Ivy Envy - Chicago Cubs Fan Podcast (UNOFFICIAL) (general)

It's the episode we've looked forward to doing for quite a while...the episode where we bid farewell to Addison Russell.  We talk about the Cubs' decision to move on and reflect back on Russell's on-the-field career with the Cubs.  We catch up on a couple of other roster moves the Cubs recently made.  Then, we share our thoughts on some trade rumors and what the Cubs may do this off-season. 

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Direct download: Episode_1145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm CST

Typically, this time of November is pretty slow when it comes to the MLB hot-stove.  On this episode, we check in with a couple of Cubs topics and briefly discuss the Astros sign-stealing situation.  

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Direct download: Episode_1144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm CST

On this episode, Andy and Corey discuss the press conference where the Cubs introduced David Ross as the next manager of the team.  

Direct download: Episode_1143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm CST

The Cubs have reportedly found a replacement for Joe Maddon in David Ross.  In this episode, we share our thoughts on this hiring and discuss a couple of the issues people may have with Ross filling the position. 

Direct download: Episode_1142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44pm CST

Well, for the first time since 2014, we don't have meaningful Cubs baseball to discuss in October.  Instead, we talk about the departure of perhaps the best manager in Cubs history and how the front office and ownership can put the pieces of a broken team back together.  

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Direct download: Episode_1141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm CST

On this episode, we look past the 1% chance the Cubs will make the playoffs and have a stream of consciousness conversation about the Cardinals sweeping the Cubs in a 4-game series at Wrigley, the 2019 season as a whole, and the future of the team.

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Direct download: Episode_1140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm CST

This episode was recorded before Wednesday's Cubs/Reds game.  We talk about the first few games of the series.  Then, we preview the HUGE upcoming four-game Cardinals/Cubs series at Wrigley.  

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Direct download: Episode_1139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm CST

The Cubs DESTROY the Pirates over the weekend while the Brewers took two of three from the Cardinals.  The Cubs now sit 2 games behind the Cardinals as they prepare to host the Reds while the Cardinals play the current wild card leading Nationals.  

On this episode, we talk about the Pirates series, the Cubs' playoff hopes, and our recent event, The 2019 Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake. 

Direct download: Episode_1138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm CST

This was not a good week for the Chicago Cubs and there is not a lot of optimism in this episode.  The Cubs ended the week further behind the Cardinals than they were at the beginning of the week.  Oh yeah, and Javy has a hairline fracture, Kimbrel went to the IL, and now Bryant is missing games because of his knee.  At a time when the Cubs needed everything to fall in place, things are heading the opposite direction. 

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Direct download: Episode_1137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CST

Labor Day unofficially marks the beginning of the home-stretch for the MLB season.  The Cubs start that race behind the Cardinals, and in this episode, Andy and Corey discuss what needs to happen for the Cubs to win the NL Central in 2019.

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Direct download: Episode_1136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am CST

The Cubs won a road series!  Corey shares his (perhaps misguided) optimism about the 2019 Cubs.  We then discuss some of the latest happenings.  There have been some good pitching performances, some really shakey bullpen appearances, and an offense that has not been enough.  But did the Little League Classic turn around this Cubs season?

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Direct download: Episode_1135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01pm CST

On this episode, we spend some time talking about the Cubs' bizarre inability to win on the road in 2019.  With our John Baker Day panel discussion episode last week, we talk about some of the negatives and positives over the last two weeks.  This really feels like a team that you can read however you'd like, doesn't it?  

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Direct download: Episode_1134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm CST

This panel discussion was recorded at the John Baker Day 2019 event.  Corey and Andy moderate a discussion with panelists:

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Direct download: Episode_1133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm CST

The Cubs started this important 9-game stretch by losing 2 out of 3 to the Brewers.  The Cubs could have swept the series, but the offense and pitching struggled.  Kurt's scary stat is terrifying, and you're going to get some long-term and shot-term talk on this episode. 

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Direct download: Episode_1132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm CST

The Cubs wrapped up a strong post-ASG homestand by taking 2 of 3 from a competitive San Diego Padres team.  On this episode, we talk about that series, the upcoming trade deadline, and the Cubs players making their way back from injury. 

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Direct download: Episode_1131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm CST

The Cubs make a move and trade Mike Montgomery for Martín Maldonado.  We discuss the trade and how it makes the Cubs stronger.  

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Direct download: Episode_1130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm CST

On this episode of the podcast, Andy and Corey look back on the first half of the 2019 season and assign letter grades to the team.  

Direct download: Episode_1129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am CST

On this shared Ivy Envy/Son Ranto episode, we share details on John Baker Day 2019.  In the second half of the episode, John Baker himself joins the conversation.  John is currently working as a Mental Skills Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.  He talks about the John Baker Game and he gives us some insight into the work he does for the Cubs. 

Direct download: Episode_1128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm CST

Kurt and Andy discuss the state of Cubs baseball.  Along with the team’s performance this past week, they cover the personnel changes due to injury, the mediocre play of the team in June, and the upcoming All-Star game.

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Direct download: Episode_1127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm CST

On this episode, we talk about Adbert Alzolay's debut, Craig Kimbrel's timeline, and more help for the bullpen.  Then we answer some listener questions.  

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Direct download: Episode_1126_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm CST

The Cubs go 2-5 in a 7-game road trip out west.  On this episode, we talk about the series in Colorado and Los Angeles.  While the Cubs lost 3 of 4 in LA, there were some positives to take away from the series.

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Direct download: Episode_1125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm CST

The Cubs signed Craig Kimbrel! On this episode, we talk about this acquisition and share our thoughts on the strengthened bullpen. We also talk about the addition of CarGo. This is the time of year people start thinking about ways to strengthen a team before the trade deadline. We discuss what we think the Cubs need to do at the deadline.

Direct download: Episode_1124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm CST

This episode was recorded during Sunday's Cubs/Cardinals game.  In the episode, you'll hear us discuss the possibility of the Cubs signing Craig Kimbrel, umpiring, Yu Darvish, an exciting starting pitcher in Iowa, the Cubs' struggles with RISP, and much more.  

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Direct download: Episode_1123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm CST

The Cubs have been experiencing a bit of a rough stretch and on this episode, we discuss some of the causes for the results in the second half of the month of May.  

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Direct download: Episode_1122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:07pm CST

On this episode, Kurt and Andy go Corey-free and talk about the Cubs first series loss since the beginning of April.  They also look forward to the upcoming home stand which features a Darvish-Arrieta matchup.

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Direct download: Episode_1121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm CST

The Cubs continue their winning ways and we discuss some of the highlights of the last week.  

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Direct download: Episode_1120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm CST

A red-hot Cardinals team came to Wrigley for the weekend and the Cubs swept them away.  I guess you could say the Cubs spanked and buried the Cardinals.  We share some thoughts on the series and where the Cubs stand, which is atop the division.  We also contemplate the validity of our early-season bullpen concerns.  The Marlins come to Wrigley for a four-game series, and we see this as a good opportunity to continue their winning ways.

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Direct download: Episode_1119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm CST

The Cubs went to Seattle and took the two-game set, and now return to Chicago to face the Cardinals for the first time this season.  On this episode, we talk about a few things we saw in the Mariners series and then preview this weekend's series. 

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Direct download: Episode_1118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm CST

This episode was recording during the Cubs' extra-inning win over the Diamondbacks.  We share a few thoughts on the D-backs series, preview the upcoming Mariners series, and answer about a dozen listener questions.  

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Direct download: Episode_1117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm CST

The biggest test of the season came to Wrigley this week, and the Cubs beat the Dodgers two games to one.  On this episode, we talk about the series, and how the starting pitching held up.  Now that the season is four weeks old, we also look at some the players in the lineup who aren't producing as we'd expect.  We also talk about the players that have stepped up to help the offense produce at a near-record clip.  

Addison Russell will likely join the Cubs soon.  We share some thoughts on his return.  We also preview the upcoming Diamondbacks series.

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Direct download: Episode_1116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm CST

The Cubs took two of three from the Diamondbacks, and the series was once again anchored by a pitching staff that has been unbelievably reliable since Jon Lester was injured.  We focus on the three starters in the Diamondbacks series, and also discuss some offensive performances.  We also preview the upcoming Dodgers series and give you some injury updates.  

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Direct download: Episode_1115_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

The slow off-season continues for the Cubs.  On this episode, we start things off by sharing some more thoughts on the Addison Russell situation and explain where we are as fans and podcasters of a team that continues to employ Addison Russell.  

We also go through a few recent Cubs acquisitions and talk about a division that seems to be improving around the Cubs. 

Direct download: Episode_1058.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am CST

Thanks for downloading this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  We have a number of Cubs topics to discuss on this episode.

  • In tragic news, former Cub Luis Valbuena was killed in Venezuela. 
  • There is a new offensive metric, DRC+.  We talk about the stat, and what it tells us about the 2018 Cubs.  
  • This week, we learned that Yu Darvish should be good to go for Spring Training.
  • Unfortunately, it looks like Brandon Morrow will likely not be ready for Spring Training. 
  • Fangraphs released a list of Cubs top prospects, and we look at the overall list and who could impact the Cubs in the near future.
  • The Cubs coaching staff is in place.
  • Other teams are getting better, and we're a little confused about the tight purse-strings. 

If you'd like to read more about DRC+, check out these two articles:

Why DRC+?

What is DRC+?

 

Direct download: Episode_1057.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm CST

On this episode of the podcast, we talk about the moves the Cubs have made in the last few weeks, including tendering Addison Russell a contract.  

Direct download: Episode_1056.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm CST

While the Chicago Cubs haven't made any huge off-season moves, there has been plenty to talk about.  On this episode, we get caught up with the minor moves and major rumors.  

Direct download: Episode_1055.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm CST

This episode is a sample of our side podcast, Cultivating Catuli.  Listen as we talk about the failed experiment the Cubs tried in the 1960's, the College of Coaches. 

Direct download: Episode_1054.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm CST

On this episode, we look at the players from the 2018 Cubs who are not under team control in 2019.  We look at the free agents and players who have club options for 2019 and share our thoughts on whether or not the Cubs should bring them back.  

We also check in on the Arizona Fall League to see how Cubs prospects are doing.  

Direct download: Episode_1053.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm CST

This is our 587th episode and the first real episode of the off-season.  On this episode, you will hear us discuss Chili Davis' dismissal and the hiring of Anthony Iopoce.  We also discuss Shiraz Rehman's departure from the Cubs organization and share some rumors involving Jason McLeod and Brandon Hyde. This leads to a discussion on one area we feel the Cubs front office has underperformed. 

Direct download: Episode_1052.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CST

The Chicago Cubs' season ended on Tuesday night with a 13-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card Game.  On this episode, we talk about the abrupt ending to the season, and we share some thoughts, a handful of days removed.  

Direct download: Episode_1051.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

The Cubs will square off against the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 NL Wild Card game.  On this episode, we preview this game.  

Direct download: Episode_1050.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm CST

The Milwaukee Brewers claimed ownership of the NL Central title this afternoon with a 3-1 win over your Chicago Cubs.  This episode was recorded seconds after that game ended.  

Direct download: Episode_1049.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm CST

It's going to take 163 games to determine the NL Central Champions, and on this episode, we talk about what got us to this point and what the Cubs need to do to win the division for the 3rd straight season. 

Direct download: Episode_1048.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm CST

The Cubs' magic number sits at 5 after they took two out of three from the White Sox on the south side.  On this episode, we share a few thoughts on the Addison Russell situation and then talk about what we would like to see from specific Cubs players in the last week of the regular season.  

Direct download: Episode_1047.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm CST

With 10 games left, the Cubs sit 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central.  On this episode, you'll hear us share our confidence with the bullpen as it stands, and the individual relief pitchers we feel are the most confident.  

We also talk about how the offense can bail out the bullpen by not putting them in tight spots, and there are some signs that can come together before the playoffs. 

Direct download: Episode_1046.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm CST

Although the Cubs only scored five runs in their series against the Reds at Wrigley, they were able to win two of the three games, and gain a full game over the Brewers for the division.  

In this episode, we'll talk about this unproductive offense and the stellar pitching that keeps the Cubs at the top of the division.  

Direct download: Episode_1045.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm CST

The Cubs had the opportunity to, if not lock up the division, create some real space between them and the Brewers this week.  That did not happen. On this episode, we share some of our frustrations, some of our concerns, and we offer some of the obvious explanations of why the Cubs have just not looked like themselves this season.  

Direct download: Episode_1044.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm CST

This Cubs/Brewers series at Wrigley will probably feel like playoff baseball.  The Cubs end (kind of) a miserable series in Washington DC and return to Wrigley for a 3-game set with the Brewers before they head back to DC for one game...and then back to Wrigley for a series with the Reds.

On this episode, we share some general thoughts on the last week in Cubs baseball and talk about this weird week coming up.  

Direct download: Episode_1043.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CST

The calendar turns to September, the Cubs get some notable players back from injury, and the Cubs have an opportunity to stake their claim with the division.  We talk about the starting pitching the Cubs beat this week, the results from the Cubs starters recently, and of course...Javy.  

Direct download: Episode_1042.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm CST

On this episode, we talk about the last week in Cubs baseball, which includes five wins, lots of runs, and the acquisition of Daniel Murphy.  

Direct download: Episode_1041.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm CST

After scoring four runs in a four-game series against the Pirates, and somehow splitting that series, we understandably express some frustration and confusion about this 2018 team.  But it's not all gloom and doom.  The Cubs have about six weeks to get things straightened out, and hopefully, that happens. 

Direct download: Episode_1040.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm CST

On this episode, we get caught up on the last week in Cubs baseball. David Bote hits the ball hard, especially when he hits walk-off grand slams.  Cole Hamels is pitching better than we expected.  Jon Lester comes back to earth.  Kris Bryant is taking dry swings.  And, you can hear crickets at Royals games.  

Direct download: Episode_1039.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm CST

This episode has everything you know and love about Ivy Envy.  There's Javy love, optimism, misspeaking, rambling, and kids on the shed.  

Direct download: Episode_1038.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am CST

We recorded this episode less than 24 hours before the non-tender trade deadline.  On this episode, we talk about the addition of Cole Hamels and spend a lot of time talking about the pitching.  

Direct download: Episode_1037.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm CST

This episode was recorded live at Raccoon Motel in Davenport, Iowa.  Most likely, all Cubs teams for the rest of our lives will be compared to the 2016 Cubs.  So on this episode, we compare the 2018 Cubs to the 2016 Cubs.  We go over several similarities and differences between the two versions of the Cubs.  

Then, we answer a few listener questions.  We end the episode by inviting Katie Day to the stage, and we have a conversation about her music, both the Cubs-centered songs, and the songs that have nothing to do with (but may be influenced by) the Chicago Cubs.

Direct download: Episode_1036.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am CST

The Cubs took 3 games of this 5-game series with the Cardinals, and we share some thoughts on the series.  We talk about the successful John Baker Day event and talk about the moves we think the Cubs should make at the trade deadline.  We also preview the upcoming series with the Diamondbacks.  

Tickets to Katie Day w/ Ivy Envy at Raccoon Motel - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/katie-day-w-ivy-envy-tickets-47557054430

Direct download: Episode_10.35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm CST

The Cubs will enter the All-Star Break in first place in the NL Central.  While the Brewers flounder, the Cubs take care of business in San Diego and take over the lead. 

This episode was recorded Sunday morning, before the final game of the series with the Padres.  We talk about the series events so far, which of course includes Javier Baez doing Javy things.  

Then, we shift our focus to the second half of the season and discuss some keys to the Cubs success in the second half.  

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Direct download: Episode_1034.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am CST

It was a great week for the Cubs.  They went 8-1 in their last 9 games, and we talk about a few things that are going right with the team.  

Direct download: Episode_1033.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm CST

The Cubs are riding a 4-game winning streak as they prepare to take on the Tigers at Wrigley this week. On this episode, we talk about the weekend sweep of the (then) 2nd place AL Central Twins and the 2-game set against the (now) 2nd place AL Central Tigers. 

Direct download: Episode_1032.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm CST

This episode was recorded during the final game of the Cubs' series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  You will hear us share a few thoughts on this series, get up to speed on Cubs injuries, and we'll preview the upcoming series with the Twins at Wrigley.  

Direct download: Episode_1031.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm CST

Well, the Cubs went to Cincy and were swept in a four-game series.  I don't think any of us expected that result with this series.  On this episode, you will hear our attempt to put that series into context and explain what is and is not concerning about the results.  

Direct download: Episode_1030.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm CST

On this episode, you will hear all of the details for John Baker Day 2018.  

Direct download: Episode_1029.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am CST

On this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the Brewers and Cardinals series and look ahead to the Dodgers and Reds series.  

 

Direct download: Episode_1028.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm CST

When we started recording this episode, the Cubs were officially in first place in the NL Central. By the time the episode was finished, they were back to 1/2 game behind the Brewers.  

On this episode, we talk about the Pirates series, and look ahead to the upcoming series with the Brewers in Milwaukee.  

Direct download: Episode_1027.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43pm CST

On this episode of the podcast, we talk about Jason Heyward's 9th inning walk-off grand slam, and the rest of the Cubs series win over the Phillies.  Tyler Chatwood still can't find the strike zone, yet is limiting the damage.  What's the answer?  

We also look at some of the players that the Cubs selected in this year's MLB draft.  

Direct download: Episode_1026.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm CST

The Cubs went to New York and swept the 4-game series with the Mets.  On this episode, we talk about a few of those games and performances.  

We are 7-8 weeks from the trade deadline, and we use this opportunity to share where we feel the Cubs front office should address when looking at trade opportunities.

Direct download: Episode_1025.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm CST

On this episode, we talk a little about the last two games of the Pirates series and share our thoughts on some recent articles on the fan treatment of Yu Darvish.  

Direct download: Episode_1024.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28pm CST

On this episode of the podcast, we talk about the Cubs' weekend series vs. the Giants and the first game of the Cubs @ Pirates series.  

We give some love to Tommy La Stella and talk about some Cubs starting pitchers. 

Direct download: Episode_1023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm CST

On this episode, I am joined by Beth (Andy's wife) and Lauren (@blondewonk) to discuss the Ivy Envy Global Game Watch.

Right now, we have about 65 game watch locations all around the world.  Listen to the details and RSVP to your local game watch.  If there isn't one in your area and you'd like to sign up, click here

To RSVP to your local game watch, you must first join the Facebook Group for this event - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1617326498315401/

Direct download: Episode_1022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm CST

On this episode, we talk about the Cubs weekend series vs. the Reds.  The Cubs took 3 of 4, and the starting pitching turned in some great performances.  We also look ahead to the two-game series vs. the Indians at Wrigley this week.  

Direct download: Episode_1021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CST

On this episode, we share few thoughts on the Cubs/Braves series and some of the recent issues with Major League Baseball.  Then, we look at the Cubs starting pitching.  Do the starters suck, like many think?  We take a step back, look at the numbers, and then look at what the remaining 3/4 of the season could have in store for the pitchers.  

Direct download: Episode_1020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm CST

On this episode, we talk about some of the recent extraordinary Cubs offensive performances.  We also preview the upcoming 4-game set vs. the Braves.

Direct download: Episode_1019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm CST

On this episode, we talk about the Cubs sweep of the Marlins and preview the upcoming series vs. the White Sox.  

Direct download: Episode_1018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43pm CST

Well, the Cubs went to St. Louis and were swept by the Cardinals. This was a series that the Cubs could have pretty easily taken or swept, and it's the Cardinals...so this one stung.  We share some of our frustrations with the team, and try to get the sour taste out of our mouths by talking about the upcoming series against the Marlins.

Direct download: Episode_1017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm CST

Despite an ineffective offense, the Chicago Cubs managed to go 5-2 on their homestand, facing the Brewers and the Rockies.  The lack of offense caught up with the Cubs, though.  They lost the last two games in the Rockies series.  

In this episode, we talk about the Rockies series and how the offense is playing.  We also look ahead to this weekend's series in St. Louis vs. the Cardinals.  

 

Direct download: Episode_1016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm CST

The Brewers came to Wrigley on an 8-game winning streak, and the Cubs brushed them aside with a 4-game sweep.  On this episode, we share our thoughts on the series and the Brewers squad.  The Cubs starting pitching had four tremendous starts in the series, and we detail those.  We also discuss the Addison Russell/Manny Machado trade rumor and talk about Russell's performance and development.  Next, the Rockies come to Chicago and we preview that series.  

Direct download: Episode_1015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm CST

The Cubs split their 2-game "series" in Cleveland.  This episode was recorded during the 2nd game.  We talk about some encouraging (and downright exciting) things we've seen from the Cubs offense. We also talk about a few players that continue to struggle, although the results are sometimes there.  

Direct download: Episode_1014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm CST

The Cubs spent the weekend in Denver and took two of three from the Rockies.  We recap that series and talk about some individual performances.  After an off-day on Monday, the Cubs will head to Cleveland for a quick two-game series with the Indians, and we preview those games.  

Direct download: Episode_1013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CST

On this episode, we talk about the two games the Cubs and Cardinals were able to get in this week.  We also preview the upcoming series vs. the Rockies in Denver.

Direct download: Episode_1012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm CST

On this episode, we talk about the weather-shortened (or incomplete) series between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves.  This series contained one of the most memorable Cubs games.  We discuss that episode and some of the individual performances.  We also preview the upcoming series in Chicago vs. the Cardinals.  

Direct download: Episode_1011.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm CST

The division-leading Pittsburgh Pirates came to Wrigley for the first series at Wrigley in 2018 and took two out of three from the Cubs.  On this episode, we talk about why the Cubs lost this series and a couple of things that are causing the Cubs to be a .500 team right now.  

We also spend quite a bit of time swooning over Javy Baez, as we tend to do from time to time.  

Direct download: Episode_1010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm CST

The Cubs went up to their second home (Miller Park) and hopefully, set the tone for the entire season with the division opponents.  We share our thoughts on this Cubs/Brewers series.  

Direct download: Episode_1009.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm CST

The Cubs split their opening series with the Marlins.  While it's easy to focus on the negatives of splitting a series with a terrible team, there are some positives to consider.  We discuss the series and look ahead to a two-game set with the Reds.  

Direct download: Episode_1008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm CST