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I'm a writer and a musician who happens to have a great affinity for Chicago sports. www.briandaviswriting.com

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Chicago Cubs: Weighing the first year of Jon Lester

Six years. $155 million. The opening salvo of Chicago Cubs contention was fired when Theo Epstein and company signed old pal Jon Lester to the above offseason mega-deal, and the first year of that deal has been, meh, alright. The Cubs' current 94-65 record makes pessimism easier to stash in your back pocket for another day. Winning does cure everything, and "everything" includes bloated contracts and the pl ...

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Chicago Cubs: Jake Arrieta for Cy Young?

If there's an argument for Jake Arrieta winning the National League Cy Young award over Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, the argument is rooted in weighing consistency over localized periods of dominance. Greinke has been electric all season. His 1.65 ERA speaks directly to that. Somehow, Greinke has been so consistently dominant that he is the "boring" pick for the Cy Young. Greinke hit rock botto ...

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Aces wild: Top of rotation saving Chicago Cubs magical season

We Chicago Cubs fans have the slight propensity to go absolutely bonkers at just about everything. Two wins in row? "World. Series." Two losses in a row? "They'll probably never win another game in my lifetime." It's fun, but tiring doesn't begin to describe it. The 2015 Cubs have been beyond fun. I would be willing to bet that there are countless Cubs fans who would describe 2015 as the most fun they've ev ...

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The Chicago Cubs march to October and the inevitable collapse

Chicago Cubs fans are conditioned to expect the worst. Seriously, it's a disease --a disease that will only be cured, as it was for the Boston Red Sox, with a World Series victory.  That disease is currently keeping a hopeful Cubs nation at bay --that and the possibility of everything coming to a screeching halt via the one-game wildcard playoff. Even as the Cubs enjoy a 9 1/2 game lead over the San Francis ...

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Chicago Cubs: One road trip to rule them all

If the Chicago Cubs have any real thoughts of making a run at the NL Central division title --a long shot on a good day-- then it has to start today (Labor Day) when they open up a three-game series in St. Louis against the rival Cardinals, who just lost two-of-three to the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, meaning they aren't due to lose again until about October 1. The Cubs have their work cut out for them. Now ...

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Chicago Cubs: Five questions for the stretch run

Were it not for the gross uncertainty that a one-game wildcard playoff presents, the excitement around the 2015 Chicago Cubs would be astronomically higher. For as excited as Cubdom is over the explosive 76-57 record, there seems to be a slight hesitation to that excitement --a hesitation fueled by the uneasy thought that no matter how magical this run may be, it could all end, at the hands of the Pittsburg ...

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Javier Baez, Tsuyoshi Wada among Chicago Cubs first wave of September call-ups

On the eve of the September call-ups, the Chicago Cubs announced that four players would join the team straight away on September 1. They include infielder Javier Baez, outfielder Quintin Berry, and pitchers Tsuyoshi Wada and Trevor Cahill. Baez is the most intriguing name. After hitting .169/.227/.324 with the Cubs in 2014, and sending warning lights into the stratosphere, Baez has put up exceptional numbe ...

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Chicago Cubs: Let’s talk about Fernando Rodney

And because Jason Motte got hurt and Rafael Soriano fizzled (and got hurt), Fernando Rodney is the latest "I-used-to-be-awesome-but-now-I'm-kind-of-not" pitcher to be signed by the Chicago Cubs in hopes of aiding the bullpen down the stretch. The question, as it is for all trades of this nature, is whether or not the 38-year-old Rodney has anything left. Rodney's 2015 numbers suggest he does not. In 54 appe ...

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Chicago Cubs: Rotation questions continue to linger into September

No matter which way you cut the proverbial pie, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper perhaps said it best: the position the Cubs currently find themselves in is "enviable." They're situated 5 1/2 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card, even finding themselves in striking distance of the wild card-leading Pittsburgh Pirates (and miracle-run distance of the division leading St. Louis ...

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Chicago Cubs: Jorge Soler and Jason Motte to DL; Tommy La Stella called up

And just like that, half the Chicago Cubs roster is hurt. Not really, but on a day that saw the Cubs sweep away the Atlanta Braves for their fourth --fourth!-- four-game series sweep of the season, there was little report of anything negative out of the North Side beyond groin tightness for shortstop Addison Russell --resulting in a "day-to-day" diagnosis. It turns out Russell's injury was the least concern ...

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