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

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
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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.  

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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

It's our annual season prediction episode.  Listen as we share our predictions on a variety of Cubs stats for both the team and individual players.  

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Direct download: Episode_1007.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm CST

Spring Training is cruising along, and we decide to take a few minutes to talk about a couple of individual performances.  The Cubs released Justin Grimm, and we look back on his years with the Cubs and talk about the impact his departure has on the bullpen.  We also look at the first month of the 2018 season for the Cubs.  There is a good mix of opponents, some weaker teams and then, series with the Cardinals and Brewers.  

If you are interested in hosting a game watch in your area for the Ivy Envy Global Game Watch, click this link:  Ivy Envy Global Game Watch

We also have a date for John Baker Day 2018, it's July 21st. 

 

Direct download: Episode_1006.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm CST

On this episode, we answer a handful of listener questions.  We also take this opportunity to reflect on the Jake Arrieta years, and the incredible performances we witnessed.  

Direct download: Episode_1005.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm CST

On this episode of the podcast, we look at six players that could experience turnaround seasons in 2018.  We look at Chatwood, Russell, Schwarber, Zobrist, Heyward, and Wilson.  After we look at each player, we rank them in order of likelihood to experience a turnaround.  

At the end of the episode, we introduce a new segment, and here are the links for it:

FourEyes Woodworking and Design

Boy Pablo - Everytime

Direct download: Episode_1004.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm CST

This episode starts with a little discussion about the first few games of the Cubs 2018 Spring Training.  Then we get into the leadoff hitter discussion.  Joe Maddon plans to "audition some dudes," and we share our thoughts on four leadoff candidates, Almora, Happ, Zobrist, and Schwarber.   

Direct download: Episode_1003.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm CST

On the 538th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about some of the 2018 Cubs Spring Training storylines.  Learn what storylines interest us the most and what we'll be paying attention to with specific players.  

If you would like to grab one of the remaining tickets to our 3rd Annual Ivy Envy Cubs/Brewers Tailgate in Milwaukee, go to https://groupmatics.events/event/Ivyenvy5

Direct download: Episode_1002.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm CST

Welcome to the first episode of our 10th season of podcasting on the Cubs.  The Cubs signed Yu Darvish!  The rotation suddenly looks great, and we talk about how good it is.  We also talk about how good the rest of the team is by looking at the ZiPS and PECOTA projections for the 2018 Chicago Cubs.  

Direct download: Episode_1001.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm CST

At the beginning of the season, we made some predictions for the 2017 season.  Most, if not all, of these stat predictions, were suggested by listeners.  Michael from Galesburg (The Awesome 80's Podcast & Cultivating Catuli) joins us to tell us how we fared.  One of the hosts will emerge victoriously.  

This episode wraps up our 9th season of podcasting on the Cubs.  Next week, we will preview Spring Training and go through the 2018 Cubs ZiPS projections.  Thanks for sticking with us through this incredibly slow off-season, and the next episode starts Season 10!

Direct download: Episode_975.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am CST

Thanks for downloading the 535th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  On this episode, we talk about three Cubs signings, check in on Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, and we talk about Jason Heyward's recent proclamation that he will be the MVP of the Cubs in 2018. 

Direct download: Episode_974.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm CST

Thanks for downloading this, the 534th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about the arbitration agreements between the Cubs and eligible players. We also talk about some news from Cubs Convention and the event we co-hosted with The Son Ranto Show, The Unconventional. 

Direct download: Episode_973.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm CST

Thanks for downloading the 533rd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  On this episode, we talk about the slow off-season and some of the rumors involving the Cubs.  We also talk about two minor pitching acquisitions.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm CST

On this, the 532nd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about a slimmer Kyle Schwarber, two recent pitching acquisitions, and a few free agency rumors. 

Direct download: Episode_971.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm CST

On this, the 531st episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast, we run through the latest Chicago Cubs news:

  • Our last Ohtani update because he signed with the Angels.
  • The Cubs added a starting pitcher in Tyler Chatwood.
  • More bullpen help is on the way with the signing of Brandon Morrow.
  • Giancarlo Stanton goes to the Yankees and we talk about the impact this move has on the Cubs.
  • We run through some of the recent rumors as the Winter Meetings kick off. 
Direct download: Episode_970.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm CST

Thanks for downloading our 530th episode.  On this episode, we check in on Ohtani, look at the Cubs' new lefty reliever, and talk about the decision the Cubs made to non-tender Hector Rondon and Taylor Davis.   

Direct download: Episode_969.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm CST

On this episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast, we look at the 2017 pre-season projections for Cubs outfielders and then compare those projections to the actual performances.  We also check in on the Ohtani situation and share our thoughts on the Cubs top prospect lists that have recently come out.  

Direct download: Episode_968.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm CST

On this, the 528th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about Otani coming to MLB and the Cubs chances of acquiring him.  We also go through all of the 2017 Cubs that are now free agents and share our thoughts on those players returning to the Cubs. 

Direct download: Episode_967.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44pm CST

It was a pretty quiet week for the Cubs, so we decided to take the week off, but instead of leaving you empty handed, we are giving you a preview of Cultivating Catuli. 

Cultivating Catuli is a Chicago Cubs history podcast, hosted by Corey, Kurt, and Michael from Galesburg.  

You can subscribe to Cultivating Catuli in any of the podcast apps.  

Direct download: Episode_966.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm CST

Thanks for downloading this, the 526th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  On this episode, we discuss all of the recent coaching changes the Cubs have made since their season ended. 

Direct download: Episode_965.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm CST

The Cubs were knocked out of the postseason by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 NLCS.  We share some thoughts on the series and the postseason as a whole in this episode. 

Now that the off-season has begun, we will go back to one episode per week, with and off-week here and there.  Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your routine this season.  Stay subscribed for all of the offseason Cubs news and moves.

Go Cubs!

Direct download: Episode_964.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am CST

The Cubs got off to a rocky start in the NLCS series vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  They dropped the first two games, and the events have provided Cubs fans with a lot to be frustrated with.  On this episode, we share some of our thoughts on these two games and we preview Game #3, which is in Chicago on Tuesday night. 

Direct download: Episode_963.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm CST

After beating the Nationals in the NLDS, the Cubs head to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the NLCS.  The series starts Saturday night in a Game #1 match-up vs. Clayton Kershaw.  On this episode, we preview Game #1 and share our predictions for the game and the series. 

Direct download: Episode_962.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CST

The Cubs advanced to the NLCS after one of the most stressful and baffling games we've witnessed.  We share some thoughts on Game #5.  Look for an NLCS Game #1 preview episode on Friday.  

Direct download: Episode_961.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46am CST

This episode was recorded shortly after the Cubs dropped Game #4 to the Nationals.  The two teams head to Washington DC for the deciding Game #5.  Listen for our thoughts on Game #4 and our predictions for Game #5. 

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Direct download: Episode_960.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm CST

During the recording of this episode, we had a cable go bad. We apologize for the static at different points of the episode. We were not able to hear the static.  

In this episode, we recap Games #1 and #2.  The Cubs split the two games with the Nationals and now have home-field advantage as they need to win two of the next three games, and two of those games are at Wrigley Field.  

We talk about some of the things that stood out in the first two games and preview the next two.  

Direct download: Episode_959.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm CST

The NLDS series between the Cubs and Nationals starts Friday night and on this episode, we preview the series and Game #1.  We look at some general series stuff like the roster and pitching rotation, and then we dig into Game #1.  We look at the Cubs vs. Strasburg and the Nationals vs. Kyle Hendricks.  

We make some series and Game #1 predictions and finish the show off with a couple of Internet Muscle Flexes.

Direct download: Episode_958.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm CST

On this, the 518th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we look at the Cubs' opponent in the 2017 National League Division Series, the Washington Nationals.  

This is a general overview of how the Nationals did this year and how their offense and pitching performed.  We will dive into specific match-ups on Thursday night when we preview Game #1. 

To watch our live pre-game and post-game shows, like our Facebook page: http://Facebook.com/IvyEnvyPodcast.  

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Direct download: Episode_957.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm CST

For the 2nd season in a row, the Chicago Cubs are NL Central Champions.  They now head to the postseason for the 3rd straight season.  This is a historically significant accomplishment, and we talk about this success coming after a handful of years of bad teams.  

On this, our 517th episode, we talk about the NLDS schedule and share our podcasting plans for the postseason.  We don't dig into the NLDS too much, although we do share who we think the Cubs should send to the mount to start these games.  Andy previews a Reds series that doesn't matter, Kurt shares a scary stat and we read some internet muscle flexes.  

Direct download: Episode_956.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm CST

On this episode of the podcast:

  • We talk about our tailgate event in Milwaukee on Saturday.
  • We share thoughts on some of the events in that Cubs series in Milwaukee.  
  • We preview the upcoming Cubs series in St. Louis.
  • Kurt shares a Scary Stat.
  • An installment of Corey's Stories
  • Internet Muscle Flexes
Direct download: Episode_955.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm CST

On this, the 515th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the pitching performances in the Cubs series against the Tampa Bay Rays.  We also talk about the confidence, and lack of confidence we have in a variety of Cubs pitchers.    

While a loss in Wednesday's game will surely make Cubs fans a little anxious, we check in on the @RianWatt infographic.  

We finish the episode with a discussion with listener, Chase McClure. Chase was selected to throw out the first pitch at #CubsSocial this year and he describes that experience.  

Direct download: Episode_954.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm CST

Thanks for downloading the 514th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  Wow, how things change in just one week.  Last week, the Cubs playoff chances had significantly dropped due to a bad week of baseball and a sweep by the Brewers.  Now, the Cubs have won six straight, including a sweep of the Cardinals...a sweep that likely put the Cardinals out of contention.  The playoff odds have soared and it looks like the Cubs will own the division for the 2nd year in a row.  

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Chase got to throw out the first pitch!
  • How to get Cubs playoff tickets.
  • A lengthy hot-take discussion on John Lackey.
  • Albert Almora and Kyle Hendricks
  • Updated playoff odds.  
  • How the Brewers and Cardinals would need to perform to catch the Cubs.
  • The upcoming series with the Rays.
  • Saturday's tailgate in Milwaukee.
  • Scary stat
  • Internet Muscle Flexes

It's a jam-packed episode and one of our longest in quite some time.  Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_953.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm CST

The Cubs went 2-5 against NL Central opponents in the last week, including a sweep at the hands of the Brewers.  On this episode, we talk about these games and the postseason odds for the Cubs.  Andy previews the upcoming series against the Mets and Kurt shares a general baseball scary stat. 

Direct download: Episode_952.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm CST

Thanks for downloading the 512th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  On this episode, we talk about:

  • Sunday's Cubs/Braves Game
  • September Call-ups
  • Recent Acquisitions
  • Injury Report
  • Preview of Cubs/Pirates Series
  • Internet Muscle Flex

 

Direct download: Episode_951.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm CST

Welcome to the 511th episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast. It's the 50th episode of this 2017 Cubs season.  On this episode we discuss:

  • Post-Game meet-up this Sunday at Guthrie's. 
  • Corey's suite experience.
  • Mike Montgomery
  • #CubsSocial
  • Jake Arrieta
  • The bullpen
  • Upcoming series with the Braves
  • Internet Muscle Flexes
Direct download: Episode_950.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43pm CST

On this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcst, we talk about the Cubs...because we're a Cubs podcast.  Some of the topics we cover include:

  • The Susan Lucci of sports podcasts.
  • Cubs Social Media Night
  • Why strikeouts don't bother me
  • What's wrong with Quintana?
  • Tommy LaStella deserves a few minutes
  • The upcoming series vs. the Pirates
  • Scary Stat with no memorable stat
  • Internet Muscle Flexes
Direct download: Episode_949.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40pm CST

On this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the last week in Cubs baseball.  We co-hosted John Baker Day this last weekend. We talk about that event and share some of the stories the Baker told the attendees.  It is fitting that in the week of John Baker Day, the Cubs signed a new back-up catcher.  We talk about the latest news, preview the Reds series and share some internet muscle flexes.  

Direct download: Episode_948.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm CST

It was kind of an odd week in Cubs baseball.  The Cardinals worked their way back and for a day, were tied with the Cubs in first place.  Willson Contreras went down with a hamstring injury. We talk about the injury and it's impact on the team.  We cover a variety of other topics, Andy previews the Reds series, Kurt shares a scary stat and we read some internet muscle flexes. 

Direct download: Episode_947.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am CST

On this episode, we talk about the last week in Cubs baseball, including:

  • The Cubs moves at the trade deadline
  • Carl Edwards Jr's struggles
  • Kyle Hendricks' drop in velocity
  • Willson Contreras
  • Steve Bartman's World Series ring

We also get side-tracked with some off-topic stories, Andy previews the upcoming Giants series, and we read some internet muscle flexes.

Direct download: Episode_946.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm CST

On Saturday, July 29th, the Cubs community lost someone special to a lot of us.  John Arguello from Cubs Den passed away.  John came on the podcast several times to talk about Cubs prospects.  His most recent appearance was on June 7th.  Because a lot of the information is still relevant, I’d like to replay that conversation.  As I said on our last episode, John was insightful. Whether it was on the podcast or at the backfields in Mesa, I loved talking with John and hearing someone with a real baseball scout skillset talk about the game.  Like thousands of other Cubs fans, I will miss John and here’s my last conversation with him. 

Direct download: Episode_945.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm CST

On this, the 505th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the loss of John Arguello.  John was a semi-frequent guest on the podcast and one of the cornerstones of Cubs Twitter.  We will sorely miss John and his insight.  

We also talk about the last week in Cubs baseball and do some pre and post-All Star Game comparisons.  Kurt shares a Willson Contreras scary stat and we read some internet muscle flexes. 

Direct download: Episode_944.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm CST

On this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we check in on some former Cubs that were either on the 2016 Championship team or impacted that team via trade.  

Direct download: Episode_943.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CST

On this, the 503rd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about:

  • The last week in Cubs baseball.
  • John Lackey's comments on the idea of going to the bullpen.
  • The most recent trade rumors involving the Cubs.

Kurt shares a scary stat and we read some internet muscle flexes.

For tickets and info on John Baker Day 2017, go to http://sonranto.com/john-baker-dayhttp://sonranto.com/john-baker-day

Direct download: Episode_942.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm CST

On this, the 502nd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the trade that brought Jose Quintana to the Cubs. We share our thoughts on this trade and talk about what this means for the 2017 Cubs and beyond. 

The Cubs came out of the All-Star Break on fire, with 41 hits and 27 runs in three games.  We talk about this series against the Orioles and look ahead to the upcoming series against the Braves in Atlanta.   

Direct download: Episode_941.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm CST

Thanks for downloading this, the 501st episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we take a breather at the All-Star Break and look at what has gone wrong (and right) with the Cubs in the first half of the 2017 season.  

Direct download: Episode_940.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am CST

Here is the 500th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  Kurt, Andy, and Corey get together (with their families) to record this one in person. We reminisce the early days of Ivy Envy and share some stories that have probably never been told on the podcast.  A handful of listeners called in, including phone calls from Australia and The Netherlands.  

Direct download: Episode500.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm CST

Thanks for downloading this bonus episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. This episode is a "re-broadcast" of the Cultivating Catuli episode on The Ryne Sandberg Game. 

Direct download: Episode_938.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44am CST

Thanks for downloading the 498th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, Andy and Corey talk about Schwarber's return to the Cubs and Lackey's trip to the DL. Andy previews the upcoming series with the Pirates and we read one internet muscle flex. 

 

Direct download: Episode_937.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm CST

Thanks for downloading this, the 497th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about:

  • The lack of Cubs on the NL All-Star roster
  • Kyle Schwarber's performance with Iowa
  • The injuries the Cubs are recovering from
  • Ian Happ's production with the Cubs
  • The upcoming 2-game series with the Rays
  • Scary Stat
  • Internet Muscle Flexes 
Direct download: Episode_936.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm CST

Thanks for downloading this, the 496th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  We spend a good chunk of this episode discussing the Miguel Montero situation.  We also talk about Montero's current replacement (Victor Caratini), Kris Bryant's injury, and the upcoming Reds series.  Corey shares a scary stat and we read some internet muscle flexes.  

Direct download: Episode_934.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05pm CST

On this bonus episode of the podcast, I sit down and talk with Ray Styrlund of East Moline, IL.  Mr. Styrlund is the world's oldest Cubs fan.  

Direct download: Episode_933.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10am CST

Thanks for downloading the 494th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about the Cubs series split against the Marlins in Miami. We discuss Kyle Schwarber's demotion to AAA Iowa.  Andy previews the upcoming series against the Nationals, Kurt shares a scary stat, and we read some internet muscle flexes. 

Direct download: Episode_932_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm CST