Frogs in the Pros: May 21-27, 2017

Cashner breaks a losing streak, Arrieta continues to work on velocity, and Carpenter takes heat for his base running. Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) – On May 21, Arrieta pitched at home against Milwaukee. He pitched a full 6 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 6. It was one of the strongest games Arrieta has pitched recently, and the Cubs got...
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Dandy dozen: Contreras 'magnificent' vs. ace

Willson Contreras saw every pitch Clayton Kershaw has during a 12-pitch at-bat on Sunday, a battle Cubs manager Joe Maddon called "magnificent." Contreras won the showdown, hitting a leadoff homer in the second, although it wasn't enough as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers, 9-4.
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Chicago Cubs: Cubs need to start winning against top-tier teams

As reigning World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs cannot continue playing poorly against the league’s best teams. Period. Listen, we’ve already beaten you to death about how the Chicago Cubs haven’t been playing to their potential. Key players are slumping, the starting pitching has taken a nosedive and Joe Maddon has lost trust in several […] Chicago Cubs: Cubs need to...
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1 hour ago

Chicago Cubs Lineup: Zobrist Leads Off, Schwarber Second, Rizzo Cleanup

I’ll say this for Joe Maddon: despite his eccentricities and disdain for the old-school tropes of the game, he sure can be a stubborn sumbitch. After making the move to bat Ben Zobrist leadoff — where he’s slashed .303/.343/.697 — Maddon has continued to bat Kyle Schwarber right behind him. And while War Bear has taken on somewhat of a platoon role in order to fight through...
Via Cubs Insider
4 hours ago

Early Season Schedule Not Cutting Struggling Cubs Any Breaks

The Cubs aren’t playing well.  Nobody is going to say anything different.  It’s actually pretty obvious.  And there is no question that is the single biggest contributing factor to their slow start, sitting just one game above .500 through 49 games.  Some key offensive contributors haven’t produced like they’re capable.  Jake Arrieta and John Lackey haven’t been anything...
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Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber is finally ’embracing the suck’

It’s been a wild ride for Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber. From scoreboard-crushing homers to World Series heroics, remember, 2017 is his first full MLB season. Kyle Schwarber is mostly known for how he missed nearly the entire 2016 season before showing up just in time to play folk hero in the Chicago Cubs’ World Series […] Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber is finally ’embracing...
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Jake Arrieta Has Actually Been Really Good, Primed to Be Better

Watching the Cubs rotation give up bomb after bomb from the seats of Dodger stadium — yes, I was one of the 14 early-arriving fans — sent me into a frenzy. Jake Arrieta in particular, who has a 4.92 ERA with a much lower 4.00 FIP, can’t be this bad going forward. That’s what I kept telling myself. Indeed, after diving into the data, I realized that my built-up anxiety over...
Via Cubs Insider
6 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Series sweep leaves bad taste in fans’ mouths

Coming off a homestand in which the club won seven of nine, things looked promising for the Chicago Cubs. That stretch represented, perhaps, one of the strongest runs of the year for the team, which took over first place in the process, as well. So, for obvious reasons, expectations were high amongst fans entering this weekend’s […] Chicago Cubs: Series sweep leaves bad taste...
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7 hours ago

Kyle Schwarber platoon is a bad idea

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10 hours ago

Joe Maddon has funny quip about Cubs’ early-season struggles

The Chicago Cubs set the bar high for themselves last season by winning their first World Series title in 108 years, but manager Joe Maddon isn’t sweating the fact that they haven’t quite lived up to it yet this year. After the Cubs were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend to fall to 25-24 on the season, Maddon managed to maintain a joking mood. “Please, go ahead...
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Lester on outing: 'Obviously not good'

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester discusses his rough outing after Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers.
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20 hours ago

Rizzo leads #ASGWorthy power display

It's been home runs or nothing for the Cubs over the last week, and they continued that trend on Sunday. Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez each went deep off Clayton Kershaw, of all pitchers, but it wasn't enough as the Dodgers posted a 9-4 win to complete a sweep.
20 hours ago

Game 47 Recap: Dodgers 5 Cubs 0

What You Need To Know: My first post on this site was the Game 8 Recap when the Dodgers faced the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was easy to be objective as a Dodgers fan writing about the Cubs given the nascency of the season. However, almost forty games later, I am torn. Watching the Dodgers dominate […]
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Topps issues card celebrating Cubs’ ‘Anchorman’ road trip

It goes without saying that the Chicago Cubs donning “Anchorman”-inspired outfits before embarking on a West Coast road trip this week was kind of a big deal. So much so, in fact, that Topps has announced a limited run of a one-card series celebrating Joe Maddon’s latest wacky bit dressed up as a team-building exercise.The card features Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber outfitted...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs whip out 1970s gear for ‘Anchorman-themed’ road trip

The Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 at Wrigley Field on Thursday, then hit the road for a six-game West-Coast road trip.And because the Cubs are headed to San Diego for the second half of the trip—and because they are managed by the ever-ridiculous Joe Maddon—they dressed in “Anchorman-themed” outfits, with players showing off their best 1970s get-ups in...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs to don ‘Anchorman’-themed gear for West Coast trip

Joe Maddon, as he is wont to do, has planned something special for an upcoming road trip for the Chicago Cubs. Even though the pop culture reference that inspired  Maddon’s latest team-building gambit is arguably quite outdated, it is sure to come off as kind of a big deal.Maddon revealed earlier this week that for the Cubs’ upcoming West Coast road trip — which includes a...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Wrigleycast Episode 46: Cubs playing better thanks to Zobrist and Happ

After a one month absence, Ryan and Isaac get together to chat about the recent HAPPenings with the Chicago Cubs. Jake Arrieta’s strong start against Milwaukee is discussed, which leads into more trade discussions about starting pitching. The guys also discuss the hot bats of Ben Zobrist and rookie Ian Happ, and later go into […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ross ‘shocked and thankful’ after finishing second on ‘DWTS’

David Ross’ whirlwind experience on “Dancing with the Stars that culminated with an arguably surprising appearance in the finals ended Tuesday night when he and partner Lindsay Arnold finished runner-up to former NFL player Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater.The retired Chicago Cubs World Series champion, however, wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, even if he came up...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant’s Hidden Skill

There are so many things that Kris Bryant does well. He hits for power. He hits for average. He can play defense literally anywhere on a baseball field. He runs the bases with ease, both mentally and with sneaky speed. All of these things have culminated in him quickly becoming one of the best players […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber crushes 470-foot home run

Too bad home runs with nobody on base only count for one run, because if distance were a factor, Kyle Schwarber’s monster homer on Tuesday would have counted for several.Schwarber blasted a 470-foot home run in the first inning of the Chicago Cubs’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. That was Schwarber’s 7th home run of the season, and according to Statcast, the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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