Cubs @ Dodgers: Arrieta vs. Wood (Game 129)

Put away the razor blades. Jake to the rescue! Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers score 4 runs in 7th to beat Cubs 5-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Andre Ethier singled in a pair of go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers rally past the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory. The NL West leaders have their third winning streak of five or more games for the first time since May 7-12. The Dodgers overcame a balk by starter Mat Latos that put the Cubs ahead...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

September Call-Ups During An Unexpectedly Important Cubs Season

School had started for me, and it totally slipped my mind while I was busy beyond words that September was right around the corner.  Tuesday, in fact, is the first day that any member of the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster can be called up as reinforcements and to spell the regulars as we enter the home stretch of the season.  Here’s some interesting info from today’s press notes...
Via World Series Dreaming
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

There is Apparently a Clark the Cub Book…

Oh. Oh my. This is a Real Thing that Exists. #Cubs — Brandon Lee (@bleeinternets) August 29, 2015 Somehow, former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster wrote a children’s book based on the Chicago Cubs’ mascot, Clark the Cub.  Look at that cover.  He’s got some weird #Magic ball, probably taken from that magician Joe Maddon hired.  Clark looks like he’s...
Via World Series Dreaming
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fact: Wrigley Field is on the North Side of Chicago

I guess if there’s a reason ESPN doesn’t brand itself “the worldwide leader in geography”…it’s this. During “SportsCenter” on Wednesday, the network put up the graphic “Coming Up: South Side Surge” and included a Chicago Cubs logo. ESPN places the Cubs on the ‘South Side.’ — Sun-Times Sports (@suntimes_sports...
Via Hall of Very Good
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Some Fans Will Just Never Be Happy

In last night’s 4-1 win over the Cubs, the game really turned in a three-run sixth inning. Tied at one entering the inning, Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez, and Justin Turner all reached base, making it a 2-1 Dodgers lead with no outs and men on the corners when Joe Maddon came out to replace Jason Hammel with lefty Travis Wood. Don Mattingly pinch-hit Scott Van Slyke for Andre Ethier...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Video: Jamie Foxx tries to go yard at Cubs batting practice

Jamie Foxx is many things; an actor, singer, comedian and an all-around great guy. He also happens to be in love with the long ball. Prior to the Chicago Cubs’ meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, Foxx stepped up to the plate for some batting practice. Before Foxx could try to smash the ball over the fence, he received some advice from Cubs manager Joe Maddon....
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

This Chicago Cubs / Perfect Strangers mashup is loads of fun

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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Dodgers: Lester vs. Latos (Game 128)

The Cubs send a Ross-less Lester to the mound to right the road trip. Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs inspire mashup with 'Perfect Strangers' opening credits (Video)

The Chicago Cubs are right in the thick of the National League playoff race this year, making this the most enjoyable season that Cubs fans have had in a long time. Their success has inspired one Cubs fan to mashup some highlights of the season so far with the opening credit sequence for that classic 80s TV show "Perfect Strangers".The end result? Take a look for yourself: H/T...
Via Holdout Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs’ weekend with Vin Scully

The Chicago Cubs have their only trip to Los Angeles this weekend as they try to stay in control of the National League Wild Card race.  This, of course, means that those of us fortunate enough to have access to the LA area broadcasts will get to listen to the voice of Ford C. Frick Award winner (and de facto Hall of Famer) Vin Scully.  It’s not to say that Cubs broadcasters...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Dodgers: Hammel vs. Kershaw (Game 127)

Hammel and the Cubs have their work cut out for them, if they want to avoid a 3-game skid. Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

With These Cubs, Throw Out the History Book

  The Chicago Cubs are in the homestretch of what has been an amazing season. This team has played great from wire to wire and is in a great spot to lockup a spot in the Wild Card game. If you had asked fans what they expected going into this season, a majority would have told you they would be happy to see the team get to the .500 mark. Well, the Cubs about set to do just that...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Haren says he hasn't held up his end of the bargain

The Chicago Cubs didn't get one of the coveted pitching prizes at the trade deadline, instead settling for savvy veteran right-hander Dan Haren. So far it hasn't panned out. "I've got to be better," Haren told reporters after the Giants tagged him and handed the Cubs a 9-1 loss to lose the series Thursday night. The Cubs hoped Haren could bolster the back end of the rotation, a problem...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

In bullpen by committee, Maddon says relievers need to be 'egoless'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has never been big on labels or pre-determined roles for his bullpen. It's a philosophy that worked well for him at Tampa Bay and as well as so far into his first season in Chicago.  The bullpen has been solid in August, turning in the third-highest WAR (1.4) in the big leagues, according to CSN Chicago, and leading baseball with 12 saves.  The pen lost...
Via Fox Sports
1 day 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Re-Visiting Baseball Professor’s NL ROY Predictions

On April 8th, when the season was still fresh and hopes were alive and well for all 30 clubs, our staff sat down to make some predictions on the 2015 season. As I look back at my picks and those of my fellow Professors I have to laugh, especially when I look at the AL Central which has been about as wildly different as we could have expected. Out of all of these award races I think...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New Theme

Hello fellow Cubs fans! You may have noticed a few subtle changes to the site :D. It's going to take some time for some of the pages to be altered to fit in with the scheme, but either the content's author will have to do the work or I'll do it and coordinate with her/him if necessary. Bottom line is that each editor shouldn't try to do too much with their writings. I can create...
Via Cub Reporter
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The many (big) flies of Danny Haren

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Via Fox Sports
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The future is bright with youngsters Bryant, Russell rising up

The left side on the North Side is in good hands for the future, arguably soon to be one of the best third base-shortstop tandems in baseball.The Chicago Cubs are doing something extremely rare, winning big and bearing down on the postseason with multiple first-year players making significant, in fact, invaluable contributions. Third baseman Kris Byrant and shortstop Addison Russell...
Via Fox Sports
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rookie Russell shows why he's the man at SS with sweet DP

Addison Russell showed again why Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had no choice but to make the rookie the club's starting shortstop at the expense of Starlin Castro.In the bottom of the third inning Wednesday night, Russell made an incredible play, snagging a hard-hit grounder with a backhand stab from his knees, then making a terrific turn and throw to Castro at second base to start...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs’ Addison Russell, Starlin Castro Turn Incredible Double Play (Video)

It’s unclear what the future of Starlin Castro looks like, but one thing is clear: Addison Russell will be the Chicago Cubs’ shortstop for a long time. However, the Cubs might want to keep Castro around as a second baseman, especially considering what the two did Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants. Russell and Castro combined in the third inning for one of the finest...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Giants: Haren vs. Bumgarner (Game 126 Thread)

CHC (73-52): RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 3.76) SF (67-59): LHP Madison Bumgarner (15-6, 3.02) First pitch: 2:45pmCT Haren didn’t pitch well against Atlanta on Saturday (4.1, 4 ER) but escaped with a no-decision in a game the Cubs went on to win 9-7, thanks to a pair of solo HRs by Montero and Soler in the 8th. The Giants are 40-134 (.299) against Haren. Byrd is 14-33 (.424) with 3 HRs...
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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