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Cubs at Pirates – Series Preview (Apr 24-26): TV and Game Info, Pitching Matchups, Insights

Well, that was a fun series against the Reds. There was a come-from-behind victory in the first game, an offensive explosion in the second game, and a game the Cubs would like to forget. Taking two out of three in the last two series is a great way to bounce back after being swept. The road trip continues as the Cubs travel to Pittsburgh to get some sweet revenge against the Bucs...
Via Cubs Insider
32 minutes ago

The Rundown: What to Make of John Lackey’s Rough Start, Manny Machado Head-Hunting Incident

“I don’t care about the series right now. I’m pissed.” So went the terse assessment from John Lackey, who was roughed up for 5 earned runs as the Cubs dropped the series finale in Cincinnati on Sunday. Making matters worse was the futility of their bats against soft-tossing Bronson Arroyo. It’s been a really strange 2017 for Lackey so far, and one that’s hard to explain...
Via Cubs Insider
1 hour ago

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 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Quick Hits: Jason Heyward is Crushing Two-Seamers This Year

One reason Jason Heyward couldn’t launch pitches in 2016 was because of an inability to get around on fastballs, a deficiency that prompted hitting coaches John Mallee and Eric Hinske to help reconstruct the swing of the best defensive right fielder in baseball. So far in the young season, Heyward seems to be reaping the benefits of his hard work, as two-seamers aren’t problematic...
Via Cubs Insider
11 hours ago

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...
Via isportsweb.com
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

PGL: Biggest takeaway from Cubs' series with Reds

The Cubs Postgame Live crew provides its biggest takeaway from the Cubs' series with the Reds.
Via CSN Chicago
14 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Should John Lackey be upset or embarrassed by his performance?

Following the Chicago Cubs 7-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, starter John Lackey sounded off on his performance. Well, he sounded off at least. Is he doing enough and not getting the support, or does he have work to do? The Chicago Cubs have some very outspoken pitchers on this team. John Lackey is one […] Chicago Cubs: Should John Lackey be upset or embarrassed by his performance...
Via Cubbies Crib
14 hours ago

Road Ahead: Cubs look for revenge against Pirates

CSN'sCubs Pregame and Postgame host David Kaplan and analyst David DeJesusdiscuss the upcoming matchups in this edition of theCubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers. The Cubs' bats are finally coming around. On the back of Anthony Rizzo, who hit three homers this weekend, the North Siders took two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds and have been...
Via CSN Chicago
15 hours ago

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...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

PGL: Cubs lose to Reds 7-5 in series finale

The Postgame Live crew talks about the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds in their series finale.
Via CSN Chicago
18 hours ago

3 HRs in 3 days? Simply business for Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo says that, for him, the components of a sizzling hot streak pretty much resemble the components for any other day at the office.
Via Cubs.com
19 hours ago

Chicago Cubs lose finale, but don’t go down without a fight and first place

Be honest. When the Chicago Cubs scored that first run in the ninth inning, you thought they were coming back, didn’t you? The Cubs fell short, but once again they fought to the last out–and left Cincinnati with first place. If the Chicago Cubs are going to win four out of five, I’m not one to […] Chicago Cubs lose finale, but don’t go down without a fight and first place...
Via Cubbies Crib
19 hours ago

Cubs out to avenge sweep in Pittsburgh

The Cubs regained first place Friday and are on a roll, despite missing a sweep in Cincinnati, as they come into a three-game series vs. the Pirates -- who swept Chicago at Wrigley Field earlier this month -- that begins Monday night at PNC Park.
Via Cubs.com
21 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: A big contract for Addison Russell is likely in the future

After posting some stellar seasons, a big contract could be on the horizon for Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has enjoyed a great start to his major league career. The youngster made his major league debut at the age of 21 in 2015. During the 2015 campaign, Russell appeared in […] Chicago Cubs: A big contract for Addison Russell is...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 day ago

Game 16 Recap: Cubs 6 Reds 5 (11)

What You Need to Know Jon Lester was imperfect tonight and the Reds tagged him for five runs in 5 2/3 innings, but the Cubs’ offense refused to die yet again as Anthony Rizzo tied the game with a three-run homer in the ninth. The Cubs finally caught up to the formerly first-place Reds. April […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs dominate MLB jersey sales after World Series title

The lovable loser nickname that came to define the Chicago Cubs for over a century can now be completely thrown out the window. Fresh off their first World Series title in 108 years, the Cubs remain top contenders once again in 2017.And it now looks like fans all around the world are taking note. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, four members of the Cubs are in the top-five of...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Shaw blasted the hardest-hit home run of the season

Thursday night was a good night for sports in the city of Milwaukee. The Bucks blew out the Raptors in the NBA Playoffs, and then the Brewers held off the Cardinals for a 7-5 victory to get back above .500 at 9-8.The biggest highlight of the evening with this moonshot by Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead in the first inning: What a bomb.According to ESPN...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reach out to young fan surprised with tickets to Wrigley

A young Chicago Cubs fan had the thrill of his life when his parents recently gave him with tickets to his first-ever game at Wrigley Field. Little did he know that things were about to get that much better thanks to how a video documenting the surprise caught the eye of his favorite baseball team.Kolt Kyler, 9, has enjoyed a quick rise to Internet fame thanks to a video posted to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Szczur’s Painting Fetches $35K

Remember that painting of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant that teammate Matt Szczur did for charity? Well, the piece of art that immortalized the Chicago Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought sold Wednesday…fetching $35,000 for charity To put everything into perspective…that’s $35,000 more than you have ever thought about spending on a painting, much less one done by...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs seem to imply they think Eric Thames is using PEDs

It seems like some with the Chicago Cubs are ascribing Eric Thames’ hot start to the season to the use of PEDs without actually saying so.Thames, who spent the past handful of seasons slugging home runs in Korea, has been scorching hot to start the 2017 MLB season. He has six doubles and seven home runs for the Brewers, and produced three hits in each of the first two games of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs walked off Wednesday on a majestic Addison Russell home run

After two weeks of sky-is-falling talk from (a segment of) Cubs fans, the defending champs got something to cheer about Wednesday evening.Trailing the Brewers by a run in the ninth inning, the Cubs rallied for four off Milwaukee closer Neftali Feliz, eventually walking off on a three-run homer from shortstop Addison Russell.It was a beauty. Yep, Russell knew it was gone the moment...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Base from Game 7 of 2016 World Series sells at auction for $101,237

Several prized pieces of memorabilia from the 2016 World Series sold for big money at auction, with the base where the final out was recorded in the Chicago Cubs’ Game 7 triumph over the Cleveland Indians netting over $100,000.The auctions, featuring items authenticated by Major League Baseball and held on its own website, closed Monday night. The big item turned out to be the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant can become the next Derek Jeter — and more

Kris Bryant is too good to be true. In the past five years, the precocious Bryant has earned the National College Baseball Player of the Year, a top three pick in the MLB Draft, the Minor League Player of the Year, two All-Star appearances, National League Rookie of the Year and a Most Valuable Player award in his second year. Oh yeah, he also led the most deprived franchise in the...
Via Yardbarker
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Cubs fan overwhelmed by tickets to game at Wrigley Field

A young and dedicated Chicago Cubs fan was rewarded by his parents for all his hard work with a great surprise: Tickets to his first-ever game at Wrigley Field. And to say the youngster was overwhelmed by it all would be a drastic understatement.Kolt Kyler, a nine-year-old from Pierceton, Ind., received the tickets at the family farm over the weekend. Natalie Kyler, Kolt’s mother...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 13 Recap: Brewers 6, Cubs 3

What you need to know: Paging Commissioner Manfred! The Cubs have a new idea for quickening the pace of play: Skip the 8th inning. Mike Montgomery fell victim to the hot-hot-hot Eric Thames-Ryan Braun duo (“Thraun”?) surrendering two runs in the 8th inning today. Thraun was more than the Cubs could handle, with 2 home runs, 2 […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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