pm
Well I guess the curse is alive and well!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Hogz87 on November 02, 2016, 09:04:39 pm
And a wild pitch by Lester not only plates the runner on 3rd, the runner on 2nd scores, too.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 02, 2016, 09:07:10 pm
And right on cue....

That was kind of a fluke, unfortunate play for the Cubs, but Lester's first batter face gets a weak dribbler in the grass for a single and moves the runner on first to third.
pretty friendly scoring if they ruled that a hit.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Hogz87 on November 02, 2016, 09:08:34 pm
David Ross, who was partially responsible for the Indians scoring two in the bottom of the fifth, goes out and gets one back himself in the 6th inning with a solo shot.  And it was off Andrew Miller who hadn't given up a home run since August 14th.  Oh, and David Ross is now the oldest player ever to homer in a World Series game.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ronmahony on November 02, 2016, 09:08:48 pm
OK Ross you made up for it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 02, 2016, 09:22:05 pm
Why are we getting squeezed right now?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 09:28:10 pm
Why are we getting squeezed right now?

No kidding.  Hendricks was out of the inning.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 09:28:27 pm
25 player roster

Cherry picking, but yes, the Indians are underpaid team.  Other than the Cubs I would be rooting for Cleveland.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Atlhogfan1 on November 02, 2016, 09:32:05 pm
Cherry picking, but yes, the Indians are underpaid team.  Other than the Cubs I would be rooting for Cleveland.

Congrats.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 09:50:25 pm
Congrats.

6 more outs first
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on November 02, 2016, 10:01:44 pm
I feel like I like the Indians chances because of the bullpen situations. The Cubs really have to hope that they get a lot of innings out of their starter. He's been great all year, but it's a lot tougher knowing you may not have anyone behind you. Especially if Chapman's knee isn't quite right. Kluber knows that he has an arsenal behind him. If they can get 5 innings out of him they are in good shape. Kluber's been so dang good in both games he's pitched though. I expect more of the same from him. Even though it's short rest, it's plenty of rest. The only reason they rest the extra day during the season is because of how many more outings it would cause you to go throughout the year. He will be fine tonight I think.

Cubs just saw him too many times in too short of a time frame.
Francona really had no other option.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on November 02, 2016, 10:05:41 pm
Got to hand it to the Cubs tonight.
They so far haven't let their defensive errors domino into horrible innings.
And Ross just decided he would make up for that craziness that allowed the Indians 2 runs.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Hogz87 on November 02, 2016, 10:16:01 pm
Maddon's decision to pitch Chapman last night in a blowout is looking even more stupid now.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 02, 2016, 10:17:38 pm
Well all the haters can breath a sigh of relief now
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 10:20:22 pm
Horrible managing since the 7th inning last night
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dr. Starcs on November 02, 2016, 10:21:27 pm
Cubs will still win this and Maddon will be off the hook.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 02, 2016, 10:22:14 pm
Win or lose I have enjoyed every second watching this team this year.
Having said that let's go get the lead back and finish this.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 10:27:55 pm
Cubs will still win this and Maddon will be off the hook.

Lord I hope you are right
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Hogz87 on November 02, 2016, 10:47:21 pm
Does Maddon not trust anyone else in his bullpen?  Why is Chapman coming out for the 9th?
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 02, 2016, 10:59:56 pm
This is the most appropriate thing to happen in a Cubs Indians WS gm 7.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 11:06:09 pm
Does Maddon not trust anyone else in his bullpen?  Why is Chapman coming out for the 9th?

Someone needs to audit Joe Maddon's finances.  I'm beginning to think he is throwing the game for some extra cash.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 11:06:46 pm
This is the most appropriate thing to happen in a Cubs Indians WS gm 7.

Hard to argue with that
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on November 02, 2016, 11:10:36 pm
Heck of a game.
It's had a little bit of everything.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 02, 2016, 11:46:41 pm
Heck of a game.
It's had a little bit of everything.


Yes, but let the cubs close it out here.

This is literally killing me
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: PonderinHog on November 02, 2016, 11:48:15 pm
(http://www.pmaxinc.com/holycow.bmp)

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/35/4a/5e/354a5e062bf2862e324a379b3b02a33e.jpg)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 02, 2016, 11:51:21 pm
What a game, what a world series, what a postseason!!!
I will say it, best team since the '98 Yankees.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on November 02, 2016, 11:54:19 pm
One of the best World Series games I've seen in a long, long time.
Hate it for the Indians - would have liked to see them win it.
But congratulations to the Cubs and happy for all the Cubs fans.
Theo has sealed his place in baseball history.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ronmahony on November 03, 2016, 12:08:34 am
I bet there will be a lot of no shows for work tomorrow in Chicago. Good Series Cubs!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on November 03, 2016, 12:08:51 am
Oh man oh man.  How sweet it is.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ronmahony on November 03, 2016, 12:09:53 am
Good for you Ross, couldn't think of a better way to retire.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: cosmodrum on November 03, 2016, 12:17:26 am
I love that Zobrist got MVP. He watch clutch for my Royals last year. Great dude.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: whosiskid on November 03, 2016, 05:34:23 am
What they will do is set up a big celebration in Grant Park. They will set up some bleachers and after kind of parade through down town it will end up there. Most business will close the office for the after noon or for the morning or for whenever they arrange it.

My daughter will be there. Says she is getting me a Tshirt for Christmas.

The Cubs and one of the networks arranged a April Fools joke this year. The coach of the jr. coll#1 agreed to help on the joke. He told his players that they needed to improve if they were going to get to the next level, but not to despair, he had found a European player who was going to join the team and he was going to make a huge impact on the team. But it meant that people were going to have to give up at bats so this guy. And the coach brought out this new European player. He was very tall and spoke in a dubious accent. It turns out that this new player is actually Kris Bryant, but after his rookie year, he wasn't quite a household name. So they all go out for batting practice and the pitchers say they are going shut this Euro guy down. But of course, Bryant just massacres every pitch thrown at him and the players start to think that maybe this was a good pick  up. But one of the suddenly says, "I think that is Kris Bryant." Someone else agrees and the players all walk over and ask if he is Kris Bryant, and he confesses. So they all laugh, take some selfies, Bryant signs a few autographs, and all is good.

Rizzo is still the team leader, but has any Cub ever had a better start to his career than Bryant? Two  Post season appearances. Two all star games. Rookie of the Year and probably the MVP his second year. And you just know he is going to get some major national endorsements. Kid has a future indeed.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on November 03, 2016, 05:36:18 am
Congrats World Series Champions!

Come on out Steve, it's ok now! Woo-hoo!

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on November 03, 2016, 08:08:22 am
Put Theo in the hof today.
Congrats to the cubs.  Well deserved.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on November 03, 2016, 08:08:38 am
Someone needs to audit Joe Maddon's finances.  I'm beginning to think he is throwing the game for some extra cash.

Ha, I found myself thinking that.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DeltaBoy on November 03, 2016, 08:36:25 am
Congrads to the Cubs WS champions for the first time in 108 years.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Atlhogfan1 on November 03, 2016, 08:42:35 am
The series was good for baseball.  Many of us who MLB has lost over the years paid at least somewhat attention to it and tuned in.  Ratings best of since before the steroid, large-small market, expansion era started.  It helped having an underdog and one of baseball old franchises in the series with them.  Now we will probably get a movie somehow related to the Cubs and they'll be the thing for a little while like the Red Sox were. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hoglady on November 03, 2016, 08:46:10 am
Someone needs to audit Joe Maddon's finances.  I'm beginning to think he is throwing the game for some extra cash.

The Cubs were a good enough team to overcome some truly questionable managerial moves over game 6 and 7. Maddon was nervous - you could see it on his face in the dugout. Nerves and pressure can make you not think straight sometimes. During the rain break - ARod sure ripped into him, I was shocked he was so candid.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Atlhogfan1 on November 03, 2016, 08:54:57 am
Remarkable the series went 7 with the lack of depth in the Indians pitching which finally ran out.  Francona was in a tough spot with Shaw.  Thought it was obvious the after the Bryant fly out it Shaw didn't have it. 

Did you know Schwarber had knee surgery?  Don't know if you manage to catch that in one of the few hundred times FOX mentioned it. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on November 03, 2016, 09:19:24 am
I hope Bartman will find peace and resume the life he once had.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: McKdaddy on November 03, 2016, 12:39:19 pm
A typically informative article by reliable Jeff Passan:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-theo-epstein-broke-another-curse-and-built-the-world-series-champion-cubs-155257017.html
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: pigture perfect on November 04, 2016, 01:53:46 am
Congrats Cubbies. That's all I got really.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: HognotinMemphis on October 01, 2017, 02:15:58 pm
I was at Cubs-Reds game on Friday. A great time. Cubs hit a 3 run HR in bottom of 8th with 2 out to win it 5-4. Wrigley is so beautiful.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: HognotinMemphis on October 13, 2017, 09:06:42 am
Nice job, Cubs. Take it to the Dodgers now.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 13, 2017, 01:02:03 pm
The Cubs are fun to watch.

Wade Davis was a huge addition to this team. 44 pitch, 7 out save last night.

Cubs playing in 3rd straight nlcs.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 13, 2017, 08:12:44 pm
As a die hard Dodger fan I will hand it to the Cubs for a strong second half and beating the Nationals who were the better team during the regular season.  I was hoping they would win as I didn't want to face Scherzer and Strasberg.  Looking forward to a good series and paying you guys back for last year. 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 14, 2017, 10:37:57 pm
Dodgers take first game!  Much more interesting than Hog game tonight!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 15, 2017, 10:32:20 pm
Heading to Chicago up 2-0.  Looking good!!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 19, 2017, 11:27:25 pm
Dodgers are NL Champions!   
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 20, 2017, 12:17:33 pm
Congrats to the Dodgers.

The better team won.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on October 20, 2017, 12:22:05 pm
Great year for the Cubs. Hats off to Dodgers, they were just better. Now go beat the Yankees! (or Astros)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on October 20, 2017, 06:45:02 pm
Great year for the Cubs. Hats off to Dodgers, they were just better. Now go beat the Yankees! (or Astros)
Thanks for the kudos.  I think the Astros win tonight with Verlander but Yankees take game 7. Dodgers/Yankees World Series would be great.  Just like the old days! 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on October 23, 2017, 02:23:39 am
I never thought I would see the day that the Cubs would make the NLCS 3 years in a row.

Congrats to the Dodgers, I still hope the Astros beat you in 7 games, but you earned it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: HognotinMemphis on November 13, 2017, 11:03:01 am
I never thought I would see the day that the Cubs would make the NLCS 3 years in a row.

Congrats to the Dodgers, I still hope the Astros beat you in 7 games, but you earned it.
Me either. But it finally has happened and in my lifetime too! I'm going back next year for more games at Wrigley. I can't believe it has been since 1989 that I was last at a Cubs game. Loved the experience in late Sept on last weekend of regular season.

Glad Astros beat the Dodgers. I don't give a dang about the Dodgers way out in California. Would much rather a team from Texas win it.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on November 15, 2017, 02:56:12 am
Me either. But it finally has happened and in my lifetime too! I'm going back next year for more games at Wrigley. I can't believe it has been since 1989 that I was last at a Cubs game. Loved the experience in late Sept on last weekend of regular season.

Glad Astros beat the Dodgers. I don't give a dang about the Dodgers way out in California. Would much rather a team from Texas win it.
I mean Texas is about tied with Cali for states I dislike, but I always had a soft spot for the Astros, and they have DK who is one of my favorite Razorbacks of all time. Another plus is I don't want to see the Dodgers win. I cant stand to see these teams that basically print money win.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: clutch on November 17, 2017, 05:57:16 am
I mean Texas is about tied with Cali for states I dislike, but I always had a soft spot for the Astros, and they have DK who is one of my favorite Razorbacks of all time. Another plus is I don't want to see the Dodgers win. I cant stand to see these teams that basically print money win.



Me either. Their payroll was $41M more than the second highest payroll last season.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on December 16, 2017, 12:58:41 pm
Manny Machado to the Cubs?

Not sure if that would happen.

Interesting article.....

http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/46311/why-cubs-should-make-addison-russell-for-manny-machado-blockbuster-deal (http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/46311/why-cubs-should-make-addison-russell-for-manny-machado-blockbuster-deal)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: southarkhog06 on December 18, 2017, 04:19:22 am
Me either. Their payroll was $41M more than the second highest payroll last season.
Looks like the Yankees are soaring back to the top as well,  :puke:
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Dropkick on February 10, 2018, 02:22:55 pm
DARVISH!
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on February 10, 2018, 02:43:11 pm
I really like the addition of Darvish to the rotation.

Even though he has been more of a six inning starter these days, this certainly does strengthen the Cubs World Series contender status.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on February 10, 2018, 05:08:10 pm
Tyler Chatwood (starter) and Brandon Morrow (closer) were both good additions as well this offseason.

Morrow kinda reminds me of Wade Davis.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on February 10, 2018, 11:34:28 pm
I was kind of hoping the Dodgers would resign Darvish but I knew it wouldn't happen as they are focusing on staying under the luxury tax cap so they can spend money on free agents next season, likely Bryce Harper and/or Kershaw who can opt out after 2018 season.  Darvish is a good pitcher who just blew up in the World series.  He will do well for the Cubs.  I know we will miss Morrow but 12M a year is too much for a setup guy for Jansen. 

You guys want Matt Kemp?  We are trying hard to move him but no takers! 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on February 12, 2018, 12:38:10 pm
I was kind of hoping the Dodgers would resign Darvish but I knew it wouldn't happen as they are focusing on staying under the luxury tax cap so they can spend money on free agents next season, likely Bryce Harper and/or Kershaw who can opt out after 2018 season.  Darvish is a good pitcher who just blew up in the World series.  He will do well for the Cubs.  I know we will miss Morrow but 12M a year is too much for a setup guy for Jansen. 

You guys want Matt Kemp?  We are trying hard to move him but no takers! 

It will be interesting to see where Harper ends up. A lot of money will be spent on that guy for sure.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on February 13, 2018, 11:54:29 am
According to FanGraphs’ projections, the Cubs now have the third-best rotation in the game....

https://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=SP (https://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=SP)

That represents a big improvement over last season, when the Cubs’ starters had slipped to 10th in the majors in WAR.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Tai_Mai_Shu on February 15, 2018, 03:00:43 pm
I was kind of hoping the Dodgers would resign Darvish but I knew it wouldn't happen as they are focusing on staying under the luxury tax cap so they can spend money on free agents next season, likely Bryce Harper and/or Kershaw who can opt out after 2018 season.  Darvish is a good pitcher who just blew up in the World series.  He will do well for the Cubs.  I know we will miss Morrow but 12M a year is too much for a setup guy for Jansen. 

You guys want Matt Kemp?  We are trying hard to move him but no takers! 

That  2018 class is loaded with Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and Josh Donaldson set to be available.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on February 17, 2018, 07:13:20 pm
The superteams

Houston Astros

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

New York Yankees

Chicago Cubs

Washington Nationals


The not-quite-elite

Boston Red Sox

St Louis Cardinals


Chasing the wild card

Arizona Diamondbacks

New York Mets

Los Angeles Angels

Minnesota Twins

San Francisco Giants

Seattle Mariners

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/22457017/mlb-stock-watch-superteams-enemies-boras-here-where-all-30-teams-stand (http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/22457017/mlb-stock-watch-superteams-enemies-boras-here-where-all-30-teams-stand)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on February 23, 2018, 02:33:40 pm
Good read....

“I don’t like to talk about other teams,” Indians manager Terry Francona said recently. “But those guys [the Cubs' front office] always get what they need. That is a good five-man rotation. I would love to face them in the World Series again.”

http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/46434/remember-2016-these-cubs-could-be-just-as-good (http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/46434/remember-2016-these-cubs-could-be-just-as-good)
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: ChicoHog on February 23, 2018, 04:55:39 pm
That  2018 class is loaded with Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and Josh Donaldson set to be available.
Charlie Blackmon is a stud and I'd love to have him join the dodgers but I wish he would shave that ugly beard! 
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: DZ on March 29, 2018, 12:03:22 pm
Cubs Ian Happ Homers on first pitch of the 2018 season!

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=22955580
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Tai_Mai_Shu on March 29, 2018, 12:18:52 pm
Cubs Ian Happ Homers on first pitch of the 2018 season!

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=22955580

Beautiful
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on July 16, 2018, 12:08:58 pm
The Cubs got off to a slow start this year, but battled back very strong even with some injuries and finished 13 - 4 during their last 17 going into the break.

Pitching is still a concern to me.

The hitting is deep and Baez is the current Cub that is on fire with Rizzo and Schwarber playing very well the last 3 weeks or so.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on September 29, 2018, 06:02:28 pm
Interesting final weekend of the season in the NL central.

Cubs lost to the Cardinals today. Couple that with a Brewers win tonight and there's a tie for first place in the central division and a tie for the best record in the national league. The Brewers are for real.

There very well may be a tiebreaker game Monday for the central division title between the Cubs and Brewers.

Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on September 29, 2018, 06:57:18 pm
The Cardinals are officially eliminated from the playoffs after the Dodgers win tonight.

Heartbreaking for the Cardinals. They had a remarkable turnaround this year. They deserve to be in the playoffs, imo.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on September 30, 2018, 10:31:35 pm
We have two playoff games tomorrow, with the losers playing each other in another playoff game.  MLB, it’s fantastic!

Go Cubs!

Braves may be the winners in all of this by getting some rest.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Biggus Piggus on October 01, 2018, 01:39:24 pm
It is 1-1 in the sixth, Cubs-Brewers.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 01, 2018, 04:57:57 pm
Tied for the best record in the national league and now a one-game playoff to make the playoffs.  Just doesn’t make any sense.  Exciting though.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Tai_Mai_Shu on October 02, 2018, 08:36:52 am
Tied for the best record in the national league and now a one-game playoff to make the playoffs.  Just doesn’t make any sense.  Exciting though.

Yep it's a shame but it is what it is. Hopefully they take care of the Rockies tonight.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 02, 2018, 11:36:38 pm
It’s okay.  Rockies and Cubs will hug it out.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 03, 2018, 08:03:21 pm
Offense shockingly silent.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 03, 2018, 08:34:09 pm
Offense shockingly silent.

2 runs over 22 innings at Wrigley.  Not too shocking.  It’s a potent offense but I think we were 2nd in the majors with games of 1 run or less.  With no speed it’s a bit feast or famine.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on October 03, 2018, 10:01:13 pm
Bullpen was a letdown, also.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Pulled(PP)pork on October 04, 2018, 02:05:14 am
have taken a seat right next to the cardinals at the bar, to watch the series yet again, bwhahahahahahaha



PP
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Tai_Mai_Shu on October 04, 2018, 09:06:22 am
Well now I can turn my attention to the Bears or Bulls haha
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: hog.goblin on October 04, 2018, 10:34:40 am
Well now I can turn my attention to the Bears or Bulls haha

Unfortunately it’s a bye week.  But I can’t remember the last time the Bears two games above .500 - had to be Trestman’s first year.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on October 06, 2018, 05:27:14 pm
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cubs make some changes this winter. I think they will go after Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. They will land one of them. I think it will be Harper.

One or more of the core guys from that 2016 championship team (not Bryant, Rizzo or Baez) will be gone, imo.

Should be a busy offseason.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Tai_Mai_Shu on April 05, 2019, 09:42:41 am
Bullpen is struggling big time. I didn't realize Craig Kimbrel is a free agent. Sign him up.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on April 05, 2019, 03:20:55 pm
Bullpen is struggling big time. I didn't realize Craig Kimbrel is a free agent. Sign him up.

The Cubs have said they are out of money.

LOL
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Bigfoot on April 12, 2019, 11:07:54 pm
Don't look now, but the Cubs have won 2 in a row and are now only 3 games out of 1st place.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: TheRazorback500 on April 26, 2019, 03:43:10 pm
I thought Bote was on parental leave. I noticed he played a couple days ago.
Title: Re: Cubs
Post by: Tai_Mai_Shu on October 02, 2019, 02:34:23 pm
Well season is official over. I read an article saying who might be back and who will be gone. I think I saw Bryant, Almora, Russell, and Hamels will all probably be gone. Rizzo, Beat, Willy, Schwaber, and Haywerd looks like the mainstay.