The Cubs were off yesterday and the Cardinals lost to the Pirates, so Chicago’s magic number to win the NL Central is now down to seven. St. Louis actually trails the Reds by a half-game in the standings, but the Redbirds still have an extra four games to make up.
Whatever harbinger is the opposite of the canary in the coalmine, that’s what Jon Lester was for the Chicago Cubs. More than any player before or since, his decision signaled to the rest of the baseball world that the organization still sitting in the ashes of the decrepit building Theo Epstein had burned to the ground was for real.
Asked last Friday about Pedro Strop, manager David Ross said the reliever was “getting close” to be an option for the Cubs bullpen. The righty had been at the alternate site in South Bend to ramp back up after signing a minor-league deal in the wake of his designation for assignment by the Reds.
By Jacob Halleen On Sunday afternoon, Cubs pitcher Alec Mills threw the second no-hitter in the shortened 2020 season. In a season that has taught us to expect the unexpected, Mills’ no-hitter was perhaps the most unlikely event that has occurred thus far.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber won American League Pitcher of the Month, while Chicago Cubs righty Yu Darvish earned the National League honor.