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Jared Wyllys

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Writing and podcasting the Cubs and White Sox. I like cigars, bourbon, and Kentucky basketball.

No one game is ever a referendum on a team, but one game can showcase many of the things that have gone right or wrong for that team. This year, the White Sox have had plenty of clunkers to prove that point. Friday night’s 4-1 loss to the Orioles, for example. Most at issue was the continued lackluster offensive performance,…...

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At its best, baseball is a game that can cultivate a lot of joy. Being one of the oldest professional sports in the United States, the game has become generational. Parents have passed love for baseball on to their children, who have passed it on to the next generation, and those have passed it on again. Baseball has a rich...

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One of the things that can determine whether a young player sticks around or is merely a flash in the pan is how he handles adversity. In baseball, facing adversity is inevitable, and the only question is how long into a player’s career before he has to confront it. Keegan Thompson has dealt with some adversity already and handled it...

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Twenty-four hours later, manager Tony La Russa was still surprised to be facing questions about his choice to intentionally walk Trea Turner in the sixth inning of Thursday’s 11-9 loss to the Dodgers. Walking Turner, of course, brought up Max Muncy, who hit a three-run home run off of reliever Bennett Sousa. Three runs that put the Dodgers ahead, 10-5,...

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It has been about two decades since a Cubs starting pitcher has had such a highly-anticipated debut. Fans were buzzing at Wrigley on Saturday because Kilian is one of the best pitching prospects in the Cubs’ system. And because he came to the organization in the Kris Bryant trade last July. And because team president Jed Hoyer and manager David...

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David Ross and Willson Contreras think Kyle Hendricks might be guilty of overthinking things on the mound. Is it time to use his changeup more?

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One of the most consistent qualities of Keegan Thompson’s major league career thus far has been his ability to step up and fill in a variety of roles on the Cubs’ pitching staff. In his 11 appearances so far this season, Thompson has pitched in every inning of a ballgame. He has pitched in relief as early as the second...

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In 2021, Willson Contreras caught 935 ⅔ innings behind the plate. Thus far in his career, he has only logged more time behind the plate once, in 2018. The reason Contreras had to take on so much of the workload last season? The absence of a reliable backup catcher. Victor Caratini had served behind Contreras from 2017 to 2020, but...

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Five weeks into the season, the White Sox are still trying to find their footing. They have looked brilliant for stretches, like a 6-2 start and a recent 6-0 stretch that included most of the last homestand. They have also looked plenty bad, like an eight-game losing streak and the first two games of this four game series against the...

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Whatever a fan might think about the Cubs trading away their championship core last July, one of the silver linings of all of those changes was that it created space for Ian Happ to be in the lineup a lot more consistently. Day in, day out, he knew he would be out there. That’s a change that Happ credits in...

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