CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Lackey: 'I've got to be better than that'

John Lackey talks about his outing in the Cubs' 9-6 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
Via CSN Chicago
3 hours ago

Cubs call on Hammel to face Fernandez in finale

Jose Fernandez has yet to face the Cubs in his four-year career, but he'll take the mound as the Marlins conclude a four-game set with Chicago on Sunday. Jason Hammel gets the start for Chicago.
Via Cubs.com
5 hours ago

Chicago Cubs no longer dominating, but trying to survive

After a start by the Chicago Cubs that had many comparing them to some of the greatest teams in history, injuries have taken their toll as well as a regression to the mean, leaving the team fighting mediocrity with players injured and new names trying to carry the torch. Since the start of this season, […] Chicago Cubs no longer dominating, but trying to survive - Cubbies Crib...
Via Cubbies Crib
6 hours ago

Cubs take rare loss with Lackey off his game

Usually all the Cubs need are four runs. That's been enough for the pitchers, who have been incredibly effective. Chicago began play on Saturday with a record of 44-3 when scoring at least four runs.
Via Cubs.com
6 hours ago

Cubs Trade Rumors: Hector Rondon provides leverage

Cubs Trade Rumors: As the Cubs prepare to bolster their bullpen at the trade deadline, closer Hector Rondon gives them some leverage… The Chicago Cubs recently went through their first four-game losing streak of the 2016 season, and after having so much success to start the year, it sort of prompted a small-scale panic among […] Cubs Trade Rumors: Hector Rondon provides leverage...
Via Cubbies Crib
10 hours ago

Zobrist rests day after HBP; Rizzo, Montero return

The Cubs got first baseman Anthony Rizzo and catcher Miguel Montero back in the lineup on Saturday, but second baseman Ben Zobrist did not start to nurse a tender left ankle, bruised when he was hit by a pitch on Friday.
Via Cubs.com
10 hours ago

In-Game Live: Cubs take on Marlins in Miami

The Cubs aim for back-to-back wins over the Marlins in Miami. Follow pitch-by-pitch with In-Game Live.
Via CSN Chicago
11 hours ago

WATCH: STL: Len Kasper discusses a new-look Cubs lineup

Len Kasper discusses the latest on the Cubs, including a new lineup in the absences of Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler.
Via CSN Chicago
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs News: Losing streak ends at four with win over the Marlins

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That would encompass the first inning of yesterday’s game after the Chicago Cubs took a 4-0 lead, only to see it evaporate in the bottom half of the inning. But after an error cost the Cubs in the first, the defense helped secure […] Chicago Cubs News: Losing streak ends at four with win over the Marlins - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
15 hours ago

The Cubs’ Bert Campaneris, Revisited

The last time we had this Bert Campaneris poll, Chicago Cubs fans (and whoever else happened upon our neck of the internet) voted overwhelmingly for super-utility guru Javier Baez, who received 56% of the vote.  This is certainly deserved, as Javy has been involved in some of the most spectacular defensive plays in recent memory: Having multiple guys with decent bats who can...
Via World Series Dreaming
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs Should Trade Kyle Schwarber

For weeks now, rumors have been swirling around the Chicago Cubs organization that they are want to, and are likely to, make a significant trade before the July 31 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline. The MLB-leading Cubs (47-24) already have a deep and talented roster, but with the right acquisition they could really separate themselves from the rest of the league.One of the more...
Via The Sports Quotient
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe’s Maddon-ness on Full Display as Cubs Halt Skid with Positional Shell Game

If you watch the Cubs long enough — maybe, like, three innings — you’re bound to see something that makes you question whether you saw what you just saw. Friday’s contest was no exception, as the Cubs and Marlins played a palindrome in which they combined for 8 runs in 1 inning and then 1 run in 8 innings. Of course, things weren’t actually the same backward as they were...
Via Cubs Insider
17 hours ago

Could Cubs be Better off Moving Jason Hammel to the Bullpen?

The news that the Cubs sent Adam Warren to Iowa to stretch out for spot starts wasn’t exactly a surprise.  Warren has been going through some struggles, so sending him to a low stress environment to work through those issues while stretching out to serve in a spot starter’s role could help him get back on track.  For the moment, the plan is to get him a spot start before the...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Calling For Help From Our Old Friend, Chris Coghlan

When Dexter Fowler shocked the baseball world and returned to the Cubs during Spring Training in late February, it created a glut in the Cubs’ outfield. Jason Heyward was the premier offseason free agent signing, he would start in right field. Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber—the hotshot kids—needed regular playing time. Fowler would of course start […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Lester, Greinke, and a Short Slate

It’s an awfully short slate on this baseball Thursday with just nine games, and it gets even shorter when considering the paucity of quality starting options. We did however manage to find a couple intriguing arms. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation Jon Lester (CHC) versus Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen The Cubs have won eight of Lester’s last 10 starts, and even when things were...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon has Cubs wear leisure outfits for road trip

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one rule for road trip attire: “If you look hot, wear it.” There are even shirts sporting that slogan, the sales of which help benefit his charitable foundation: If you look hot, wear it! Get yours @ https://t.co/fjq9DoVF4b to help support @CubsJoeMadd Respect 90 Foundation! pic.twitter.com/wh1Kmqea6B — Korked Baseball (@KorkedBaseball) May...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

That's a sweep! Cards top Arrieta-led Cubs 7-2

CHICAGO -- Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh inning for his first win in nearly two months and the St. Louis Cardinals waited out Jake Arrieta before roughing up Chicago's bullpen in a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run home run, and Matt Carpenter had a two-run double in a five-run sixth after Arrieta (11-2) departed. The Cardinals won their eighth...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs’ Luck So Far This Season: It’s Complicated

At the end of the 2015 season, I decided to take a crack at quantifying how lucky the 2015 Cubs had been. The season had been a pleasantly unexpected surprise, and I had a hunch that luck had played a role. After all, the team had so many close, thrilling games that ended in their […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon won’t fall into trap of comparing Cubs' quest to Cavs

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon appreciates how the Cavaliers delivered Cleveland its first championship since 1964, but he isn’t about to draw any parallels between that achievement and a World Series title drought that has plagued the Cubs now for over a century. “It’s wonderful for them,” said Maddon, via the Chicago Tribune. “The thing that stands out is (trailing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: STL: Hendricks one-on-one with David Kaplan

David Kaplan sits down with Kyle Hendricks on SportsTalk Live to discuss the player's success along with the team's great run.
Via CSN Chicago
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: STL: Millar thinks Cubs should stick with what they have

Kevin Millar discusses the Cubs depth on SportsTalk Live. Millar does not think the team should give up prospects to acquire talent, but should instead stick with what they have.
Via CSN Chicago
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Brey to throw out first pitch, sing at Cubs game

There is no question that much of Notre Dame’s athletes and fans are likely fans of the Chicago Cubs. It makes a lot of sense that head basketball coach Mike Brey will throw out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. It is the second year in a row that Brey is taking to the mound for the Cubs, who happen to be the best team in the MLB this year. He...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs still waiting for an answer on Dexter Fowler

The Chicago Cubs started off Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in one of the worst ways possible: an injury to the right hamstring of center fielder Dexter Fowler. As Fowler ran to first base in the first inning of the Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the Pirates Saturday, it was apparent something had gone amiss, as his hustle quickly became a lopsided hobble. The bad news...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs rookie Willson Contreras goes yard on first MLB pitch

The Cubs are good. Very, very good. Best record in baseball at 47-20, 12.5 game division lead, 99.8% playoff odds on Fangraphs good. So it has to be a bit frustrating for the rest of baseball that the Cubs can still call up a top prospect like Willson Contreras (ranked the 18th overall prospect by ESPN’s Keith Law in May) to essentially function as the team’s third catcher...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals, June 20-22

As extraordinary as it might have seemed in this offseason that was so pregnant with expectation for a competitive National League Central race, the Cubs enter this three-game, mid-June set with the Cardinals at Wrigley an extraordinary 12.5 games ahead of the Redbirds in the Central, and an even-more-imposing 15 game lead on the reeling Pirates, who’ve now […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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