NL Central


Should Kyle Schwarber really be the Cubs’ DH in the World Series?

The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber started off his sophomore season the way no player wants to start any season. In the third game of the season at the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field, Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL – both imperative ligaments in the knee – in an outfield collision with centerfielder Dexter Fowler. The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season and thus far, the Cubs’ entire playoff run to the World Series. You can watch the injury as it happened back in April below: Yes, it most certainly wasn’t pretty and it was a huge […]

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OTD in Baseball History: Cubs’ Curse!

This day is an HUGE one in the history of Major League Baseball. It is the day that the Chicago Cubs were officially cursed.  A man named William Sianis brought his goat, Murphy, to Wrigley Field to watch game four of the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Murphy’s stench was bothering the fans surrounding William “Billy Goat” Sianis. They were eventually forced to leave in the fourth inning, even though Sianis had bought two box seats – one for him and one for Murphy. Needless to say, Sianis was not pleased. There are different accounts […]


A’s should take a look at Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez for 2017 1

Recently I wrote that the Oakland A’s were fairly set for next season, that they wouldn’t have much room left on the roster to go after more than one, perhaps two, free agents. Yet they do have a piece or two missing and it couldn’t hurt to bring in another veteran to support two-time all-star catcher Stephen Vogt in teaching the new young A’s team how to navigate playing everyday in the major leagues. The A’s could use another power bat. Even with rookies ready to help out in the outfield, designated hitter position and at first base, the A’s […]

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Yasiel Puig, Ryan Braun

Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move for both clubs in offseason

Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]


Issues with the Brewers starting pitching and where they may find help

It’s pretty obvious simply looking at the list of eight pitchers who have started for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 that quite a few things weren’t quite right. While some teams have used more than eight starting pitchers this season, it’s still a number most clubs would rather not have to see. Moreover, every single pitcher that has started for the Brewers in 2016 has been a right-hander. While it’s not too common to hear of lefty-heavy starting rotations which usually indicates that three to possibly four of the starters being left-handed, it’s a bit more rare to find a […]


old friends bracket, round two, quarterfinals

Vote here for TKB’s All-Old Friends Teams Bracket!

Today’s Knuckleball’s All-Old Friends’ Teams Bracket Here at Today’s Knuckle (well, actually here being summarized on BBST!) we were each asked to build a team. There were criteria for this team and they are as follows: Each team is made up of a lineup (no DH), 5 starting pitchers and three relief pitchers To be eligible for the team a player must have played at least one game with the organization at any level. Players did not have to have played in a MLB game to be eligible. Players were not eligible for their current teams, but were eligible for an […]


This may be the most improbable hit you will ever see! (Video)

Thursday’s game between AL Central rivals the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals was drama filled up through the 11 innings it took for them to play it. The Cardinals struck in the first on a  single to right by Yadier Molina who plated Matt Holliday. It was the third straight single allowed in the first by Jon Lester who’d already allowed one each to Holliday and Brandon Moss. The Cardinals added on in the sixth on a monster solo-shot by Moss making the score 2-0 but the Cubs came back to score three of their own in the […]

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Khris Davis, trade, Nottingham

Khris Davis deal was a good one for Athletics

Back in mid-February, the Oakland A’s traded their top pitching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor leaguer Bubba Derby to the Milwaukee Brewers for left fielder Khris Davis. At the time there were many who questioned the trade for the A’s. They didn’t have much catching depth at the time and it was believed that Nottingham was going to be the team’s catcher of the future. Davis on the other hand was believed to be a decent left fielder without a very powerful arm and was supposedly a bit of a streaky hitter with some power. It seemed like the A’s […]


Aaron Brooks or Arismendy Alcantara: Who’s a better fit for the A’s?

Brooks or Alcantara? In a surprise move, the Oakland Athletics sent 31-year-old veteran utility man Chris Coghlan back to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 24-year-old prospective utility man Arismendy Alcantara. Alcantara entered the professional baseball as an infielder but has been successful at all three outfield positions along with multiple infield positions. The A’s acquired Coghlan from the Cubs on February 25 in exchange for right-hander Aaron Brooks. As a member of the Cubs, Coghlan hit .250 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 148 games. Considered a “Ben Zobrist type” utility player (as is Alcantara), Coghlan spent time […]

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Trevor Story, hazelbaker, takeaways

You’ve heard the “Story” but have you heard of White & Hazelbaker? 1

You’ve heard the “Story” but have you heard of White and Hazelbaker? I decided I couldn’t be the only writer/blogger/columnist on the internet who just somehow skipped over the “Story” of the season. Being mostly assigned to the A’s and AL West, Trevor Story isn’t exactly within my jurisdiction, so to speak. But for those of you who may not be as obsessed with baseball as I am or else have been living under a rock Trevor Story is the Colorado Rockies’ new young shortstop. We may never have seen the 23-year-old Story become the biggest story of the young […]