Javy Face-Tag – Episode 8.48

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 426th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs went out to the west coast and swept the Padres in San Diego. We talk about that series, including the incredible defense of Javier Baez and the offensive production by the entire team, especially Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.

With lots of positives to talk about, we balance that with an attempt to figure out why Jason Heyward’s production has been so poor this year. We discover a few things that could be contributing to it, but no concrete explanation.

We throw in some Internet Muscle Flexes and Andy shares a classic Rube Waddell story with us.

“Don’t forget the color of your check” – Episode 8.47

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 425th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs lost their weekend series to the Rockies and we talk about this series. The Cubs got a heck of a start from Mike Montgomery (and a great relief appearance from Cahill). Jason Heyward got the weekend off and hopefully that helps him get back on track at the plate.

The Cubs sent John Lackey and Hecton Rondon to the disabled list and brought up a couple of guys from Iowa. This leads to a discussion on the lack of quality pitching in the farm system.

Kurt shares a Scary Stat of the Week and we read some Internet Muscle Flexes.

Autographed by Paris France – Episode 8.46

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 424th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs beat the Brewers 4 times in 3 days this week. We talk about the series and a few of the highlights, like Rizzo’s ledge-catch and Travis Wood’s non-flinching abilities.

Corey was at the day game on Tuesday and shares some thoughts on Aroldis Chapman. Are Hendricks and Hammel Cy Young worthy? There’s a lot of chatter and we discuss this idea. Kurt falls into a Scary Stat of the Week and Andy shares a Rube Waddell story with us.

Poseidon’s Kiss – Episode 8.45

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThis is the annual “Trying to recover from the Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake” episode. We had a blast hanging out with listeners this weekend and we share a few stories.

Because of Saturday’s game and Pedro Strop’s injury earlier in the week, we talk a fair amount about the bullpen. We also discuss this Cubs/Cardinals series.

Kurt has a Scary Stat of the Week and we have a few Internet Muscle Flexes.

John “Surly Spice” Lackey – Episode 8.44

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 422nd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about the Cubs short series with the Angels. Most of the conversation revolves around John Lackey and his great outing on Tuesday.

After ignoring it for a few episodes, we decided to finally weigh in on the Tommy La Stella situation since there’s actual details to the story now.

We also answer a handful of listener questions and Andy shares a Rube Waddell story with us.

“I swear I can throw 63” – Episode 8.43

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 421st episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Chicago Cubs are on a roll. They’ve won 7 games in a row. They’re 28 games over .500. They have won every series since the All Star Break. They’re 11.5 games ahead of the Cardinals. Things are looking good. Then something dawns on us and we get real nervous about how this all might play out. Listen to find out what stopped us dead in our tracks.

Jorge Soler is back and hitting the ball well. Jake is back to being Jake (without as many strikeouts) and Kyle Hendricks looks better than we would have imagined he would.

Kurt shares a Hendricks Scary Stat, we read some internet muscle flexes, and there’s a fair amount of conversation to get us off track.

Rizzo’s Expansive Bobblehead Display Area – Episode 8.42

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 420th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs just wrapped up a series win over the Marlins and we’ve got some real exciting games to talk about. First off, we look back on Sunday’s wild extra-innings game against the Mariners. Then in the final game of the Marlins series, the Cubs put together an unlikely comeback in the 9th.

After discussing the Cubs play since our last episode, we dip down into the minors and look at how some of the top prospects in the Cubs farm system are doing this season.

“Campfires are so analog” – Episode 8.41

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 419th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we recap John Baker Day. We all three decided this may be our best baseball game experience. It was an incredible day and thanks to all of you that made it so special.

This episode was recorded before Sunday night’s Cubs/Mariners rubber-match. We talk about the first few games and discuss Arrieta. Is he back on track or are there some pretty alarming indicators?

It appears that Joe Maddon wants to keep this team fresh and adding Matusz to the rotation and resting Rizzo on Saturday are signs that he wants this team well rested for September and beyond. We also talk about how much Maddon may use Chapman.

The Cubs have made some roster moves, sending La Stella to Iowa and calling up Coghlan. The three of us feel that it’s difficult to see Coghlan with a long-term place on this team.

Kurt gives us a Scary Stat of the Week and we read several Internet Muscle Flexes.

Lauren live broadcasted most of the John Baker Day event on Periscope and if you’d like to watch that, go to http://ivyenvy.com/2016bakervideo

“Can we take a second to talk about…” – Episode 8.40

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20160326_202944-2_wmFor the second episode in a row, we’re forced to take the Aroldis Chapman topic on. We don’t come to any sort of resolution, other than wishing we weren’t faced with this situation. We sort through stuff a little more on this episode.

We also look at what impact his acquisition has on the bullpen. We know he can throw hard. He’s always made Cubs hitters look silly, but how good is he? We look at his shocking numbers.

We have a few listener questions and by the end of the episode we were ready for topics that don’t involve Aroldis Chapman.

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