Jake Arrieta, Cubs reportedly far apart on long-term deal

Stud right-hander Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has looked like the most dominant pitcher in Major League Baseball this year. With a 5-0 record to go along with a 1.00 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts in his first five starts, Arrieta is somehow managing to top a 2015 campaign in which he beat out the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to win the NL Cy Young Award. But...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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A Tip of the Recap – April 29 (Cubs 6, Braves 1)

Cubs Record: 17-5 W: Pedro Strop (1-0) L: Jim Johnson (0-3) MVP: Matt Szczur It was a grind to two, but it was a swing to six. After scuffling through the early innings against Braves starter Aaron Blair, the Cubs broke through in the 8th inning, plating five runs. Four of those came off the bat of Matt Szczur, whose grand slam just cleared the basket in left. The Braves lone run...
Via Cubs Insider
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Chicago Cubs Recap: Matt Szczur adds insurance as Cubs beat Braves

The Chicago Cubs entered the afternoon with a three-game win streak following their two-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers. They welcomed in David Ross and Jason Heyward‘s former team, the Atlanta Braves to begin a weekend series. With only two days left in April, the Chicago Cubs are looking to finish the month strong. Veteran southpaw […] Chicago Cubs Recap: Matt Szczur adds...
Via Cubbies Crib
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Lackey, Teheran to duel as Cubs host Braves

While the Cubs have not had much reason to complain through this season's first few weeks, the Braves are certainly hoping that the next few months prove to be less frustrating than the first one has been. The Cubs will be attempting to conclude a successful April in fitting fashion on Saturday, when they send John Lackey to the mound to oppose Julio Teheran and the Braves.
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Szczur hits grand slam, Lester fans 10 as Cubs beat Braves

CHICAGO (AP) Matt Szczur hit his first career grand slam during a five-run eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs broke away from the Atlanta Braves 6-1 Friday. Jon Lester struck out 10 over seven innings as the Cubs improved to 17-5, their top 22-game start since the 1907 team was 18-4. In a matchup of the clubs with the best and worst records in the majors, the Braves fell to 5...
Via Associated Press
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Cubs come alive late to rally over Braves

Anthony Rizzo smacked a tiebreaking RBI single with one out in the eighth inning and Matt Szczur followed with his first career grand slam to lift the Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Braves on Friday at Wrigley Field. With the win, the Cubs are now 17-5 and off to their best start since the 1907 team was 18-4 in its first 22 games.
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Patience at plate paying dividends for Cubs

When the Cubs' coaching staff talked about having a better approach at the plate this spring, the players listened. And it's paying off. Chicago already has three games of at least 10 walks, and it leads the Majors in free passes. How different is that from years past? From 2010-15, the Cubs had a total of three 10-walk games.
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Maddon says Cubs will play it safe with Bryant's injury

Joe Maddon and the Cubs are taking a cautious approach with Kris Bryant's ankle injury.
Via CSN Chicago
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Heyward on facing former team, Braves

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward discusses facing his former team, the Braves.
Via CSN Chicago
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MRI reveals minor right ankle sprain for Cubs' Kris Bryant

CHICAGO (AP) An MRI has confirmed that Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs has a minor right ankle sprain. The 2015 NL Rookie of the Year wasn't in the lineup Friday against the Atlanta Braves, but manager Joe Maddon said he might be available off the bench late in the game. Bryant was injured running the bases in the third inning Thursday of Chicago's 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee...
Via Associated Press
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Quantifying Hope: Cubs Boast 97 Percent Playoff Odds

Listen, I understand that it’s way too early to put credence in playoff odds projected from roughly one-eighth of a season. Rather than try to establish any long-term significance, however, I’m recording this for posterity. My wife makes scrapbooks, I write. My Quantifying Hope series will run weekly on Fridays and will take a look at updated Cubs playoff odds, along with the...
Via Cubs Insider
7 hours ago

Setting the Record Straight on Jon Lester’s Value, Once and For All

Jon Lester has a target on his back, though that’s to be expected when you sign the highest contract in club history (at the time). There has developed around Lester this idea that his 2015 season was a sub-par year. Some point to the fact that he was paid the most of any starting pitcher last year while he was not even the best starter on his own team. Setting aside an awareness...
Via Cubs Insider
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Cubs’ Kris Bryant Undergoes MRI after Spraining Ankle

If you missed Thursday afternoon’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant mildly sprained his ankle running the bases and will undergo an MRI. #Cubs Bryant to undergo MRI on ankle as precautionary move. Has a mild ankle sprain — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) April 28, 2016 More from Carrie Muskat via “You saw him jog off...
Via Baseball Essential
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Chicago Cubs: Injury bug nips at Montero, Bryant

The Chicago Cubs placed Miguel Montero on the 15-day DL and then saw Kris Bryant leave today’s 7-2 win early after rolling his ankle. These are all part of a long season and are to be expected. By his own admission, Chicago Cubs‘ catcher Miguel Montero knows he isn’t a kid anymore. And with another […] Chicago Cubs: Injury bug nips at Montero, Bryant - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
23 hours ago

So far, Chicago is baseball’s epicenter in 2016

The Major League Baseball season is closing out its first month of the 2016 season this weekend, and while the first 30 days of the season tell very little of what the big picture will be once it is fully painted, it does provide a backdrop for early season predictions. Entering the year, fans of the two respective clubs in the city of Chicago were receiving very different pieces...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
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Greg Maddux: Great pitcher, disgusting locker room presence

Greg Maddux has an almost impeccable reputation amongst fans and media, but some of his former teammates might not share in the same effervescent praise. It turns out the Hall of Fame pitcher was a devious, if not outright disgusting, clubhouse prankster. Tom Glavine just told us Greg Maddux used to take shirts out of teammates lockers, wipe his rear end with them, & put back...
Via The Comeback
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Cubs C Montero headed to DL; Federowicz called up from Iowa

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is headed to the 15-day disabled list with lower back tightness. Catcher Tim Federowicz was traveling from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday to take Montero's roster spot. Montero was a late scratch from Tuesday's game against Milwaukee and hasn't played since Sunday. The move is retroactive to Monday and Cubs manager Joe Maddon expects...
Via Associated Press
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The Best is Yet to Come: Soler in Context

“I heard him say ‘thank you’ at Starbucks. I thought that was a big step.” Initially chuckle-inducing, it didn’t take long for the profound meaning behind Joe Maddon’s comment to sink in.  Now four years into his contract with the Cubs, Jorge Soler’s adaptation to life in the U.S. is not only noteworthy, but still […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
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WATCH: Arrieta on PED allegations: I've never had anything to hide

Jake Arrieta amplifies comments made about PEDs whispers, calls it "somewhat flattering" on Tuesday.
Via CSN Chicago
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Jake Arrieta responds to allegations of PED use

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is pitching at an otherworldly level right now. In his last 24 starts, he’s 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA. He is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA so far this year. Arrieta keeps hitters guessing and is getting them out many different ways. Rather than other pitchers who rely on just strikeouts, ground balls or fly balls to record outs, he utilizes a mix of all three. The...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: STL: Is Jake Arrieta the Cubs' most important puzzle piece?

THe SportsTalk Live panel discusses whether Jake Arrieta is the most important part of the Cubs' puzzle going forward.
Via CSN Chicago
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Are the Best Base-Running Team, Too

You know about the Cubs. It’s the team that entered Spring Training as the consensus World Series favorite. It’s the team with the already impressive collection of young stars who tacked on with a splashy offseason. It’s the team that already threw a no-hitter. The team with the potentially historic blend of discipline and power. Maybe you’re tired of hearing about the Cubs...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Cubs: The Next Wave Approaches

When the major league team was still in the throes of the rebuild, many die-hard Cubs fans found daily solace in minor league box scores. As the big leaguers struggled, there were often glimpses of hope as players like Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Kyle Schwarber lit up the […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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