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Game 60 Recap: Cubs 3, Pirates 1

What  You Need To Know: When a team gets really rolling, it doesn’t win every game by 10 (unless it’s 2016). A rolling team can methodically rack up wins and surge up the standings, though. That’s what the Cubs are doing at the moment. Mike Montgomery did more floating like a butterfly than stinging like a bee […]

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Spreading The Love: The Cubs and Plate Appearances

There’s certainly a lot that’s unique about the Cubs. For three years now, we’ve wondered how the Cubs will cram in ABs for all the players they have. And generally, it’s worked itself out. While we complain about teams having three- or four-man benches these days thanks to bloated bullpens and injuries and a terror […]

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Game 58 Recap: Phillies 3, Cubs 4

What You Need To Know: Ride the Chatwood Snake (are we still doing phrasing?). You’ve seen this start before. Tyler Chatwood is so bad it’s good, like pizza or comedy (or other stuff). He walked seven while getting 14 outs, but because he was so all over the place the Phillies couldn’t zero in on anything […]

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The Báez Needle

You don’t need me to tell you what a unique player Javy Báez is. There are things he does that we simply haven’t seen before—from turning tagging a runner from mundane activity into water cooler discussion, to his baserunning instincts, to this. He’s what happens when you have a point guard on a baseball field, while […]