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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    And anyone waiting for the Brewers to start losing, I have bad news for you… They have a 3-game series against the Reds who’ve been playing really well lately. Then they have 10 straight against the putrid Rockies and D-Backs.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    The National League playoff race is going to be brutal this year. Since they expanded the playoffs in 2012, no NL team with at least 89 wins has missed the playoffs. It’s quite possible that a team with 92 or 93 wins will be shut out this year because of how bad the East and the bottom of the...
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Gant has been threatening to uncork an inning like that all year.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    I’m hoping the 8-1 record so far against SD and LA ends the whole, “It doesn’t matter if they win the division because they can’t beat the good teams in the playoffs,” narrative.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    The Cubs are not all that lucky in 1-run games... 12-9, which is actually a worse winning percentage than in the rest of their games. They've exceeded their win expectancy by 1 game, which is probably statistically irrelevant and might even be a little unlucky if you subscribe to the theory...
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    I went into this tough stretch in June thinking they’d be in great shape if they went 14-12. Getting off to a 3-0 start is a real nice way to begin.
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    Coaching Carousel

    The Indiana fans predicting that Brad Stevens wouldn’t make it to next year as the Celtics’ head coach were right. Stevens promoted to Celtics President after Danny Ainge retires.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    As good as the bullpen has been, a huge part of the May turnaround has been: Kyle Hendricks: 5 starts, 33.2 IP, 2.67 ERA Zach Davies: 6 starts, 32.1 IP, 1.72 ERA Adbert Alzolay: 5 starts, 28.2 IP, 3.14 ERA
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Has it been three days since anyone commented in the White Sox thread? Were you getting lonely?
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Can’t really complain about losing by more than 1 run for the first time in a month. The schedule gets real over the next month, starting with the Padres tomorrow.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Cubs relievers 1st among MLB bullpens in both K rate AND ground ball rate. That’s a pretty amazing 1, 2 punch. 3rd in ERA, HR rate and stranded runner percentage.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Cubs 3.4 runs/game vs the Pirates and 4.9 runs/game against everybody else makes no sense.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Bullpen: 0 ER over 29.2 IP in the last 9 games. ETA: probably not coincidentally, 7-2 record in those 9 games.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Also, assuming the Cubs make qualifying offers to each player (and barring a catastrophic injury, they will), they’d get draft picks in compensation if they sign anywhere else. And in the cases of Rizzo and Baez, I’m not sure that any prospects they’d receive in trade would be THAT much...
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Javy is a fun, charismatic player. But signing him to a long term contract would scare the living crap out of me. His play is so volatile. His immense physical talent is the only thing that allows him to keep up the batting average and power numbers he’s posting now. He makes contact so...