A 1-6 week gives us a weathered prostate – Episode 8.32

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastWow. What a terrible week of Cubs baseball. On this, the 410th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about this 1-6 week. I can’t say I expected us to have a 1-6 week to talk about with the 2016 Cubs.

We use this episode to look at what has gone wrong over the last month of Cubs baseball. On June 1st, their winning percentage was .708 and it’s now about 60 points lower. So why is that? We look at offense, pitching and defense.

In an attempt to stay positive, we also look at some positives. In the month, the Cubs have a 13-11 record, so some things are going well.

We answer a few listener questions, one of them on Heyward’s offensive production. After a scary stat of the week, we read a few internet muscle flexes.

“This isn’t a bugaboo” – Episode 8.31

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 409th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. This is most likely the earliest recording in the history of our podcast. Nothing gets going in the morning like a series sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, right?

Well, this series was definitely frustrating. Whenever anything has looked bad for the Cubs this season, we’ve found the silver lining and we do that on this episode. However, it’s worth mentioning that the Cardinals are a good baseball team and they’re probably not going to go away without putting up a fight.

We also look at the roster moves the Cubs have made this week. Fowler and Richard went to the DL, Adam Warren was sent to AAA to stretch out to start some games and the Cubs brought up some bullpen relief (Edwards Jr., Concepcion, and Patton).

We discuss these players and then Andy shares a Rube story with us.

“Don’t put a hot bat on ice” – Episode 8.30

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 408th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about the Cubs/Pirates series. We recorded this episode during the final game of the series. The Cubs ended up winning the game and sweeping the series.

The Cubs front office gave us another cookie this week with the promotion of Willson Contreras. We talk about Contreras, his minor league career to this point, and how Contreras fits into this team from this point forward.

Kurt shares a Jon Lester scary stat and we read a few internet muscle flexes.

Addison is Mos Def – Episode 8.29

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 407th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we spend discuss the Cubs’ series loss to the Nationals in Washington. While a series loss can be discouraging, we share why the loss doesn’t concern us and could actually help the team in the post-season.

We also look at Addison Russell’s sophomore season. While his overall (offensive and defensive) numbers have dropped a bit, there are some explanations and some are rather curious.

We read a few listener comments, one of which gets us back on the topic of the Cubs radio broadcast.

Huzza! – Episode 8.28

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 406th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We start this episode off by looking at the 2016 MLB draft and the Cubs strategy with the draft. We talk about trade rumors that have surfaced and share some advice on considering the credibility of reports.

The Cubs made one trade this week by bringing back Chris Coghlan. We briefly talk about this move. The Cubs beat the Braves 2 games to 1 this weekend and we talk about a couple of topics from the series.

We answer some listener questions and talk about the incredible defense the Cubs have played in 2016…outside of today’s game. Kurt has a scary stat and we have a few internet muscle flexes.

“I don’t know how muscles work” – Episode 8.27

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The biggest news in Cubs-land this week is the promotion of prospect, Albert Almora. On this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about Almora’s impact on the team and the Soler injury that led to his promotion. We also talk about reasonable expectations for Almora and why some Cubs fans have unrealistic expectations on different prospects.

We briefly talk about the Cubs series win over the Phillies, mainly focusing on pitching.

We have several listener questions to answer, from the serious to the silly. Corey shares some scary stats and throws in a rare mid-week internet muscle flex.

For information on John Baker Day, go to http://ivyenvy.com/johnbaker. This will be a great event and you will have the opportunity to take home this artwork, which will be signed by all five 2015 Cubs rookies.
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That is the illest WHIP – Episode 8.26

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 404th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we go back and draw a line at the Cardinals series almost two weeks ago and look at these last two weeks of Cubs baseball. The team had a bit of a rough stretch (slightly under .500 for a week or 10 days), and they have gone 10-3 since that point.

We also discuss the middle and back end of this rotation, focusing on Lackey, Hammel and Hendricks. With all 5 of the Cubs starters sporting ERAs under 3.00, these are the guys that stand out the most because you wouldn’t expect the back end of a rotation to be so dominant.

We cover lots of topics on the episode, including a scary stat of the week and a couple of internet muscle flexes.

For information on John Baker Day, go to http://ivynevy.com/johnbaker
For information on the Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake, go to http://ivyenvy.com/lake

Everyday Camo Hat – Episode 8.25

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastWelcome to the 403rd episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we look back on how the Cubs performed (as a team and individuals) in the month of May. While it seemed like the team was spinning it’s wheels at times, they ended the season 18-10.

We get a little more specific and talk about the Cubs sweep over the Phillies over the weekend and the first few games of the series against the Dodgers at Wrigley. The first two games of the Dodgers series provided us with an incredibly good and an incredibly bad performance by the Cubs bullpen. We look into that a bit.

Kurt provides us with a Jake Arrieta scary stat, Andy shares a Rube Waddell story, and we read a few internet muscle flexes.

For information on the annual Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake, go to http://ivyenvy.com/lake.
For information on John Baker Day, go to http://ivyenvy.com/johnbaker

Crooks in the Curves – Episode 8.24

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn this, the 402nd of the Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the Cubs’ series win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. It was a weird series, considering the Cubs lost in walk-off fashion on Monday and then won a wacky and nail-biting game on Wednesday.

In the episode, Corey talks about how the Cubs have been impressive, even while playing under .500 baseball over the last few series. He also defends Jorge Soler again after some social media discussions. Andy talks about pitching, both the good and the bad Cubs pitching in the series with the Cardinals.

Kurt previews the Cubs upcoming series with the Phillies and Andy tells a couple of Rube Waddell stories.

The Ivy Envy Podcast is a finalist in two podcast awards!

Within 24 hours, our podcast has been named a finalist in two separate podcast awards. We are blown away and humbled by this news.

Academy of Podcasters
Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 1.00.47 PMThis morning, we were announced as a finalist in the sports category of the Academy of Podcasters Awards. To quote the Academy of Podcasters website, “The AofP awards recognize and honor the best podcasters in their given niches and categories of podcasting.”

Finalists and winners are selected by the academy and if you browse through the nominees and see the names (Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, Joe Rogan, Chris Harwick, Snoop Dogg, Dan Carlin, Bill Simmons, etc.) and podcasts (Serial, The Moth, No Agenda, Freakonomics, various NPR podcasts, etc.) you will understand why we are so thrilled to be listed as a finalist. We are the most DIY podcast in the sports category and I can say without question that we would not be on that list if it were not for our dedicated listeners and Patreon supporters.

The cool thing about the Academy of Podcasters awards is that the ceremony is being held on Wednesday, July 6th in in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission fee. We would love to have some Chicago-area listeners in the audience.

11th Annual Podcast Awards
Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 1.22.36 PMFor the third year in a row, The Ivy Envy Podcast is a finalist in the sports category of the Podcast Awards.

Being a finalist in these awards is special because in addition to being judged on sound quality, website, etc., the judges also take into consideration listener engagement through their nomination and voting process. About a month ago, we asked our listeners to nominate us for these awards and we are so grateful for those of you that took a few minutes to nominate the podcast.

The voting process for the winners of these awards starts on Sunday, May 29th. Stay tuned to our social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter for updates on how to vote.

Being included as finalists in both of these awards is a complete thrill. On behalf of Andy and Kurt, I’d like to thank all of you for being part of the Ivy Envy community. We feel honored that you let us into your cars and earbuds twice a week.

Go Cubs!