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Cubs bullpen plays strange, and risky, game of foul-ball chicken

The Chicago Cubs bullpen has an interesting way of staying involved in the games these days. They play a strange, and seemingly risky, game called foul-ball chicken. According to the Chicago Tribune, the mastermind behind this brilliance is bullpen catcher Chad Noble. Here's how the Tribune's Mark Gonzalez explains how the game is played: During the game, as the pitchers are sitting...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Lose Key Players To Injuries

The Chicago Cubs have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past few weeks posting a 20-5 record in their past 25 games. They’ve been surging all right, but a pair of injuries to RHP Jason Motte and OF Jorge Soler will sideline the pair for a bit of time. Soler is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle that puts him on the DL until at least mid-September, but...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs place Soler, Motte on 15-day DL

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Jorge Soler and right-handed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list. The Cubs recalled infielder Tommy La Stella and lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa in time for Monday's makeup game against the Cleveland Indians. Soler, batting .265 with seven homers and 42 RBIs, has a left oblique strain and could miss up to a...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Place Jorge Soler, Jason Motte On DL

The Chicago Cubs placed right fielder Jorge Soler and relief pitcher Jason Motte on the disabled list. Soler has been grounded by a strained oblique, while the bearded right-handed sustained a strained right shoulder. The injuries ding the Cubs' depth in the outfield and in the bullpen, but winning four in a row over the weekend provided a six-game cushion over the San Francisco...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Get Bit Hard By Injury

The Chicago Cubs today announced that both Jason Motte and Jorge Soler would be missing time due to injury today.    The time frame for Soler is not good, he is expected to miss a month, perhaps the rest of the season if things don’t go perfectly for him. While the length Motte might miss is not known, I cannot believe that he will be back quickly either.    Add in that Addison...
Via World Series Dreaming
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Montero, bullpen lead Cubs to 5-3 win over Braves

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero had consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth as the Chicago Cubs extended Shelby Miller's winless skid to 16 games with a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single in the seventh for Chicago. Jason Motte (8-1) earned the win in relief, starting a string of four innings during which Cubs relievers didn...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs pitcher Motte talks Maddon, catching and Cornhole

The bearded wonder, Cubs relief pitcher Jason Motte, joined WGN on Monday to discuss the team's recent hot streak, leadership, manager Joe Maddon, the enemy Red Birds and why he decided to make the switch from catcher to big-league pitcher."Well, I hit about a buck-80, and I was behind a catcher named Yadier Molina," Mott said. "He was decent, he was alright."The main reason for...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' closer carousel has no end in sight, and that's a big problem

It's hard to be a legitimate playoff contender without a legitimate closer.The troubles in the Chicago Cubs' bullpen are many, and the carousel could turn once again as manager Joe Maddon is basically out of answers, unless Chicago pulls off a trade for back-end reliever before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.Hector Rondon leads the Cubs with 12 saves. He's blown three opportunities...
Via Fox Sports
July 28, 2015  |  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...
Via Obstructed View
July 28, 2015  |  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
July 10, 2015  |  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...
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July 10, 2015  |  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
July 10, 2015  |  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
July 10, 2015  |  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
July 10, 2015  |  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
July 10, 2015  |  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
July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Motte relishes the pressure

  Cubs reliever Jason Motte has found himself on the mound with the game on the line a lot recently and he couldn't be happier about it. “I love those situations,” Motte told CSN Chicago. “That’s what I did before surgery and that’s my goal after surgery to get back pitching in those situations. I didn’t know where I was going to be or who I was going to play for but...
Via Fox Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Jason Motte on the rise

Relief pitcher Jason Motte once dominated the Chicago Cubs. In six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals he gave up only three runs in 26.2 innings for an ERA of 1.03 when facing the Cubbies. Tired of being beaten by Motte, the Chicago Cubs front office signed Motte to a 1-year, $4.5 million contract this past December. So far, Motte has been everything the Cubs had hoped for. Photo...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Maddon still undecided on closer

Hector Rondon was lifted after facing just one batter on Saturday. On Sunday, Jason Motte came in to save the game. So who is the Cubs' closer? Well it may just be a bit random for the forseeable future. "I'll jus wait till that day," Maddon told the Chicago Sun-Times when asked who will get the next save opportunity. Maddon oftentimes used the closer-by-committee method...
Via Fox Sports
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres 5, Cubs 2 (4/19/15)

OSS: Schlitter and Motte implode, and the Cubs fail to convert on two bases-loaded situations. Three Up 1. Dexter Fowler got things started in this game, singling and scoring in the first. Then, he bunted for a single in the 9th, getting the tying run to the plate. He has been an excellent addition to the team this year. 2. Edwin Jackson kept the Cubs in this game with 2 innings...
Via Obstructed View
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

Last January, I published my predictions of the topics I thought could evolve into the top five stories across the Cardinals Nation for the then-coming year of 2014. Today, with the benefit of full hindsight, including the top 20 stories of 2014 countdown now on the books, it is time to take my annual look back at my initial forecast. After all, anyone can make predictions, but how...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs, reliever Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

  Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses. Motte was one of baseball's top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves in 49 chances and helped St. Louis reach the NL Championship Series. The right-hander had elbow-ligament replacement surgery in May 2013...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

CHICAGO (AP) Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses. Motte was one of baseball's top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves in 49 chances and helped St. Louis reach the NL championship series. The right-hander had elbow-ligament replacement...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

New Cub Jason Motte has something to say to Cardinals Nation

ST. LOUIS -- Even as a member of the Cubs, it will be hard for Cardinals fans to root against Jason Motte.  The former Cardinals closer is leaving St. Louis for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Chicago, but right-hander made sure to show his appreciation on the way out for the only organization he's ever known since being drafted in the 19th round in 2003.   
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Cardinal Motte agrees to one-year, $4.5M deal with Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jason Motte is moving to the other side of one of baseball's best rivalries. The veteran reliever is leaving St. Louis for a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. Motte made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2008 and had spent his entire career with the team that selected him in the 19th...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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