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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 […]

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Second City October: They’re Back, Baby

This piece, written by BP Wrigleyville’s Isaac Bennett, forms part of our in-house coverage of the Cubs in the playoffs, “Second City October.” Additional Game Four coverage can be found here. The Cubs entered tonight’s Game 4 of the National League Championship Series in a familiar position. Last year against the Cardinals, they needed to […]

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Playoff Prospectus: Arrieta’s Slider, Cubs’ Bats Go Missing

The piece previewed here, written by Baseball Prospectus’s Matt Trueblood, 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 wasn’t really a bad pitch that Jake Arrieta threw to Yasmani Grandal. He’d certainly […]

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Playoff Prospectus: The Bold and the Beautiful

The piece previewed here, written by BP Wrigleyvilles Editor-in-Chief Rian Watt, forms part of the main site’s comprehensive coverage of the playoffs, “Playoff Prospectus.” Additional Game Two coverage, exclusive to BP Wrigleyville, can be found here, under the name “Second City October”. The last time two starting pitchers with ERAs this low faced off in […]

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Second City October: Kershaw Draws the Dodgers Even

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 Two coverage can be found here. When most starting pitchers throw a side session, it doesn’t involve securing the final two outs in Game 5 of a Division Series, but […]

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Ghosts and Pinch-Hit Grand Slams

The piece previewed here, written by Baseball Prospectus’s Meg Rowley, forms part of the main site’s comprehensive coverage of the playoffs, “Playoff Prospectus.” Additional Game One coverage, exclusive to BP Wrigleyville, can be found here, under the name “Second City October”. The Cubs and Dodgers kicked off the NLCS last night, and be honest, you thought […]

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Second City October: Miggy Makes ‘Em Pay

This piece, written by BP Wrigleyville’s Editor-in-Chief Rian Watt,  forms part of our in-house coverage of the Cubs in the playoffs, “Second City October.” Additional Game One coverage can be found here. The 2016 Chicago Cubs posted a Park-Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (PADE) score of 6.38, which is both tremendously good, when considered in absolute terms—it means the team converted balls […]

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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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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 […]