It Is Still Baseball Season

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Hi everyone, my name is Joe and I’m a Cub fan. (everyone) Hi Joe.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

By now you are all familiar with the history. 107 years without a World Series championship. The black cat. The billy goat. (Which is an awesome Chicago tavern if you are ever in town)

Bartman. Poor kid. It wasn’t his fault. Get over it Cubs fans. The error on the double play ball by Alex Gonzalez opened the floodgates on that chilly October night. And Mark Prior’s weak mental makeup. [Read more…]

Major League Baseball Quarter-Pole Report

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Memorial Day is roughly the quarter pole of the Major League Baseball season, and along with July 4 and Labor Day, holidays that not only mark progress for your favorite team, but offer All-American encouragement to eat copious amounts of food and to drink until death. So assuming you haven’t taken the last suggestion literally, you can read here my observations of the first quarter of baseball season. Please keep in mind I am a Cub fan so therefore distracted with visions of Bryant and Lester leading fantastic post season charges, culminating with topless women in the streets of Chicago. I may not be completely objective.


One overriding observation from the beginning of the season is that in the wake of the retirement of Derek Jeter, the game is in good hands of youngsters such as Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. It’s difficult for me to remember an era when such a plethora of young, accomplished star players has taken a toehold in the majors. Each of the names I mentioned is appointment viewing for fans. If you are more a fan of dominant pitching, Matt Harvey and a couple of his mound mates in New York should satisfy your appetite. Big free agent signees Max Scherzer and Jon Lester squared off yesterday at Wrigley with Scherzer getting the better of it. This time. Compelling matchups abound in baseball this year. Chris Sale of the White Sox faced off against reigning AL Cy Young winner Cory Kluber last week in one of the most fun and interesting pitching duels I’ve ever seen. Though the Indians lost 2-1, Kluber was dominant and left me to wonder, how the hell did he start the season 0-5 as he did? There hasn’t been a better time in recent history for baseball fans. Do yourself a favor and catch a few of these matchups. [Read more…]

Jon Lester to Cubs with a Twist

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staffer & Chicago Guru

Prior to the big decision relative to baseball’s hot stove season; which team will “win” the Jon Lester sweepstakes, I have a reason other than making the Cubs an instant contender in a very winnable division for them to be interested in this year’s free agent diamond.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Teams have varying, often unique reasons for throwing truckloads of cash at that player that will move them from average to elite, or to help carry on a dynasty, a word I use loosely. A key bat in the middle of the lineup, a solid closer or a top of the line starter all are worthy reasons for expenditure of the filthiest kind in the world of Major League Baseball. [Read more…]

Are GMs Letting Their Own Egos Run Their Teams?

By Justin Broyles
PSDC Writer

The MLB trade deadline has come and gone and there were several blockbusters. Jon Lester went to the A’s and David Price went to the Tigers. But the thing I found most amusing was how each team seemed to be making the trades because the GM wanted to be seen as the ballsier guy.

This first started when the Oakland A’s traded for Jeff Samardzija early in July. Everyone was saying the A’s were all-in, that Billy Beane is the riskiest GM in the business and the team was going to win the World Series. Well, that wasn’t all Billy Beane did. He added Jon Lester on Thursday and that same type of talk continued. That apparently didn’t make Dave Dombrowski feel good. [Read more…]

Reaction to the Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes Trade

By Matt Conley
PSDC Contributor

July 23, 2007: Jon Lester made his first start back from treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in Jacobs Field against the Cleveland Indians. I was in attendance that day. Lester went six innings, giving up two runs. The sheer feat of seeing a man coming off cancer treatment turning in that kind of performance against the eventual AL runner-ups would be enough to make a fan out of anyone. As a Red Sox fan, I certainly didn’t need any reason, but that was the start of the love affair most Sox fans had with Jon Lester. [Read more…]

MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

By Andrew Voght
PSDC Writer

1. Boston Red Sox

Added: Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez, Kelly Johnson, Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree and a player to be named later (from Chicago Cubs)

Lost: Jake Peavy, Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey, Stephen Drew, Andrew Miller, Felix Dubront and competitive balance pick (to Oakland)

Outlook: The Red Sox gave up very little considering that Jon Lester has come out and said he will resign with Boston this offseason. The addition of Cespedes to the outfield with Allen Craig allows not only a strong and upgraded outfield but the ability to release Shane Victorino at the end of the season.

The Red Sox dropped a lot of dollars in a season they knew was about to be terrible, but the main point of these trades was an unbelievable addition to the starting rotation and suring up the outfield for the 2015 season and beyond…damn, Red Sox! [Read more…]

Ernest is Tormenting the Texas Rangers’ Pitchers

By Brendon Morris
PSDC Writer

You know when David Ortiz took a hack in the seventh inning of Yu Darvish’s would-be perfect game last Friday? Then the ball splattered between a dazed and confused duo of Alex Rios and Rougned Odor?

The ball didn’t just fall and ruin another perfect game/no-hitter opportunity for the dealing Japan import. There was a third person involved that play.

It was the MLB Angel of Death. He was there, you just couldn’t see him. We’ll call him Ernest.

Ernest found his way to the ball club on that fateful Friday and decided to shake things up a bit.

Then he went after more, and we found his fingerprints just today.

Martin Perez, whom I believed would’ve been the No. 2 starter in Arlington by season’s end before today’s news, suffered a partially-torn UCL, a ligament in his throwing elbow, that usually requires Tommy John surgery.

That news stunk. Yet another starter on the cursed Texas rotation knocked out by Ernest. But then the angel did it again when Matt Harrison left last night’s game in the second inning with back stiffness. Ernest wants Harry to end his career with another back surgery, and all the Rangers want is someone to throw some strikes once every couple of days. Preferably the guy they’re going to pay for the next five years, which is Harry himself. [Read more…]

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2014 MLB Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

By Bobby Roberts

Boston went from worst to first to win the World Series. It’s hard to believe that this time last year, we were still talking about ‘chicken and beer’. Manager John Farrell turned around the team at a ‘wicked’ fast rate.

Photo Credit: WEEI

Photo Credit: WEEI

The Red Sox now have a target on their backs. They will get the best effort from their opponents in every game. The Yankees and Rays are extra hungry to knock off the defending champs.

Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Will Middlebrooks, players who have yet to live up to their hype, will be asked to play everyday. Is Boston asking too much?

Here is the 2014 MLB season preview for the Boston Red Sox.

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