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Second City October: NLCS Game Five, The Climb

In what was likely Jake Arrieta’s final start as a Cub, he managed to stave off elimination for one more day. It was a fitting sendoff for a guy whose last four years have rivaled Greg Maddux’s best four years with the Cubs. Without Javier Baez’s pair of dingers and leaping catch on an errant […]

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Things That Scare Me; Things That Don’t

Being something resembling a serious analyst essentially requires an immediate surrendering of your “fan card.” It is for good reason, as fans tend to see things through their own biased lenses, failing to care about rational analysis during emotional moments. At BP Wrigleyville, the majority—but not the entirety—of the staff are Cubs fans. We aren’t […]

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Playoff Prospectus: The Lions In Winter—NLCS Game 4

This piece is a preview of a larger recap of the game, by BP’s Jeffrey Paternostro, which first appeared on the Baseball Prospectus main site as part of their “Playoff Prospectus” series. Sadly, it will be the last of its kind involving the Cubs in 2015. We hope you enjoy. Or, at least, don’t cry. Every […]

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That Wasn’t the Measure of the Experience—Game 171 Recap: Mets 8 Cubs 3

There’s a scene in an episode of The West Wing, from Season Four. A good friend of President Bartlet’s administration, Karen Kroft, recently lost a heartbreakingly close election to keep her seat in Congress, and Communications Director Toby Ziegler is trying (more or less) to apologize for that. He’s trying to convince her that her ouster was the […]

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Playoff Prospectus: The Cubs Have a Running Problem — NLCS Game Three

This piece, by BP Wrigleyville’s Editor-in-Chief Sahadev Sharma, first appeared at the Baseball Prospectus main site and is available free for all to enjoy. We’ve posted a sneak preview here. The Cubs bullpen, which has been stout this postseason, gave up three runs. The offense, a group that carried them in the second half, was once […]