Chicago Cubs


Jose Quintana was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs
Over the offseason the Chicago White Sox loaded up on prospects when they traded their star ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. Since then, baseball has been waiting for the team to trade their next best starter after Sale, Jose Quintana. It was never a question of “if” but a question of “when, where and for how much.” Thursday morning, those questions were, somewhat shockingly, all answered. The Chicago White Sox made a big trade with their crosstown rivals the Chicago Cubs. The trade seems like a fair one, but […]

Crosstown rivals CAN make a trade! Cubs, White Sox make ...


World Series Game Recaps
World Series Game Recaps but first a discussion on how to know who you are really rooting for! Well this may be a little mundane but what kind of baseball person/writer/fan would I be without keeping track of the World Series games, especially this World Series. It is historic.  Two teams, both with long World Series droughts, are fighting it out for the top spot in all of baseball.  I don’t know about you but I find it hard to not root for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs already broke a curse simply making it to the Fall Classic and […]

World Series Game Recaps & the conundrum of who to ...


Schwarber
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 […]

Should Kyle Schwarber really be the Cubs’ DH in the ...



division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 National League Championship Series Ok, I understand I am a bit late to post this in a seven game series but with the ALCS moving so fast, I figured the National League Championship Series, no matter how exciting it has been, had to wait until today. Since pretty much the entire world already knows about Games 1 and 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers due to all the action, I’m just going to quickly recap the highlights of both games. Beginning with Game 3 things will be back to […]

National League Championship: recaps & analysis from each game: Cubs ...


division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 Division Series Coverage Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my daily coverage of both the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jay and the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs!! Here’s the deal on each Division Series after the conclusion of each day’s Division Series games**:  ALDS:  Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers (*the @ sign signifies the team with home field with advantage): Game 1: Toronto 10, Texas 1 – Texas ace LHP Cole Hamels got hammered by the Blue Jays’ lineup – […]

2016 Division Series: daily recaps & updates – Final Update! ...


friday
As was predicted it was a pitcher’s duel of almost epic proportions in New York on Wednesday night. Madison Bumgarner out pitched Thor, aka Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets, but just barely. With their closer, Jeurys Familia, in in the top of the ninth inning with the score still stuck at nothing all an unlikely hero emerged for the San Francisco Giants. Infielder, and not everyday player, Conor Gillaspie launched a three run home run off of Familia. Gillaspie was just a fill in for the night taking over for Eduardo Nunez who hasn’t played since September 25, […]

Giants advance with help from unlikely hero, Four Division Series ...



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 […]

OTD in Baseball History: Cubs’ Curse!


improbable hit
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 […]

This may be the most improbable hit you will ever ...


lineup, sweep, free agent contract, Josh Reddick
I recently discussed reasons why the Oakland A’s should keep veteran starting pitcher Rich Hill around, despite the left-hander’s age and the limited number of good starting pitchers on the trade market this year. With a plethora of teams in desperate need of starting pitching in order to take their season into October, Hill could easily bring in a good return, such as a contending team’s top prospect or prospects. However, as noted, it appears to be in the A’s best interest to try and work out an extension with Hill. He appears to want to remain with the Athletics, and they […]

The time to shop Josh Reddick is now



Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
As the trade deadline approaches, the consensus among most baseball insiders and experts is that the options for contenders who need starting pitching are slim-pickings. Two of the main potential candidates are from the Oakland Athletics in Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Hill being the most likely to be traded to a team that needs a great starter in order to play deep into October. But what if the A’s were to hold onto both pitchers? It certainly wouldn’t make the many, many teams interested in Hill very happy. But who says that the A’s may not surprise everyone? Usually, […]

Should the A’s really trade Rich Hill?


Arismendy Alcantara
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 […]

Aaron Brooks or Arismendy Alcantara: Who’s a better fit for ...


takeaways
Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 8 Well, I’m a day late but I still made my commitment to do something not published elsewhere for my  blog! LOL! Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time. ( If I did do a post on an […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 8