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Word on the Street: Gibson to All-Star Weekend

Word on the Street: Gibson to All-Star Weekend

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011
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Gibson named to RookieSophomore challenge

The NBA has announced that Bulls forward Taj Gibson has been selected to play in the annual Rookie-Sophomore game during this year's All-Star weekend. Gibson will be joined by, among others, Spurs center DeJuan Blair, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Bucks guard Brandon Jennings. (Chicago NowBulls Confidential)

Thibodeau wins coach of the month

After his team went an impressive 12-4 in the month of January, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau started off the new month on the right foot, winning the Eastern Conference coach of the month for January. On top of his team's dominant January performance, they are also the only team remaining in the NBA who are undefeated in their own division (11-0). (Chicago Sun Times)
Packers coaches respect Cutler

Over the last week sports fans have been inundated with dozens of stories about Jay Cutler, his toughness, and the respect other players do - or do not - have for him. So, without further ado; here's another one.

After the Packers saw Todd Collins beginning to warm up on the sidelines during the NFC Championship game, the team coaching staff huddled to decide how to amend their game plan. This, in part, was the result:

"But one of the other assistants commented, 'If Cutler can play he will play because he's a tough kid so keep your guys focused on the rush lanes,' " Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said Tuesday during Super Bowl XLV Media Day at Cowboys Stadium. "I'm just going to tell you from my perspective, playing against Cutler when I was at Carolina (with the Panthers staff) and he was at Denver, he's a tough kid. ... I thought that stuff (criticizing Cutler) was crazy." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Jets assistant who tripped player resigns

Sal Alosi, the embattled New York Jets strength and conditioning coach, announced his resignation on Monday after what was likely the highest profile season a strength and conditioning coach has ever had.

Alosi was caught on camera, during a Dec. 12 game, tripping a Miami Dolphins player during a punt return. After the tripping incident, he was suspended for the rest of the season by the team and fined 25,000. A few days later, the suspension was made indefinite when Alosi admitted to ordering players to form a wall along the sideline.

"After the events that have transpired, I feel it's best for my family and me to look for a fresh start," Alosi said in a statement issued by the team.(ChicagoBreakingSports)

Cubs Talk Podcast: Schwarber, Baez on night to remember at the Home Run Derby

Cubs Talk Podcast: Schwarber, Baez on night to remember at the Home Run Derby

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull spoke with Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber after an electric and entertaining Home Run Derby in Washington D.C.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Who Knew? Cubs at the All-Star Break

Who Knew? Cubs at the All-Star Break

With a break in the action, let’s take a look at the season so far.

Today, I’ll focus on the first 57.4% of the Cubs’ 2018 season. Which is to say, the 93 games before the All-Star Break. Clearly more than “half.”

In all seasons with an All-Star Game (1933-present, minus 1945)

This is the fifth time the Cubs have had the National League’s best record at the All-Star Break.

Here is the entire list (note – 2016 is NOT on this list. They trailed the Giants by 3 games at the Break in 2016):

1937 44-25 +2.0
1969 61-37 +5.0
2001 51-35 +0.5
2008 57-38 +4.5
2018 55-38 +2.5

Which is incredible since:

• Anthony Rizzo has a wRC+ of 100, which is league average

(he was at 131 – 31% better than league average - through the All-Star break last season)

• Kris Bryant has missed 23 games and has only 10 home runs

• The Cubs as a team have 30 fewer Home Runs through 93 games than they did last season

(100 this season, 130 last season)

• The Cubs have had six pitchers make 8 or more starts this season and only one (Jon Lester – 2.58) has an ERA under 3.90

• Cubs pitching has an MLBhigh walk percentage of 11.0%

(Tyler Chatwood’s 9 starts with 5 or more walks is most in a season by a Cubs pitcher since Dick Drott’s 13 in 1957)

• Cubs have outscored their opponents by only one run in the first inning (5251)

This includes being outscored 18-13 in the first inning in Kyle Hendricks’ 19 starts

• Cubs are 57 against the Reds

(they were 27-11 against Cincinnati in 2016-17)

That being said, it's not so incredible since...

• The Cubs have scored at least 10 runs 15 times this season. No other team has done it more than 12 times.

• Jason Heyward has a wRC+ of 109 (he’s 9% better than league average)

This is notable because in 2016 he was at 71 (29% worse than league average) and 88 in 2017 (12% worse than league average).

• The Cubs have EIGHT qualified players with at least a .340 OnBase pct. (and Ian Happ, who is eight PA short of qualifying, is at .379)

The only qualified Cub with a SUB-.340 OBP is Javier Báez (.326 – a career-high). However…

• Javier Báez has 50 extrabase hits in 91 games. Last season he had 49 extra-base hits in 145 games.

Báez is the first player in Cubs history with 15 Doubles, 5 Triples, 15 HR and 15 Stolen Bases before the All-Star Break**.

Báez is the first player in MLB history with 18 Doubles, 6 Triples, 18 HR and 18 Stolen Bases before the All-Star Break**.

**seasons with an All-Star Game – 1933-present (minus 1945)