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Player Profile: Justin Wilson

Position: Left-handed Relief Pitcher 2017 Stats: 58.0 IP, 3.41 ERA/3.37 FIP/4.70 DRA, 90 cFIP, 12.4 K/9, 0.3 WARP Year in Review: The above stat line actually tells you almost nothing about Justin Wilson’s 2017 season, which started with promise in Detroit and ended with struggles in Chicago. Here’s how the performances looked when broken out by team: Detroit: 40.3 IP, […]

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What the Heck Is Going On: A Quick Look Ahead at the NLCS

Whew. If you’re reading this, the Cubs (somehow, barely, and very questionably) did what they needed to do against a great, great Nationals team after a great, great series. And now it’s Friday, and we’re all guzzling coffee, rubbing our eyes, and wondering what’s next. For the Los Angeles Dodgers, once again the Cubs’ NLCS […]

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Second City October: NLDS Game Two, Cubs (1-0) at Nationals (0-1)

The Cubs and Kyle Hendricks stole Game One from a dominant Stephen Strasburg, which makes winning Game Two a bit less desperate. Strictly speaking, the Cubs already got their one required win in Washington, and this is not a must-win game. That’s a boring way of thinking, though, and today the Cubs are in position […]

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The Seventh Inning Stretch and the Danger of Eroding Fandom

Last night, the Cubs invited Dan Katz, a.k.a. “Big Cat” of Barstool Sports—an often misogynist, retrograde, and undeniably popular entertainment site—to sing the seventh inning stretch. Though they ended up somewhat downplaying it and pairing Katz with radio announcer Ron Coomer (it was unclear if that had been the plan all along, or if they called […]