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Thomas Smith

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 8

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Cubs, Davies buried by seven run second inning

Saturday night’s game started out promising. The Cubs struck first, tallying a run in the first. But Zach Davies was tagged for seven runs in the bottom of the second and that was pretty much it for this game. Was I the only one hoping that they’d end the inning on pitch count at some point? That might have spared the Cubs and Davies the crooked number.

Seven-run innings are generally a fluke. Allowing one...

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Al Yellon

Pirates 8, Cubs 2: The Saturday night disaster

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I watched this game so you didn’t have to.

In case you missed last night’s game preview, it contained this fact about Zach Davies:

Zach Davies enters tonight’s outing having not allowed an earned run in his last 16? innings on the road dating to August 17, 2020 at Texas while with the Padres.. The righthander enters this evening having allowed three or fewer earned runs in a career?high 19 straight outings since August 31, 2019.

Whoops. Both of those...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks is a little off

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#Cubs and #MLB news just for you.

Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to.

Play ball!#CubTogether pic.twitter.com/5G3NwU0mwH

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 10, 2021

Narratives emerge over time. Today’s plot includes recent events concerning former Cubs Victor Caratini, who caught a Joe Musgrove no-hitter Friday, and Dexter Fowler, who emerged from...

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Pirates, Saturday 4/10, 5:35 CT

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Al Yellon

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Pirates, Saturday 4/10, 5:35 CT

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Go get ‘em, Zach.

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Saturday 4/10, 5:35 CT

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The Cubs go for two in a row over the Pirates.

Saturday notes:

KB ON TRACK: Kris Bryant’s home run on Thursday was his second of the season in the team’s seventh game. It’s the quickest he’s reached his second homer of any season, surpassing the eight team games it took in 2018. Dating to the final two games of the 2020 season, Bryant has homered in four of his last nine regular season contests. ZACH ON TRACK: Zach Davies enters tonight’s outing...

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Al Yellon

Cubs vs. Pirates Saturday 4/10 game threads

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If you seek Saturday’s game threads, look no further.

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Al Yellon

SB Nation Reacts: Cubs fans are split on the team so far in 2021

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Plus, a vote on the biggest surprise in MLB so far this year.

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Chicago Cubs fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 46 percent of Cubs fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 39 percent to start the season, although it’s still not...

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Al Yellon

Here’s Jack Brickhouse narrating a youth baseball video... from 1953

This is a real time capsule.

Thillens Stadium, at the corner of Devon and Kedzie on Chicago’s North Side, was a ballpark for youth baseball for decades beginning not long after World War II.

It’s connected to Cubs history in a unique way — it’s the origin of the center-field camera TV shot:

Back in the early days of televised baseball, TV producers and directors always assumed that the best view of the pitcher and batter was from overhead — the behind-the-plate upper deck shot....

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Al Yellon

Cubs first base coach Craig Driver tests positive for COVID-19

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We are not out of the pandemic, yet.

Last year, the Cubs were the only team to not have a player or coach test positive for COVID-19 during the season.

That’s not the case in 2021:

Cubs announce first base coach Craig Driver tested positive for Covid-19. He’s back in Chicago. Contact tracing and further testing hasn’t produced any other positive tests within the team.

— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) April 10, 2021

So, the good...

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Al Yellon

Cubs pitching has been outstanding so far in 2021

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If this continues, this will be a good year for the North Siders.

While we are all aware of the Cubs’ current offensive struggles, I thought I’d take a few moments to celebrate the success of the Cubs’ pitching staff, which in an admittedly small sample size of seven games has been very, very good.

Of the seven starts made, only two were clunkers or close: Kyle Hendricks’ Opening Day start, which can very likely be attributed to the extremely cold...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks spells relief

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#Cubs and #MLB news just for you.

Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. Unless we feel a rant. But we don’t mind a little informing with the entertaining.

No game Friday, which means Cub Tracks was up to our own devices, but we shan’t talk about those. None of them make waffles. There is a game today, though, and perhaps some of the links below can shed some light on or lend some...

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Sara Sanchez

Assessing the Cubs offense one week into the season

Javy Báez swings through a ball against the Brewers on April 6 | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

A dive into the Cubs batting numbers. Hint: It’s not pretty.

Generally after a week of games I’d disregard any numbers as too small of a sample size to really get excited about. Sure, it can be fun to use those early trends as a jumping off point for a conversation, but chances are things will change over the course of a full 162-game season.

With that gigantic caveat established, I...

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Al Yellon

In the early 2021 going, pitchers are still lousy hitters

Jake Arrieta batting during spring training. This at-bat resulted in a strikeout | Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

And this isn’t going to change.

No, I’m not going to stop beating this drum.

And no, it’s not impossible that MLB’s moguls will finally realize that they need to do the right thing and institute the universal DH — even in the middle of the 2021 season. There’s no reason not to do it.

Pitchers, who have been terrible hitters for decades, have begun 2021 even worse...

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Tim Huwe

Assessing Jed Hoyer as the Cubs’ new President of Baseball Operations

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

How has the “new guy” done so far?

I have an unorthodox way of assessing things in baseball. I try to be a bit slow to judge, but I try to revisit the question, rather regularly. For instance, when a team makes a trade, I want information early on expectations on particulars going both ways. However, instead of waiting until a player’s tenure is over, regular assessment seems the best way to look at it. If an acquired player was supposed to be a solid...

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Al Yellon

Some thoughts about Marquee Sports Network’s new scorebox and scoreboxes in general

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The Cubs channel changed their scorebox for the 2021 season and it’s excellent.

Thursday’s game was the first 2021 Cubs regular-season game I had watched on Marquee Sports Network, as I had attended the other six games played so far this year at Wrigley Field.

So I thought it was time to make a few comments on a few changes at Marquee.

First, as you know, I had criticized their scorebox (or “scorebug,” as some call it) last year as not well-placed and difficult...

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Thomas Smith

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 7

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The Cubs start their first road trip with a win

Not too many people in or around the Cubs organization will dispute that Craig Kimbrel’s seasons with the Cubs in 2019 and 2020 were disappointing. Both years were out of the ordinary for him. In 2019, Kimbrel was still a free agent all of the way through the All-Star break when the Cubs signed him. He had to get ramped up in a very different way than he had in the past. 2020 had a more or less...

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Josh Timmers

Outside The Confines: Elbowing your way to a win

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets win on a controversial ending. Is it a new era in Queens? Some impressive home runs. The unwritten rules are changing. The stories behind the exchanging of lineup cards.

I started looking for a jazz song to put in here and some old movie to talk about and then I reminded myself . . . oh yeah. Not here.

Instead, I’ll just say that it was really good to see the Cubs get some hits yesterday and for Craig Kimbrel to turn in a five-out save.

Yesterday’s...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, April 9

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Snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and MLB baseball history.

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history.

Today in baseball history:

1912 - In the first game ever played at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox defeat Harvard University in an...

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Al Yellon

Cubs 4, Pirates 2: Javy Baez makes his pitch to play the Masters

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The Cubs second baseman practiced his golf skills and homered.

Javier Baez did something very, very rare Thursday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Check out how low this pitch is! [VIDEO]

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The Masters golf tournament began Thursday and that’s about as “golfy” a baseball swing as you’ll ever see that resulted in a home run:

0.86 ft above the ground!

Tied for the 6th-lowest HR pitch in the pitch-tracking...

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