Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

rizzo bryantThe kiddos have their pumpkin patch trip at school today, and I’m one of the parents going to help out. I love all things Halloween, so it should be a good time.

  • The Cubs won 24 more games in 2015 than in 2014, which was the largest increase in baseball this year (the Rangers were second, with a 21-win improvement). You probably didn’t need me to tell you that for you to know it was probably true, but, still, it’s fun. The Cubs were up seven wins last year, too, and they were up five wins the year before that. So, in three straight years of increasing win totals since 2012, the Cubs have improved by 36 games.

  • A great piece from Tony Andracki talking to Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon on the strength of the NL Central, their experience in the powerhouse AL East, and how it makes a team better in the long run (CSN). There is a certain confidence that comes from constantly playing – and often beating – the best, especially in their place. (Hey, wouldn’t you know: the Cubs have to do it again tomorrow. And they know they can.)

  • Pirates players and Clint Hurdle discuss how to beat Jake Arrieta (CSN).
  • This is such a f*ck yeah picture:

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