The city of Chicago hasn't dominated MLB like this in over 40 years

Entering the 2016 MLB season, everybody expected the Chicago Cubs to good, so nobody is surprised to see the Cubs sitting at 15-5 through their first 20 games with a three game lead in the NL Central.What IS actually surprising is Chicago's other baseball team, as the White Sox lead MLB in wins at 16-6 and currently hold a 3.5-game lead over the Kansas City Royals. Together, the...
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So far, Chicago is baseball’s epicenter in 2016

The Major League Baseball season is closing out its first month of the 2016 season this weekend, and while the first 30 days of the season tell very little of what the big picture will be once it is fully painted, it does provide a backdrop for early season predictions. Entering the year, fans of the two respective clubs in the city of Chicago were receiving very different pieces...
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Cubs opt to keep prospect Contreras in Minors

With Miguel Montero going on the disabled list because of lower back stiffness, the Cubs could have promoted Willson Contreras, but manager Joe Maddon said he hoped to see the highly touted prospect later in the season.
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Greg Maddux: Great pitcher, disgusting locker room presence

Greg Maddux has an almost impeccable reputation amongst fans and media, but some of his former teammates might not share in the same effervescent praise. It turns out the Hall of Fame pitcher was a devious, if not outright disgusting, clubhouse prankster. Tom Glavine just told us Greg Maddux used to take shirts out of teammates lockers, wipe his rear end with them, & put back...
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Cubs C Montero headed to DL; Federowicz called up from Iowa

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is headed to the 15-day disabled list with lower back tightness. Catcher Tim Federowicz was traveling from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday to take Montero's roster spot. Montero was a late scratch from Tuesday's game against Milwaukee and hasn't played since Sunday. The move is retroactive to Monday and Cubs manager Joe Maddon expects...
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Chicago Cubs: Why the batting average is irrelevant

Almost a month into baseball, the Chicago Cubs sit comfortably on top of the National League Central with a three game lead. This is not a big deal, as it was expected. It’s also not a big deal because it is April and the standings are about as meaningful as a batting average to Joe Maddon. Speaking of which, let’s take a look at the Cubs batting average thus far. As a whole...
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Prospect Profile: Bijan Rademacher More Than Meets the Eye

While most of the Tennessee Smokies are struggling at the plate this April, Bijan Rademacher is off to a scorching start. The young 24-year-old outfielder has been tearing up AA thus far, even winning the Southern League Player of the Week on April 25. For the month, he is hitting .385 with a .515 OBP, 4 HR’s and 13 driven in. For most prospect hounds, Rademacher’s emergence...
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The Best is Yet to Come: Soler in Context

“I heard him say ‘thank you’ at Starbucks. I thought that was a big step.” Initially chuckle-inducing, it didn’t take long for the profound meaning behind Joe Maddon’s comment to sink in.  Now four years into his contract with the Cubs, Jorge Soler’s adaptation to life in the U.S. is not only noteworthy, but still […]
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BP Wrigleyville: Jorge Soler Is Getting There by Leigh Coridan

The Cubs knew it might be a long road for the Cuban youngster. His progress isn`t always obvious, but it`s real.
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Chicago Cubs: Will Javier Baez Be An Everyday Starter By The End Of The Season?

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez is an incredibly versatile player, as he can play every infield position, and he had been taking reps in the outfield during Spring Training. He has seen his playing time increase these last couple games, due to Jorge Soler struggling recently. This brings up the question, will Javier Baez be […] Chicago Cubs: Will Javier Baez Be An Everyday Starter...
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WATCH: Arrieta on PED allegations: I've never had anything to hide

Jake Arrieta amplifies comments made about PEDs whispers, calls it "somewhat flattering" on Tuesday.
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In Hitting Environment All About Surviving, Cubs Offense Thriving

With an eight-run outburst in Arizona Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals took over the runs per game leadership of MLB from the Chicago Cubs. The Pittsburgh Pirates, enjoying the thin air and thinner pitching staff in Colorado, padded their league-leading team OBP (it was .378 entering play, and the steam uncannily matched that figure […]
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Jake Arrieta responds to allegations of PED use

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is pitching at an otherworldly level right now. In his last 24 starts, he’s 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA. He is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA so far this year. Arrieta keeps hitters guessing and is getting them out many different ways. Rather than other pitchers who rely on just strikeouts, ground balls or fly balls to record outs, he utilizes a mix of all three. The...
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WATCH: STL: Is Jake Arrieta the Cubs' most important puzzle piece?

THe SportsTalk Live panel discusses whether Jake Arrieta is the most important part of the Cubs' puzzle going forward.
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Preview: Brewers at Cubs

With Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward now heating up, the Chicago Cubs can outslug opponents as well as outpitch them.Chicago's offensive binge bodes well for Kyle Hendricks, who hasn't received much recent support at Wrigley Field entering Tuesday night's matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.The Cubs come into this three-game set after scoring 38 runs in winning three of four at Cincinnati...
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The Cubs Are the Best Base-Running Team, Too

You know about the Cubs. It’s the team that entered Spring Training as the consensus World Series favorite. It’s the team with the already impressive collection of young stars who tacked on with a splashy offseason. It’s the team that already threw a no-hitter. The team with the potentially historic blend of discipline and power. Maybe you’re tired of hearing about the Cubs...
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Young Cubs: The Next Wave Approaches

When the major league team was still in the throes of the rebuild, many die-hard Cubs fans found daily solace in minor league box scores. As the big leaguers struggled, there were often glimpses of hope as players like Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Kyle Schwarber lit up the […]
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There was a controversy at Busch Stadium over “Try Not To Suck” t-shirts

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is, to say the least, an interesting person. This spring, Maddon and members of the Cubs started wearing t-shirts with the phrase “Try Not To Suck” on them, which were later made available for sale to fans. This apparently caused some issues at Busch Stadium this week for the Cubs-Cardinals series because of a policy prohibiting t-shirts with the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Five amazing stats from Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter

Don’t feel bad, Cincinnati Reds. It’s not like anyone has really solved Jake Arrieta of late. Just as he did some eight months and a mere nine starts ago, Arrieta completed a no-hitter on Thursday night at Great American Ballpark. It was last Aug. 30 when the Chicago Cubs right-hander dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers for his first career no-no. That came in the midst...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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