Maddon on Cubs: 'We have to firm things up'

Joe Maddon discusses what the Cubs need to improve upon to get out of their current slump.
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4 hours ago

What’s going on with the Chicago Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs’ losing streak may have ended on Friday, but their woes have continued. The Cubs have found themselves in their worst slump since 2014 when they finished in last place. On Sunday the Chicago Cubs finished off a brutal week of baseball, as they have lost six of their last seven games.  The […] What’s going on with the Chicago Cubs? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies...
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Chicago Cubs: 1st Pick Thomas Hatch has a dominant postseason

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft has come and gone, and it’s time for teams to negotiate deals with their draftees.  The Chicago Cubs didn’t have a pick until the third round, due to their free agent signings. They spent that pick on Thomas Hatch, a Redshirt sophomore, who was the Cowboys ace for much […] Chicago Cubs: 1st Pick Thomas Hatch has a dominant postseason -...
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7 hours ago

A Tip of the Recap – 6/26 (Marlins 6, Cubs 1)

Cubs record: 48-26 (1st in NL Central) W: Jose Fernandez (10-3, 2.28) L: Jason Hammel (7-4, 2.58) MVP: Jose Fernandez After trading zeros in the first inning, the Marlins got on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd. Former Cub farmhand and current Cub killer Justin Bour took a one-out walk and was immediately knocked in by a Derek Dietrich double to give Miami an early 1-0 lead...
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7 hours ago

Cubs 1, Marlins 6 (6.26.16)

OSS: Cubs drop to 22 games over .500, all is lost. Three up: Heyward was the only Cubs hitter to post a positive WPA on the day, a whopping 0.09. A big chunk was due to a base-clogging single in the third that eventually led to the Cubs only run, the rest was from a leadoff single in the sixth with the score tied. Fernandez struck out Bryzzo and Willson flew out to end the last...
Via Obstructed View
8 hours ago

Jake Arrieta will be forced to get tattoo after losing bet

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta will be the proud owner of a Coastal Carolina tattoo after they eliminated TCU from the College World Series. TCU alum Arrieta made a bet with teammate Tommy La Stella, a Coastal Carolina alum, over the outcome of their College World Series showdown. The loser had to get the winning team’s logo tattooed on them, and Coastal Carolina beat TCU twice to make...
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Chicago Cubs: Injuries Testing Depth

The 2016 Major League season opened with much fanfare for the Chicago Cubs. Praise for the team’s line-up and starting rotation lead many expects to pick the Cubs to win the National League and the World Series. But what set the Cubs apart at the beginning of the season was the depth of team. A […] Chicago Cubs: Injuries Testing Depth - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago...
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9 hours ago

Cubs drop series finale with Marlins, lose for sixth time in seven games

MIAMI — Jose Fernandez delivered another gem at Marlins Park, allowing one run in seven innings and striking out 13 on Sunday to help Miami beat the
Via CSN Chicago
10 hours ago

La Stella, Richard join Iowa for rehab assignments

Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella and reliever Clayton Richard joined Triple-A Iowa on Sunday to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. La Stella has been sidelined since June 8 with a right hamstring strain, while Richard went on the disabled list June 21 with a blister on his left middle finger.
13 hours ago

Here’s to Hoping Gerardo Concepcion’s Roller Coaster Ride is Done

Before The Plan, before Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, the Cubs came to terms with Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion during the winter of 2012. At the time, the Cubs were chasing Yasiel Puig, along with the aforementioned Soler. The less-heralded Concepcion was the first to sign, inking a five-year deal that guaranteed the left-handed pitcher $6 million...
Via Cubs Insider
17 hours ago

Willson Contreras is a Bad Mamma Jamma

Even with Phish playing Wrigley this weekend, I preferred to roll with the Carl Carlton reference to describe the latest drum major in a parade of young Cubs bats marching through the league. Willson Contreras continued to pad his stats Saturday afternoon as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and two walks. He’s now slashing an impressive, and impressively round, .400/.500/.900...
Via Cubs Insider
21 hours ago

WATCH: STL: Len Kasper discusses a new-look Cubs lineup

Len Kasper discusses the latest on the Cubs, including a new lineup in the absences of Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler.
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The Cubs’ Bert Campaneris, Revisited

The last time we had this Bert Campaneris poll, Chicago Cubs fans (and whoever else happened upon our neck of the internet) voted overwhelmingly for super-utility guru Javier Baez, who received 56% of the vote.  This is certainly deserved, as Javy has been involved in some of the most spectacular defensive plays in recent memory: Having multiple guys with decent bats who can...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs Should Trade Kyle Schwarber

For weeks now, rumors have been swirling around the Chicago Cubs organization that they are want to, and are likely to, make a significant trade before the July 31 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline. The MLB-leading Cubs (47-24) already have a deep and talented roster, but with the right acquisition they could really separate themselves from the rest of the league.One of the more...
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Could Cubs be Better off Moving Jason Hammel to the Bullpen?

The news that the Cubs sent Adam Warren to Iowa to stretch out for spot starts wasn’t exactly a surprise.  Warren has been going through some struggles, so sending him to a low stress environment to work through those issues while stretching out to serve in a spot starter’s role could help him get back on track.  For the moment, the plan is to get him a spot start before the...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Calling For Help From Our Old Friend, Chris Coghlan

When Dexter Fowler shocked the baseball world and returned to the Cubs during Spring Training in late February, it created a glut in the Cubs’ outfield. Jason Heyward was the premier offseason free agent signing, he would start in right field. Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber—the hotshot kids—needed regular playing time. Fowler would of course start […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Lester, Greinke, and a Short Slate

It’s an awfully short slate on this baseball Thursday with just nine games, and it gets even shorter when considering the paucity of quality starting options. We did however manage to find a couple intriguing arms. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation Jon Lester (CHC) versus Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen The Cubs have won eight of Lester’s last 10 starts, and even when things were...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon has Cubs wear leisure outfits for road trip

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one rule for road trip attire: “If you look hot, wear it.” There are even shirts sporting that slogan, the sales of which help benefit his charitable foundation: If you look hot, wear it! Get yours @ to help support @CubsJoeMadd Respect 90 Foundation! — Korked Baseball (@KorkedBaseball) May...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

That's a sweep! Cards top Arrieta-led Cubs 7-2

CHICAGO -- Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh inning for his first win in nearly two months and the St. Louis Cardinals waited out Jake Arrieta before roughing up Chicago's bullpen in a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run home run, and Matt Carpenter had a two-run double in a five-run sixth after Arrieta (11-2) departed. The Cardinals won their eighth...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs’ Luck So Far This Season: It’s Complicated

At the end of the 2015 season, I decided to take a crack at quantifying how lucky the 2015 Cubs had been. The season had been a pleasantly unexpected surprise, and I had a hunch that luck had played a role. After all, the team had so many close, thrilling games that ended in their […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon won’t fall into trap of comparing Cubs' quest to Cavs

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon appreciates how the Cavaliers delivered Cleveland its first championship since 1964, but he isn’t about to draw any parallels between that achievement and a World Series title drought that has plagued the Cubs now for over a century. “It’s wonderful for them,” said Maddon, via the Chicago Tribune. “The thing that stands out is (trailing...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: STL: Hendricks one-on-one with David Kaplan

David Kaplan sits down with Kyle Hendricks on SportsTalk Live to discuss the player's success along with the team's great run.
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: STL: Millar thinks Cubs should stick with what they have

Kevin Millar discusses the Cubs depth on SportsTalk Live. Millar does not think the team should give up prospects to acquire talent, but should instead stick with what they have.
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 68 Recap: Cardinals 3 Cubs 2

Rare are the nights when the top and bottom play, according to WPA, tell the story of a game so well. This contest was taut throughout, but neither team could make the big play and turn the game definitively in their favor, and so, as the only clock that applies to baseball (the number of […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Brey to throw out first pitch, sing at Cubs game

There is no question that much of Notre Dame’s athletes and fans are likely fans of the Chicago Cubs. It makes a lot of sense that head basketball coach Mike Brey will throw out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. It is the second year in a row that Brey is taking to the mound for the Cubs, who happen to be the best team in the MLB this year. He...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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