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Futures Sports Betting on the Chicago Cubs posted by Cubs Fan

While the opening day for the 2013 Major League Baseball season is not slated to officially kick off until 1 April of 2013, the sport is still a hot topic for sports betting. To some this may seem rather odd given the fact that baseball is not even being played right now. However, there really is no down time in the wide world of sports betting. Actually, the sort of baseball betting being placed right now at online sports betting sites pertains to futures. Futures are a type of sports bet where bets are placed on predictions about futures events and results. This might seem a bit risky and it is but given the risk some terrific odds can be procured that could lead to a rather appealing payout. In this manner, fans such as those of the Chicago Cubs can keep involved with their team.

The betting areas of online sports betting and casino sites will provide odds listed by teams. Online casinos are a bit more new in the field of sports betting but many of them have added bets to their array of games. Some just offer sports themed games instead, which is almost as good – there are even baseball themed  online casino games, like the slots game Hot Shot found in many of the best casinos. Sports bets are a logical step forward from themed slots to better provide entertainment for sports enthusiasts. Odds, for example, are an integral part of any casino game, and for someone used to thinking about them a change of platform can be quite easy, even when they are a lot more complicated when you have to understand the individual players as well as the teams and the whole league.

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Richard Kagan

Cubs Sinking on Left Coast posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago Cubs went to the west coast on a long road trip and it is looking like a lost summer or dead end trip to Cali.  The Cubs lost 3 straight to the Dodgers where they can't win for losing, actually, that sounds quite Cub-like.  And then they went down to sunny San Diego and it feels like they hit a sandstorm and are in the process of dropping another one to the Padres.  Again, a shut-out.  The Cubs can't buy a hit in California.   Get one from your local fruitstand.  It ain't happening for this team on this trip.  This current road woe has set the Cubs further back and now it looks like a lost season.  They traded away half the team. And gave the rest on waivers.  The only hold-over they kept was Alphonso Soriano, whose contract scared away any potential buyers.  Dempster, Garza, and Malhom are history.  If Chicago wanted to break in new players why not do a swap with Iowa and send some guys out there?  Their contracts and egos probalby won't let them go.  Oh well, It is a rebuilding year.  It seems every year is a rebuilding year.  Try bringing back Rick Sutcliffe.  He can still pitch.

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Cubs Are Gettin' Better Now posted by Richard Kagan

Here come the Cubs!  Chicago has won 13 of 18 games. including 9 of its last 11 at home to claib back to "decent-land."  This move is surprising and shows the drive of the front office.  What they do filters down to the ballclub.  Lately, things are looking up for the Northsiders.  The starting pitching has gotten much better. Dempster, Garza, and Smarajzna have improved.  The rumors are hot that Dempster is on his way out before the trade deadline to a contending club.  He will bring in good prospects.  Theo Epstein wants to find a starter, either a pitcher or position player in the deal, and chances are improving given Dempster's fine season.  Carlos Marmol has cut down on his propensity to blow saves.  He's difficult to watch if he lacks control because things can get out of hand quickly with him.  But his slider is virtually unhittable.  If the Cubs had one more solid hitter, there would be a defininte improvement.  They need someone who can drive in runs...maybe the rookie from Cuba is just the player.  One thing for sure is, the rebuilding process is proceeding well.

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Cubs May Have a Team posted by Richard Kagan

It's mid-season and in the last 13 games, the Chicago Cubs have won 9 of them.  Not a small undertaking for these Cubbies.  This is a rebuilding year, and next year may be the same.  But by adding rookie Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs have added punch, and an ability to get extra base hits.  They no longer have to rely on Brian Lahair or Starlin Castro or Alphonso Soriano.  Soriano is often talked about in terms of his bloated contract and he has two years left and no one wants to pick up the remaining two years.  He has 15 Home Runs, all have come after May 15th, so he is no slouch.  It's Rizzo who is turning faces and getting opposing managers' attention.  This guy can hit.  He's batting .375 and his OB% is almost off the charts.  He looks like a Cubs' version of Ted Williams up there.  Or you can add Billy Williams, and that's just fine.  The team needs players to drive in runs. 

Rich Dempster has pitched terrific in the past month.  He's pitching 25-6 shutout innings.  Inching close to what Ken Holtzman did with the team in 1971.  I say Keep Rich, you don't want to get rid of good pitching.  Unless you get Warren Spahn in return.  I don't see anyone resembling Spahn out there.  If these Cubs fan finish someone near 14 games under .500 or better, that is a darn good save by Dale Sveum and company.  The team plays hard.  They just need more talent.

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Rizzo Hot, Cubs Win 8-7 posted by Richard Kagan

Anthony Rizzo hit a 3 run-HR in the 5th inning against Johann Santana and the Cubs went on to prevail 8-7 despite a late NY Mets rally in the 9th.  The Mets appeared poised to make another late comeback but Carlos Marmol snagged a liner back to the mound and threw to first base to double up Ike Davis.  Since Rizzo has been a Cubs starter, the Cubs have looked like a different team, Yes, a winning team.  They are 7-3 in their last ten games.  And are playing much improved baseball.  Suddently, the team has some pop, some confiidence to compete. 

The Cubs won without arguably their best player, Starlin Castro, who had a rare night off.  Dale Sveum, Cubs manager, said he wanted to talk about the game, with him.  This is such a young team.  You would think management would acquire a guy who has had experience to help these younger players along.  But getting a vet to come into the Cubs situation might not be so easy.  The Cubs have picked it up and might not be as bad as we had thought.  Even if they finish the season 14 games under .500 that is signicant improvement over the first 80 games of this season.

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Cubs beat Mets 6-1 posted by Richard Kagan

I've been a long time Cubs fan, and that means a long time suffering Cubs fan.  The Cubs are on a pace to lose more than 95 games this season, which is a lot.  But at least they beat the Mets at Wrigley on Monday night.   They bested Johann Santana, former two-time Cy Young winner and owner of the Mets' first no-hitter.  Ok, the ump at third missed a call that was an apparent base hit, but ruled it foul.  I call it an no-hitter with an Asterisk next to it.  Wait, one of these days, a Met pitcher will throw a great game for no hits, and there won't be any doubt about it.  Talk will go back to Santana's game.  But, I have to give him credit, he pitched a gutsy game.

But the Cubbies got to him tonight.  Courtesy of three Met errors that allowed 4 runs to score in the 7th inning.  The Cubs will get to their 30th win, when everyone else has 40...it's been that kind of season.  I'm hoping for a real winning streak, but the Cubs don't have a rotation to make that happen.  It's playing on the fly.  It's awkward and painful to watch.  But Cub fans are used to this.  At least the team is putting together some young talent.  Shawn Castro at Shortstop is an emerging star.  He is an All-star hitter.  Eventually, he will make that team.  But the Cubs have to get good.  I don't know when that's going to happen.

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The Cubs Are Not Good posted by Richard Kagan

Yippee, The Chicago Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 behind the solid right arm of Ryan Dempster (2-3), who may be on the trading block.  Dempster bolstered his status with an excellent outing, his second win in a row.  I have been a long-time cubs fans.  I was there for Don Cardwell's no-hitter in the second game of a DH.  I fell asleep and missed most of the game, as a child.  I was more alert for Kenny Holtzman's gem vs. the Atlanta Braves in 1969, when the Cubs looked so good.  I was sure they were going to win the pennant.  But....stuff happens, if you're a Cubs fan.

What still surprises me is that 32,000 fans come of the park every home game if the weather is decent.  The Cubs draw well over 2.5 million.  In a good season, it could be 2.8 million.  In this tiny ballpark in Wrigleyville...The fans still come out and root for the Cubbies.  Who are as lovable as ever, even if they are on pace to lose 100 games this season.  And, that is not a laughing matter.  How do you get paid, and get up in the morning and come to the park?

The Cubs were picked by most baseball experts to finish 4th or 5th in the division.  Unfortunately, they make the Pittsburgh Pirates look good.  Manager Dale Sveum looks like he is on an out of control train in that Denzel Washington thriller.  That train threatened to cause disruption all over the landscape.  It's a stretch to say this team could win 4 or 5 games in a row.  They don't have the players to do that.  And, coming from a fan, that is a sad thing to say.

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Santana's No-hitter posted by Richard Kagan

As a long-time Cubs fan, I view Johan Santana's no-hitter as a bit of a gift.  Carlos Beltran, an ex-Met, now playing for the St. Louis Cardinals sent a drive down the 3rd base line that touched the chalk.  The 3rd base umpire ruled the ball foul, and Beltran made an out in his at-bat.  But that ball was a fair ball and likely would have been a double, if the umpire saw the play fairly.  So, Santana's no-hitter, I don't buy it.  He pitched a great game, a probable one-hitter and benefited from a great play by the left-fielder Mike Baxter on a ball hit deep.  Baxter made the catch, and hurt his shoulder on the play.  Great pitching performances always need a little luck.  But Beltran's foul ball was fair, and a hit.  Call it an imperfect no-hitter.Continue reading "Santana's No-hitter"


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Mike Quade Gone As Skipper of Cubs posted by Richard Kagan

The Cubs managerial merry-go-round takes another spin as Mike Quade was not re-hired by Theo Epstein, the new honcho for Cubs baseball.  Epstein was recently hired in talks so compicated that they a resembled U.S.-Russia nuclear pact to reduce nukes.

So Quade is out.  He had a good showing in 2010 at the end of the year when he led the Cubs to a great finish.  That got him the full-time job in 2011 and he presided over a 71-91 team.  Not exactly great.  But oh so Cub-like.

The Cubs will get a makeover.  They will be young and  hungry, with a few veterans.  Shawn Castro, the shortstop will be the fulcrum of this re-building project.  Castro has star written all over---He had over 200 hits for the season. The youngest Cub player ever to do that.  The Cubs are not going to win it next year.  But they may be more exciting.  With this team, you never know.

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Cubs: Don't Hire Terry or Theo posted by Richard Kagan

Now that Terry Francona is out as manager of the BoSox, due to their amazing collapse in September, the thought arises, is he good enough for the Cubs?  Theo Epstein may be right behind him? 

My sentiments are: What have you done in the past ten minutes of your tenure?  They both presided over the greatest fall out of the playoffs in the month of Sept.  They had this Wild Card berth practically signed and sealed and forget to stamp the envelope.  Pitchers ran up a generous 7.50 ERA during games when Boston played 7-20 in the month. An almost .320 winning percentage. Players made errors in the field, and hitters went in the tank.  At the end of the season, the team resembled the bad guys on the Walking Dead.   We've had enough of the Waking Dead or Walking Dead.  We need an new infusion of character and energy.  For that, you need to look around.

Cubs, don't take Terry, and don't take Theo.  Be more resourceful, look around, maybe you have major talent in your orgnanization?  David Hahn is often noted as a newbie GM.  How about for the Cubs?  The Cubs had a guy go the Blackhawks, and he helped turn around that team.  The urge to go for one of the two men maybe strong, but I caution against it.  What did you do for me lately?  They blew it big time.  I don't want to hear about World Series rings 4-5 years ago.  That was then?  Don't leap for the same tired formula.  It would be like getting Nolan Ryan to be your starting pitcher.  He's retired.

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A's Beane keeps dealing (The SportsXchange)

Billy Beane has already been the focus of one major motion picture in Moneyball. Perhaps the Oakland Athletics general manager can be the basis of a second movie. Beane pulled a stunner of a trade July 4 when he acquired right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell and right-hander Dan Straily. The Athletics rocked the baseball word again Thursday -- hours before the deadline for making trades without securing waivers on players -- with a late push to acquire left-hander Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox along with outfielder Jonny Gomes. [read full article]

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Report: A's send Milone to Twins for OF Fuld (The SportsXchange)

Left-hander Tommy Milone was traded to the Minnesota Twins as the Oakland Athletics remained active at the trading deadline Thursday. Outfielder Sam Fuld went back to the Athletics in the trade. Milone had won a career-high six straight decisions when the A's optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento on July 5 after acquiring right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs. [read full article]

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Extra-inning rematch goes Rockies' way (The SportsXchange)

This time, the Colorado Rockies were more than happy to put in a little overtime. A day after losing a 16-inning marathon, the Rockies pushed across two runs in the 10th inning for a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. "As long as it wasn't 16 again," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. The win snaps a three-game losing streak and an eight-game road losing streak for Colorado. [read full article]

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Felix Doubront traded to Cubs after being demoted to Red Sox bullpen (Big League Stew)

The Boston Red Sox have traded another pitcher — just not the one every baseball fan is waiting to hear about . The Red Sox sent Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for a player to be named later, ending Doubront's unhappy stint in the Boston bullpen. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi first reported a deal was close. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported it was done.  Source: Red Sox have traded Felix Doubront to the Cubs. @jonmorosi had it close. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2014 As @alexspeier said, Doubront goes to the Cubs for a PTBNL that will BN after the Rule 5 draft. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2014 Doubront — 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA — was increasingly   unhappy about his role in Boston to the point of speaking out publicly last weekend, telling MassLive.com : "The thing is, if the (Red Sox) say I have to prove myself, I already did man," he said. "It’s (messed) up. So if these guys say I have to pitch to prove whatever, no, they already know what I have. I showed them what I have, as a reliever and as a starter. "For me, they don’t see the numbers, they don’t care what I’ve done in the past. It’s hard to be happy like that with these guys. "First of all, I’m not a reliever," he said. "They know that. They just, you know, it’s hard but I don’t know what they’re doing. I know they’re not doing the right thing for me. That’s what I know right now at this moment. I’m an employee just following the order but they know I’m not happy. I don’t know what they’re going to do in the future but I’m don’t want to be a reliever the whole year, that’s what I know." The trade makes sense on both sides. First, it rids the Red Sox of their Doubront problem. He had a few good starts last season, but has been largely ineffective in 2014. Doubront made 10 starts for Boston, but has been a reliever since mid-June. He gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning Monday, his last appearance for the Red Sox. The Cubs get a pitcher who is still relatively young, 26, and under team control for the next few seasons. Doubront will be arbitration eligible in 2015 and won't be a free agent until 2018. He doesn't figure to be ace, but Doubront can help the rebuilding Cubs and perhaps turn into an effective middle-of-the-rotation starter. In Chicago, he'll be reunited with team president Theo Epstein, who was the Red Sox's GM in 2005 when Doubront signed there as an international free agent. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz [read full article]

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Cubs acquire struggling LHP Doubront from Red Sox (The Associated Press)

Theo Epstein was the first person to take a chance on Felix Doubront. The Chicago Cubs acquired Doubront from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named. Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, was Boston's general manager when Doubront signed with the Red Sox as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he didn't know very much about Doubront, and the team said it would announce in the next couple days where he would begin with the organization. [read full article]

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