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Preview: Cubs-Marlins Sunday on CSN

The Cubs take on the Marlins on Sunday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
Via CSN Chicago
7 hours ago

Young Baez's hitting maturation on display

Going with the pitch seems like the most basic of strategies, but for a young player still learning his craft at the highest level, it's not as easy as it appears. But Javier Baez continues to work that key approach, and it paid off Saturday. The infielder sparked an 11-hit Cubs attack with a pair of run-scoring hits in a 5-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.
Via Cubs.com
7 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Addison Russell coming alive in month of June

In early June, rumors surrounded Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. Since then, he continues to put his best foot forward on the diamond. With a reported league investigation hovering over him, Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell did the only thing he can do: put his head down and keep working. If you asked the young […] Chicago Cubs: Addison Russell coming alive in month...
Via Cubbies Crib
8 hours ago

Keeping Track of Cubs Draft Signings

We’re more than a week out from the MLB Draft, where the Chicago Cubs had a solid if unspectacular set of picks to bolster their suddenly very intriguing pitching prospect pool.  There is, of course, the non-waiver trade deadline coming up, but before then, the Cubs have to get as many of their draftees signed as possible. Wes Saver (@Savermetrics) has done us Cubs fans a great...
Via World Series Dreaming
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lester discusses outing in Cubs' 5-3 win over Marlins

Jon Lester talks about his outing in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
Via CSN Chicago
8 hours ago

Jon Lester to Cubs: It’s go time

MIAMI Jon Lester dropped his head and wiped the sweat from his face. The Cubs ace didnt jerk his neck and twist his body,
Via CSN Chicago
10 hours ago

Cubs rally in Miami on Lester's milestone day

Check the Marlins off the list for Jon Lester. The veteran left-hander, who hadn't faced them much in his career, was winless against Miami until Saturday afternoon. Lester overcame a sluggish three-run first, regrouped and was dominant for the rest of his seven innings in the Cubs' 5-3 win at Marlins Park.
Via Cubs.com
10 hours ago

Maddon rests Rizzo, talks keeping Cubs fresh

How do you justify and when do you know it's the right time to give one of the hottest hitters in baseball the day off? That's a decision Cubs manager Joe Maddon said was not a difficult one at all when he made out Saturday's lineup card sans Anthony Rizzo. The hot-hitting leadoff hitter got to rest as the Cubs took on the Marlins.
Via Cubs.com
13 hours ago

Quantifying Hope: Cubs Still Boast 84 Percent Playoff Odds

Wanna see something cool? The general downward trend of that blue line makes you think it’s due for one of those blue pills, but it’s still significantly more encouraging that the hogswallop of the other four teams in the Central. Seriously, this is just a garbage division. Consider that 83.8 percent playoff odds put the Cubs well ahead of their division opponents, yet still...
Via Cubs Insider
15 hours ago

Chicago Cubs Lineup: Jay Leads Off, Bryant Plays First, Javy at Hot Corner to Support Lester

So much for Anthony Rizzo’s run at leadoff. Jon Jay will be getting the offense started this afternoon as Rizzo gets a break from game action. As such, Kris Bryant shifts across the diamond and remains in the second spot. Willson Contreras is back at third in the order and Addison Russell is once again cleaning up with Ian Happ fifth. I have to say, I really like this setup. When...
Via Cubs Insider
16 hours ago

Cubs first-round pick Alex Lange excels in College World Series win Friday

The Cubs’ second first-round pick this season, Alex Lange, dominated in LSU’s College World Series game against Oregon State on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. Lange went 7.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits, striking out eight Oregon State batters. He also allowed four walks in the win. He brought his ERA for the season down under 3 with the performance, exiting...
Via ChiCitySports.com
18 hours ago

Guest Post: How the Cubs’ Infielders Measure Up Against Other Teams

Note: This blog post is from the fine folks at “The Planet of Baseball,” which you can find at theplanetofbaseball.com. The Chicago Cubs’ infield is one of the most promising young cores in all of baseball, and it is a large reason that they made history in 2016 with 4 of their infielders making the All-Star team – as starters. Now this isn’t to say that starting in the...
Via World Series Dreaming
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ian Happ’s Adjustments Producing Obvious Results

Ian Happ was given crisp blue pinstripes on May 13 and started hot right right out of the gate. In his first 40 plate appearances, the player often compared to Ben Zobrist earned consistent playing time by hitting .294 with a .353 ISO and .430 wOBA. Essentially every pitch Happ hit traveled into the gaps or over the fence. However, the league quickly adjusted, forcing the rookie...
Via Cubs Insider
18 hours ago

Game 73 Recap: Marlins 2, Cubs 0

What You Need to Know: Well, it was a stinker. Well, at least it was a quick 2.5-hour contest. It’s better to die a quick, relatively painless death than to suffer for months, isn’t it? The Cubs failed to score against Jose Urena and three fellow Marlins relievers, scattering just six hits. Only one Cubs base […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs trade rumors: can Patrick Corbin ‘relieve’ their rotation woes?

The 2017 Chicago Cubs have had some rough luck with the fifth spot of their starting rotation this year. Brett Anderson was signed on to fill that void, but he was only able to put up an 8.18 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, and allowed a .347/.414/.571 slash line in eight starts. He has since injured his back and is currently on the 60-day DL. The team then turned to Eddie Butler to take the last...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Summer Solstice-ish Cubs Highlight Reel

Yeah, we’re a couple days after the actual solstice.  But it was a nice day, school is out, there’s a lull in the job hunt, and the Chicago Cubs activated beatdown mode, so here ya go. First of all, welcome to the big leagues, Mark Zagunis: I think having an extra pitcher is temporary; they’ll try to work in Ben Zobrist or another position player soon. After Jake Arrieta...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs option Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A

Kyle Schwarber has been the poster boy of the Chicago Cubs’ postseason runs each of the last two seasons. From mashing home runs all throughout the 2015 postseason (two of them coming against the rival St. Louis Cardinals), to his timely return to the team in last year’s World Series where he posted a .412 batting average after playing just two games in April. He has been right...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs not hitting panic button, but sending Kyle Schwarber to minors makes sense

The Cubs aren’t hitting any panic buttons, but they are sending a young star back to the minor leagues with the intent of getting things back on the right track. Kyle Schwarber was sent back down to Triple-A Iowa by the Cubs on Thursday. Schwarber’s stint in the minors is not expected to be a long one, but sometimes a young player needs to escape the spotlight of the big leagues...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Might Be Beating the Yips

On June 3rd of this year, with the Cardinals leading 2-1 in the fifth inning and Tommy Pham on first with two outs, Jon Lester quickly took his left foot off the Wrigley Field pitching rubber and lobbed a throw over to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Pham, who had taken an 19-foot lead, was picked off first base to end the inning on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Chicago. While the...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers' Arcia makes ridiculous play to secure one-run victory

The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of baseball’s biggest surprises this season, featuring a roster that doesn’t exactly jump at you on paper, but keeps finding ways to win games.On Wednesday night at Miller Park, it appeared the Pittsburgh Pirates were about to tie the game with two outs in the top of the ninth when 22-year-old shortstop Orlando Arcia came out of nowhere to...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Addison Russell’s wife files for divorce

Addison Russell’s wife Melisa has reportedly filed for divorce amid allegations of domestic violence.In a statement provided by her legal team, it was announced that Melisa Russell has begun divorce proceedings with the aim of a “swift, amicable and private” resolution for the couple and their son. The statement also says that Melisa Russell will decline to speak with MLB investigators...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 70 Recap: Cubs 4, Padres 0

What You Need to Know: On June 30, 2015, as a member of the Mariners, Mike Montgomery held the Padres to just one hit over nine innings for his second consecutive complete-game shutout. One trade and World Series Ring later, two weeks shy of the second anniversary of the CGSHO, the lefty zeroed the Padres again […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo will not be disciplined for collision with Austin Hedges

Anthony Rizzo violated the Buster Posey rule when he collided with Austin Hedges at the plate during Monday’s Cubs-Padres game, but the first baseman will avoid discipline despite violating the rule.MLB chief executive officer Joe Torre spoke with Rizzo and both teams to let them know that Rizzo violated the rule. However, Torre will not discipline Rizzo further. Rizzo was called...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez smashes stadium lights with home run, Roy Hobbs-style

Don’t let Aaron Judge take all of your attention when it comes to home runs. Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez is also a large man— though—at 6-foot-4-inches and 205 pounds—still a good bit smaller than Judge. But he showed he has just as much power as the AL MVP frontrunner during the Carolina League Home Run Derby, doing his best Roy Hobbs impression by smashing a towering...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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