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Diamondbacks @ Cubs: Godly vs. Lester (Game 133)

The Cubs get back at it, after a much-needed day off. Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hammel’s Second Half Blues, Part Deux

Jason Hammel failed to throw six innings again Wednesday, a modest feat he’s only accomplished twice since the beginning of July. After failing to retire Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips in the sixth, Joe Maddon sauntered to the mound to once again pull Hammel early. The Cubs’ recent skid, in which they’ve lost three consecutive series, rests in part on the shoulders of their...
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Then and Now: Five Changes the Cubs Have Made in the 2015 Season

This season has been a lot of things for the Chicago Cubs, with new and exciting at the top of the list of descriptors. If it’s not Kyle Schwarber being called up, it’s Jake Arrieta throwing the Cubs first no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano’s in 2008. It’s easy for even the casual fan to see that this team has changed over the course of the season, often in quite dramatic ways...
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs' Baez swings so hard he falls down

Javier Baez was one of the prospects called up by the Chicago Cubs this week when rosters expanded to 40. Baez has a pretty simple rep as a player – he strikes out a lot, and he’s got ridiculous power. So when he came up in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s Reds-Cubs game against Aroldis Chapman, with Chicago down 7-4 and two men on base, it seemed pretty obvious that he...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo hands out orange slices in Cubs dugout (Video)

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was seen passing out orange slices to his teammates and coaches during the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. Orange slices are a common sight at youth sporting events, but you rarely professional athletes at the professional level eating them during games, if ever. Cubs broadcasters even joked that Rizzo was playing the...
Via Holdout Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Time for Hammel to show he can be a postseason No. 3

Either Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester will pitch the do-or-die wild-card game for the Chicago Cubs and the one who doesn't will start Game 1 of the division series if the Cubs should move on.But then what?Chicago needs a No. 3 in the playoff rotation, and tonight's starter at Cincinnati needs to show he's the guy to take it. Hello, Jason Hammel.Dan Haren hasn't pitched well since being...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Cubs Special Edition – The Arizona Fall League

Arizona’s brick red landscape is paved with unfulfilled potential and broken promises; the kinds of stories that you read about years later and wonder what the hell you were thinking exactly. Arizona is also home to the types of stories that make you want to believe in projection, plus bat speed, elite fastballs, and breaking balls from hell. The Arizona Fall League is designated...
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds @ Cubs: Iglesias vs. Hammel (Game 132)

Haren and the bullpen pitched well enough to keep the Cubs in the game till Schwarber deposited a change-up in straight-away center. It's nice to have a non-Arrieta win.  Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Middle Infielder With Win-Your-League Upside

The newest member of the Cubs’ big league team, Javier Baez is sure to elicit a fair amount of debate within the fantasy circles. When it comes to what his potential output will be for September some people will surely take the stance that Baez won’t receive enough playing time nor will he muster up enough contact to do much with the playing time he does receive. Let’s be...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

AZL Cubs End Season with 24-Hour Marathon

The AZL Mariners took advantage of eight walks, one HBP, and four errors, to sail past the AZL Cubs 3-1 in Arizona League semi-final round playoff action at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ, a game that began Monday night and finished 24 hours later on Tuesday night.    With the loss, the AZL Cubs are eliminated from the AZL playoffs.  Tags:  AZL Cubs
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs add Austin Jackson from Seattle

On the final day to make waiver deals, the Chicago Cubs went out and got outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners Monday night. Along with Jackson, the Cubs received cash considerations and in return sent the Mariners a player to be named later and their last international bonus pool slot. The addition of Austin Jackson gives the Cubs some good depth in the outfield....
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Did White Sox fan working on Wrigley reno zing the Cubs?

A Chicago White Sox fan working on the renovation of Wrigley Field says he buried a little something in some concrete as a means to rub in his squad’s most recent World Series triumph. But the Chicago Cubs have gone on record to question the validity of his claims. The legendary ballpark of course is in the midst of a massive $350 million renovation project, which provided the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Castro takes his medicine after three-error night in Cubs loss

The season just keeps getting worse for Starlin Castro. The newly christened second baseman because he was demoted from shortstop, committed three errors that led to six runs, five in the ninth inning of the Chicago Cubs' 13-6 loss to Cincinnati on Monday. The Cubs can't afford bungled fielding as they enter the final month of the season with a 5.5-game cushion for the second wild...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ratings Roundup: Cubs on ESPN, Premier League, High School Football

A Cubs no-hitter delivered ESPN’s highest MLB rating in Chicago since 2010. In other news, NBC saw a slight drop for its Premier League coverage Saturday, and a network change resulted in big gains for high school football on ESPN. ESPN Scores Highest MLB Rating in Chicago Since 2010 The Cubs/Dodgers Sunday Night Baseball game [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
4 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN gave us the wrong Jake Arrieta Obscure Baseball Stat!

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday night in a fantastic performance.  Afterwards during his news conference, ESPN went down the well of obscure baseball stats to give us this gem: @awfulannouncing @Deadspin ESPN is really delivering the info we need to know in sports — Zachary Miller (@zachmiller...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Following Arrieta’s no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas

August has been very good for the Chicago Cubs. With one day remaining in the month, the team has compiled a 19-8 record and built a 5.5 game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot. And on Sunday night, pitcher Jake Arrieta built on his case for the NL Cy Young Award, throwing a no-hitter over the Dodgers in a 2-0 victory. But if the pressure of being in the playoff race and...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Dodgers 0 (8/30/15)

OSS: Kris Bryant provides all the fireworks in this 2-0 victory. Three Up 1. Kris Bryant ended his seemingly months-long road homerless streak with a 2-run jack in the first. It was the only runs of the game, but it was all that was needed. 2. Starlin Castro has been really good since his demotion. Though he had an error in this game, the new 2B had 3 hits from the 5 hole, including...
Via Obstructed View
4 days ago  |  Discuss

No-no latest example of Jake Arrieta's breakthrough

No-hitters are random by nature (and not cause they hate ya). Hacky hurlers like Edwin Jackson, Bud Smith, Philip Humber and Bobo Holloman(!) have channeled that magic for a night while Hall of Famers like Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez have not. The Cubs, long associated with ineptitude, managed to make it 50 years between being no-hit until Cole Hamels finally got them this season...
Via Rumors and Rants
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A brief look at the rest of the season

The Cubs have lost four in a row and are now 6 games behind Pittsburgh for the 1st wild card spot. They’re still 4.5 games ahead of the Giants. More importantly at this point in my opinion, they’re 5 losses better than the Giants. You can’t really make up a loss, but you can make up the win. They’re 9.5 behind the Cardinals and 8 ahead of the Nationals so I don’t think...
Via Obstructed View
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Cubs sign Dexter Fowler to an extension?

Dexter Fowler has had arguably his best season in the big leagues in the year prior to becoming a free agent. The Cubs acquired Fowler from the Astros in January for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. Valbuena was surprisingly productive as a Cub from 2012-2014, but hasn’t been quite as successful this season with the Astros in large part because UZR thinks he’s been a worse fielder...
Via Obstructed View
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

We’ve been through this about the Blue Jays — a promising team suddenly added both Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, and since then, the Jays have taken off. Since the day Tulowitzki first appeared in a Toronto lineup, the team has gone a league-best 21-4, storming into first place and showing few signs of slowing down. Right now, in the American League, the Blue Jays are probably...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago news: Cubs ratings are exploding

An excerpt from my latest Chicago Tribune column: ******* This year’s winner of the good timing award goes to WLS-Ch.7 and WBBM-AM 780. WLS signed on for a five-year package of Cubs games in December despite the team’s TV ratings sinking to historic lows in 2014. John Idler, WLS’s president and general manager, figured the ratings would rise dramatically at some point during...
Via Sherman Report
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester admits Cubs contract can be ‘monkey on your back’ at times

Jon Lester really wanted to impress his new organization. Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs over the offseason, started slow in his first season in the Windy City. The left-hander since has turned things around, but he admits the pressure of pitching under such a lucrative contract initially had a negative impact. “At times, it’s a good...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon’s advice on fan safety after Wrigley incident: ‘Pay attention’

A rash of injuries to fans seated close to the field at ballparks this season, including two over the past weekend, has given rise to calls for Major League Baseball to make attending a game safer for those in premium seating. Joe Maddon, who witnessed firsthand on Sunday how dangerous it can be for fans seated so close to the field, had one piece of advice for fans on how to help...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs alert season ticket holders of playoff ticket availability

With Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs smack dab in the middle of the hunt for a Wild Card berth in the National League, the organization — if it is as superstitious as it reasonably should be — has arguably tempted fate and announced to season ticket holders that playoff tickets are now available for purchase. “It has been an exciting  few weeks of Cubs baseball as our team...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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