Chicago Cubs go for sweep of Pirates at Wrigley

After Joe Maddon yanked Jason Hammel (13-7, 3.21 ERA) 39 pitches into his last outing, many speculated the Chicago Cubs (85-47) lost faith in their pitcher. Hammel will get a chance to amend his early knockout tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-63), as the Cubs look to sweep the series at Wrigley. The Cubs have […] Chicago Cubs go for sweep of Pirates at Wrigley - Cubbies...
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Chicago Cubs recall Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs have recalled infielder Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa. Tommy La Stella is back. On July 29th, the Chicago Cubs informed La Stella that they were demoting him to the minor leagues. Instead of reporting to Triple-A Iowa though, he simply refused the assignment. The 27-year-old wound up going home to New Jersey instead, […] Chicago Cubs recall Tommy La Stella...
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Cubs bring Tommy La Stella back to big league team, option Spencer Patton

The Cubs announced Wednesday that Tommy La Stella was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, with reliever Spencer Patton heading back to Iowa to make room for La Stella.
Via CSN Chicago
4 hours ago

Happ, Jimenez will rep Cubs in Fall League

The Arizona Fall League annually provides a place to see the best prospects in baseball all playing in the same place. This season, the league's 25th, which begins on Oct. 11 and runs through the championship game on Nov. 19, is once again pulling out all the stops.
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Kyle Hendricks as Arrieta’s Opposite

Just yesterday, I wrote about some concerns regarding Jake Arrieta. In particular, over time, Arrieta has gotten worse against left-handed hitters, losing the effectiveness of his best pitch while also losing his pinpoint command. This can be traced back to Arrieta losing the remarkable consistency of his mechanics. Arm speed and release point are everything, and for the last little...
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Chicago Cubs: Hendricks, Wood examples why velocity isn’t everything

When scouts look at pitchers nowadays, they look for a big fastball. Someone who can bring it into the mid to high 90’s with a feel for pitching. It wasn’t always like this. Only a few years ago, pitchers would get drafted who didn’t have the overpowering fastball, but had a feel for pitching. Look […] Chicago Cubs: Hendricks, Wood examples why velocity isn’t everything...
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Jake Arrieta almost quit baseball before trade to Cubs

Jake Arrieta is an elite pitcher in MLB but his shocking ascension wouldn’t have happened if he followed through on thoughts about quitting baseball in 2013. The Chicago Cubs pitcher spoke with Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, admitting after being demoted by Baltimore in 2013, he thought about retiring and pursuing another career. “We were at a point where I had other things...
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Cubs can use September as an October showcase

Sporting the best record in Major League Baseball at 84-47, and with a seven-and-a-half-game lead on the Washington Nationals for the best record in the NL, the Chicago Cubs are close to locking up home-field advantage for the NLDS and NLCS. The lead offers them the opportunity to start thinking about October for the best chance […] The post Cubs can use September as an October...
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Cubs Opponents Should Save Everyone Some Time and Just Stop Putting the Ball in Play

You know the old saying about BABIP…wait, is there an old saying about BABIP? Maybe along the lines of sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Yeah, that sounds right. When you’re playing the Cubs, then, you’d better be hella good, because you’re darn sure not gonna get lucky too often. These guys can flash the D in a big way, whether it’s Jason Heyward in right...
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8 hours ago

Zastryzny, Already Defying Expectations, Looking for More

Rob Zastryzny, or ‘Rob Z’ as he’s called by Joe Maddon, made some Cubs history when he was called up to the big league club in mid-August. He’s the first of the pitchers drafted under the Theo Epstein regime to make it to the major leagues, and second only to left-hander Gerardo Concepcion when you […]
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Montero: Hendricks 'harder to hit than 97 down the middle'

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and catcher Miguel Montero talk about another dominating performance by pitcher Kyle Hendricks in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.
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20 hours ago

Maddon on Hendricks: 'It has to be Cy Young contention'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about Kyle Hendricks' Cy Young candidacy after another dominating performance against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Via CSN Chicago
20 hours ago

Game 131 Recap: Cubs 3 Pirates 0

Feels good, huh? Extra-inning games—like the one the Cubs won last night—are fun to return to, in heady delight, the morning after, and certainly a thrill in the moment of their denouements, but they can be a bit of an emotional drain as they’re experienced. At a certain point, you just want to get to bed. Which […]
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Anthony Rizzo writes letter, donates $2,500 to family of boy battling cancer

As someone who beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 18, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has a unique perspective on the disease. As a result, Rizzo has tried to use his perspective to help those battling cancer. The latest instance came recently and involved a two-year old boy in Iowa who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month. Rizzo heard about the family’s struggle...
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Cubs rally for 8-7 win against Pirates in 13 innings

CHICAGO (AP) Miguel Montero hit a game-ending RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a wild 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo set the stage for Montero's clutch swing with consecutive RBI singles against Jeff Locke (9-8), plating the tying run. After Ben Zobrist was walked intentionally...
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Series Preview: Cubs vs. Pirates, Aug. 29-31

Earlier in the season, writing the Pirates out of the playoff picture probably would have been a safe bet. Not a sure thing, but especially when they sold off their closer at the deadline, things did not appear as if Pittsburgh would be getting even their usual one-and-done playoff appearance. But that’s part of the […]
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Hammel held private meeting with Maddon over early hook

As successful as the Chicago Cubs have been, not everything is perfect in their clubhouse. Starting pitcher Jason Hammel was not happy at being removed very early in Saturday’s game against the Dodgers, and he had a meeting with manager Joe Maddon about it. Hammel was visibly angry when Maddon removed him with just one out in the third inning after allowing five hits and three...
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WATCH: SNC: Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose re-unite at Cubs game

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose re-united for a photo at the Cubs/Dodgers game on Saturday as both are in LA training for the summer.
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WATCH: SNC: Joe Maddon, David Ross visit with Vin Scully

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and catcher David Ross visited Vin Scully in the Dodgers' press box as they gave him some gifts for his upcoming retirement.
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VIDEO: Ben Zobrist sings ‘Let it Go’ with his daughter at Disneyland

The Chicago Cubs had an off day on Thursday before their three-game set in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, and Cubs All-Star second baseman Ben Zobrist certainly made the most of his day off. Zobrist went to Disneyland with his daughter, and wrote about it on Instagram, saying, ” I would not trade one second of this for all the me time in the world”: It started at the crack...
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The One Problem With Kris Bryant’s MVP Case

Kris Bryant is everything you could want in an MVP candidate. He hits, he runs, he plays defense, he moves around, he’s in there every day — Bryant is an outstanding player on an outstanding team. You don’t have to worry about the Cubs wasting him, and not going to the playoffs. If Bryant’s teammates are doing him any harm, it could be because there are too many good ones...
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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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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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