Zobrist Strikes Out Molina in Final Cubs Game of 2019

After Cubs opener Derek Holland surrendered seven runs to the St. Louis Cardinals over 2.0 IP in the final game of the 2019 season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon turned to expanded roster call-ups Duane Underwood Jr., James Norwood and Dillon Maples to pitch the next seven innings. Maddon, who had announced in a joint press…

On This Day in 1998: Sosa Hits 64th and 65th Bombs

On September 23, 1998, Chicago Cubs OF Sammy Sosa, after surpassing Roger Maris's single-season record of 61 bombs, clubbed his 64th and 65th home runs of the year during their 8-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers (fuck the Brewers). These dingers would tie him with Mark McGwire of the rival St. Louis Cardinals for the…

Suárez Ties Alonso in MLB Home Run Chase

At the beginning of the year, most baseball fans would have predicted that MLB's home run leaders would be players like Christian Yelich (fuck the Brewers), Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado and Giancarlo Stanton. However, a rookie and one of the league's most underrated players are currently tied for first place. INF Pete Alonso, the rookie…

Latest Loss Drops Cubs Postseason Odds Below 50%

Following Wednesday's shutout loss (box score) to the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs' odds to play in the postseason now stand at 40.5% according to Baseball Reference. The most likely postseason scenario now shows the top seeds as the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, with the other division winners being the Atlanta…

Oops, He Did It Again: Verlander No-Hits Jays for the Second Time

The 2019 Toronto Blue Jays flirted with being no-hit by Trevor Bauer on April 4 and Shane Bieber on July 24, but it ultimately took a veteran ace, Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros, to lock one down. Verlander completed his third career no-hitter during the finale of Jays' and Astros' weekend series at Rogers…

What’s the Worst Excuse for a Positive PED Test?

A positive drug test is one of the worst things that can happen to an elite athlete. Use of performance-enhancing drugs will not only result in loss of earnings from inability to compete, but it will also brand the athlete as a cheater, permanently damaging their reputation. This means athletes will often provide very creative…

“Big Boy Time” Coming for Cubs at Mets

Earlier this month, Cubs manager Joe Maddon used the phrase "big boy time" with reference to how he planned to distribute playing time after the July 31 trade deadline. https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/1157038167540883473 This phrase has taken on new meaning following a three-game sweep by the Washington Nationals to close out the Cubs' most recent homestand. While the…