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Bumgarner shuts down Cubs, matches Chicago ace for MLB lead in wins

  Rookie Kelby Tomlinson wasn't sure how to react when his grand slam was replayed on the stadium video board. Veteran Marlon Byrd reminded him to smile and take in the moment. Tomlinson hit a slam for his first career home run and Byrd added a three-run shot, leading Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs 9-1 on Thursday. "It was pretty crazy. Everybody...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours 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
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from Mariners

  The playoff-contending Chicago Cubs have acquired struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from the Seattle Mariners for cash. The trade was announced Thursday. The 38-year-old Rodney had been designated for assignment by Seattle last Sunday. Rodney was 5-5 and had gone 16 for 22 in save chances this season. The right-hander had a 5.68 ERA in 54 games. Rodney was an AL All-Star closer...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs get struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from Mariners

CHICAGO (AP) The playoff-contending Chicago Cubs have acquired struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from the Seattle Mariners for cash. The trade was announced Thursday. The 38-year-old Rodney had been designated for assignment by Seattle last Sunday. Rodney was 5-5 and had gone 16 for 22 in save chances this season. The right-hander had a 5.68 ERA in 54 games. Rodney was an AL All...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

The many (big) flies of Danny Haren

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Via Fox Sports
11 hours 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
12 hours 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
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs face gauntlet of Bumgarner, Kershaw in consecutive nights

Sometimes in a three-game series it's possible to miss an opponent's ace. If you do, you consider yourself fortunate. Over these next two days, the Chicago Cubs are probably thinking of another word as they get set to face two of the best pitchers in baseball on back-to-back nights. On Thursday, the Cubs face San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. On Friday, they fly south...
Via Fox Sports
14 hours 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
14 hours 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
15 hours 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...
Via NESN.com
17 hours 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
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Giants: Hendricks vs. Peavy (Game 125 Thread)

CHC (73-51): RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 4.03) SF (66-59): RHP Jake Peavy (3-6, 4.35) First pitch: 9:15pmCT Hendricks had a no-decision against Atlanta on Friday (5 IP, 3 ER). He beat the Giants (5.1 IP, 3 ER) earlier this month. He’s 4-4 with a 4.43 on the road. The Giants are 5-19 against him. Belt is 1-2 with a HR. Peavy lost to Pittsburgh his last time out (6 IP, 4 ER). He also...
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Who is the Cubs Best Rookie?

The Chicago Cubs are set to make history. Currently they have a 7.5 game lead over the San Fransisco Giants for the second Wild Card, but that is not what has them on the verge of history. What does, is if the Cubs hang on to their lead and make the playoffs, they will become the first team in baseball history to make the playoffs starting four rookies in the regular everyday lineup...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Impossible not to call these lovable losers a team of destiny

We love to throw around the word "destiny" in sports. A team of destiny, we say.If you could look up "team of destiny" in a sports dictionary, you'd be staring at a picture of the 2015 Chicago Cubs.Of course, the Cubbies have teased their long-suffering fans before. It's been generations since the club has won a World Series (1908) or even been to one (1945). But this team is doing...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What makes Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon great?

With the Cubs in San Francisco to face the team just behind them in the wild-card race, it makes sense to compare the two managers. After all, they both ended up within the top five in a recent ESPN.com survey, and their teams have both found success in recent years. Though they were born just a year apart, their styles are different enough that they seem to be a study in contrasts...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 8, Giants 5 (8/25/15)

OSS: Cubs make a laugher of it early, and a nailbiter of it late. Three Up 1. Jake Arrieta had a perfecto through 3, and ended the day allowing no earned runs (1 unearned on his own error, though), striking out 8 over 6 innings and allowing a single walk. Much like Rizzo deserves to finish around 3rd or 4th in MVP voting, Arrieta deserves to finish around 3rd or 4th in Cy Young voting...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League Deal

Last Tuesday the Chicago White Sox activated Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list and immediately designated him for assignment. Once Bonifacio cleared waivers he was released. Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs signed him to a Minor League deal. Bonifacio, 30, can best be described as a journeyman ballplayer. He’s appeared in games for eight different clubs since his Major League...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta Should Be in the Cy Young Conversation

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Jake Arrieta has been his teams most consistent pitcher this season (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)   Jake Arrieta is the number two man in the Chicago Cubs starting pitching rotation and with good reason…. Not only is he the most consistent starter on the team, he’s also one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this year. Arrieta is one of the main reasons why...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs clobber Giants out of wild-card race while matching 2014 wins

The Chicago Cubs have singlehandedly clobbered the San Francisco Giants out of the wild-card race. Following a four-game sweep earlier this month at Wrigley Field, the Cubs got this three-game set in San Francisco off to a rollicking start. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta continued his march toward the Cy Young award by capturing his league-leading 16th victory. Rookie Kyle Schwarber...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrieta pitches, Schwarber hits Cubs past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero and Starlin Castro all hit home runs in support of another solid outing from Jake Arrieta, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win. Schwarber's towering, three-run homer in the third set the tone for the Cubs, who have won 21 of 25 games to pull 7 1/2 games ahead of the Giants...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber Does Something No Chicago Cubs Player Has Done Since 1900

This is a great year to be a Chicago Cubs fan. A wealth of young talent has the team playing better than it has in many, many years. Going in to Tuesday night's game against the Giants they were 72-51; 6.5 games back in the division, but with a healthy grasp on one of the wild card spots. Could it be? Could the Cubbies return to the post season for the first time in years?If they...
Via FatManWriting
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
2 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...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo: MVP Candidate?

Let’s start this article by talking about Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber is awesome, and this year he’s put up a .275/.373/.558 line. That’s really good, and a .931 OPS/153 wRC+ is good for 10th among all hitters in baseball with 160 PA. Incredible, right? Well, Anthony Rizzo is 9th. That’s right: as incredible as Schwarber has performed this season, Rizzo has been better over...
Via Obstructed View
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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