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Infographic: A deeper look at Kyle Hendricks

Holy cow, are the 2016 Chicago Cubs killing it. The erstwhile ‘lovable losers’ have outscored the competition by more than 200 runs and are leading the NL Central race by such a wide margin that they could coast, Usain Bolt-style, to the finish line. The Cubs have become a powerhouse for many reasons. They scored […] The post Infographic: A deeper look at Kyle Hendricks appeared...
Via Today's Knuckleball
21 minutes ago

Could John Andreoli be the ‘Speed Guy’ Joe Maddon Wants in September

The tight quarters in the Wrigley Field dugouts are about to get a little more cramped when rosters expand by 60% in September. In previous seasons that have already been tossed out and their engrams nearly erased, this time of the year meant a talent transfusion, new shiny objects to distract us from the scoreboard or the standings. Now, however, the Cubs have such a wealth of...
Via Cubs Insider
6 hours ago

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

Ben Zobrist spent the Cubs' off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter singing along to "Let It Go."
Via CSN Chicago
6 hours ago

CSN to feature one inning of Vin Scully during Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game

Baseball fans are in for a treat when they tune in to CSN for Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers broadcast.CSN will carry the live audio call for one inning
Via CSN Chicago
7 hours ago

The One Problem With Kris Bryant’s MVP Case

Kris Bryant is everything you could want in an MVP candidate. He hits, he runs, he plays defense, he moves around, he’s in there every day — Bryant is an outstanding player on an outstanding team. You don’t have to worry about the Cubs wasting him, and not going to the playoffs. If Bryant’s teammates are doing him any harm, it could be because there are too many good ones...
Via Fangraphs
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Quantifying Hope: Cubs Looking to Win 100 Games for First Time in 81 Years

By all accounts, the Cubs have a 100% chance of making the playoffs. They’re 36 games over .500 with 36 games left to play, though, so it’s still numerically possible for them to finish with an even record. And if the Cardinals win their last 37 games, the Cubs would need to go 23-13 to keep pace. Absent such an historic run, closing out with just a .528 winning percentage (19...
Via Cubs Insider
13 hours ago

Jake Arrieta in 2016 Is Just Being Human

Everyone admits it. 2015 on the North side of Chicago was special, in a way 2016 won’t ever be able to match. After a first half in which the Cubs saw their future suddenly become their reality on the field each night, they simultaneously experienced the emergence of their new ace, Jake Arrieta. In 2015, […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Cubs vs. Dodgers, August 26-28

The last time the Cubs found themselves in  Chavez Ravine, this transpired… Which, of course, is the second greatest moment Cubs moment in Dodgers Stadium after this… When the Cubs hit the West Coast starting Friday night, it will be light on the Arrieta and […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist Sings Let it Go with Daughter

Everyone takes advantage of a day off, right? Major Leaguers are no different. So with a day off before his Chicago Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Ben Zobrist took the short trip south to Anaheim to enjoy Disneyland with his family. And as the All-Star posted on Instagram (and Twitter), after 14 hours at the park, it was time to “Let it Go” alongside his four...
Via Hall of Very Good
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Are the Chicago Cubs built only for warm weather?

The Chicago Cubs don’t have any worries. The pitching has been strong, the hitting has been tremendous, the fielding has been great, and the base running has been marvelous. The whole season has been a dream come true thus far. The Cubs have been playing so incredible that people are beginning to forget they are actually the Chicago Cubs—a franchise that has not won a World Series...
Via isportsweb.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: How to make Javier Báez an everyday player

Although Chicago Cubs’ infielder Javier Báez plays nearly every game, he still is not an “official” starter for the team. How could the Cubs change this and make it so Báez plays every day? It’s safe to say Javier Báez has found a home with the Chicago Cubs. Báez’s play this season has put to […] Chicago Cubs: How to make Javier Báez an everyday player - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 day ago

Chicago Cubs: How will Major League Baseball handle Tokyo 2020?

The 2016 Rio Olympics are now over and the medals have all been handed out. As the world looks ahead to 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, many are excited for the return of baseball to the grand international stage. Only question now will be, how will Major League Baseball handle the schedule? Currently set to take […] Chicago Cubs: How will Major League Baseball handle Tokyo 2020? - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 day ago

WATCH: Comparing this year's Cubs rotation to 2003

David Kaplan and the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan to debate if the current Cubs rotation is better than the one from 2003.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Confidence, consistency key to Russell's success

Defensively, Addison Russell leads all National League shortstops in zone rating (.873), and is seventh in fielding percentage (.978), making 10 errors in 113 starts. It's almost impossible to count how many times his defensive wizardry has been featured in postgame highlights.
Via Cubs.com
1 day ago

Chicago Cubs: The race for the National League Cy Young Trophy

With five weeks left in the regular season, the race for the Cy Young trophy is heating up. Can a Chicago Cub make it two years in a row for the team? As the regular season closes, post-season awards talk is heating up. In 2015, members of the Chicago Cubs took home major awards: Jake […] Chicago Cubs: The race for the National League Cy Young Trophy - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 day ago

With Strop and Rondon Out, Grimm Reaping for Cubs

To say that Justin Grimm got off to a slow start this season would be an insult to slow starts. In his first 33 appearances, the righty reliever logged only 25.1 innings and allowed 17 earned runs on 27 hits. Normally able to avoid the longball, Grimm gave up 4 home runs (1.42 HR/9) in that period. Needless to say, it was disappointing coming from a guy who’d really broken out...
Via Cubs Insider
1 day ago

Cubs’ Unlikely Duo Dishing Up the Fun

“Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.” It’s a famous Maddon-ism designed to keep players loose. With their 17-4 record this month and a cushy division lead, the boys in blue don’t seem to need the reminder. But some fans out there (you know who you are), definitely do. The dog days aren’t […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Contreras keeps stepping up to big league challenges

Willson Contreras passed another test on Wednesday. The Cubs' rookie catcher was behind the plate for the daytime series finale against the Padres after catching the night game on Tuesday.
Via Cubs.com
1 day ago

The Cubs Won’t Be a Losing Team This Year

If I told you that on August 24, the Chicago Cubs would be the best team in baseball with 81 wins, miles ahead of every other team in the National League, and all of Major League Baseball, you’d be okay with this, right? Well, after escaping the baseball black hole that is Coors Field, the Cubs went back to being a juggernaut, sweeping the San Diego Padres rather easily.  With...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Big bats back Hendricks, bring brooms to SD

Kyle Hendricks got a big boost from the offense before he took the mound, thanks to a three-run first, as the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3, on Wednesday at Petco Park to sweep the series and improve to 36 games over .500 for the first time since 1945, when they finished that season at 98-56.
Via Cubs.com
2 days ago

Edwin Jackson gives up 3 HRs in Padres' 5-1 loss to Cubs

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Edwin Jackson knows better but he couldn't do anything about it against the Chicago Cubs."You can't fall behind, especially against a team like this," he said. "It just wasn't a great job by me."The Cubs hit Jackson (3-4) for three home runs en route to a 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night."The main thing with this lineup is you have to establish...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Unkie Lester Is Flipping The Script On The Padres

I was going to lede with Lester the Molester is going to flip the script on the Padres, but I didn't want the Vatican Policia to flag me. The last thing I need is some little Italian guy going through my trash in the middle of the night. I just had a vision of Grey outside of Giancarlo's house rummaging through his Salvation Army donation bags looking for his old jock straps. ...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs fans go dumpster diving for Addison Russell’s home-run ball

Catching a baseball at any major league ballpark is valuable, no matter who hits it or where it ends up. Chicago Cubs fans exemplified this aspect Sunday afternoon during their game against the Colorado Rockies, as shortstop Addison Russell hit a home run in the fifth inning that happened to land in a very convenient location: a trash can. But in baseball, every hit over the...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant crushes longest HR of career (VIDEO)

Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant hit a ball to the moon in Coors Field on Saturday night. With Bryce Harper recently hitting the longest home run of his career at the same park last week, Bryant accomplished the same feat with a blast of his own. It was a three-run shot, as no one was out and two men were on. So with a 3-1 count, Bryant got a breaking ball that hung a bit, and he...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs put starter Lackey, reliever Rondon on disabled list

DENVER (AP) The Chicago Cubs have put pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list because of strained right shoulder. The Cubs made a series of moves Friday before their scheduled game in Colorado. The 37-year-old Lackey has made 24 starts this year in his first season with the NL Central leaders. He is 9-7 with a 3.41 ERA. Lackey's move to the DL was retroactive to Monday...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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