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NLDS Game Four Recap: Nationals 5, Cubs 0

What You Need to Know: After over 24 hours of confusion, hand wringing, and conspiracy theories about mold and cold hotel rooms, Stephen Strasburg finally got the call to pitch Game Four for the Nats. And did he pitch. The Cubs’ hitters looked helpless against the righty’s curveball the first time around and his changeup […]

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Second City October: NLDS Game Four, Nationals (1-2) at Cubs (2-1)

The Cubs have an opportunity to wrap up this instantly classic series on Tuesday evening after snatching a victory from the clutches of Max Scherzer on Monday. The Cubs need only win one of the next two games, and they have their first crack at a clinch at Wrigley Field with Jake Arrieta on the […]

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Kyle Hendricks: Ace

Following a sterling start versus St. Louis to close out his 2017 regular season, Kyle Hendricks once again dropped his career ERA below three. It was his 100th career appearance and his 99th career start, and it brought his season ERA to 3.03. A year removed from an ERA title and a third-place Cy Young […]

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Rise of the Role Players

Heading into the All-Star break, the Cubs were two games under .500 and 5.5 games behind first place. How did the defending World Series champions end up in such a place? It wasn’t the two big boppers—Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo had .928 and .894 OPS marks, respectively. Rather, it was a combination of inconsistent […]