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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'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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Padres-Cubs Preview (The Associated Press)

Although Anthony Rizzo has developed into an All-Star for the Chicago Cubs, he has yet to demonstrate that level of play against his former team. The slugger may be able to turn that around Tuesday night since he is hitting left-handers well and has a homer against the San Diego Padres' Eric Stults, who looks to avoid falling to 0-8 on the road in the opener of a three-game set. Rizzo was acquired from San Diego (43-55) on Jan. 6, 2012, and has quickly become one of the main building blocks for Chicago. The first baseman is 8 for 24 with three homers during a six-game hitting streak, with the Cubs (40-57) losing the last five. [read full article]

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Schumaker returns from concussion, in Reds' lineup (The Associated Press)

Skip Schumaker has been reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list and is in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup against the New York Yankees. Schumaker was set to bat second and play second base Sunday in place of injured Brandon Phillips. To make room on the roster, the Reds optioned infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville. Schumaker was injured when he ran into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch July 10 against the Chicago Cubs. [read full article]

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After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work (The Associated Press)

Sensing an opportunity, general manager Billy Beane got an early jump on the deadline when he acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 4. Boston pitcher Jake Peavy, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, San Diego closer Huston Street and New York Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon are thought to be on the market as contenders shop for that missing piece that could pay off into October. [read full article]

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Jonny Gomes takes fly ball to face, recovers to help get out at home (Big League Stew)

The Boston Red Sox outfield flashed some serious leather on Wednesday night with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and left fielder Jonny Gomes each laying out to make sensational diving catches. Bradley's catch, especially, was a gem as it wowed the crowd and took away sure extra bases from Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers. Unfortunately, the outfield had a couple hiccups as well. Well, to be more specific, Gomes had a couple hiccups, which is more along the lines of what you'd expect from the below average defender. His first miscue happened in the fourth inning when he lost Alejandro De Aza's fly ball in the sun, allowing him to reach with a triple. Fortunately, that didn't lead to any damage physically or on the scoreboard. In the seventh inning, Gomes had trouble again, misjudging Flowers' towering fly ball against the Green Monster, and this time the result was much worse for him personally as the ball appeared to glance off the wall and then smack him right in the face. We can't call it a direct shot, but based on Gomes' reaction and the distance it rolled, it had to be a pretty square shot. If not to his face and head, then at least to his pride.  All was not lost on the play for Boston though. After Gomes shook off the shock and sting, he quickly ran the ball down in foul territory. He followed with a strong, accurate good throw into Xander Bogaerts, who in turn fired home to cut down De Aza for what ended up being a huge out in the game. The play itself was pretty awkward all the way around. De Aza, who was on first base to start the play, really coasted into third only to get a late wave in from third base coach Joe McEwing. De Aza's turn ended up a bit wide as a result and nearly ran him right into McEwing, which bought Boston enough time to execute the relay. It was actually a play befitting of fourth and fifth place squads, and then we take a moment to recall the fifth place team won the World Series last season. Baseball is a weird game that way, It's also difficult to explain how Boston came in losing six of the first seven games on their homestand to the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and White Sox, and then trailed again by four runs in the eighth inning on Wednesday, only to rally and win 5-4 on Brock Holt's walkoiff single in the ninth . Hmm. Maybe all they ever needed to turn it around was a fly ball to the noggin. BLS H/N: Deadspin More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Boston's Mookie Betts hits first home run — and high-school rival catches it (Big L

Mookie Betts hit his first major league home run Wednesday night, and it was the lone bright spot for the Boston Red Sox in a 16-9 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Betts says he's no savior, but Red Sox fans might have to count on his progress to avoid feeling too despondent about how the season is going. In getting swept at Fenway Park — by the Cubs! — the Red Sox fell to 38-47. The reigning World Series champs are one more slip-up from being the last-place team in the American League East. So they need distractions. OK, so how's this for a freaky coincidence: The home run Betts hit into the Green Monster seats was caught by a former opponent of his, a fan named Chris Large, who pitched against Betts in 2010 during summer ball when they were in high school in Tennessee. Large threw a four-hitter, with Betts getting two of the hits. A year later, Betts became a fifth-round pick of the Red Sox. And Large wasn't even at the game to see Betts play. He had planned to be at Fenway before Betts recently got called up from the minors. Sta-raaaaange! ESPN Boston has more details, and they're even freakier : [O]ff to a 1-for-12 start at the plate and in search of his first hit at Fenway Park, Betts stepped up with A.J. Pierzynski on first in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva. It was then that Chris' sister Lindsey made a bold prediction. "She said right before the at-bat, 'He's about to hit a home run,'" Chris said. "I said, 'What if I caught it?'" Oh, come on! But it happened. As soon as it did, Large knew he had to get the ball to Betts, who exchanged it for autographed stuff after the pair reunited outside of Boston's clubhouse. Betts with Chris Large (who caught his home run ball) and sis Lindsey. Chris once pitched against a 17 yr old Betts — Kyle Brasseur (@KyleBrasseur) July 3, 2014 Betts said he'll probably give the ball to his mother. "He said as soon as he found it he wanted to find a way to get it to me," Betts said. "I really appreciated that." It's also Large's 22nd birthday Thursday. He'll never forget it. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave [read full article]

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