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Second City October: NLCS Recap—Cubs Advance To The World Series

71 years have passed between the Cubs’ last appearance in the World Series, and their latest, which will begin on Tuesday. A full, productive and (relatively) happy life could have been lived in between these two events. The Anno Catuli counter has another set of zeros on the sign this morning, and employers throughout Chicagoland rejoice at […]

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Second City October: State of the Series—Here We Are Again

This series needed a laugher, didn’t it? For the first several innings of Game Five on Thursday night, it appeared that Kenta Maeda might stymie the Cubs’ bats just long enough to bridge the gap to the overworked bullpen. After he slipped the grip of a tense second inning, you would have been forgiven if […]

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Playoff Prospectus: Lessons Learned and Bullpens Burned

The piece previewed here, written by Baseball Prospectus’s Trevor Strunk, forms part of the main site’s comprehensive coverage of the playoffs, “Playoff Prospectus.” Additional Game Five coverage, exclusive to BP Wrigleyville, can be found here, under the name “Second City October”. The Cubs have had a not-so-quiet concern this postseason, an unsure refrain that has been […]

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Second City October: On The Brink

This piece, written by BP Wrigleyville’s Clarissa Young, forms part of our in-house coverage of the Cubs in the playoffs, “Second City October.” Additional Game Five coverage can be found here. With the series tied 2-2, the Dodgers entered Thursday night’s contest armed with a handful of strategies designed to tip the scales and trigger an […]