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Cubs Looking To Gain Ground In Playoff Race To Cap Off July

It’s been awhile but the Cubs could be on their way to the postseason. The problem is, while they’ve played impressively well this years, so have several other teams in the National League, all having the same goal in mind to be playing baseball throughout October. Heading into the last week of July, the Cubs (51-46) find themselves in third place in the incredibly tough NL Central...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Need Rizzo and Bryant to Improve

Philadelphia Phillies’ Domonic Brown, right, slides safely into third base with a two-run triple as Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, left, stands nearby during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks) The 2015 season for the Chicago Cubs was expected to be a season of transitions. Management promoted many different prospects...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies-Cubs Preview

Ten straight games against last-place clubs were supposed to provide the Chicago Cubs with a prime opportunity to bolster their chances of reaching the postseason. Getting swept by the worst team in baseball wasn't an ideal way to begin that stretch. Now the Colorado Rockies enter a three-game series at Wrigley Field coming off their best offensive performance of the season as Kyle...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Fond Farewell? Cole Hamels No-Hits Chicago Cubs

The last time the Chicago Cubs had a no-hitter thrown against them, by Sandy Koufax in 1965, they had Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Ernie Banks in the heart of their lineup. Time will tell what the future holds for Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, and Chris Denorfia, but at least they’ve matched the Cubs legends in one regard: they’ve batter 3-4-5 in a game in which...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

For all their winning, Cards players aren't a big jersey draw

All the St. Louis Cardinals do is win. But that doesn't mean much when it comes to jersey sales.When it comes to national level, there's limited interest in the Red Birds. The list of the 20 most popular player jerseys, based on sales from opening day through the All-Star Game was unveiled by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Friday. The World...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Unusual feeling for Cubs players as franchise finally becomes a buyer

The feeling in the Chicago Cubs dugout is different, much different these days. Usually resigned to being sellers at the trade deadline, this time Cubs players are giddy with excitement to see what gifts might be on the way. High on the list are pitchers David Price and Cole Hamels, the latter of which Chicago will face on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Or will Hamels be a member of...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Play him wherever, Cubs need Schwarber's big bat in the lneup

The Cubs have a two-time All-Star in first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a rising star in Kris Bryant, whose jersey is selling as if he's Ernie Banks and now here comes the latest sensation, catcher Kyle Schwarber. Since being called up from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, he's become a Chicago folk hero, pounding the game-tying, then game-winning homers in Cincinnati and playing with a genuine...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Shirts off their backs: Bumgarner, Bryant have best-selling jerseys

  The Chicago Cubs are playing better baseball these days and it's showing up in merchandise sales. Rookie Kris Bryant's jersey has been the top-seller since he was called up from the minors in mid-April, Major League Baseball said Thursday. World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner had the most popular jersey overall during the first half of the season, with Bryant at No. 2. Since MLB...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Just your typical 1-3-2 putout to escape a bases-load jam

Having already lost Game 1 of Wednesday's split doubleheader at Cincinnati, the Cubs found themselves in a bases-loaded jam with one out in the eighth inning of a tied Game 2.Needing a double-play ball, Cubs reliever Hecton Rondon served one up, but in a bit of bad luck, Reds slugger Todd Frazier crushed it right off Rondon's leg, and what appeared to be a pretty routine 4-6-3 double...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Midseason Power Rankings: Where do the Cubs Rank?

The MLB all-star game has come and gone.  With the players back on the field, it’s time for business.  With the end of the all-star break, we at TopSportsReport decided it’d be a good time to evaluate where every team stands.  For that reason, we have released our mid-season power rankings.  As part of the article, there are also bold predictions for each team moving forward...
Via TopSportsReport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Midseason Power Rankings: Where do the Cubs Rank?

The MLB all-star game has come and gone.  With the players back on the field, it’s time for business.  With the end of the all-star break, we at TopSportsReport decided it’d be a good time to evaluate where every team stands.  For that reason, we have released our mid-season power rankings.  As part of the article, there are also bold predictions for each team moving forward...
Via TopSportsReport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Aiming To Start Off Second Half Right In Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs are in a good spot at the midway point of the 2015 MLB season, being 47-40 and in third place in the very competitive NL Central. That record would be good for first place in some other divisions, but the Cubs unfortunately have to compete with the best team in baseball (Cardinals), not to mention the game’s hottest team at the moment (Pirates). The good news is...
Via Obstructed View
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: First half takeaways

The Chicago Cubs finished the first half of the season seven games over .500 (47-40), third place in the best division in baseball, and with a one game lead for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Cubs successful first half has shocked many people who thought they were still a year away. They have shown signs of youth and inexperience, but have also shown that they...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Three key players for Chicago Cubs postseason run

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY SportsIt has been quite the first half of the season for the Chicago Cubs. They currently find themselves holding onto the second Wild Card spot with a 47-40 record. The Cubs have had some great individual performances in the first half, such as Anthony Rizzo putting together an MVP type season, Kris Bryant making his MLB debut, and Jake Arrieta pitching...
Via Sports-Glory
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Rizzo a natural on the red carpet

Players get to participate in a parade and a red carpet presentation as part of the All-Star festivities and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took it all in stride. Rizzo, a two-time All-Star, sure looked like a natural on the red carpet. Photo Credit: Norm Hall/Getty Images  
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs duo of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo Enjoying Spectacle of All-Star Week

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 13: National League All-Star Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs high-fives National League All-Star Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs during the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders at the Great American Ball Park on July 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Despite being eliminated in the first round of Monday...
Via The Sports Journal
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Which 2015 All-Stars could look weird in hindsight?

Skimming through the All-Star game roster this year, there are some names that shouldn’t surprise: Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper. Not all All-Stars are MVP candidates and studs. In 2012, the Chicago Cubs needed a first baseman with Anthony Rizzo still in the minors and journeyman Bryan LaHair snatched up the starting job. In the first half of the season, he was shockingly...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Bryant, Rizzo eliminated in HRD first round

I’m attempting to convince myself I’m not disappointed Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant were eliminated in the first round of the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby. Rizzo matched up with Josh Donaldson in the first round and faced the unfortunate guinea pig role as the first player to experience the newly implemented time rules. After hitting 8 homeruns, Rizzo fell to Donaldson’s mark...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs duo comes up short in Home Run Derby

Neither Kris Bryant nor Anthony Rizzo advanced past the first round of Monday night's Home Run Derby, but the duo put on an impressive show regardless. Rizzo, the first batter of the event hit eight homers, but was matched up against Josh Donaldson, who went yard nine times. Bryant bested his teammate with nine home runs of his own, but Albert Pujols hit 10 to move past the Cubs...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Occasional Cubs Affirmations

Looks like I’m still not completely used to Pacific Time, which is going to be annoying when I get accustomed to it the day before we have to leave for Chicago (grumble).  Of course, you’ll be seeing this at a more decent hour than I am writing this now.  While I’ve been distracted with fun and family, I have kept up with Chicago Cubs games, and yeah, it’s disappointing...
Via World Series Dreaming
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Send two First Time Participants to This Year’s HR Derby, Which Will be Operating Under New Rules

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 19: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs congratulates teammate Anthony Rizzo #44 on a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning of the game on June 19, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Every team in Major League Baseball would be proud to have one of their representatives swinging...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie Vedder Leads Cubs in Song

Just a stone’s throw from Wrigley Field sits The Metro and Thursday night, the popular Windy City concert venue played host to the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago…a fundraiser to raise money for Cubs Charities and team president Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later. Anyway, before the night was over, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was joined on stage by several...
Via Hall of Very Good
20 days ago  |  Discuss

We Might As Well Root For Rizzo In HR Derby

Given the overall lack of Red Sox visibility at The Midsummer Classic, we might as well root for a former Red Sox property in the Home Run Derby. Right? Former top Boston prospect Anthony Rizzo—now a legitimate MVP candidate with the Cubbies—is one of eight players who will compete in the newly-formatted derby. This year, players will have a five-minute window to hit as many...
Via FenwayNation
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryant, Rizzo to take part in Home Run Derby

Cubs fans will have plenty to watch during MLB's All-Star break. Not only will Cubs fans want to watch two of their stars in the actual All-Star Game, but now they will get the chance to watch Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo compete in the Home Run Derby. “It’s going to be awesome,” Rizzo told the Chicago-Sun Times. “Kris and I will really enjoy it. He’s excited, too,...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Hammel exits start with hamstring tightness

After an efficient 12-pitch first inning, Cubs starter Jason Hammel was pulled from Wednesday's start with left hamstring tightness, according to MLB.com. As MLB.com wrote, “Hammel retired the side in order in the first, and appeared to pull up when Matt Carpenter hit a grounder to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the second out.” (h/t MLB.com)Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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