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Brewers vs. Cubs preview

The Chicago Cubs have put themselves in position to perhaps conclude a special regular season with another memorable accomplishment. Still in the hunt to host next week's NL wild-card game, the visiting Cubs try to close out the season with an eight-game win streak Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Kyle Hendricks allowed one hit and struck out eight in six innings and Addison...
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Why MLB’s Wild Card System Is Far From Broken

Cubs Ace Jake Arrieta trumps all in the upcoming wild card showdown with Pittsburgh, and one game should be plenty for Cubs fans and baseball fans in general. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates have clinched it. No matter what happens on the final day of the season, they will have the best three records in baseball. That much has been decided by the grind of the previous 161 games...
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The Cubs Are Fighting to the Finish

In a game where it seemed like the Chicago Cubs left a million guys on base, they still ended up with the victory.  Granted, it was a 1-0 victory and the big boys in Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo couldn’t get any runs in when it really mattered, but thanks to Chris Coghlan‘s near-cycle (and hopefully he’s appeased now), Addison Russell‘s lone hit, and some timely defense...
Via World Series Dreaming
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Anthony Rizzo has been great, but Kris Bryant is this team’s MVP

I've heard all throughout the season, and I've even said it myself, that Anthony Rizzo was the 2015 Cubs MVP. Over the last few weeks, I've started to think that just can't be the case any longer. Rizzo has had a great season, but Kris Bryant's second half has pushed him ahead of Rizzo. Their batting lines are very similar. Kris Bryant: .277/.368/.492 Anthony Rizzo: .279/.389...
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Biff Tannen: The Cubs Are Going to Win

When the Chicago Cubs backed into the Playoffs last weekend and ended their seven-year postseason drought, it did nothing but add more mystique to the “Back to the Future II” prognostication that the team is going to win the World Series. We’ve all heard it. Thursday, actor/comedian Tom Wilson (with DeLorean in tow), was on WGN and predicted a Cubs victory. And we’ve got...
Via The Sports Daily
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Bartman spurns effort to send him to Cubs' wild card game

Uttering the phrase “Steve Bartman” in the City of Chicago is still probably akin to saying “Bucky Dent” in Boston, “Reggie Miller” in New York, or “JaMarcus Russell” in Oakland. But twelve years have apparently healed the wounds enough that some Cubs fans are willing to welcome the headphone-wearing Wrigley miscreant back into the fold....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Can’t We Just Enjoy This Season Without Being Stereotypical Cubs Fans?

We almost made it a whole season without too much ******** popping up around the Cubs' unbelievable success this year. But once that gap between the Giants and the Cubs got all but insurmountable, the ******** started to come out of the woodwork to piss all over what should just be a fun time for everyone. There is a GoFundMe campaign to send Steve Bartman to the Wild Card...
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Maddon Reaches Into The Unknown As Arrieta Reaches New Heights

If you are even on the periphery of Cubs fandom at the moment, there’s a good chance you’re aware that Jake Arrieta is having an absolutely brilliant season on the mound. I don’t really need to go over the numbers yet another time, but here’s the deal: he’s good. But I don’t want to talk […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
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Eyes on Cole, Cubs Feeling Wild

It’s not exactly news that the Cubs are going to be playing in the Wild Card game in 2015. Even if they have only been officially assured a playoff spot for a little less than a week, it’s been virtually a lock for what seems like forever. And although the location of the game isn’t quite decided […]
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Been There Before: Playoff Experience on the 2015 Cubs, Part I

Part II will focus solely on Jon Lester’s postseason resume. Below, Part I will break down the rest of the roster. Youth has served the Cubs well in 2015. Behind the play of Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Hector Rondon, Addison Russell, and hell, even Starlin Castro, the team is playoff bound for the […]
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Wake Me Up When September Ends

The Chicago Cubs won again on the last night of September, marking yet another winning month in a surprising-yet-not-surprising season. Cubs will be 19-9 in Sept. Had a winning month each month of the season. That's impressive. Especially those first few — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 1, 2015 I had to check that, and there’s a technicality, since the Cubs actually ended...
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Wild Card Roster Predictions

Reports have indicated that the Cubs are toying with either a 16-9 or 15-10 position players to pitchers roster for the Wild Card game. Here's my quick take on the likely roster:C: Miguel MonteroC: David Ross1B: Anthony Rizzo2B: Starlin CastroIF: Javier BaezIF: Tommy La StellaSS: Addison Russell3B: Kris BryantOF: Dexter FowlerOF: Kyle SchwarberOF: Chris CoghlanOF: Jorge SolerOF:...
Via Cub Reporter
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Addison Russell is this season's 'Other Guy'

Most Major League Baseball fans are familiar with Addison Russell. The Oakland A’s selected Russell in the first round of the 2012 draft, and he became one of the best prospects in all of baseball before his trade to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel at the trade deadline last season. His call-up in April was a bit of a surprise, and despite his prospect record...
Via Fangraphs
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Angels/Cubs Surprise Rangers with Offensive Deluge

Victor Caratini (Cubs) belted a triple and an RBI double and scored two runs, Bo Way (Angels) stroked a two-run double and a single and score a run, Zach Houchins (Angels) rifled a two-run single, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, and Michael Strentz (Angels) ripped an RBI double and a single, walked, and scored a run, leading the Angels/Cubs co-op squad to a 10-2 drubbing...
Via Cub Reporter
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton: Verlander once got ‘blackout drunk’ after bad start

Athletes have their ups and downs, and it’s important for them to learn how to take the good with the bad. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is no different. He had a rough 2014, in which his ERA skyrocketed to 4.54 with a 15-12 record. It was quite a difference from 2011 and 2012, when the hard-throwing pitcher compiled a 41-13 record in those two seasons combined, with an...
Via The Sports Daily
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Hendricks first Ivy Leaguer in years to produce three wins

The last pitch of Kyle Hendricks’ nine-strikeout appearance on Monday. This past spring, the author published a three–part series in these electronic pages with a view towards examining the amateur origins of baseball’s good players — where “good” was defined by the half-arbitrary threshold of three wins in a given season. The results of the study suggest that — over...
Via Fangraphs
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Underwood Hurls Blanks at Royals at Riverview

Victor Caratini (Cubs) ripped an opposite-field two-out triple into the rightfield corner, Dan Vogelbach (Cubs) followed with an RBI double down the RF line to knock-in Caratini, and Andrew Daniel (Angels) drove-in Vogelbach from 2nd with an RBI ground single to center to open the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning, and Cubs top pitching prospect RHP Duane Underwood Jr hurled...
Via Cub Reporter
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta’s case for the best half-season ever

Sunday night, Jake Arrieta came within sniffing distance of doing the almost unthinkable. By which I mean, Arrieta made a serious bid to hit two home runs. He also, at the same time, flirted with a perfect game against the Pirates, but that part is very thinkable. I don’t know how many times this year Arrieta has grabbed attention for taking a no-hitter or a perfect game deep,...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs must capitalize on Starlin Castro’s hot bat

For Starlin Castro, much of the 2015 season has been one to forget. He was the subject of constant trade rumors leading up to the deadline, had his effort level questioned, was bumped off the shortstop position in favor of Addison Russell, and eventually found himself in a bench role. Castro is a three-time All-Star, but with his contract stretching to 2019 with a $16 million option...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Former Duke Star Jahlil Okafor Threw Out The First Pitch At The Cubs Game Friday

Former Duke star Jahlil Okafor might never have to buy a drink in the city of Durham, North Carolina ever again, but he’s actually from Chicago, Illinois. Friday, the third overall pick in the NBA Draft stopped back in his hometown to throw out the first pitch for the Cubs as they took on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Check it out: Jahlil Okafor is throwing out the first pitch #cubs...
Via College Spun
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Filling the MLB playoff picture: Joe Maddon and the young Cubs

Fall officially began on Wednesday but the baseball season still has excitement in store. The Blue Jays took two-out-of-three from the Yankees leaving New York three back in the AL East entering play on Thursday. The Royals have lost closer Greg Holland to an elbow injury but are otherwise setting their lineup for the playoffs. The Texas Rangers have taken over the AL West putting...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobayashi tries to eat 40-pound goat to lift Cubs curse

It’s been 70 long years since Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was forced to leave a World Series game against the Detroit Tigers, when the Curse of the Billy Goat was placed on the Cubs. The curse has Cubs fans wondering if they’ll ever win the World Series again, being that they haven’t accomplished the feat since 1908. Well, Takeru Kobayashi has taken matters...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon blames AC/DC concert for messing up Wrigley infield

For over four decades, rock and roll ass-kickers AC/DC have been melting faces, shattering eardrums, and causing heavy-metal destruction wherever they set foot. It’s that last part that Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a problem with, especially after the Australian rockers played a concert at Wrigley Field. The band played Wrigley on September 15, and after the Cubs committed three...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon blames AC/DC concert for Cubs' sloppy play

Even though the Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last ten at home, the team has been a little sloppy in the field…and skipper Joe Maddon thinks he knows why. Joe Maddon blames Starlin Castro’s error on AC/DC concert at Wrigley: “They have totally messed up our infield.” — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) September 22, 2015   During their victory Monday night,...
Via Hall of Very Good
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs star Kris Bryant goes undercover as Lyft driver

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is a household name for fans of Major League Baseball, but the star rookie recently had a successful day working as an undercover Lyft driver. Bryant drove past Wrigley Field on multiple occasions, commenting how it’s a shame the team doesn’t yet have a poster of himself on display. Check out the short video, which certainly will have...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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