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Cubs threatening historically low offensive numbers at Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs have played at Wrigley Field for a long, long time. Yet no Cubs team has hit as poorly at the friendly confines as this one. That's despite Chicago contending for a playoff spot, and boasting two players in the Home Run Derby. The Chicago Tribune delved deep into the numbers to show just how poorly this team has performed at the plate in its home yard. On Monday...
Via Fox Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Fans: DON’T PANIC (redux)

So I know what you’re thinking.  Bottom of the ninth, down a run after the Chicago Cubs bullpen had blown yet another save against a subpar-on-paper team.  The Cubs, in fact, were down to their last out in the game.  But before we get into that, let’s talk about a pregame quote: ."It's every fan's right to panic, but we can't." -@Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the pregame show...
Via World Series Dreaming
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 9, Rockies 8 (7/27/15)

OSS: MY EMOTIONS Three up 1. Kris Bryant saved the day with a walkoff bomb in the bottom of the ninth, after the pen had blown the lead. He ended the game with a WPA of 0.98. 2. The offense woke up in the fourth inning, batting around on a previously-cruising Jorge de la Rosa. My dogs were very disappointed that the Cubs did all this scoring without any home runs, because no cookies...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Searching for Answers at the Plate Amid Hitting Struggles

Chicago Cubs’ Chris Coghlan, right, is greeted by teammate Jorge Soler (68) after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks) The Chicago Cubs have, to the surprise of many, emerged as one of the top teams in terms of starting pitching depth from top to bottom...
Via The Sports Journal
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Could James Shields Be Traded To Chicago Cubs?

Major League Baseball is fast approaching the Friday non-waiver trade deadline. A team that was a major buyer in the winter, could very well be a seller this week. The San Diego Padres made several offseason splashes, but the end product has just not gelled together here in 2015. The Padres may be a team looking to sell this week, and recalculate their place in the NL West. After...
Via Baseball Essential
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester showing signs of consistency

After an up and down first half, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Jon Lester is starting to show signs of consistency. However, Lester’s stats in the win/loss column don’t reflect that. At 5-8, Lester will need more help from his teammates to help turn around his record. There’s no stat that is more indicative of Lester’s up and down year than his ERA. ERA April- 6.23 May-...
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Cubs fans lobby for Cole Hamels trade after getting no-hit

Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels fired the first no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years on Saturday, and the reactionary effect is already in full throttle. Barely 12 hours after watching their beloved Cubbies get incapacitated by the Philadelphia ace, Chicago fans posted the following ultimatum across the street from Wrigley Field. The message across...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Cubs official Twitter stretches to put positive spin on Hamels no-hitter

It hardly is a secret that the official Twitter for a team always will try to put a positive spin on a defeat, no matter how bad things get. However, you have to appreciate the person who handles the Twitter feed for the Chicago Cubs. There was this post on Saturday at around 6:30 p.m. Central following Cole Hamels no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Yes, of all the history that was made...
Via Sherman Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baez Helps AZL Cubs Drub-Blank the Brew Crew

Javy Baez doubled, singled, walked, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, Carlos Sepulveda drove-in four runs with a pair of two-run singles, and RHSP Austyn Willis hurled five innings of two-hit shutout ball and combined with three relievers to toss a five-hit shutouit, as the AZL Cubs whitewashed the AZL Brewers 11-0 in Arizona League action Saturday night at Maryvale Stadium...
Via Cub Reporter
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Cubs Unimpressed By Cole Hamels No-Hitter

The Chicago Cubs hadn’t been no-hit since Hall of Famer stymied them on September 9, 1965. So, when soon-to-be-former-Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels threw a hitless gem against the team on Saturday, the baseball world stood up and took notice. Suffice it to say, the “Loveable Losers” were not as impressed. Dexter Fowler walks twice in loss to #Phillies. Recap: http...
Via Hall of Very Good
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Hilarious Cubs Twitter Account Loses Mind As Cole Hamels Throws No-Hitter

Cole Hamels made history Saturday at Wrigley Field when he became the first pitcher to no-hit the Chicago Cubs since Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against the team in 1965. The Chicago Cubs had recorded a hit in 7,920 consecutive games — or nearly 50 years — entering Saturday, the longest streak in Major League baseball history. One rabid Cubs fan devoted to bringing awareness...
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Cole Hamels throws no-hitter in possibly last start with Phillies

Rumors have been swirling around Cole Hamels name over the past several months. And with the trade deadline less than a week away, we could be witnessing the end of his tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies. Going up against a Chicago Cubs squad that have been rumored to be interested in the staff ace, Hamels did something pretty amazing on Saturday. “NO. HITS. FOR. YOU....
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Need Offense. And Fast.

The Chicago Cubs are on a stretch of games where they are playing several losing teams. Going back to the last series before the All Star break, the Cubs have played 11 of 20 games against teams who are currently under .500 and have a record of 5-6. That is unacceptable in my mind, and they should be able to rack up the wins against the “cupcakes” in baseball. Unfortunately,...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  Discuss

AZL Cubs Rally Falls Short at Fitch Park

Shane Conlon belted an RBI double and an RBI single and scored a run, and Mike Martin singled twice, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, helping the AZL Athletics edge the AZL Cubs 5-4 in Arizona League action Friday night at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa, AZ.   Tags:  AZL Cubs Javy Baez Jose Paniagua
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Schwarber Hitting Primer (and a Tale of Fate)

Back in spring training, I had a chance to talk hitting with Kyle Schwarber. As fate would have it, our conversation was brief. The Cubs’ clubhouse closed a few minutes after we began chatting, and I was airport-bound by the time it reopened. In May, I arranged a follow-up phone interview while Schwarber was playing […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Revisiting the Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop trade

Prior to the trade deadline two years ago, the Cubs dealt Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta, which has proved to be a great Theo Epstein move. Understatement? Maybe. The Cubs drafted Scott Clevenger in the 2006 MLB Draft. Leading up to the deal, Clevenger was a steady presence in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system. The main part of...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Where We Stand Now 7-23-15

The Cubs are coming off a 4-3 road trip and I thought I’d update the WWSN tables. The Cubs lost a game to the Cardinals since the break, but they don’t have much chance of catching them anyway. They did pick up some ground on the Pirates and it would be nice to finish in 2nd rather than 3rd. If the season ended today the two teams would play a one game playoff so the order of...
Via Obstructed View
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Schwarber off to a red hot start for Chicago Cubs

Throughout the year, the Chicago Cubs have been known for having younger players all start to develop at the right time. Kris Bryant has been getting more attention than anyone for the Cubs, but catcher Kyle Schwarber is proving that he deserves some attention too. Schwarber is someone that is starting to turn some heads. He has only been up in the major league for 11 games, but...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 1, Kyle Schwarber 4, Reds 4 (7/21/15)

OSS: The Kyle Schwarber Game? Three up 1. Kyle Schwarber had a hell of a game, going 4-7 with a game tying and game winning home run. He posted a .860 WPA on the day, which seems safe to be in the top 10 across all MLB on the season. They were two completely different types of home runs – the first was a moonshot that I’m amazed didn’t land in the Ohio river, and the second...
Via Obstructed View
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Should Not Give Up Young Talent in Trade

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brett Davis) In the first year of the Joe Maddon era, the Chicago Cubs are finally nearing postseason contention. They enter the second half in line for the second Wild Card spot, though with the Giants and Mets both within...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs minor leaguer leaves Rousey a ticket for every game

Anthony Giansanti, an outfielder for the Iowa Cubs (the triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), is making one grand effort to attract the attention of Ronda Rousey. So much so, in fact, that the longtime minor league baseball player has resorted to leaving the MMA superstar tickets to games at will call, even tweeting at...Read More The post Cubs minor leaguer leaves tickets for...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Close the Book on Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker Trades

RHP Barret Loux (acquired from TEX as the PTBNL in the Geovany Soto trade in 2012) and RHP Marcelo Carreno (acquired from DET for INF Jeff Baker in August 2012) have been released. Originally the Cubs acquired RHP Jake Brighm from TEX for Soto, but Brigham was returned to the Rangers after the 2012 season as "damaged goods" (pre-existing elbow issue) and was replaced by Loux. But...
Via Cub Reporter
8 days ago  |  Discuss

How to measure an MLB manager

Since the beginning of time, man has looked at numbers to quantify his findings, and there is no better example of that than the sport of baseball. With sabermetrics, it seems every component of the game has been broken down ad nauseam. But what if some components of the game defy numbers? A case in point can be managerial value. Most prognosticators give very little value to...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Leave Len Kasper alone about the silly, phony, non-existent announcers’ Jinx

Chicago Cubs play by play man Len Kasper is one of the brightest announcers in baseball.  He uses analytics, he interacts with fans, he’s everything you want in a modern day baseball announcer.  Kasper and analyst Jim Deshaies form one of the most enjoyable local broadcast teams in the country and they fill the shoes of some legendary Cubs broadcasters quite well. One of the...
Via Awful Announcing
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hitting prospect Kyle Schwarber re-joining the Cubs

The moment many Chicago Cubs fans have been waiting for is finally here. Kyle Schwarber is set to re-join the team in Atlanta when the second half of the season begins. Schwarber was just named the MVP of the Futures Game in Cincinnati, after he finished the game with a triple and two RBIs. In Schwarber’s brief stint with the Cubs earlier this season, he proved he could hit, batting ...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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