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Hammel helps own cause against Cardinals

Before Jason Hammel even took the mound on Tuesday night, he had hit a two-run double to extend his personal hitting streak to three games, brought his RBI total to a career-high five and had a six-run cushion.
Via Cubs.com
23 minutes ago

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
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Back to Normal, Right?

The Chicago Cubs just picked up win #30 on the season.  In so doing, they also made the Cardinals pitchers throw over 200 pitches right before getaway day, also known as Jake Arrieta Day.  Defense was the name of the game, and included one snazzy pick by Justin Grimm… The reports of the Cubs’ demise were grossly exaggerated.   Please subscribe to our blogs (info here) and...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' 15-hit attack polishes Hammel's gem

Any chance the Cardinals had of rolling over momentum from their series-opening walk-off win evaporated before they could send their first batter to the plate on Tuesday, as the Cubs opened the night with a six-run first and then cruised to a 12-3 victory that evened the three-game set at Busch Stadium.
Via Cubs.com
3 hours ago

'The butterfly effect' from Jason Heyward's return to Cubs lineup

ST. LOUIS — Jason Heyward owns three Gold Gloves, gets on base 35 percent of the time and allows Cubs manager Joe Maddon to hit
Via CSN Chicago
4 hours ago

Chicago Cubs get Heyward back as they face Cardinals in Game Two

The Chicago Cubs will need to put the disappointment of last night’s loss behind them quickly as they face the Cardinals in the second game of the three-game series. Jason Hammel looks to bounce back after losing his first game of the year in his last outing. It really came down to two swings for […] Chicago Cubs get Heyward back as they face Cardinals in Game Two - Cubbies Crib...
Via Cubbies Crib
8 hours ago

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
11 hours 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
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League Update (5.24.16)

El Paso Chihuahuas 6, Iowa Cubs 1 The I-Cubs had 9 hits and only a run. The run was the result of a Willson Contreras home run, his fourth. Contreras was 1-3 with that home run and also a walk and 2 strikeouts. The only other notable offensive performance was Arismendy Alcantara who was 2-3 with a couple of singles. There’s been a lot of complaining about why Tim Federowicz is...
Via Obstructed View
14 hours ago

Chicago Cubs News: Cubs drop opener to Cards; Victorino released

 For the first time this season, the Chicago Cubs have dropped three games in a row. John Lackey pitched seven innings but gave up a game-tying home run to Matt Adams. And soon after third baseman, Matt Carpenter pulled off the defensive play of the game by robbing Anthony Rizzo of a bloop single only […] Chicago Cubs News: Cubs drop opener to Cards; Victorino released - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
15 hours ago

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
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo Is Going Through a Thing

Let’s start this by saying the important thing: this doesn’t matter. I know that’s not the best way to Draw The Reader Into The Story, but it is the truth. Whatever struggles Anthony Rizzo is going through—he’s hitting 0.040/0.167/0.040 since May 15th—he’ll eventually come out of. He’s too much of a professional hitter, and been through […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 3, Cardinals 4 (5.23.16)

OSS: Cubs outplay the Cardinals, lose anyway. Three up The Cubs biggest play of the day by WPA was Ben Zobrist‘s seeing-eye single up the middle in the ninth, making it first and third with one out and Rizzo coming to the plate. Zobrist had a great day at the plate in general, going 3-4 with a walk and a run scored. The Cubs other top performer at the plate was Miguel Montero...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago

The Goodbyein’ Hawaiian: Cubs Release Shane Victorino

Before an injury cut short his spring, I had thought Shane Victorino had a really good shot at breaking camp as a member of the Cubs’ 25-man roster. After overcoming back and leg issues that had hampered him in the previous couple seasons, The Flyin’ Hawaiian was back to switch-hitting and is the kind of player and personality the front office covets. My belief in his ability...
Via Cubs Insider
1 day ago

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
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Matheny on Cubs series: 'It will be fun playing them'

Just because more than 100 games are remaining doesn't mean the St. Louis Cardinals are taking lightly a series against the rival they're chasing in the NL Central.They haven't been playing all that well lately, but neither have the Chicago Cubs, who head to Busch Stadium for Monday night's opener in their worst slump of the season.St. Louis (23-21) already trails the Cubs (29-13...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Cubs at Cardinals, May 23-25

This is a moment, an opportunity for the Cubs to both create a little more breathing room between themselves and their most formidable divisional rival, and to get themselves out of the funk they’ve been in for almost a fortnight. If they miss that opportunity, it’d hardly be calamitous. The Cardinals can’t catch the Cubs […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Apparently the Cubs Should Never Lose

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Reading Twitter and Facebook after the Chicago Cubs lose can be bad for your health. Especially lately when they are in the middle of a 5-6 stretch against the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers and now the San Fransisco Giants. The Cubs are in the middle of the slump Theo Epstein predicted. Theo Epstein bracing for slump...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Heyward discusses injury in Cubs-Giants game

Jason Heyward talks about his injury that took him out of the game in the first inning of the Cubs' 8-1 win over the Giants on Friday night.
Via CSN Chicago
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jason Heyward suffers injury on amazing catch

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward made a ridiculous catch to rob the San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span of extra bases in the first inning on Friday night at AT&T Park, but was forced to leave the game after suffering an injury on the play. Heyward ran a long way at full speed, before making a sliding catch and slamming into the wall, right by the 421-foot mark (the...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 39 Recap: Brewers 5 Cubs 3

Top Play (WPA): In the culmination of a frustrating series for the Cubs (frustrating for both teams, really), the Cubs’ top play came on the second pitch of the game. Before the sizable crowd of Cubs fans settled into their Miller Park seats, Dexter Fowler sent a rocket into the right-field bleachers off of Junior […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon sports pink shirt with fashionable catchphrase

Joe Maddon appears to be turning his catchphrases into a cottage industry of sorts, as evidenced by a tee shirt he rocked on Wednesday before the Chicago Cubs took on the Milwaukee Brewers. Playing off a comment from the Cubs skipper during spring trainingrelated to the team’s dress code, Maddon donned a pink shirt — featuring a flamingo, no less (which makes some semblance...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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