SNC Morning Update: Cubs sweep Pirates to win 20th game

In today's edition of the SNC Morning Update, the Cubs swept the Pirates to win their 20th game of the season.
Via CSN Chicago
4 hours ago

Cubs 6, Pirates 2 (5/4/16)

OSS: What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to drive them before you, to hear the lamentations of their fanbase. Three up: Ben Zobrist was the WPA hero of the day, mostly due to a three run homer in the third inning that ended up as the nominal GWRBI. You just can't make any mistakes against this Cubs lineup – this homer followed a rare error by Pirates superstar...
Via Obstructed View
6 hours ago

Lester: 'I think we just played good baseball'

Jon Lester discusses what went into the Cubs' sweep of the Pirates.
Via CSN Chicago
8 hours ago

Javier Baez becoming a game-changer for Cubs on defense and offense

Javier Baez put on a defensive clinic in the Cubs' sweep of the Pirates, and is proving to be a game-changer both on offense and defense.
Via CSN Chicago
8 hours ago

Hendricks looks to keep Cubs rolling in opener vs. Nats

The Cubs are set to open a four-game series with the Nationals on Thursday night at Wrigley Field. It's a matchup of two of the top teams in baseball.
10 hours ago

Cubs' dominant pitching sets tone for success

In a matchup between the two top teams in the National League Central, the Cubs' 6-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday completed a three-game sweep at PNC Park. Chicago's recipe for success includes a key component -- outstanding pitching.
11 hours ago

Zobrist, Rizzo homer as Cubs top Pirates 6-2 for sweep

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Zobrist hit a three-run home run, Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester worked out of a pair of jams to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep. Zobrist's third-inning homer put Chicago ahead after center fielder Andrew McCutchen dropped Rizzo's two-out liner for an error. With its seventh win in eight games...
Via Associated Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ Run Differential Climbing to Historic Heights

On Tuesday, as the Chicago Cubs clinched a series victory against the rival Pirates, they raised their season run differential to +89, the largest in the majors. The Cubs’ offense is firing on all cylinders and they are showing no signs of slowing down. Through 25 contests, the Cubs are currently averaging a staggering 6.12 runs […] Chicago Cubs’ Run Differential Climbing...
Via Cubbies Crib
16 hours ago

Cubs using caution with Heyward's wrist

The Cubs continue to be cautious with outfielder Jason Heyward, who was out of the lineup for a third straight game as the Cubs faced the Pirates for the finale of a three-game series at PNC Park on Wednesday.
17 hours ago

Anthony Rizzo carving place amongst Chicago greats

Anthony Rizzo has emerged as not only the face of the Chicago Cubs, but as one of the icons of all of Chicago sports. It’s not only that his team is currently the best is baseball, it’s that he’s leading the way on and off the field and he should be a finalist for the National League MVP when the season is said and done. So far, he’s off to a torrid start, having smacked...
Via Today's Knuckleball
17 hours ago

The A to Z Review of the Cubs MiLB System in April

When analyzing the Cubs minor league system in April, one could take a broad view and wonder why some top prospects played so poorly. Gleyber Torres was almost non-existent, Billy McKinney struggled coming back from a knee injury, Duane Underwood was only on Tennessee’s roster for one day, Jeimer Candelario barely hit .200, and Oscar De La Cruz has yet to pitch while nursing...
Via Cubs Insider
20 hours ago

Arrieta improves to 6-0 as Cubs top Pirates 7-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jake Arrieta dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates yet again, scattering two hits in seven shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Tuesday night. Seven months after shutting the Pirates down in the NL wild card playoff, Arrieta allowed only singles to Sean Rodriguez in the second and Francisco Cervelli in the seventh. Arrieta (6-0)...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward Has Made Some Weird Decisions

I don’t know what the scariest thing is about the Cubs. It might be that they have baseball’s best record, and a historically excellent run differential. Or maybe it’s that they have baseball’s best record, and a historically excellent run differential, while Jason Heyward has been a worse hitter than Alexei Ramirez (who has been a bad hitter). Heyward hasn’t gotten going...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

That’s So Cub: April’s Top Contributors and Moments

April was a hell of a month for the Chicago Cubs. They lost Kyle Schwarber for the season, called Munenori Kawasaki up to the big leagues, lost him to Triple-A Iowa shortly thereafter, and tied a 109-year-old record for wins in the month (17). Let’s take a look back at the month’s top performers, and […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hammel goes to 4-0, Rizzo hits 2 doubles in Cubs' win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jason Hammel raised his record to 4-0 and Anthony Rizzo hit two doubles as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Monday night. Hammel's ERA rose to 1.24 after entering the game with a National League-leading 0.75 mark. He gave up two runs and five hits in five-plus innings with three strikeouts and one walk. His streak of five straight starts of allowing...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs don zany suits for Joe Maddon's latest themed road trip

The Cubs sported zany suits on the way out of Wrigley Field, embarking on Joe Maddon's latest themed road trip.
Via CSN Chicago
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Warren G sings seventh inning stretch at Cubs game

Rapper Warren G sang the seventh inning stretch at the Cubs-Braves game on Friday.
Via CSN Chicago
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Szczur gets ice bucket shower after grand slam

Matt Szczur talks with CSN's Kelly Crull after he hit a grand slam in the Cubs' 6-1 win against the Braves and David Ross gave him an early shower.
Via CSN Chicago
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Cubs: Almora Rising

It was a cold and windy week in Chicago, but some Cubs prospects are hot. Let’s recap this week in the minors. Iowa Cubs (Triple-A) (9-12) Albert Almora was the biggest story in the farm system this week, as he continued his torrid start to the season. He hit two more homers, and bumped his […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlotte and Ric Flair Visit Chicago Cubs

It’s been a long time since the Chicago Cubs have been a champion on the field. Sunday…they were joined by two. 16-time World Champion Rick Flair and his daughter Charlotte, the reigning WWE Women’s champ, made a pit stop at Wrigley Field on their way to Sunday’s  pay-per-view in Rosemont. First order of business…the requisite clubhouse photo op with the championship belt...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 23 Recap: Braves 4 Cubs 3 (10)

The Cubs played an extra-inning matinee under grey Chicago skies on Sunday, closing out a rain-shortened two-game set against the Braves. The main news going into today’s game was Kris Bryant’s return from a brief hiatus due to an ankle sprain. He was sporting a brace in the game, but given the Cubs’ depth, one has to think […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Warren G Botches Seventh Inning Stretch

When Warren G took over the Wrigley Field press box Friday, Chicago Cubs fans heard the greatest four words they’ll hear all season outside of “your World Champion Cubs”. “Cubbies fans…mount up!” It all went south after that. Yup. The “Regulator” himself botched “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and fans both at the ballpark and online let him know all about it....
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta, Cubs reportedly far apart on long-term deal

Stud right-hander Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has looked like the most dominant pitcher in Major League Baseball this year. With a 5-0 record to go along with a 1.00 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts in his first five starts, Arrieta is somehow managing to top a 2015 campaign in which he beat out the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to win the NL Cy Young Award. But...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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