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Cardinals fall in 10 to Cubs, lose a game off their NL Central lead

  Welington Castillo homered and drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single, giving the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that tightened the National League Central race Tuesday night. St. Louis' lead was reduced to 1-1/2 games over second-place Pittsburgh, which clinched a playoff berth by beating Atlanta. With four games to play, the Cardinals...
Via AP on Fox
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Curious Case of Mike Olt

Time for a new thread but got some work to get done this morning...but the comments in the last thread had some interesting "Why isn't Olt starting talk?" So here's some numbers to assist in the discussion. Olt since being called back on Sept 5. 11 G, 8 GS, 250/382/357 29.4 K% Valaika since Sept 5 10 G, 8 GS 290/333/355 27.2 K% Of course Valaika's started the...
Via Cub Reporter
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs top Reds 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kyle Hendricks kept up his impressive rookie season, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Wednesday night for a sweep. Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish and Luis Valbuena each had a run-scoring hit as the Cubs won their third straight. They improved to 38-36 at Wrigley Field despite being 16 games under .500 overall. The Reds have...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Hendriks wins again, pitches Cubs past Reds

CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Hendricks kept up his impressive rookie season, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Wednesday night for a sweep. Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish and Luis Valbuena each had a run-scoring hit as the Cubs won their third straight. They improved to 38-36 at Wrigley Field despite being 16 games under .500 overall. The Reds have...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs top Reds 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kyle Hendricks kept up his impressive rookie season, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Wednesday night for a sweep. Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish and Luis Valbuena each had a run-scoring hit as the Cubs won their third straight. They improved to 38-36 at Wrigley Field despite being 16 games under .500 overall. The Reds have...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee's woes continue in Chicago

It's hard to have a worse road trip than the one just completed by the Milwaukee Brewers. Nobody remembers the nine-game swing began with a 10-1 victory in San Diego because of the disastrous eight games that followed. Following an all too familiar script, Milwaukee fell 6-2 to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The losing streak has hit eight, as the Brewers continue...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Sep 3

Yesterday was a disappointing day. Wade Miley did exactly as I expected, but my team was tanked from the start by Shane Greene’s implosion against the Red Sox. Greene had been extremely consistent, but Boston’s big name bats chose that to to erupt. My three hidden players were Joe Panik (14.00 points), Luis Valbuena (14.00 points), and Greene (-6.00 points). Tuesday’s Official...
Via Baseball Professor
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers lose grip on first place in division with loss to Cubs

Over the course of the past 150 days, the Milwaukee Brewers have woken up in first place in the National League Central. Milwaukee's nearly five-month reign as division leaders ended for the time being Monday, as a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field combined with a St. Louis victory pushed the Cardinals into sole possession of first place. The Brewers' losing streak...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers lose grip on first place in division with loss to Cubs

Over the course of the past 150 days, the Milwaukee Brewers have woken up in first place in the National League Central. Milwaukee's nearly five-month reign as division leaders ended for the time being Monday, as a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field combined with a St. Louis victory pushed the Cardinals into sole possession of first place. The Brewers' losing streak...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Castillo, Valbuena help Cubs beat Brewers 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Welington Castillo homered and drove in three runs, Luis Valbuena also hit a home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Monday. Rookie sensation Jorge Soler had two doubles in his home debut for the Cubs and Jacob Turner (5-8) won in just his second start for Chicago after being acquired from Miami last month. The right-hander allowed just one run...
Via AP on Fox
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Castillo, Valbuena help Cubs beat Brewers 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Welington Castillo homered and drove in three runs, Luis Valbuena also hit a home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Monday. Rookie sensation Jorge Soler had two doubles in his home debut for the Cubs and Jacob Turner (5-8) won in just his second start for Chicago after being acquired from Miami last month. The right-hander allowed just one run...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Surging Matt Holliday leads Cardinals to 9-6 comeback win over Cubs to move into a tie atop NL Central

The Cubs’ home-run parade would continue in the finale of the four game series Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Their eighth home-run of the series was a two-run shot by Luis Valbuena, his 15th home run of the season. That gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead in the Top of the 2nd off of Cardinals’ starter John Lackey. Lackey gave up all of his five runs in the Top of the 2nd, two of those...
Via Cardinals Farm
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Power

Let’s have some fun, because it’s going to get fun and even more fun soon. There’s this… Your browser does not support iframes. That’s Jorge Soler destroying a baseball in case you couldn’t tell. Then after Javier Baez got the go-ahead RBIs (or RsBI?), there was… Your browser does not support iframes. Absolutely destroyed. Luis Valbuena and Arismendy Alcantara also...
Via World Series Dreaming
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Castro's 9th inning blast off Mets' closer ends Cubs' losing streak

  Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven smooth innings. He left with a 1-0 lead following Luis Valbuena's run-scoring single in the fourth. Slumping slugger Curtis Granderson tied it with a two-out RBI single...
Via AP on Fox
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Castro's homer in 9th lifts Cubs over Mets 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven smooth innings. He left with a 1-0 lead following Luis Valbuena's run-scoring single in the fourth. Slumping slugger Curtis Granderson tied it with a two...
Via AP on Fox
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies drop three of four to Cubs

Chi. Cubs 3, Colorado 1 When: 2:20 PM ET, Thursday, July 31, 2014 Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Temperature: 82° Umpires: Home – Gerry Davis, 1B – Greg Gibson, 2B – Phil Cuzzi, 3B – Will Little Attendance: 35729 By SportsDirect Inc. Cubs 3, Rockies 1: Jake Arrieta worked seven strong innings as Chicago clinched a win in the four-game series over visiting Colorado...
Via Mile High Sports
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies salvage series against Cubs

Colorado 6, Chi. Cubs 4 When: 8:05 PM ET, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Temperature: 68° Umpires: Home – Will Little, 1B – Gerry Davis, 2B – Greg Gibson, 3B – Phil Cuzzi Attendance: 29491 By SportsDirect Inc. Rockies 6, Cubs 4 (10): Brandon Barnes knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the 10th as visiting Colorado avenged Tuesday’s...
Via Mile High Sports
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs hand Cardinals fourth straight loss, 7-6

CHICAGO -- Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning Friday, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to hand the St. Louis Cardinals the fourth straight loss, 7-6. The teams combined for five home runs and 23 hits with a persistent wind at their backs. The Cardinals tied the score 5-5 on solo homers by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday in the fifth...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 3, Padres 8 (7/24/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Tsuyoshi lays an egg, and the Cubs bats (with Luis excepted) fall mostly silent. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena hit a 3-run HR, which provided the entirety of the Cubs’ scoring. In the best case scenario, Valbuena is a super-DeRosa in 2015, and even if he starts, you don’t feel too bad. 2. Anthony Rizzo actually had a better game than Valbuena, going 1-2 with...
Via Obstructed View
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Third Basemen, Part I

We’ve taken a break along with most of the league on our game wide rundown of real offensive value. Many of you might be new to the discussion, so first let’s talk a little bit about real offensive value (ROV). Real offensive value combines batting average and secondary average to create one statistic that looks like batting average. At the break, the league wide batting average...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 6, Reds 4

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Hendricks had an uneven first start (strike the 1st, it was very very good), but Alcantara played himself onto the team!!! Three Up 1. Arismendy Alcantara went 4-5 with 2 singles, 2B, 3B. He had an extremely good game, and afterwards, it was announced that he’s not going down right away. Hopefully Barney gets Wally Pipp’d. 2. Blake Parker dominated the...
Via Obstructed View
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Valbuena lifts Cubs to 6-4 win over Reds in 12

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the 12th inning and the Chicago Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win Thursday. Highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Starlin Castro's two-out infield single. Valbuena, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Cubs Game Ends With Close Play That Boston Challenges (Video)

BOSTON — The umpire’s fist went up, the call was confirmed and the Red Sox again walked away frustrated. Dustin Pedroia was thrown out on a bang-bang play at first base Tuesday to end the Red Sox’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park. Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the close call, but the initial ruling was confirmed, ending Boston’s attempt to rally in the...
Via NESN.com
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Maybe the Cubs should at least pad the doors…

On Thursday night, even worse than probably the night before, the fog really affected the Cubs-Nationals contest at Wrigley Field: Your browser does not support iframes. It was interesting to see Denard Span with the full “WTF?!” expression in center field as Luis Valbuena‘s “triple” fell in behind him. It was amazing that no outfielders got conked in the head at the last...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Outfielder Denard Span Loses Fly Ball In Wrigley Field Fog (GIF)

Catching a fly ball is a difficult thing to do, no matter the circumstances. Catching a fly ball while looking into thick fog? Well that’s just about impossible, as Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span found out Thursday night. Fog wreaked havoc during the Nationals’ game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and that came to a head during the sixth inning. That’s...
Via NESN.com
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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