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Chicago Cubs: Lackluster offense hurts Cubs

The All-Star break cannot come soon enough for the Chicago Cubs. An anemic offense and a questionable starting rotation, the Cubs need the All-Star break to rejuvenate and replenish before the second half of the season. The Cubs’ offense has been struggling of late scoring only 12 runs in the last eight games. To go along with that, the Cubs have given up 26 runs in the last eight...
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: There’s magic in the clubhouse

There’s magic in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. No, literally, there’s magic in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. Lately, this Cubs team has struggled. Coming into last night’s game, the Cubs were on a five-game losing streak, and during the skid, the offense has been almost nonexistent. Throughout the losing streak, the Cubs have scored only 6 runs including 11 runs in their last...
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon brings in magician to help end Cubs’ slump

In the midst of a five-game losing streak, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon dipped into his bag of tricks to try and create some magic for his team.And no, he didn't pull a rabbit or penguin out of his hat. "Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a magician there," second baseman Addison Russell said afterward. Maddon said he thought...
Via The Other Paper
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 1, Mets 0 (6/30/15)

OSS: Cubs pull a win out of their hat. Three up 1. Kyle Hendricks looked sharp last night, going six innings with no runs and six strikeouts. He had the Mets batters off balance the whole game, and along with the bullpen gave the Cubs the pitching performance they needed to break out of the slump. 2. The bats didn’t necessarily rise to the occasion, but Matt Szczur drove in the...
Via Obstructed View
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 75 Recap: Cubs 1, Mets 0

Quick Work Box Score Play Log Game Graphs   W - Hendricks (3-4),  MLB's average length of game, magic. L - Niese (3-8), that Home Run Big Apple thingy, losing your game summary right before hitting "publish.: S - Motte (3)   Things to Take from This Game 1.  Hendricks with a good outing. Kyle Hendricks pitched 6 efficient, scoreless innings, giving up just one walk and three...
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A Cubs Milestone That May Have Escaped Us

And lo, on this final day of June, 2015, the Chicago Cubs earned their 40th victory of the season.  And we rejoiced, for our favorite team had been mired in a slump and had gotten schooled by the best team in the land (I know, it’s tough to admit, but it’s true).  Perhaps this win had something to do with magic, but I choose to think it was the other things manager Joe Maddon...
Via World Series Dreaming
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Chicago Cubs: Is This Really ‘Their Year’?

ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 28: Tsuyoshi Wada #18 of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout in the fifth inning during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 28, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Ask any Chicago Cubs fan what they think of their chances to go to the World Series are, and they will most likely all tell you...
Via The Sports Journal
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Cubs Ready to Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

   After a weekend sweep in St. Louis at the hands of the Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs had a day off to reflect on all that went wrong the last five games. Their offense has completely fallen asleep, scoring only six runs in their last five games, which resulted in their current five game losing streak. The Cubs had their off day to sit and ponder their future; a future which included...
Via World Series Dreaming
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FanGraphs Audio: Cubs Broadcaster Len Kasper

Episode 576 Len Kasper is currently in his 11th year as the play-by-play announcer for Chicago Cubs telecasts. He’s also the very patient guest on this edition of the program. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things. Audio after the […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Chicago Cubs Falter Against League’s Elite

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel pauses after giving up an RBI double to St. Louis Cardinals’ Jason Heyward during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 28, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) The Major League Baseball season features many different trends during 162 games. There are winning streaks and losing trends. There are moments when batters...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry in Perspective

After this weekend's Cardinals sweep of the Cubs, many fans have been wondering if this really is as much of a rivalry as the media makes it out to be. The perception seems to be that the fans are not as into it as they are other rivalries (perhaps White Sox, Royals), and that it has been a mostly one-sided match-up in recent years. While it is difficult to measure the first claim...
Via Cub Reporter
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field now has an amazing aluminum branded tarp

When there is a rain delay at Wrigley Field, expect things to get shiny. The Chicago Cubs and Reynolds Consumer Products have reached an agreement where the new tarp during rain delays will resemble aluminum foil (one of the company’s products) and have a Reynolds branded tarp. Mike Mazza, marketing director of Reynolds Foil says told AdWeek the advertisement makes sense visually...
Via Awful Advertisements
3 days ago  |  Discuss

AZL Cubs Ride Haboob to Victory at Indian School Park

Wladimir Galindo reached base four times (two singles, a walk, and a HBP), scored two runs, and drove-in two more and Robert Garcia singled twice, doubled, scored two runs, and drove-in four, as the AZL Cubs drubbed the AZL Giants 11-4 in Arizona League action last night on Field #2 at Indian Bend Park. The start of the game was delayed for about 45 minutes while a haboob (desert...
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas to apologize to Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop

We told you about Bob Costas going all HAM on Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop during Friday night’s Chicago-St. Louis game on MLB Network. Costas was not happy with Strop as he pointed skyward after getting pulled after just 18 pitches. The Holy Diminutive One wondered out loud if Strop would ask for forgiveness from a departed relative “for his atrocious performance.” Well, it...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas apologizes for harsh words about Pedro Strop

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas admitted that he owes Pedro Strop an apology for being unnecessarily harsh towards the pitcher during Friday’s game against the Cardinals. Costas was calling the play-by-play action of the game for MLB Network and took exception with Strop pointing to the sky after being pulled following a shaky outing. “Strop is...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryant addresses rumors that hangover forced him from game

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was removed from his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after just two innings. Since Bryant is a 23-year-old kid and the game was played during the day, Twitter immediately began drawing conclusions. If you search Twitter for “Kris Bryant hangover,” you’ll see what we mean....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas rips into Pedro Strop (Video)

Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Calling Friday night’s Cubs-Cardinals game for MLB Network, Costas absolutely tore apart Chicago reliever Pedro Strop after Strop gave up the game-tying home run in the 8th inning to Cardinals shortstop Greg Garcia. While Garcia’s homer was smoked...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas goes off on Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop

When Bob Costas is trending on Twitter, either “Get Off My Lawn” Sunday Night Football halftime commentary, has made some comment on a nationally syndicated radio show, or has crushed someone on a game broadcast. On Friday it was the latter. During the Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game on MLB Network, Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop came in and basically stunk up the joint. Strop...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire Andy Fletcher stomps out to mound to confront Jon Lester (video)

An unquestionably outrageous and arguably unacceptable scene played out during Thursday’s tilt between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers when home plate umpire Andy Fletcher took issue with Jon Lester and tried to stomp out to the mound to confront the pitcher. Fletcher’s attempted confrontation with the Cubs pitcher was somewhat foiled by catcher...Read More The post...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Cubs Primer For This Weekend’s Series

The Cubs and Cardinals haven’t played since May 7th and are 4-2 against their NL Central rivals so far in 2015. Things have changed since the beginning of May. Let’s run through some of the topics that you’ll be wondering about the Cubs as a Cardinals fan. Kris Bryant Mr. Bryant was only a few weeks removed from his much hyped debut when he faced the Cardinals for the first...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Yet to Meet Expectations for Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 14: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Wrigley Field on June 14, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Though the Red Sox and Giants put up a good fight for Jon Lester’s services this off-season, it seemed like a matter of time before he reunited with Theo Epstein in Chicago...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: I believe and so should you

The Chicago Cubs have been breaking hearts since 1945, the last time they made the World Series. They have put their fans on an emotional rollercoaster that seems never ending. For instance, in 1969, Cub fans endured the September Swoon when the Cubs were eight and a half games ahead of the Mets, but had an abysmal month and finished the year nine and a half game behind the Mets...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs fan catches foul ball while holding baby

Nobody puts baby in the corner — unless that someone is at a Chicago Cubs game and a foul ball flies their way. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs played Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, but the best action took place in the stands. During the second inning, Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel popped a ball into the seats along the first base line, where 29-year-old Keith Hartley...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WGN-TV exec apologizes for breaking into Cubs game for weather coverage

Last night, severe weather hit the Midwest spouting tornadoes and thunderstorms. It led to a delay at the Los Angeles Dodgers-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. It led to WGN which was airing the game to go into Weather coverage, but when the game resumed, it stayed with local news. Of course you know where this is going. Fans got angry and bashed WGN on Twitter. The station later...
Via Awful Announcing
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant Has First Multi-Home Run Game of His Young Career

Don't look now, but if the post season were to start tomorrow the Chicago Cubs would actually be in. They would get to play at least one more game in the wild card round against the Pittsburgh Pirates. There is a lot of baseball left to play though, and anything can happen over the next couple months. However, should the Cubs young stars--like Kris Bryant--keep playing like they...
Via FatManWriting
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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