Ivy Envy - Chicago Cubs Fan Podcast (UNOFFICIAL)


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2019-10-30 08:50
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2019-10-30 02:10
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30.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

David Ross Press Conference

On this episode, Andy and Corey discuss the press conference where the Cubs introduced David Ross as the next manager of the team.  
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24.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

David Ross is the Manager of the Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have reportedly found a replacement for Joe Maddon in David Ross.  In this episode, we share our thoughts on this hiring and discuss a couple of the issues people may have with Ross filling the position. 
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7.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Campfire Vino

Well, for the first time since 2014, we don't have meaningful Cubs baseball to discuss in October.  Instead, we talk about the departure of perhaps the best manager in Cubs history and how the front office and ownership can put the pieces of a broken t...
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23.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Cubs Fan Group Therapy

On this episode, we look past the 1% chance the Cubs will make the playoffs and have a stream of consciousness conversation about the Cardinals sweeping the Cubs in a 4-game series at Wrigley, the 2019 season as a whole, and the future of the team. Bec...
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19.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Cardinals @ Cubs Preview

This episode was recorded before Wednesday's Cubs/Reds game.  We talk about the first few games of the series.  Then, we preview the HUGE upcoming four-game Cardinals/Cubs series at Wrigley.   Become a supporter of the podcast at Patreon.com/IvyEnvy Fo...
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16.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Grinding it out on the gravel.

The Cubs DESTROY the Pirates over the weekend while the Brewers took two of three from the Cardinals.  The Cubs now sit 2 games behind the Cardinals as they prepare to host the Reds while the Cardinals play the current wild card leading Nationals.   On...
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9.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

RC: Required Castellanos

This was not a good week for the Chicago Cubs and there is not a lot of optimism in this episode.  The Cubs ended the week further behind the Cardinals than they were at the beginning of the week.  Oh yeah, and Javy has a hairline fracture, Kimbrel wen...
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2.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Hamill, Bates, and Wendt in the Cubs Outfield

Labor Day unofficially marks the beginning of the home-stretch for the MLB season.  The Cubs start that race behind the Cardinals, and in this episode, Andy and Corey discuss what needs to happen for the Cubs to win the NL Central in 2019. Become a sup...
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21.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Little League Turning Point

The Cubs won a road series!  Corey shares his (perhaps misguided) optimism about the 2019 Cubs.  We then discuss some of the latest happenings.  There have been some good pitching performances, some really shakey bullpen appearances, and an offense tha...
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11.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Cubs Win a Road Series in a Pig's Eye

On this episode, we spend some time talking about the Cubs' bizarre inability to win on the road in 2019.  With our John Baker Day panel discussion episode last week, we talk about some of the negatives and positives over the last two weeks.  This real...
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4.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

John Baker Day 2019 Cubs Blogger/Podcaster Panel

This panel discussion was recorded at the John Baker Day 2019 event.  Corey and Andy moderate a discussion with panelists: Corey Freedman from Cubs Related and Cubs Insider Michael Cerami from Bleacher Nation  and Outside the Ivy Alex Patt from Cubbi...
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30.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

I'm gonna have this muffin.

The Cubs started this important 9-game stretch by losing 2 out of 3 to the Brewers.  The Cubs could have swept the series, but the offense and pitching struggled.  Kurt's scary stat is terrifying, and you're going to get some long-term and shot-term ta...
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22.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

The Human Setback

The Cubs wrapped up a strong post-ASG homestand by taking 2 of 3 from a competitive San Diego Padres team.  On this episode, we talk about that series, the upcoming trade deadline, and the Cubs players making their way back from injury.  Become a suppo...
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17.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

He’s a “Top Gun, volleyball sun tan oil” type of guy.

The Cubs make a move and trade Mike Montgomery for Martín Maldonado.  We discuss the trade and how it makes the Cubs stronger.   Become a supporter of the podcast at Patreon.com/IvyEnvy Follow Ivy Envy on Twitter Like the Ivy Envy Facebook page Downloa...
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15.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

A hairspray can to keep the competitive window propped open

On this episode of the podcast, Andy and Corey look back on the first half of the 2019 season and assign letter grades to the team.  
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5.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

John Baker Day 2019 & Mental Skills with John Baker

On this shared Ivy Envy/Son Ranto episode, we share details on John Baker Day 2019.  In the second half of the episode, John Baker himself joins the conversation.  John is currently working as a Mental Skills Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.  He talks...
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1.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Starts with a T and ends with ommy LaStella

Kurt and Andy discuss the state of Cubs baseball.  Along with the team’s performance this past week, they cover the personnel changes due to injury, the mediocre play of the team in June, and the upcoming All-Star game. Become a supporter of the podcas...
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24.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Hoping for a Javy Hug

On this episode, we talk about Adbert Alzolay's debut, Craig Kimbrel's timeline, and more help for the bullpen.  Then we answer some listener questions.   Become a supporter of the podcast at Patreon.com/IvyEnvy Follow Ivy Envy on Twitter Like the Ivy ...
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18.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

50 Stolen Bases

The Cubs go 2-5 in a 7-game road trip out west.  On this episode, we talk about the series in Colorado and Los Angeles.  While the Cubs lost 3 of 4 in LA, there were some positives to take away from the series. Become a supporter of the podcast at Patr...
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10.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

The best two sentences in the history of the podcast.

The Cubs signed Craig Kimbrel! On this episode, we talk about this acquisition and share our thoughts on the strengthened bullpen. We also talk about the addition of CarGo. This is the time of year people start thinking about ways to strengthen a team ...
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2.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Buch the Pooch

This episode was recorded during Sunday's Cubs/Cardinals game.  In the episode, you'll hear us discuss the possibility of the Cubs signing Craig Kimbrel, umpiring, Yu Darvish, an exciting starting pitcher in Iowa, the Cubs' struggles with RISP, and muc...
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29.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

The Yu Darvish we have, not the Yu Darvish we wanted

The Cubs have been experiencing a bit of a rough stretch and on this episode, we discuss some of the causes for the results in the second half of the month of May.   Become a supporter of the podcast at Patreon.com/IvyEnvy Follow Ivy Envy on Twitter Li...
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20.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Kurt and Andy Berries

On this episode, Kurt and Andy go Corey-free and talk about the Cubs first series loss since the beginning of April.  They also look forward to the upcoming home stand which features a Darvish-Arrieta matchup. Become a supporter of the podcast at Patre...
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14.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

A quarter of the way done through.

The Cubs continue their winning ways and we discuss some of the highlights of the last week.   Become a supporter of the podcast at Patreon.com/IvyEnvy Follow Ivy Envy on Twitter Like the Ivy Envy Facebook page Download the free Ivy Envy iOS app Downlo...
7.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Sweeping the Cardinals

A red-hot Cardinals team came to Wrigley for the weekend and the Cubs swept them away.  I guess you could say the Cubs spanked and buried the Cardinals.  We share some thoughts on the series and where the Cubs stand, which is atop the division.  We als...
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3.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Spank 'em and bury 'em

The Cubs went to Seattle and took the two-game set, and now return to Chicago to face the Cardinals for the first time this season.  On this episode, we talk about a few things we saw in the Mariners series and then preview this weekend's series.  Beco...
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29.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Disseminating Answers

This episode was recording during the Cubs' extra-inning win over the Diamondbacks.  We share a few thoughts on the D-backs series, preview the upcoming Mariners series, and answer about a dozen listener questions.   Become a supporter of the podcast a...
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26.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

"Parrots are like haters"

The biggest test of the season came to Wrigley this week, and the Cubs beat the Dodgers two games to one.  On this episode, we talk about the series, and how the starting pitching held up.  Now that the season is four weeks old, we also look at some th...
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23.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Live life like Javy plays baseball.

The Cubs took two of three from the Diamondbacks, and the series was once again anchored by a pitching staff that has been unbelievably reliable since Jon Lester was injured.  We focus on the three starters in the Diamondbacks series, and also discuss ...
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19.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Glancing Blow in the Brinson Will Double You Over

Anchored by great starting pitching and some key offensive players, the Cubs went down to Miami and swept the Marlins.  On this episode, we talk about some of the individual performances and share how much stock we put into this sweep of a weaker team....
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15.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

A Sandy Alcantara at the Beach

On this, the 610th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the two games the Cubs played against the Angels this weekend.  In these two games, we saw some great pitching (Cole Hamels), some bad pitching (the bullpen on Saturday), and some in-bet...
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12.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Light up the Skaggs

This episode was recorded during Thursday night's rubber-match between the Cubs and Pirates.  On this episode, we start things off by talking about starting pitching.  Between the Scary Stat segment, Jon Lester's injury, and Yu Darvish's outing, we hav...
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8.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

We've Got the Science

The Cubs opening road trip is finally over.  The Cubs managed to win one game in their weekend series with the Brewers.  Although the Cubs lost the series, in some ways, it felt like we had some positives to take away from it.  We talk about the curren...
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5.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Class A Dumpster Fire

Well, the bullpen woes have not disappeared for the Chicago Cubs through their first two series of the season.  That said, there are a lot of positives to take away from the first two series.  In this episode, you can expect audio whiplash as we go bet...
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1.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Enter the Realm of Negativity

Well, the Cubs started the 2019 season in down in Texas, and the offense was clicking right away. The Cubs scored 28 runs in three games, yet lost the series.  The bullpen and some starting pitching are areas of concern right now.  In this episode, you...
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27.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Cubs vs. Rangers Series Preview

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 afte...
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25.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

2019 Chicago Cubs Season Predictions

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.   If you'd like to support Ivy Envy on Patreon, visit Patreon...
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19.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Anomalies or Anemones

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 declare...
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11.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Cubs Game Delivered By Drone

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 S...
4.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Tepid Ehhhhh

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 grade...
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28.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

2018 Chicago Cubs Prediction Results (Episode #600)

Thanks for downloading this, the 600th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.  Michael from Galesburg (and the Cultivating Catuli podcast) joins us to review the predictions we made on the 2018 Chicago Cubs.  
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25.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

The Cubs' fortunes are in the basement of the Alamo

Spring training games have started and we have on-the-field baseball to talk about!   Kurt shares a small sample Kris Bryant stat in his Scary Stat of the Week segment. We share some of our observations from the first Spring Training game of the year ...
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18.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Cubs Spring Training Press Conferences

Thanks for downloading the first episode of our 11th season of podcasting on the Cubs.  All of the players have reported to Spring Training in Mesa, and we cover a lot in this episode.  Kurt's Scary Stat looks closer at the PECOTA projections for Cubs...
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11.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Coupon Poupon

Thanks for downloading our 597th episode.  This week we discuss: The proposed and discussed MLB rule changes:  Pitch-clock, 3-batter minimum, trade deadline date change, win-loss record impacting draft, Injured List, and DH in the National League. PEC...
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5.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Hefting it down the runway in a Dupetit

On this episode, we share more of our thoughts on this off-season, and we talk about three bullpen pitchers.   Click here to buy your own Dupetit
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21.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Cubs Convention 2019

Cubs Convention took place this past weekend in Chicago, and this episode contains a discussion on several of stories surrounding the event.  
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6.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Bryce in the Background

On this episode of the podcast: Kris Bryant is historically good. Theo made an appearance on 670 The Score to talk about the Cubs' offseason.   The long-awaited tv deal is starting to (kind of) come into focus. Steamer projections are out, and we look...
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24.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg


The slow off-season continues for the Cubs.  On this episode, we start things off by sharing some more thoughts on the Addison Russell situation and explain where we are as fans and podcasters of a team that continues to employ Addison Russell.   We al...
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10.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Deno: The Sickest Quality Assurance Coach

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...
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3.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/7/4/0/0/7400186bf3565c59/IvyEnvy_web_1600x1600.jpg

Hancock and Webster

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.  
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