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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.

In Marcus Stroman’s case, he has effectively used his first year with the Cubs to make a positive impression on the younger members of the pitching staff.

Not always with what he tells them, but more often because they watch and learn from what he is modeling.

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In a season when you’re twenty games below .500 with two-and-a-half weeks to play, sometimes you take the wins that don’t show up in the standings. Though the Cubs lost 3-1 to the Rockies on Saturday, Hayden Wesneski showcased the potential that might put him in the rotation discussion for 2023. In his first start in the major leagues, Wesneski...

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When the offseason begins, one of the deepest markets in free agency will be at shortstop. Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, Trea Turner, and Dansby Swanson are all slated to be available. It is to be expected that the Cubs will be in discussions with at least one of these players, looking to upgrade their middle infield. Never mind the fact...

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The vibes on the south side, they are a-changin’. For the past four days, the White Sox have looked more like the team that was expected going into the season. For the past two games, they have looked like a team that could still, despite all that has gone wrong this season, win their division. Friday night, they beat the Twins in a 4-3 walkoff. Saturday, Dylan Cease missed throwing the 21st no-hitter in White Sox history by one out. Luiz Arraez lined a 1-1 slider for a single up the middle with two outs in the ninth; until then, Cease had fully stymied Minnesota batters. They managed two baserunners – Jake Cave walked in the third and Gilberto Celestino…

White Sox manager Tony La Russa will tell you that any good team has to play with a sense of urgency, all season long. True, teams also have to be careful not to press or try to do too much because baseball is very good at resisting such efforts. But day in, day out, for months at a time, a...

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When Ian Happ got back to the Cubs’ locker room at Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon, his manager had a gift waiting for him. A bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label was there to commemorate his 100th career home run. It joins a growing collection of gifts Happ has received for career milestones. With his first-inning home run off of Brewers...

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Five games in a row. Five series in a row. The Cubs have been doing a lot of winning lately, and in so doing, they might be giving a glimpse of what the near future could hold. Their latest win, an eleven-inning 6-5 victory over the Brewers, showcased all of what a winning ballclub needs to have: quality starting pitching,...

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A few days before the trade deadline, on July 30, the White Sox were right at .500 and three games back in their division. Manager Tony La Russa’s prescription for his team at that point was simple. “Big thing is we got to win series. We got to get bunch of wins to really say we’re in contention,” he said....

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The last two months of the 2022 season will be a lot about learning experiences for young Cubs players. The front office may not have traded Willson Contreras or Ian Happ at the Tuesday trade deadline – a move that would have signaled a lengthier rebuild process – but the Cubs of this year have always been at least partially...

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