Ivy Envy - Chicago Cubs Fan Podcast (UNOFFICIAL)

Anchored by great starting pitching and some key offensive players, the Cubs went down to Miami and swept the Marlins.  On this episode, we talk about some of the individual performances and share how much stock we put into this sweep of a weaker team.  

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Direct download: Episode_11_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm CDT

On this, the 610th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the two games the Cubs played against the Angels this weekend.  In these two games, we saw some great pitching (Cole Hamels), some bad pitching (the bullpen on Saturday), and some in-between pitching (Kyle Hendricks).  We also talk about the catching situation now that Victor Caratini is out for a month or two.  This allows us the opportunity to fret over the lack of quality pitch-framing. We also preview the upcoming Marlins series.  

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Direct download: Episode_1113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm CDT

This episode was recorded during Thursday night's rubber-match between the Cubs and Pirates.  On this episode, we start things off by talking about starting pitching.  Between the Scary Stat segment, Jon Lester's injury, and Yu Darvish's outing, we have quite a bit of starting pitching to talk about.  We are thoroughly enjoying Jason Heyward's production, though there are a few signs that the power he's displaying may not be "The New Heyward."  We also preview the upcoming Angels series.  

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Direct download: Episode_1112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm CDT

The Cubs opening road trip is finally over.  The Cubs managed to win one game in their weekend series with the Brewers.  Although the Cubs lost the series, in some ways, it felt like we had some positives to take away from it.  We talk about the current situation with the 2019 Cubs and preview the upcoming series with the Pirates at Wrigley.  

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Direct download: Episode_1111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Well, the bullpen woes have not disappeared for the Chicago Cubs through their first two series of the season.  That said, there are a lot of positives to take away from the first two series.  In this episode, you can expect audio whiplash as we go between the positives and negatives.  We also preview this important upcoming series vs. the Brewers.  

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Direct download: Episode_1110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm CDT

Well, the Cubs started the 2019 season in down in Texas, and the offense was clicking right away. The Cubs scored 28 runs in three games, yet lost the series.  The bullpen and some starting pitching are areas of concern right now.  In this episode, you'll hear us fawn over the offense and wring our hands over the pitching. We also preview the upcoming series against the Braves in Atlanta.  

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Direct download: Episode_1109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm CDT

Thanks for downloading the 605th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  The Cubs open their 2019 campaign vs. the Rangers down in Texas.  On this episode, we preview the series and look at the pitching match-ups.  

Since Theo Epstein's press conference after the end of the 2018 season, the Cubs have indicated that they would like to create a sense of urgency with the team.  This week, we learned some of the things they will implement to keep the team focused and working as a unit.

On Tuesday, the Cubs announced they have come to an extension agreement with Kyle Hendricks.  We talk about the deal itself and look at the long-term starting pitching situation. 

The goal is always to get out of Spring Training without injury, and for the most part, the Cubs accomplished that.  We share the updated information on the players who are entering the season banged up and on the Injured List. 

We also take a look at the 25-man roster the Cubs will employ to start the season. 

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Direct download: Episode_1108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm CDT

On this episode, we make our predictions on the 2019 Chicago Cubs season.  We are inviting people who support Ivy Envy through Patreon to join us in these predictions and compete against us.  

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Direct download: Episode_1107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm CDT

We begin to wrap up Spring Training 2019 with this episode of the podcast.  We look ahead to the regular season by talking about position battles in the bullpen.  We also share areas of concern based on Spring Training performances.  Maddon has declared the players who will primarily be the 2-3-4 hitters in the line-up and that gives us an opportunity to swoon over Javier Baez's progress since his rookie season.  We look at the first month of the Cubs' 2019 season and talk about some rule changes going into effect this season and next.  

Direct download: Episode_1106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11pm CDT

Thanks for downloading the 602nd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. 

This week, we talk about some individual Spring Training performances that have caught our attention.  We talk about Albert Almora, Tyler Chatwood, Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, and the starting pitchers.  

Certain players always catch people's attention in Spring Training.  There are young players or players from the system that play well in Spring Training, and then people believe they should unseat All-Stars because they're hitting .364 in Spring Training.  We talk about a few players who are getting attention and talk about their role with the Cubs in 2019.  We discuss Nico Hoerner, Mark Zagunis, and Allen Webster.  

Andy runs through an injury update.  Kurt gives us more information on the Cubs tv deal.  And, the Cubs acquired one of their recent draft picks through a trade.  

 

 

Direct download: Episode_1105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm CDT

The podcast turned a decade old yesterday, and here we have our 601st episode for you.  

  • We had a full week of Spring Training games and we share some of our thoughts on the games. 
  • With the Bryce Harper signing official, we share the off-season grades we give the Cubs front office.
  • Kurt gives us some more details on the Cubs' tv deal. 
Direct download: Episode_1104_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm CDT

Thanks for downloading this, the 600th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  Michael from Galesburg (and the Cultivating Catuli podcast) joins us to review the predictions we made on the 2018 Chicago Cubs.  

Direct download: Episode_1103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Spring training games have started and we have on-the-field baseball to talk about!  

  • Kurt shares a small sample Kris Bryant stat in his Scary Stat of the Week segment.
  • We share some of our observations from the first Spring Training game of the year for the Cubs. 
  • Ben Zobrist has reported to Spring Training
  • Joe Maddon doesn't feel that Willson Contreras was physically tired late in 2018.  We're not so sure we agree with that and discuss Contreras' importance to the team's success in 2019.
  • ZiPS is a little kinder to the Cubs than PECOTA.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_599.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Thanks for downloading the first episode of our 11th season of podcasting on the Cubs.  All of the players have reported to Spring Training in Mesa, and we cover a lot in this episode. 

  • Kurt's Scary Stat looks closer at the PECOTA projections for Cubs starting pitchers.  
  • The Cubs tv deal is official, and as everyone expected, the broadcast partner is Sinclair. 
  • Addison Russell held his first press conference since being suspended for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.  We share our thoughts on his statements. 
  • Joe Maddon spoke with the media a few times.  He made some more comments on Russell, revealed the slogan for the 2019 Cubs, and talked about the offense and coaching strategy. 
  • Theo and Jed also addressed the media.  Theo talked about Russell, how the Cubs are handling domestic violence issues as an organization, and the Joe Ricketts emails.  
  • We take a look at the health of the club heading into Spring Training. 
  • The Cubs have a new bullpen pitcher in Xavier Cedeno, and we talk about what impact that could have on Tyler Chatwood. 

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Direct download: Episode_1101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT

Thanks for downloading our 597th episode.  This week we discuss:

  • The proposed and discussed MLB rule changes:  Pitch-clock, 3-batter minimum, trade deadline date change, win-loss record impacting draft, Injured List, and DH in the National League.
  • PECOTA does NOT like the Cubs in 2019.  The projection system puts them 1 loss from last place in the division.
  • Spring Training storylines.
  • Bryce Harper update.

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Direct download: Episode_1062.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm CDT

On this episode, we share more of our thoughts on this off-season, and we talk about three bullpen pitchers.  

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Direct download: Episode_1061.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT

Cubs Convention took place this past weekend in Chicago, and this episode contains a discussion on several of stories surrounding the event.  

Direct download: Episode_1060.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am CDT

On this episode of the podcast:

  • Kris Bryant is historically good.
  • Theo made an appearance on 670 The Score to talk about the Cubs' offseason.  
  • The long-awaited tv deal is starting to (kind of) come into focus.
  • Steamer projections are out, and we look at the projected NL Central standings.
  • The Cubs have a bench coach, it's Mike Loretta.
  • Harper/Machado updates
Direct download: Episode_1059.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm CDT

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