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A Tip of the Recap – 5/30 (Cubs 2, Dodgers 0)

Cubs Record: 35-14 W: Travis Wood (3-0) L: Alex Wood (1-4) SV: Hector Rondon (9) The Cubs came into series with the Dodgers Monday at Wrigley on a five-game win streak that was boosted by a sweep of the Phillies this past weekend. Ben Zobrist has a 15-game hitting streak. His batting average over that span: .431. On the mound for the Cubs was Jason Hammel, who has just been spectacular...
Via Cubs Insider
26 minutes ago

Arrieta faces LA for first time since '15 no-no

Jake Arrieta will face the Dodgers on Tuesday at Wrigley Field for the first time since he threw his first career no-hitter against them last season at Dodger Stadium.
Via Cubs.com
39 minutes ago

Hammel: 'It felt like a cramp'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and starting pitcher Jason Hammel talk about the decision to take Hammel out of the game when he started cramping.
Via CSN Chicago
40 minutes ago

Maddon on Travis Wood: 'He was spectacular'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about the work of Travis Wood in Monday's 2-0 win over the Dodgers.
Via CSN Chicago
54 minutes ago

Game 49 Recap: Cubs 2 Dodgers 0

The following things are always important to keep in mind when watching MLB baseball on Memorial Day: Whatever the announcers might say, Memorial Day does not mark a milestone at which numbers and the standings begin to mean something. Rany Jazayerli did once find that in-season performance starts to predict future performance at a team level […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 1-hit LA with 7 innings of perfect relief

Jason Heyward hit an RBI single and scored on Anthony Rizzo's double in the fifth inning to lift the Cubs to their sixth straight win, a 2-0 victory on Monday over the Dodgers in front of a Memorial Day crowd of 41,470 at Wrigley Field.
Via Cubs.com
1 hour ago

TKB’s Top Young Shortstops: No. 5 Addison Russell

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball will look at — and rank — the top five young shortstops in the major leagues. Coming in at No 5 in our rankings is the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell. Addison Russell had a solid, if unspectacular, rookie season for the Chicago Cubs in 2015, but it ended in disappointment. Russell suffered a hamstring injury during the Cubs’ four...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 hours ago

Chicago Cubs look to stay hot as LA Dodgers come to Wrigley

On Monday the Chicago Cubs will look to extend their five game winning streak as the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town for a four game series. The Cubs are fresh off of a three game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies in which they outscored their opponent 17-5.  The North Siders were boosted by stellar […] Chicago Cubs look to stay hot as LA Dodgers come to Wrigley - Cubbies Crib...
Via Cubbies Crib
4 hours ago

An Eloy Among Men: Jimenez Making Loud Noises in South Bend

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, Fourth of July lasts at least a week. You go 11 or so months without hearing any fireworks and then a few start going off here and then in the days leading up to the actual holiday. And then, of course, there are the requisite few days of fallout in which surplus and clearance Roman candles and firecrackers are set off at all hours of the...
Via Cubs Insider
4 hours ago

Sore heel keeps Fowler out of Cubs' lineup

Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler did not start Monday against the Dodgers because of a sore right heel he's been dealing with for a few days. Manager Joe Maddon said Fowler was available to pinch-hit.
Via Cubs.com
4 hours ago

Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist: From superutility to superstar

The Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist has always been a crucial cog on every team he’s been a part of. But much of that was because of his versatility more so than his numbers. Now the 35-year-old second baseman is having a month to remember, and hopefully, the rest of the season will fall in line. When […] Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist: From superutility to superstar - Cubbies Crib...
Via Cubbies Crib
7 hours ago

Cubs Minor League Update (5.30.16)

Albuquerque Isotopes 4, Iowa Cubs 6 Willson Contreras and Albert Almora got the day off, but the Iowa Cubs came back late anyway. John Andreoli led off and went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts. Matt Murton was 3-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-3 with an RBI and strikeout.  Rob Zastryzny threw 5 innings, allowed 6 hits, 3 runs, a walk and...
Via Obstructed View
9 hours ago

Game 46 Recap: Cubs 6, Phillies 2

The Cubs are back in town again, after a long, trying road trip, and they came away with a soggy victory on Friday. The skies opened up in the first inning of this one, pouring down rain on the Cubs, Phillies, and fans indiscriminately, and a delay looked probable. The wind shifted several times, alternately […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Jorge Soler cranks 461-foot blast off Cubs’ video board

On Friday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs’ Jorge Soler destroyed an offering from Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan that may still be going, had it not hit the Cubs’ video board in Wrigley Field’s left field bleachers. Here’s video of the huge blast: .@JorgeSoler68 tests the limits of the Friendly Confines. https://t.co/oMwobBH7w0 pic.twitter.com/xxfmlA9Lqe ...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Only Direction Ben Zobrist Sees is Up

Is that blistering heat coming from Ben Zobrist’s bat or the imposing collection of candles atop his birthday cake? This week, it’s definitely both. He is officially thirty-five, and in the abbreviated life span of a professional athlete, he has supposedly arrived at the waning. Well beyond his commonly understood peak, Zobrist has just transitioned, in […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler watched the Cubs game through a pair of cup binoculars

Jorge Soler hasn't exactly been great this season, hitting .204 with just four home runs and 10 RBIs. Due to his slow start, he was given a day off on Wednesday, so he took the time to make binoculars out of a bunch of paper cups.Soler did eventually come in as a pinch hitter in the ninth, but not before he enhanced his view of the game. He struck out in his lone plate appearance...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs, Jake Arrieta tie MLB record for consecutive wins

Death, taxes and Jake Arrieta winning a game he starts for the Cubs are among the few “sure things” in life. Arrieta and the Cubs defeated the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, 9-8, which extended the team’s winning streak in games he starts to 23. That tied an MLB record set by Kris Medlen, dating back to when he pitched for the Braves. The Cubs’ ace showed he was human...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler uses paper cups to make clever sculpture during game (PHOTO)

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler did all he could to help make sure the team held on to win 9-8 on Wednesday afternoon. Not only did he watch and cheer from the bench, but he also used that same time to take a handful of empty paper cups and made binoculars out of them. That’s how you make constructive use of your time when bored.
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards' huge rally still isn't enough in 9-8 loss to Cubs

ST. LOUIS -- Jake Arrieta remained unbeaten on the season despite allowing as many as four runs for the first time in nearly a year and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.Arrieta (9-0) joined the White Sox's Chris Sale as the only nine-game winners in the majors.Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015.Arrieta...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Arrieta, Martinez, & A Pleasant Balance

It’s a nice balanced slate with plenty of action from the early afternoon late into the evening. We’ve got some older aces, some young guys and a very, very good secondary duel as well. Check ’em out! Jake Arrieta (CHC) versus Carlos Martinez (STL) 1:45 p.m. ET There’s a beautiful symmetry to some of Arrieta’s numbers, such as him having exactly 63 strikeouts in exactly...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm makes no-look, between-the-legs stop on grounder

The Chicago Cubs are undoubtedly the best team in baseball, but there is still room for improvement. While they're third in runs scored, they're just 14th in fielding percentage. You wouldn't know that by watching Tuesday night's game, though.In the eighth inning of an 8-1 game, pitcher Justin Grimm made one of the niftiest plays of the season. With a runner on third, Aledmys Diaz...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist in the last couple of years that really establish this team as the...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Maddon talks about T-shirt gate in St. Louis

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about T-shirt gate the last time the team was in St. Louis.
Via CSN Chicago
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist on Being in Sync

Better not throw a ball to Ben Zobrist right now. Better throw it in the zone. He’s got the lowest swing rate in baseball this year, and a bottom-nine number since we started tracking that stat. He’s always swung less often than most, but this is extreme, even for him. “I’m just seeing the ball really well,” he said before a game against the Giants, reducing the answer...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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