Madden 16 Year 3 Year in Review

Year 3 Is In the Book.

Coach Mullins did not have a great year, going 3-13 down from the 5 wins the previous season.

Under QB- Deandre Gregory had some highlights and some regression as the offense switched to a more rushing focus.

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With the acquisition of Tre Mason midseason the previous year, the focus was clearly to get Tre the ball more.

 

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3rd year receiver Jesus Pearson finally took that next level. Building on chemistry with QB Gregory.

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But the highlight was first round pick Treyon Matthews. 13 sacks, second in voting for DL of year and 5th in voting for NFC D Rookie of Year

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Going into the offseason, the clear goal for Coach Mullins is to fix the RT spot and fix the Secondary. Playoffs or Bust for Mullins

The Say May Kids

The month of May has come in gone in Show Land, and the Chicago Cubs followed up April with a 15-12 month, to start June with a 31-24 record, 2 games in back of the first place St Louis Cardinals.(It’s the damn Jorts)

Rookie OF Jorge Soler continued his hot start of the season by increasing his team leading HR Total to 16 including 2, one being a walk-off winner in the May Finale against the Diamondbacks.(TWTW of 9!!!)

Soler (.333/.355/.656(OPS of 1.101, I think that’s good) also increased his team leading RBI total to 37.

The month of May was also Anthony Rizzo(.351/.387/.597) made his return for injury and immediately rattled off a 16(and counting) game hit streak. While Starlin Castro continues his overall great play as he leads the National League in hits(.345/.379/.489).

Taking over for Javier Baez at 3rd this month was Ian Stewart who went on a Unreal(see it’s a video game) tear hitting over .400 in 3 weeks before he went down with a long term injury. Christian Villanueva was called up and continued Stewart’s hot streak, hitting .500 his first week.

On the Pitcher’s mound, the story is a bit different as the unit has struggled as a whole. With Rookie Dillon Maples being the only bright spot, improving his record to 7-2 on the season. Maples also had the highlight of the month by going 7.2 innings of No-Hit Ball.

Not all is well, as Rookie SP Pierce Johnson joined Javier Baez as this months rookie to be sent down to Iowa. With an ERA hovering around 6, it was time to bring up super top Prospect Arodys Vizcaino to the Majors

And there is a Trade to announce, just approved by Major League Baseball, the Cubs have sent 2B Darwin Barney to Washington for 3B prospect Anthony Rendon.  Rendon will battle with Villanueva for playing at 3B.

What to Watch For

  • Trade Winds are blowing 
  • Which Rookie is next to Falter
  • Oh crap, I still have to do two more of these today?!?!?!!?

It only happens in the movies

We’re about 3 weeks into the MLB season and it’s apparent that the Chicago Cubs will not win the World Series again. So what’s a fan to do? Well we go to the world of Videogames to see this franchise accomplish something worthwhile besides the picking 1st in the draft.

And the video game of choice this season is none other than MLB The Show, 2013 edition. After downloading the OSFM rosters, I was ready to go with the 2013 season.

Below is the Opening Day Roster

Pitching Rotation

  1. Jeff Samardzija
  2. Edwin Jackson
  3. Andrew Cashner(Acquired via trade for Matt Garza)
  4. Pierce Johnson
  5. Dillon Maples

Batting Order

  • CF- Albert Almora
  • 2B- Javier Baez
  • SS- Starlin Castro
  • 1B- Anthony Rizzo
  • RF- Jorge Soler
  • LF- Brett Jackson
  • C- Wellington Castillo
  • 3B- Josh Vitters

Bench 

  • OF- David Dejesus
  • IF- Darwin Barney
  • OF- Alfonso Soriano
  • C- Dioner Navarro
  • OF/1B- Nate Schierholtz
  • OF- Scott Hairston

Bullpen

  • Scott Feldman
  • Kyuji Fujikawa 
  • Carlos Marmol
  • James Russell
  • Shawn Camp
  • Hisanori Takahashi

April

The month started off with Cubs GM Mo trading SP Matt Garza to San Diego for SP Andrew Cashner. A few games into the season the Cubs sent CP Carlos Marmol to Baltimore for Prospect SP Kevin Gausman.

There would be more shuffling of the roster as a week into the season Anthony Rizzo and Josh Vitters each went down with injuries, Shoulder separation and Broken Leg respectively.

The Starting pitching decided to step up and carry the load, with Rookie Dillon Maples winning his 1st 4 starts with less than sub 1 ERA. Hitting wise, Brett Jackson, Jorge Soler and Starlin Castro were the key contributors, Soler leading the team in HR and RBI(6, 15) Jackson in OBP(.422)  and Castro in hits and Steals(38,10)

Another rookie to step up was Albert Almora who is tied for the lead in RBI with 15. But it wasnt all good news for the kids, as Javier Baez struggled and was sent down to Iowa to work on his hitting and fielding.

The team is off to a 16-12 start, a game and half back of first, lets see if there is improvement in the months to come.

Brett Jackson ends the month in Style, WALK OFF!

What to Watch For

  • Shameless Marathon
  • IT’S THE DRAFT, EVERYONE MOVE TO CANADA!

Better than a Canadian-Mexican War

Since we’ve last met, so many things have happened, none of which include the posting of a new blog. Whoops? To be fair, I had about 4 different drafts going, including a EPL wrap-up  a rage on the Champions League, and Taylor Swift takedown on those taking down Taylor Swift, and of course a meaningless sideboob update, well not meaningless.

But alas those will remain a mystery, stacked alongside my Cubs prospects bust and Year in Review entries.

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for, my semi half-ass review of the action on the weekend.

QPR vs Sunderland

In a relegation six pointer, Happy Time ‘Arry trip to Dubai might well have saved the season. Who knew that all a footballer needed was a few nights of beer and carefree action. I think ‘Arry invented the Footy Slump Buster. Goals from Remy, Jenas and Townsend, might well be money half well spent. Good to know that at least they did something before the club goes into administration.

Manchester United vs Chelsea 

After being robbed of another Champions League season, United were in no mood to shake people hands, and boy did that cause a storm. In a match filled with chants on Fat Rafa being awful in unison from both supporters, a Hazard Warning was put out on a Raging Belgian itching to bulge the ol onion bag.

While Rafa’s one move worked out, the other was Torres, so predictable was awful. So awful was Torres that he started going to ground rather clumsily, hell he wasnt even in the box that dummy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Chick Hour

How about some Kate Upton fun?

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How about Marisa Miller?

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What to Watch For

  • The Madness has arrived.
  • Mila Kunis is the best
  • I’m back into collecting Cards, so expect some crap on that in Future
  • A Cubs half-ass preview is in the works, based on my cards