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Reds @ Cubs: DeSclafani vs. Haren (Game 131)

Pfffft. Well, that game happened. Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Following Arrieta’s no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas

August has been very good for the Chicago Cubs. With one day remaining in the month, the team has compiled a 19-8 record and built a 5.5 game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot. And on Sunday night, pitcher Jake Arrieta built on his case for the NL Cy Young Award, throwing a no-hitter over the Dodgers in a 2-0 victory. But if the pressure of being in the playoff race and...
Via The Outside Corner
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Dodgers 0 (8/30/15)

OSS: Kris Bryant provides all the fireworks in this 2-0 victory. Three Up 1. Kris Bryant ended his seemingly months-long road homerless streak with a 2-run jack in the first. It was the only runs of the game, but it was all that was needed. 2. Starlin Castro has been really good since his demotion. Though he had an error in this game, the new 2B had 3 hits from the 5 hole, including...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reds @ Cubs: Lorenzen vs. Hendricks (Game 130)

The Cubs complete the most awesomest 2-4 road trip ever! Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

No-no latest example of Jake Arrieta's breakthrough

No-hitters are random by nature (and not cause they hate ya). Hacky hurlers like Edwin Jackson, Bud Smith, Philip Humber and Bobo Holloman(!) have channeled that magic for a night while Hall of Famers like Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez have not. The Cubs, long associated with ineptitude, managed to make it 50 years between being no-hit until Cole Hamels finally got them this season...
Via Rumors and Rants
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit for the second time in ten days on Sunday night. The culprit this time around? NL Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. In Chicago’s 2-0 victory, Arrieta struck out 12, walked one, and allowed one runner to reach on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Arrieta’s no-hitter is the sixth of the 2015 season, with all six...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A brief look at the rest of the season

The Cubs have lost four in a row and are now 6 games behind Pittsburgh for the 1st wild card spot. They’re still 4.5 games ahead of the Giants. More importantly at this point in my opinion, they’re 5 losses better than the Giants. You can’t really make up a loss, but you can make up the win. They’re 9.5 behind the Cardinals and 8 ahead of the Nationals so I don’t think...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fact: Wrigley Field is on the North Side of Chicago

I guess if there’s a reason ESPN doesn’t brand itself “the worldwide leader in geography”…it’s this. During “SportsCenter” on Wednesday, the network put up the graphic “Coming Up: South Side Surge” and included a Chicago Cubs logo. ESPN places the Cubs on the ‘South Side.’ — Sun-Times Sports (@suntimes_sports...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Jamie Foxx tries to go yard at Cubs batting practice

Jamie Foxx is many things; an actor, singer, comedian and an all-around great guy. He also happens to be in love with the long ball. Prior to the Chicago Cubs’ meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, Foxx stepped up to the plate for some batting practice. Before Foxx could try to smash the ball over the fence, he received some advice from Cubs manager Joe Maddon....
Via Campus Sports Net
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Dodgers: Lester vs. Latos (Game 128)

The Cubs send a Ross-less Lester to the mound to right the road trip. Tags:  Cubs 2015 Game Thread
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs inspire mashup with 'Perfect Strangers' opening credits (Video)

The Chicago Cubs are right in the thick of the National League playoff race this year, making this the most enjoyable season that Cubs fans have had in a long time. Their success has inspired one Cubs fan to mashup some highlights of the season so far with the opening credit sequence for that classic 80s TV show "Perfect Strangers".The end result? Take a look for yourself: H/T...
Via Holdout Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Cubs sign Dexter Fowler to an extension?

Dexter Fowler has had arguably his best season in the big leagues in the year prior to becoming a free agent. The Cubs acquired Fowler from the Astros in January for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. Valbuena was surprisingly productive as a Cub from 2012-2014, but hasn’t been quite as successful this season with the Astros in large part because UZR thinks he’s been a worse fielder...
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

We’ve been through this about the Blue Jays — a promising team suddenly added both Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, and since then, the Jays have taken off. Since the day Tulowitzki first appeared in a Toronto lineup, the team has gone a league-best 21-4, storming into first place and showing few signs of slowing down. Right now, in the American League, the Blue Jays are probably...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago news: Cubs ratings are exploding

An excerpt from my latest Chicago Tribune column: ******* This year’s winner of the good timing award goes to WLS-Ch.7 and WBBM-AM 780. WLS signed on for a five-year package of Cubs games in December despite the team’s TV ratings sinking to historic lows in 2014. John Idler, WLS’s president and general manager, figured the ratings would rise dramatically at some point during...
Via Sherman Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rookie Russell shows why he's the man at SS with sweet DP

Addison Russell showed again why Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had no choice but to make the rookie the club's starting shortstop at the expense of Starlin Castro.In the bottom of the third inning Wednesday night, Russell made an incredible play, snagging a hard-hit grounder with a backhand stab from his knees, then making a terrific turn and throw to Castro at second base to start...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What makes Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon great?

With the Cubs in San Francisco to face the team just behind them in the wild-card race, it makes sense to compare the two managers. After all, they both ended up within the top five in a recent survey, and their teams have both found success in recent years. Though they were born just a year apart, their styles are different enough that they seem to be a study in contrasts...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber Does Something No Chicago Cubs Player Has Done Since 1900

This is a great year to be a Chicago Cubs fan. A wealth of young talent has the team playing better than it has in many, many years. Going in to Tuesday night's game against the Giants they were 72-51; 6.5 games back in the division, but with a healthy grasp on one of the wild card spots. Could it be? Could the Cubbies return to the post season for the first time in years?If they...
Via FatManWriting
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester admits Cubs contract can be ‘monkey on your back’ at times

Jon Lester really wanted to impress his new organization. Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs over the offseason, started slow in his first season in the Windy City. The left-hander since has turned things around, but he admits the pressure of pitching under such a lucrative contract initially had a negative impact. “At times, it’s a good...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Mike Fiers cheating during his no-hitter?

When you think pitching and greatness it’s unlikely you think of Mike Fiers. Well Friday, Mike Fiers threw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, so in your face. Of coruse, I’m kidding.f No-hitters are fluky events by nature, and though the game’s greats have thrown them, so have many of the game’s not-so-greats. For example, the list of pitchers who have thrown no...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon’s advice on fan safety after Wrigley incident: ‘Pay attention’

A rash of injuries to fans seated close to the field at ballparks this season, including two over the past weekend, has given rise to calls for Major League Baseball to make attending a game safer for those in premium seating. Joe Maddon, who witnessed firsthand on Sunday how dangerous it can be for fans seated so close to the field, had one piece of advice for fans on how to help...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs alert season ticket holders of playoff ticket availability

With Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs smack dab in the middle of the hunt for a Wild Card berth in the National League, the organization — if it is as superstitious as it reasonably should be — has arguably tempted fate and announced to season ticket holders that playoff tickets are now available for purchase. “It has been an exciting  few weeks of Cubs baseball as our team...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton takes part in Wrigley Field flyover in P-51 Mustang

With boyfriend Justin Verlander’s Detroit Tigers in the Windy City to play a two-game set with the Chicago Cubs, Kate Upton was in town to take in Wednesday’s ballgame. Since she is a world-famous supermodel, Upton’s pregame experience was distinctly different than the one enjoyed by most folks, but this followed being forced to sit through a lengthy rain delay the previous...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot Hot Heat: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Pitchers Who Throw Fire

It’s easy to look back and laugh now, but there was a time when people genuinely worried that Anthony Rizzo would never hit a good fastball. He was struggling to hit anything harder than 90 miles per hour, and if that had remained true, it would have been a very real death knell for him. Good hitters don’t have the bat knocked from their hands by a heater, unless a pitcher is...
Via BP Wrigleyville
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Fowler, Russell, and Soler keys to Cubs second half surge

The Chicago Cubs never fully reached their full potential in the first half of the year. It took them until late July to show the league what they are capable of. The Cubs went on a nine game win streak and won 16 of 18 games at one point. A big reason for that hot streak was Dexter Fowler, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler. Those three players have turned their season around here...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester botches first pickoff attempt since April

Jon Lester and pickoff throws do not get along. Lester has a history when it comes to throwing over to first base, and it’s not a good one. The Chicago Cubs left-hander attempted his first pickoff throw in two years back in April, and it didn’t go so well. Maybe that’s why Lester didn’t attempt another throw over to first base until Thursday. And just like his last attempt...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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