Baseball Thoughts Entering the 2015 Playoffs (or how the Cubs can win the World Series)

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m sitting in the ProjectShanks.com home office in Longview, Texas, six feet to the left of my slave-driving boss, Chris Stuckey. Talk about pressure.

But I surge ahead, determined to transfer these thoughts I have from my brain to keyboard, whether a thousand miles away at home, or at headquarters.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

In case you haven’t noticed, the Cubs have the third best record in baseball. It is typical, that in such a case, the two better records belong to teams in their own NL Central Division; the Cardinals and Pirates. With only a couple of games this weekend to settle the dust and seal the postseason awards, the National League playoffs are set. The Cubs and Pirates will play the one game wild card game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, TBS the dutiful portrayer of the game. And don’t the playoffs just scream TBS? They broadcast an excuse me game every now and again, I was surprised to find late in the season that Ted Turner’s network even continued to broadcast baseball, with the superstations TBS and WGN dumping the local team coverage in the last few years, they being the Braves and Cubs. But that’s a conversation for a different column. [Read more…]

Cubs and Cardinals Rivalry Renewed

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

My stomach is churning. Flipping and flopping. The Fourth of July has come and gone, falling on a weekend for the benefit of those craving a long one. The USA lady footballers pummeled the Japanese to the delight of flag wavers everywhere. The Cubs took two of three from the Florida Fish, which leads me to the source of my discomfort.

A couple of weeks ago, the Dodgers came to town for a four-game set. Conventional wisdom held that with Los Angeles pitching Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke┬áthe first two games of the series, the Cubs would do well to somehow split those two games, then try to take advantage of the back end of a weakened Dodgers rotation to take the series. [Read more…]