Ivy Envy - Chicago Cubs Fan Podcast (UNOFFICIAL)

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