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Cubs get Dan Haren from Marlins, still chasing bigger-name starters

Three years ago, the Cubs thought they had a deal for Dan Haren. But a trade with the Angels involving Carlos Marmol cratered at the last minute and the veteran starter’s option was declined, leaving him free to sign with the Nationals as a free agent. Now, under a new administration at Wrigley Field, Haren is again getting an opportunity to pitch for the Cubs and has a chance...
Via The Outside Corner
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

AZL Cubs Check Out Small Ball Book at Sloan Park

Varonex Cuevas reached base four times (three singles and a walk), stole two bases, and scored a run, leading the AZL Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the AZL Angels in Arizona League action Thursday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. The Cubs did most of their damage in the bottom of the 6th inning, using "small ball" to plate three runs and take a 4-1 lead. Jose Paniagua led-off the inning...
Via Cub Reporter
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

South Bend Cubs: attendance and future developments

Last week the South Bend Cubs released updated attendance numbers that seem to verify what I’ve noticed: more & more people are visiting Four Winds Field for Cubs games and they are really enjoying themselves. As of the end of July, 249,537 tickets have been sold for SB Cubs home games. There are 18 home games remaining so they will definitely break last year’s attendance...
Via World Series Dreaming
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Leading Chicago Cubs with Dominant Second Half

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles) The Chicago Cubs are a club made talented by their young stars: Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, just to name a few. They’re very much in the hunt for the second Wild Card but haven’t...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs “aggressively trying” to trade Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro‘s days with the Chicago Cubs may be coming to an end very soon, as Jayson Stark of reports that the Cubs are “aggressively trying” to include the young shortstop “in any deal.” It is unclear whether or not a deal is close, but a possible landing spot may be the San Diego Padres, who have a player the Cubs like in Tyson Ross. Castro, 25, is signed...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lester is Terrible at Containing the Running Game, and It Doesn't Seem to Matter

Jon Lester has already given up 30 stolen bases this year, eight more than his career high of 22 set in 2010. His inability to throw to first has been much maligned in the media and by fans. But how much does it matter? It turns out, not really that much. Sure, it would be better if Lester held runners closer and gave up fewer stolen bases, no one is arguing otherwise, but the facts...
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sloppy Defense, Mental Mistakes, Walks, and Silent Bats Doom AZL Cubs at Sloan Park

Evan Marzilli (on AAA Reno 7-day DL) singled twice, walked, stole a base and scored a run, and four pitchers combined to hurl a five-hitter, as the AZL Diamondbacks defeated the AZL Cubs 5-1 in Arizona League action Wednesday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. LHSP Eric Jokisch (on Iowa 7-day DL with a strained oblique) made his first game appearance in almost two months, getting...
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Jon Lester puts on strikeout show

Strikeouts were the theme in the Chicago Cubs 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. The Rockies ended the game striking out 16 times, 14 of them coming against Cubs ace, Jon Lester. Lester went eight strong innings, yielding just two runs on five hits while striking out 14. Hector Rondon picked up his 13th save of the season, striking out two in a hitless ninth...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What *COULD* Happen When Baez Returns

  With Javier Baez now rehabbing with the Iowa Cubs, Starlin Castro‘s struggles along with the cloud of uncertainty with the trade deadline approaching, fans of the Chicago Cubs are trying to figure out how the pieces all fit together. Some people assume that once Baez is ready to return to the majors, he will take over second base pushing Addison Russell to short stop which would...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs-White Sox trade that would rock Chicago, MLB

What if the White Sox decided to trade Chris Sale? What if it were to the Cubs? Here's what it could look like.
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' closer carousel has no end in sight, and that's a big problem

It's hard to be a legitimate playoff contender without a legitimate closer.The troubles in the Chicago Cubs' bullpen are many, and the carousel could turn once again as manager Joe Maddon is basically out of answers, unless Chicago pulls off a trade for back-end reliever before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.Hector Rondon leads the Cubs with 12 saves. He's blown three opportunities...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 9, Rockies 8 (7/27/15)

OSS: MY EMOTIONS Three up 1. Kris Bryant saved the day with a walkoff bomb in the bottom of the ninth, after the pen had blown the lead. He ended the game with a WPA of 0.98. 2. The offense woke up in the fourth inning, batting around on a previously-cruising Jorge de la Rosa. My dogs were very disappointed that the Cubs did all this scoring without any home runs, because no cookies...
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Searching for Answers at the Plate Amid Hitting Struggles

Chicago Cubs’ Chris Coghlan, right, is greeted by teammate Jorge Soler (68) after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks) The Chicago Cubs have, to the surprise of many, emerged as one of the top teams in terms of starting pitching depth from top to bottom...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs manager Maddon gets hands-on with struggling Bryant, Castro

Hand-in-hand with the Chicago Cubs' recent downturn has been the hitting slumps of rookie sensation Kris Bryant and shortstop Starlin Castro, a subject of recent trade rumors. During Monday's batting practice session at Wrigley Field before the Cubs were set to start an important three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, the NL West's worst team, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and hitting...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester showing signs of consistency

After an up and down first half, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Jon Lester is starting to show signs of consistency. However, Lester’s stats in the win/loss column don’t reflect that. At 5-8, Lester will need more help from his teammates to help turn around his record. There’s no stat that is more indicative of Lester’s up and down year than his ERA. ERA April- 6.23 May-...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs fans lobby for Cole Hamels trade after getting no-hit

Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels fired the first no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years on Saturday, and the reactionary effect is already in full throttle. Barely 12 hours after watching their beloved Cubbies get incapacitated by the Philadelphia ace, Chicago fans posted the following ultimatum across the street from Wrigley Field. The message across...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs official Twitter stretches to put positive spin on Hamels no-hitter

It hardly is a secret that the official Twitter for a team always will try to put a positive spin on a defeat, no matter how bad things get. However, you have to appreciate the person who handles the Twitter feed for the Chicago Cubs. There was this post on Saturday at around 6:30 p.m. Central following Cole Hamels no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Yes, of all the history that was made...
Via Sherman Report
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hilarious Cubs Twitter Account Loses Mind As Cole Hamels Throws No-Hitter

Cole Hamels made history Saturday at Wrigley Field when he became the first pitcher to no-hit the Chicago Cubs since Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against the team in 1965. The Chicago Cubs had recorded a hit in 7,920 consecutive games — or nearly 50 years — entering Saturday, the longest streak in Major League baseball history. One rabid Cubs fan devoted to bringing awareness...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels throws no-hitter in possibly last start with Phillies

Rumors have been swirling around Cole Hamels name over the past several months. And with the trade deadline less than a week away, we could be witnessing the end of his tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies. Going up against a Chicago Cubs squad that have been rumored to be interested in the staff ace, Hamels did something pretty amazing on Saturday. “NO. HITS. FOR. YOU....
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Schwarber Hitting Primer (and a Tale of Fate)

Back in spring training, I had a chance to talk hitting with Kyle Schwarber. As fate would have it, our conversation was brief. The Cubs’ clubhouse closed a few minutes after we began chatting, and I was airport-bound by the time it reopened. In May, I arranged a follow-up phone interview while Schwarber was playing […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Revisiting the Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop trade

Prior to the trade deadline two years ago, the Cubs dealt Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta, which has proved to be a great Theo Epstein move. Understatement? Maybe. The Cubs drafted Scott Clevenger in the 2006 MLB Draft. Leading up to the deal, Clevenger was a steady presence in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system. The main part of...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Where We Stand Now 7-23-15

The Cubs are coming off a 4-3 road trip and I thought I’d update the WWSN tables. The Cubs lost a game to the Cardinals since the break, but they don’t have much chance of catching them anyway. They did pick up some ground on the Pirates and it would be nice to finish in 2nd rather than 3rd. If the season ended today the two teams would play a one game playoff so the order of...
Via Obstructed View
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs minor leaguer leaves Rousey a ticket for every game

Anthony Giansanti, an outfielder for the Iowa Cubs (the triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), is making one grand effort to attract the attention of Ronda Rousey. So much so, in fact, that the longtime minor league baseball player has resorted to leaving the MMA superstar tickets to games at will call, even tweeting at...Read More The post Cubs minor leaguer leaves tickets for...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

How to measure an MLB manager

Since the beginning of time, man has looked at numbers to quantify his findings, and there is no better example of that than the sport of baseball. With sabermetrics, it seems every component of the game has been broken down ad nauseam. But what if some components of the game defy numbers? A case in point can be managerial value. Most prognosticators give very little value to...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Leave Len Kasper alone about the silly, phony, non-existent announcers’ Jinx

Chicago Cubs play by play man Len Kasper is one of the brightest announcers in baseball.  He uses analytics, he interacts with fans, he’s everything you want in a modern day baseball announcer.  Kasper and analyst Jim Deshaies form one of the most enjoyable local broadcast teams in the country and they fill the shoes of some legendary Cubs broadcasters quite well. One of the...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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