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On fire at plate, Zobrist hopes to keep it up

It isn't a question of whether Ben Zobrist will get another hit these days, but how many and where are they going.
Via Cubs.com
53 minutes ago

Cubs 7, Phillies 2 (5.29.16)

OSS: Cubs sweep the Phillies, grind their bones to make their bread. Three up Ben Zobrist's hot streak continues, this time thanks to a three run homer in the third inning. We're at the point where a one hit game seems disappointing from him. Do better smh. John Lackey was solid today striking out six batters in seven innings and allowing just one run, on a solo shot...
Via Obstructed View
2 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Trade targets

No matter what happens in the series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs will have the best record in the major leagues at the end of Sunday. Enter Sunday’s contest, the Cubs had a run differential of +126. The second best team in that regard is the Boston Red Sox with a run differential of +69. As that indicates, the Cubs have a very solid lineup and rotation...
Via isportsweb.com
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Zobrist exceeding Maddon's high expectations

Memorial Day is a good milestone to gauge where a team is, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon said there's only been one surprise and it has nothing to do with the club's red-hot start.
Via Cubs.com
5 hours ago

In-Game Live: Cubs go for sweep of Phillies

The Cubs take on the Phillies in the series finale this afternoon. Follow along with In-Game Live.
Via CSN Chicago
5 hours ago

Kyle Hendricks Fools Phils, Fuels Greg Maddux Comps

You might not like all the Maddux comps, but they’re difficult to avoid when Kyle Hendricks goes out and almost throws one. A Maddux, that is. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with that particular statistical anomaly, it’s when a pitcher logs a complete-game shutout while throwing fewer than 100 pitches. The Cubs’ fifth starter was only four throws and a dropped third...
Via Cubs Insider
9 hours ago

A Tip of the Recap- 5/27 (Cubs 4, Phillies 1)

Cubs Record: 33-14 (1st in NL Central) W: Kyle Hendricks (9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 7 K) L: Jerad Eickhoff (6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 7 K) MVP: Kyle Hendricks Four in a row! Cubs finally got back home yesterday to start a three game series with the Phillies. After winning yesterday’s game 6-2 thanks to a bunch of long balls, the Cubs continued their winning ways by beating the Phils today, 4-1. The...
Via Cubs Insider
10 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Could another familiar face in Rich Hill return to Chicago?

With the MLB Trade Deadline set for the end of July, teams are searching high and low for new pieces to their puzzle. They are either rebuilding or adding to their postseason bound roster in hopes of bringing home a World Series championship. So who would the Chicago Cubs be looking at? There’s a handful […] Chicago Cubs: Could another familiar face in Rich Hill return to Chicago...
Via Cubbies Crib
19 hours ago

Why Cubs believe in Kyle Hendricks and his sneaky-good potential

Maybe Kyle Hendricks would inevitably be overshadowed in a rotation featuring the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner (Jake Arrieta), a $155 million All-Star
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Jorge Soler Getting Timing Right, Needs to Turn Thrill Ride into Kiddie Coaster

As in all other aspects of life, baseball is about timing. I had that universal truth reinforced at the Cubs game Friday when I headed out from the suite I’d been invited to in order to hit the head and find my buddy Danny Rockett. I didn’t end up finding Danny, who had moved out to the bleachers by then, but I ran into another familiar gentleman on my way down. We shook hands...
Via Cubs Insider
1 day ago

Game 46 Recap: Cubs 6, Phillies 2

The Cubs are back in town again, after a long, trying road trip, and they came away with a soggy victory on Friday. The skies opened up in the first inning of this one, pouring down rain on the Cubs, Phillies, and fans indiscriminately, and a delay looked probable. The wind shifted several times, alternately […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Only Direction Ben Zobrist Sees is Up

Is that blistering heat coming from Ben Zobrist’s bat or the imposing collection of candles atop his birthday cake? This week, it’s definitely both. He is officially thirty-five, and in the abbreviated life span of a professional athlete, he has supposedly arrived at the waning. Well beyond his commonly understood peak, Zobrist has just transitioned, in […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler watched the Cubs game through a pair of cup binoculars

Jorge Soler hasn't exactly been great this season, hitting .204 with just four home runs and 10 RBIs. Due to his slow start, he was given a day off on Wednesday, so he took the time to make binoculars out of a bunch of paper cups.Soler did eventually come in as a pinch hitter in the ninth, but not before he enhanced his view of the game. He struck out in his lone plate appearance...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Cubs: Jimenez Powering Up

The big-league Cubs have largely struggled since I last wrote, but things are still looking very good down on the farm. A few big name prospects have made some big strides in recent weeks, while some have simply continued to play well. Let’s take a spin around the minors and catch up. Iowa Cubs (Triple-A) […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs, Jake Arrieta tie MLB record for consecutive wins

Death, taxes and Jake Arrieta winning a game he starts for the Cubs are among the few “sure things” in life. Arrieta and the Cubs defeated the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, 9-8, which extended the team’s winning streak in games he starts to 23. That tied an MLB record set by Kris Medlen, dating back to when he pitched for the Braves. The Cubs’ ace showed he was human...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler uses paper cups to make clever sculpture during game (PHOTO)

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler did all he could to help make sure the team held on to win 9-8 on Wednesday afternoon. Not only did he watch and cheer from the bench, but he also used that same time to take a handful of empty paper cups and made binoculars out of them. That’s how you make constructive use of your time when bored.
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards' huge rally still isn't enough in 9-8 loss to Cubs

ST. LOUIS -- Jake Arrieta remained unbeaten on the season despite allowing as many as four runs for the first time in nearly a year and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.Arrieta (9-0) joined the White Sox's Chris Sale as the only nine-game winners in the majors.Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015.Arrieta...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler Sees a Victory

Check this out, as the Chicago Cubs eked out a series win: This was when the Cubs were nursing a dangerously slim lead, right before Kris Bryant gave them a more comfortable lead before the St. Louis Cardinals used up the remainder of their Devil Magic to pull within a run. Thank goodness for insurance! Just trying to focus. https://t.co/vYBDImq3v2 — MLB (@MLB) May 25, 2016 ...
Via World Series Dreaming
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How Valuable is Theo Epstein to the Chicago Cubs?

Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, is in the last year of his contract with the team. Now don’t worry Cubs fans, Theo has stated multiple times he won’t be leaving Chicago and an extension will eventually be agreed upon. In fact, it’s very likely that Theo’s next contract will make him the highest paid MLB executive, surpassing the five year...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist in the last couple of years that really establish this team as the...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Maddon talks about T-shirt gate in St. Louis

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about T-shirt gate the last time the team was in St. Louis.
Via CSN Chicago
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist on Being in Sync

Better not throw a ball to Ben Zobrist right now. Better throw it in the zone. He’s got the lowest swing rate in baseball this year, and a bottom-nine number since we started tracking that stat. He’s always swung less often than most, but this is extreme, even for him. “I’m just seeing the ball really well,” he said before a game against the Giants, reducing the answer...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: How worried should fans be?

The Chicago Cubs’ 8-7 series-opening victory over the San Diego Padres on May 10 feels like forever ago at this point. After that win that pushed Jon Lester to 4-1 on the season, the Cubs were 25-6, good enough for the best record by any team to open a year since the Tigers over 30 years ago. However, the Cubbies have floundered a little bit in the past two weeks, losing three...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon wants to take “Try Not to Suck” nationwide

Joe Maddon’s “Try Not to Suck” T-shirt line may be expanding across the league. The Chicago Cubs manager and members of his team wore the shirts, which were made available to fans to purchase. The shirts caused controversy after prudes in the St. Louis Cardinals organization temporarily banned the shirts at their stadium for having ‘suck’ written on them. Maddon said sales...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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