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Second City October: NLDS Recap—Cubs Advance to Second Consecutive NLCS

I feel the dread creeping in. It starts around the edges, like a foot slipping out from under a blanket on a cold night, the frigidity not gripping you completely but letting you know it’s there. It’s a familiar feeling, too: the frustrating boringness of the 2007 and 2008 National League Division Series, the resignation […]

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Playoff Prospectus: RIP, Even Year Magic

The piece previewed here, written by BP Wrigleyville’s Henry Druschel, forms part of the main site’s comprehensive coverage of the playoffs, “Playoff Prospectus.” Additional Game Four coverage, exclusive to BP Wrigleyville, can be found here, under the name “Second City October”. For eight innings, this was a boring game. It’s playoff baseball, so there’s a pretty high […]

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Second City October: Mike Montgomery’s Brilliance Not To Be Missed

October makes everything about baseball feel big, and nothing more so than emotions. We live for the big moments—the emotional highs and lows—and so the playoffs can be a time during which quiet, sturdy performances get easily overlooked. They shouldn’t be. And left-handed long relievers and spot starters are not usually the glamour players, but Cubs lefty […]

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Playoff Prospectus: Put Away Your Brooms

The piece previewed here, written by BP Wrigleyville’s Clarissa Young, forms part of the main site’s comprehensive coverage of the playoffs, “Playoff Prospectus.” Additional Game Three coverage, exclusive to BP Wrigleyville, can be found here, under the name “Second City October”. It was supposed to be a pitchers’ duel, and at the very beginning, there was a […]

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Second City October: NLDS Game Three Preview, Cubs (2-0) at Giants (0-2)

It has become something of a perverse given to grant the Giants this game. Not because the numbers play out in San Francisco’s favor particularly heavily, but because the playoffs inspire such a concentrated focus on intangibles, so it is assumed that Madison Bumgarner will simply toss another complete game shutout and salvage his team’s season for at […]

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Second City October: The State of the Series

This piece, written by BP Wrigleyville’s Zack Moser,  forms part of our in-house coverage of the Cubs in the playoffs, “Second City October.” For more on Game Two, read Nate Greabe’s recap. Additional  playoff coverage will be found on BP Wrigleyville throughout the week. “He shall from time to time give to the Cubs Faithful information to the […]