Jake Arrieta in 2016 Is Just Being Human

Everyone admits it. 2015 on the North side of Chicago was special, in a way 2016 won’t ever be able to match. After a first half in which the Cubs saw their future suddenly become their reality on the field each night, they simultaneously experienced the emergence of their new ace, Jake Arrieta. In 2015, […]
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Series Preview: Cubs vs. Dodgers, August 26-28

The last time the Cubs found themselves in  Chavez Ravine, this transpired… Which, of course, is the second greatest moment Cubs moment in Dodgers Stadium after this… When the Cubs hit the West Coast starting Friday night, it will be light on the Arrieta and […]
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Ben Zobrist Sings Let it Go with Daughter

Everyone takes advantage of a day off, right? Major Leaguers are no different. So with a day off before his Chicago Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Ben Zobrist took the short trip south to Anaheim to enjoy Disneyland with his family. And as the All-Star posted on Instagram (and Twitter), after 14 hours at the park, it was time to “Let it Go” alongside his four...
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Are the Chicago Cubs built only for warm weather?

The Chicago Cubs don’t have any worries. The pitching has been strong, the hitting has been tremendous, the fielding has been great, and the base running has been marvelous. The whole season has been a dream come true thus far. The Cubs have been playing so incredible that people are beginning to forget they are actually the Chicago Cubs—a franchise that has not won a World Series...
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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (81-45) at Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles (71-55)

It’s our last chance to hear Vin Scully call a Cubs game. Boo. The Dodgers have been kind of a mess injury-wise this year, but somehow find themselves at the top of their division anyway. Despite having fourteen (!) different pitchers start a game this year, they still have the sixth-best starter ERA in the league. If you made a bet last offseason that Scott Kazmir of all people...
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6 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: How to make Javier Báez an everyday player

Although Chicago Cubs’ infielder Javier Báez plays nearly every game, he still is not an “official” starter for the team. How could the Cubs change this and make it so Báez plays every day? It’s safe to say Javier Báez has found a home with the Chicago Cubs. Báez’s play this season has put to […] Chicago Cubs: How to make Javier Báez an everyday player - Cubbies...
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Impressions of Aroldis Chapman as Cubs head to Dodger Stadium

SAN DIEGO – The Los Angeles Dodgers made an honorable no-tolerance statement on domestic violence, or their high-powered front office didn’t do enough homework on
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12 hours ago

SportsTalk Live: Cubs keep rolling

The SportsTalk Live talks about the Cubs continuing to roll after sweeping the Padres.
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12 hours ago

One of Baseball’s Best Pitches Is Missing

There’s a sense that Jake Arrieta isn’t quite what he’s been before. It’s not entirely untrue — a season ago, Arrieta put together a historic campaign. He set the bar so high for himself that it would be next to impossible to meet the updated expectations. But, you know, Arrieta’s still been terrific. Last year, opponents batted .185. This year they’ve batted .183....
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Chicago Cubs: How will Major League Baseball handle Tokyo 2020?

The 2016 Rio Olympics are now over and the medals have all been handed out. As the world looks ahead to 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, many are excited for the return of baseball to the grand international stage. Only question now will be, how will Major League Baseball handle the schedule? Currently set to take […] Chicago Cubs: How will Major League Baseball handle Tokyo 2020? - Cubbies...
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16 hours ago

Eloy Jimenez Celebrates Midwest League MVP with Fireworks

I hope Eloy Jimenez still has room in his trophy case, because it’s getting a little more crowded. On Tuesday he was named Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year for hitting .337 with 12 home runs and 77 RBI in 106 games with the South Bend Cubs. Not bad. Even better when you consider that he’s still only 19 years old, more than two and a half years younger...
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16 hours ago

Prospect Update – Matt Rose Blooming After Return to South Bend

Last year at Beloit, I spent the better part of three days watching Ian Happ and Matt Rose hit shortly after they joined the South Bend Cubs. While I loved Happ’s hands through the zone, I also loved how Matt Rose shifted his feet during his swing. Rose was only with South Bend for 14 games last year and I thought he would spend just a couple months there in 2016 before heading...
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18 hours ago

WATCH: Comparing this year's Cubs rotation to 2003

David Kaplan and the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan to debate if the current Cubs rotation is better than the one from 2003.
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Confidence, consistency key to Russell's success

Defensively, Addison Russell leads all National League shortstops in zone rating (.873), and is seventh in fielding percentage (.978), making 10 errors in 113 starts. It's almost impossible to count how many times his defensive wizardry has been featured in postgame highlights.
18 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: The race for the National League Cy Young Trophy

With five weeks left in the regular season, the race for the Cy Young trophy is heating up. Can a Chicago Cub make it two years in a row for the team? As the regular season closes, post-season awards talk is heating up. In 2015, members of the Chicago Cubs took home major awards: Jake […] Chicago Cubs: The race for the National League Cy Young Trophy - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib...
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19 hours ago

With Strop and Rondon Out, Grimm Reaping for Cubs

To say that Justin Grimm got off to a slow start this season would be an insult to slow starts. In his first 33 appearances, the righty reliever logged only 25.1 innings and allowed 17 earned runs on 27 hits. Normally able to avoid the longball, Grimm gave up 4 home runs (1.42 HR/9) in that period. Needless to say, it was disappointing coming from a guy who’d really broken out...
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22 hours ago

Cubs’ Unlikely Duo Dishing Up the Fun

“Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.” It’s a famous Maddon-ism designed to keep players loose. With their 17-4 record this month and a cushy division lead, the boys in blue don’t seem to need the reminder. But some fans out there (you know who you are), definitely do. The dog days aren’t […]
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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras looks ready for prime time

SAN DIEGO – Within 24 hours at Petco Park, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras handled the wild movement of Jake Arrieta’s pitches and framed the edges
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1 day ago

The Cubs Won’t Be a Losing Team This Year

If I told you that on August 24, the Chicago Cubs would be the best team in baseball with 81 wins, miles ahead of every other team in the National League, and all of Major League Baseball, you’d be okay with this, right? Well, after escaping the baseball black hole that is Coors Field, the Cubs went back to being a juggernaut, sweeping the San Diego Padres rather easily.  With...
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Big bats back Hendricks, bring brooms to SD

Kyle Hendricks got a big boost from the offense before he took the mound, thanks to a three-run first, as the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3, on Wednesday at Petco Park to sweep the series and improve to 36 games over .500 for the first time since 1945, when they finished that season at 98-56.
1 day ago

DraftKings: Unkie Lester Is Flipping The Script On The Padres

I was going to lede with Lester the Molester is going to flip the script on the Padres, but I didn't want the Vatican Policia to flag me. The last thing I need is some little Italian guy going through my trash in the middle of the night. I just had a vision of Grey outside of Giancarlo's house rummaging through his Salvation Army donation bags looking for his old jock straps. ...
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Cubs fans go dumpster diving for Addison Russell’s home-run ball

Catching a baseball at any major league ballpark is valuable, no matter who hits it or where it ends up. Chicago Cubs fans exemplified this aspect Sunday afternoon during their game against the Colorado Rockies, as shortstop Addison Russell hit a home run in the fifth inning that happened to land in a very convenient location: a trash can. But in baseball, every hit over the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant crushes longest HR of career (VIDEO)

Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant hit a ball to the moon in Coors Field on Saturday night. With Bryce Harper recently hitting the longest home run of his career at the same park last week, Bryant accomplished the same feat with a blast of his own. It was a three-run shot, as no one was out and two men were on. So with a 3-1 count, Bryant got a breaking ball that hung a bit, and he...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs put starter Lackey, reliever Rondon on disabled list

DENVER (AP) The Chicago Cubs have put pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list because of strained right shoulder. The Cubs made a series of moves Friday before their scheduled game in Colorado. The 37-year-old Lackey has made 24 starts this year in his first season with the NL Central leaders. He is 9-7 with a 3.41 ERA. Lackey's move to the DL was retroactive to Monday...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Wood hit in groin by foul ball (VIDEO)

Cubs pitcher Travis Wood has balls of steel, it seems. Wood got dinged right in the groin by a foul ball during Wednesday night’s game, and somehow, he didn’t even flinch. He must’ve been wearing a cup, because, well, yeah.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

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