Second City October: Pitchers Who Rake and Bullpens That Rock

This piece, written by BP Wrigleyville’s Nate Greabe,  forms part of our in-house coverage of the Cubs in the playoffs, “Second City October.” Additional Game Two and NLDS coverage can be found here and here. Early on, this game felt familiar. All the same things that made the Cubs good all year worked in first few innings. The […]


Second City October: NLDS Game Two Preview, Giants (0-1) at Cubs (1-0)

I’m tempted to lead this preview with Things We Learned From Game One, but baseball doesn’t really work like that. Johnny Cueto is really good; Jon Lester is really, really good; Kelby Tomlinson wears glasses and has a weird name; Javy Baez hits some sweet dingers. (For a somewhat less pithy recap, check out Henry […]


Second City October: What I Am, You Will Be—The Giants Meet the Cubs

Is 2016 richer in intriguing potential playoff series than previous years have been? It certainly seems like it, even without intriguing, now-impossible series like Nationals-Orioles or Cubs-Mets (the 1969 pennant race redux). Already, with Rangers-Blue Jays, we have a rematch of a highly charged playoff from last year, with bad blood spilling into the current season. […]