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The Chicago Cubs Bullpen: way more reliable than you thought they were

Bullpens are a little bit like NFL kickers: the screen time is minimal, the glory only as deep as your last appearance, and you're mostly ignored...unless you screw it up. For the last month, the Chicago Cubs bullpen hasn't been screwing it up. In June, the Cubs bullpen has pitched the 4th most innings in the majors (82.1), but has given up the second fewest runs (15). That works out to a sparkling 1.42 ERA ...

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The Anatomy of a Deadline Deal

Last week, I received an email from a friend who wanted to know what I thought of the Peavy deal: “I'm trying to figure out if the Peavy deal was fair, or if we just (screwed up) by giving him away for a bunch of guys with unproven potential.” As I began to type out an answer, I kept stopping as I thought of more and more variables that played into this particular situation. Eventually, I just wrote back “T ...

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Garza Dealt, What’s Next for White Sox, Peavy

Monday afternoon the Cubs dealt star pitcher, Matt Garza, to the Texas Rangers. This move should have come as no shock to Cubs or Ranger fans alike as Texas and the North Siders had been courting each other for weeks trying to work out a deal. When that deal was made, it caused quite a stir among baseball circles . Jeff Passan said via twitter that the Rangers probably upped their offer at the last minute d ...

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Breaking Down the Suitors for Matt Garza

Multiple baseball writers have already said what has been expected for a while, which is that Matt Garza will be traded this week. The most sought after starting pitcher on the market has many teams looking at him, and the Cubs front office is selling high on him. As the days go by, the price goes up, and it is understandable that the Cubs want to trade him sooner rather than later because they had a deal w ...

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Brew Crew falters, Cubs take advantage and rare series win 7-2

Milwaukee made mistakes, Chicago made them pay. Dioner Navarro and company made sure not to waste away any errors committed by the Brewers nor the brilliant performance from Matt Garza. The pitcher and catcher combo took care of business from the get-go with fastball control. Garza brought the heat early and his command prevented Milwaukee from collecting a hit until the fourth. They were shut out until the ...

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Blown save spoils Garza’s shutout, Mets walk off with win 4-3

Cubs were set up to complete their first road sweep of the Mets since 1991, “set up” being the key phrase. 8 innings of shutout baseball going into the ninth, 2 homers and 4 runs coming out. It seemed to be in the bag as the Cubs got ahead early with great hitting from Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro in the first against Mets starter Jeremy Hefner. Alfonso Soriano put the Cubs on the board 1-0 knocking in ...

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Garza’s welcome back party crashed by bullpen and a slam, lose opener to Pirates 5-4

Matt Garza was back in blue and dealing. But what happened when he handed his beauty of an outing over to the pen? Well, we had the reoccurring nightmare we seem to experience too much of. Tonight and to the day, Garza came back from a ten-month hiatus. His elbow problems finally did subside and was expected at season’s open but was kept on the DL with a lat strain to his left side he incurred during spring ...

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Cubs Season Preview: Starting Pitching

Before I started on the season previews, I wrote an article on the outlook of the Cubs rotation. Since that covered almost everything, this will just provide updates as well as a new prediction on the rotation. Scott Baker- Baker was the Cubs first signing of the off season, and he is a low risk, high reward pitcher, the type that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer love to gamble on. Baker put together a few nice y ...

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The Cubs Top Fantasy Players in 2013

Unfortunately for Cubs faithful, 2013 doesn’t have the most promising of outlooks. As the rebuilding project continues, us Northsiders need distractions to make the 162-game season seem, well, not as soul-crushingly long. Is ‘soul-crushingly’ even a word? It is now. The good news is that fantasy baseball exists, and is there to help all fans, from the fair-weather to the die-hard, get through another potent ...

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Breaking Down a Potential Trade for David Price

  Last Thursday, I wrote about the moves the Cubs have made over the last 12 months and took a look at some moves going forward with their rebuilding process. I really went to an extreme, formulating a deal for Giancarlo Stanton (which was, in retrospect, a complete joke) and envisioning a free agency signing of Hanley Ramirez. One of the more believable potential trades I mentioned was for Tampa Bay’s ...

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