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Ricky Nolasco Plus John Buck Equals Why???

May 6, 2011


The Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins play on into the tenth inning as I write this, and looking at the most critical play of the game to this point, I have to shake my head. In the bottom of the fifth inning, pitcher Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins was at the plate with catcher John […]

Chicago Cubs and Kosuke Fukudome Need to Capture April Magic

April 26, 2011


Chicago Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome is impossibly dependable, a man by whose annual offensive rise and fall one could set the tides or the solstice. Every year, he hits well precisely through the month of April. Every year, he thereupon falls into a tailspin of whirling dervish strikeouts and ground balls to the right side. […]

Chicago Cubs Drop to 10-12: Carlos Pena Having Problems with Plate Coverage?

April 26, 2011


Chicago Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena has been heart-rendingly bad so far in 2011. He has been miserable. He has just 10 hits so far this season; only one, a double, even netted extra bases. He has 21 strikeouts in 73 plate appearances, and has only reached base 22 times on the strength of those […]

Ryan Braun Contract a Good Model for Starlin Castro with Chicago Cubs

April 25, 2011


Ryan Braun, a three-time All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers already, signed a five-year, $105-million contract extension with the Brewers last week. Starlin Castro is a long way from earning a similar deal with the Chicago Cubs. But Castro has been a big-leaguer for nearly a year now, and the Cubs should really consider an extension […]

Chicago Cubs Stats: What Kind of Paces are Starlin Castro, Others on?

April 21, 2011


Eighteen games into the 2011 season, the Chicago Cubs stand at 9-9. They have won five of nine at home and four of nine on the road. They have not yet been more than one game away from .500, confirming the pre-season suspicions of many that this year’s team will be exceptionally medium in every […]

Fantasy Baseball Breakouts: 5 Batters Whose Starts Mean Something

April 17, 2011


Fantasy baseball players, please do not pay for Willie Bloomquist. If he’s out there on your waiver wire, fine: The Arizona Diamondbacks seem to have settled on him for now as their leadoff hitter and he has enough speed, so he’s worth a flier in deep leagues. In general, though, Willie Bloomquist is the same […]

Chicago Cubs Long-Term Focus: Free Agency in the Stormy Present

April 15, 2011


In very late 1862, Abraham Lincoln became obsessed with freeing the slaves. It had always been an ambition of his, of course, but he had largely set that issue aside in order to better focus his attention on saving the union through military action and what we in modern political society would call coalition building. […]