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Brett and Sahadev talk about some holes exposed during a recent slump and moves that could help alleviate those issues.
Brett and Sahadev talk roster management, a struggling offense, and the trade deadline.
Brett and Sahadev look back on the first half, voice both concerns and optimism for the second half, and discuss what type of moves could help.
Brett and Sahadev talk about the Cubs turning the tables on the Cards.
After a wonderful podcast gets erased and lost to the world, Brett and Sahadev quickly re-record and go over the Cubs offensive struggles and more. The Cubs are in the midst of a five-game losing streak that has exposed a weakness. Are there more pressing needs? They certainly have the right talent evaluators to make the decision.
The Cubs are entering a very crucial part of the season. They’ve wrapped up one of the tougher stretches of play that they’ll likely face all season, and despite entering Tuesday on a five-game losing skid, things aren’t as bad as they appear. Yes, the losing stretch exposed some of their holes, but that may turn out to be a good thing. If they can stay afloat through the All-Star break as the team gets healthy, these recent missteps could help guide the front office as they decide what weaknesses need to be addressed and in what way—via trade, just getting healthy, or by supplementing the roster through the minor leagues.
“Any time you can improve from within, that’s the best and most efficient way to get better,” Theo Epstein told reporters a few days before his team started its current losing stretch. “You can’t always count on that, but if you can improve from within—and we know we have a manager and coaching staff that help our players relax and play their best, so we can continue developing in the big leagues. That’s always beneficial to improve the organization from within. It doesn’t mean you stop considering what may help us improve from the outside.”
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Brett and Sahadev talk about depth issues and the rare opportunities they have to go to the movies.
Brett and Sahadev talk Cubs offense, Kyle Schwarber, hacking, T-ball, and give some random play-by-play.
Brett and Sahadev talk about the Cubs draft, Jon Lester, and words that have dirty words in them. Jason Hammel disappointed with the A's, but seems to have returned to his winning ways with the Cubs
If you’re a follower of the Cubs, you’re aware that this season has been a bit of an up-and-down experience. After a six-game winning streak in mid-May, which took them to a season-high six games over .500, the Cubs have gone 7–9, with the offense being the biggest culprit for their struggles. In seven of those nine losses they’ve scored three or fewer runs, and actually did so in five of their seven victories, too. To get those seven wins, it’s clear the Cubs have had some nice pitching performances, and for the most part, that’s come from the starters.
When most hear that the Cubs' starting pitching is leading the way of late, they're likely to point to
, he of the seven-year, $155 million contract signed last December. His spiffy 1.76 Jon Lester in May certainly has helped the Cubs stay afloat during this last month, but he also is the owner of essentially 0 pitcher ERA (the new version, based on WARP ), dead last for this current rotation group. DRA has a 3.04 ERA, a 26.6 percent strikeout rate, a 5 percent walk rate, and a strong 1.2 Jake Arrieta . PWARP has been impressive since joining the rotation (while not much of an innings-eater, he’s put up a 2.30 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings in his three starts) and Tsuyoshi Wada has been better of late. Kyle Hendricks Read the full article...
Brett and Sahadev talk Jorge Soler's injury and the different scenarios of how the Cubs may go about filling that hole in the lineup.
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June 3, 2015 6:00 am
What we talk about when we talk about hack summaries written by editors about Kyle Schwarber articles, or: what are the larger issues in play?
I don't want to spend a long time walking through
's story with you. Rob Neyer did good work Kyle Schwarber recounting it Monday. The bullet points, to establish the topic at hand: