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WATCH: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs | Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Kyle Hendricks | Pablo...

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs wrap up their three-game set at Fenway on Sunday night as Eduardo Rodriguez squares off against Kyle Hendricks.
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Chicago Cubs: The good and the bad of right-hander John Lackey

Through the season’s first month, Chicago Cubs right-hander John Lackey hasn’t been terrible – but he’s far from the pitcher he once was. Just two years ago, John Lackey was one of the biggest feel-good stories in all of baseball. Of course, his season ended pitching against the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS, but that’s […] Chicago Cubs: The good and the bad of right-hander...
Via Cubbies Crib
3 hours ago

Chicago Cubs Lineup: Zobrist at Second, Jay in Left as Hendricks Pitches in Rubbah Game

As if this series needed any more hype, the Cubs and Red Sox will be under the lights for Sunday Night Baseball in the rubber match of what has been a pretty exciting matchup. Opposing the Cubs will be lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, who’ll look to diminish the power the visitors have been displaying in the first two games. He’ll have his hands full against a lineup that features plenty...
Via Cubs Insider
5 hours ago

Schwarber: Fenway crossed off bucket list

Kyle Schwarber peeked inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park, adding his signature to the graffiti there. On Sunday, he was going to try to get a view from the top of the left-field wall before the Cubs' Interleague series finale against the Red Sox.
Via Cubs.com
5 hours ago

The Rundown: Enough with the Comebacks, Bullpen is Fine, Bryant Heating Up

John Lackey’s used to playing the role of heel, though it’s usually not that of the Achilles variety. But with another rocky outing Saturday, that’s exactly what the big Texan is becoming. And while it’s not only Lackey who’s been giving up early runs, he’s the easiest of the five members of the rotation to scapegoat. Cubs starters have allowed a combined 21 runs in the...
Via Cubs Insider
7 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Miguel Montero is hitting his stride in 2017

Chicago Cubs’ catcher Miguel Montero is off to a fast start in 2017, picking up right where he left off last year. The Chicago Cubs completed a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014 that sent Miguel Montero to the north side of Chicago. Along with his veteran presence behind the plate, Montero’s hefty salary […] Chicago Cubs: Miguel Montero is hitting his stride in 2017...
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8 hours ago

Cubs Slaying Monsters and Narratives

A day after volunteering at the Race to Wrigley, and having to wake up at an obscene hour without much time in between to nap, I was eating my older cereal quickly so we could have a shot at digging into the new Championship Edition RizzOs (they’re great!) the wife bought recently.  I recall the prior edition tasting very much like Honey Nut Cheerios, so I’m curious to see if...
Via World Series Dreaming
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Red Sox 4 (4.29.17)

OSS: Cubs come back with a little help from the Red Sox defense. Three up: A few other pieces of the Cubs lineup have been inconsistent of late, but Bryant and Rizzo are still rolling along. Bryant had two doubles in the game, and had another effective double when he took second after reaching on a throwing error by Sox pitcher Steven Wright. Rizzo had just one hit, but...
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9 hours ago

Cubs Draft Profile: Jake Burger Has Power and Makeup Cubs Covet

The best bat in February is not always the best bat in June MLB Draft. Projection is a fickle thing and scouts are often divided on a given player’s future. Jake Burger went undrafted coming out of high school, but after two years at Missouri State he is a player to keep an eye on for this year’s draft. Burger’s freshman year saw him hit four jacks with 50+ RBI. He worked...
Via Cubs Insider
10 hours ago

Chicago Cubs News: Team evens series in Boston; offense fights back

A trio of home runs helped the Chicago Cubs even a weekend series against the Red Sox; playing out of a hole has been an issue in the season’s first month. Yet again, John Lackey gutted his way through six innings for the Chicago Cubs. To call them anything besides eventful would be an understatement as […] Chicago Cubs News: Team evens series in Boston; offense fights back...
Via Cubbies Crib
10 hours ago

WATCH: Ugly Defense, Rough Pitching Late Sink Boston Red Sox in 7-4 Loss to Chicago Cubs

The Red Sox allowed five runs in the last four innings of Saturday afternoon's 7-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park.  Boston's defense was particularly awful, with four errors, including two on an ugly play during Chicago's three-run seventh inning.
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 23 Recap: Cubs 7, Red Sox 4

What You Need to Know: Things did not look good for John Lackey and the Cubs early on, as Lackey dueled with home plate umpire Bill Welke in the first and seemed frustrated—more so than usual—in the first few innings. He surrendered Boston’s first two runs on a Jackie Bradley Jr. single and Andrew Benintendi sacrifice fly, […]
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maddon preaches patience with Baez

Javier Baez was uncharacteristically out of position and missed a grounder on Friday night, and he also hasn't been as consistent at the plate, but Joe Maddon isn't worried. He's quick to point out Baez is young, as are the majority of the Cubs' hitters, and they will go through phases.
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1 day ago

WATCH: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs | Steven Wright vs. John Lackey | David Price Injury...

Here are the starting lineups, along with some encouraging injury news regarding two Red Sox players, to get you set for today's Red Sox/Cubs afternoon contest at Fenway Park!
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WATCH: Kris Bryant launches moonshot completely out of Fenway Park

Kris Bryant has crazy power. In his first Major League at bat at Fenway Park, the Chicago Cubs third baseman showed that power off, hitting a ball over the famed Green Monster and completely out of the park onto Lansdowne Street. Normally speaking, hitting a ball out of Fenway Park isn’t terribly noteworthy. You do have to hit the ball high, but the Green Monster isn’t that far...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein has funny response to all the leadership recognition

Theo Epstein has been receiving a lot of recognition this week, but the Chicago Cubs executive is not letting it get to his head. In fact, he’s keeping a great perspective on things.Epstein was ranked No. 1 on Fortune’s list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” last month. In response, Politico wrote up something on Epstein, saying he could be a great political figure for...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Could changes in mechanics bring Kenta Maeda back?

It is a mad world we are living in. The Cubs are last season’s champs. The Toronto Blue Jays have the worst record in baseball. The Miami Marlins are in second place in the NL East with a 10-9 record, and that record is just a half-game worse than the Cleveland Indians, who were last year’s runner-up in the World Series. Down is up, up is down!No division is safe from weird...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Obama adviser touts Theo Epstein as potential candidate

In the months after leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has been deemed both the greatest leader in the world (yes, ahead of the Pope and all the leaders of countries) and one of the world’s 100 most influential people.Epstein had an all-timer of a response to the accolades:In a text to ESPN’s...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant has hilarious explanation for not bat flipping

Kris Bryant has a hilarious explanation for why he doesn’t do bat flips as a player.Player celebrations has become a divisive issue recently, especially with some Latin players such as Yasiel Puig in the league and doing well because it presents a culture clash. Many American players don’t do it because they’re taught it’s a sign of disrespect to pitchers and the game in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Chicago Cubs Baseball Systems Web Developer

Position: Chicago Cubs Baseball Systems Web Developer Location: Chicago Description: This role will primarily focus on the development and maintenance of the Cubs internal baseball information system, including creating web interfaces and web tools for the user interface; building ETL (exact, transform and load) processes; maintaining back-end databases; and troubleshooting data...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Addison Russell asks opponents to sign Pokemon cards, causing some interesting reactions

The Chicago Cubs have a lot of interesting personalities, and now they might have their wackiest story yet: Shortstop Addison Russell is getting opposing players to sign his Pokemon cards. According to ESPN, Russell began to get the cards signed in Spring Training, and he now has 25 signatures of stars around the league, who he matches with Pokemon that fit their personalities. Opponents...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta is Adjusting his Pitch Selection, and It’s Working

In the height of his dominance that came two seasons ago, Jake Arrieta used his sinker and his famed slider/cutter hybrid to leave opposing hitters helpless. And after the slightly-awry season that followed his Cy Young brilliance, Arrieta seems in the early going this year to have found a couple of ways to right his […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward’s start bodes well for 2017

Has the stance really made a difference? Is he still too slow getting through the zone? How crucial is the hand position to his success? Will Jason Heyward have a better year at the plate? All of these talking points have been raised since the winter about Jason Heyward, and so far the answer to that final and most important question is a resounding yes. The .297 batting average...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

A rollercoaster of a week for the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have come out looking strong so far this 2017 season. They currently hold a .5 game lead in the National League Central division after taking two of three games in a series against the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Cubs have not been without flaws in the first 18 games of the season. Four-game skid This week was a rollercoaster of emotions for the Cubs. They began...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie Butler: The Cubs’ Potential Diamond in the Rough

Early February is a dead zone as far as Major League Baseball goes. There may be some activity in free agency or the occasional trade, but for the most part that time of year is when baseball is at its lowest point. Spring training is right around the corner, and MLB fans the world over […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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