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Best Cubs Rookie Start Ever?

by CubsfaninCA To say that Kris Bryant was highly hyped when he came up is an understatement. I can’t remember any Cubs prospect that fans were more excited to see get to the majors in all my years as a fan. He’s through 70 games now and after his big 4th of July padded his stats a bit, I was curious to see how his start compares to other notable Cubs in their rookie year. So...
Via Cub Reporter
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fowler a catalyst for Cubs offense

  It's cliche to say as Dexter Fowler goes, so do the Cubs. However, when looking at the numbers, that may be the case. As CSN Chicago noted,"when Dexter Fowler gets on base, the Cubs are 27-12. "That's a .692 winning percentage. That also means Fowler has scored in 27 of the Cubs' 43 wins during the 2015 season." While those are great numbers, they're only relevant if Fowler is...
Via Fox Sports
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Beeler to Be the 26th Man?

With Donn Roach getting the start for the Iowa Cubs today, it would appear likely that Dallas Beeler will get the call-up to be the "26th man" and start one of the games of the day-night doubleheader for the Cubs versus the Cardinals on Tuesday. Beeler last started for Iowa against Round Rock in Des Moines last Tuesday and Roach last pitched a week ago yesterday for the Cubs in St...
Via Cub Reporter
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Marlins 2 (7/4/15)

OSS: A 6-RBI day by Kris Bryant cruises the Cubs to an easy win Three up 1. Kris Bryant hit a two-run shot in the first inning that probably still hasn’t landed. I think the people most upset by the bleacher expansion were probably the ballhawks. 2. Bryant then one-upped himself with a grand slam in the third inning, chasing Cosart and putting the game out of reach. 3. As much...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant Has a Fourth of July Unlike Any National League Player Since 1962

No one keeps track of stats quite like baseball people do. No one needed to be told Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had a day to remember against the Miami Marlins. The day speaks for itself--two home runs including his second career grand slam and six RBIs and all before the third inning.Not bad right?via Cut4Read more »
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Should Addison Russell replace Starlin Castro at shortstop?

It’s been a looming question ever since the Chicago Cubs called up top infield prospect Addison Russell from the minors near the end of April: should Russell replace Starlin Castro at shortstop? There has been some speculation that this will happen eventually based on Castro’s defensive struggles at shortstop. ESPN Staff Writer Jesse Rogers states “We don’t need to pour...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Journeyman Jason Hammel has found a home with the Chicago Cubs

After pitching for five different teams over nine seasons, it appeared as though Jason Hammel was never going to find a home in the big leagues. However, that all changed when the Chicago Cubs signed Hammel to a two-year deal worth $20 million in Dec. of 2014. It looked as though Hammel had already made Chicago his home in 2014, when he went 8-5 with a 2.98 earned run average in...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs pitching well despite poor defense

The Chicago Cubs have the fifth best team earned run average (3.39) in the Major Leagues this season. They also have the fifth worst team fielding percentage (.981) in the Major Leagues this season. The Cubs’ defense has more than it’s fair share of excuses. Rookie, Addison Russell, is only 21-years old, and still transition to second base after playing shortstop in the minors...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Soldier Surprises Son at Minor League Baseball Game

Videos of military homecomings are the best. On Friday night, the Tennessee Smokies—a Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs—engineered a wonderful, touching moment for a soldier and his son. The Smokies brought the son of Sgt. Adam Dowell onto the field for a between-inning game and placed a blindfold on the young boy. When he turned around, the little Dowell in an Army t...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ Bullpen Heats up After Slow Start

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 30: Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the seventh inning against the New York Mets on June 30, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing Neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images) The Chicago Cubs bullpen had a difficult start to the season. The unit blew games during April and the closer position was not...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Heck is Chicago Cubs OF Chris Coghlan Doing to His Crotch?

Guys--you will probably understand what Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan was going thorough during Thursday's game. Sometimes when your junk is sitting the wrong way you have to do something about it right then and there. It doesn't matter where you are either. When your junk is messed up you have to fix it.You may not want to do it on national television and so vigorously like...
Via FatManWriting
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Soler shines light on poor outfield depth

The St. Louis Cardinals never fail to magnify everything that is wrong with the Chicago Cubs. The latest drubbing by the fellow NL Central foes from Missouri resulted in part from a starting rotation that is paper thin as well as an offense that is struggling mightily to even reach a mediocre distinction. We have seen marked improvement with the pitching as a whole, especially...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Deftly Avoids Tag With Impressive Ninja Slide (Video)

Many have tried, but only few have succeeded. On Wednesday, Anthony Rizzo joined that elite group. We’re talking, of course, about the “ninja slide,” accomplished by creatively contorting one’s body to avoid a sure out. Rizzo found the need to deploy the tactic in the ninth inning of the Chicago Cubs’ game against the New York Mets, when Starlin...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo avoids tag with nifty slide (GIFs)

Anthony Rizzo avoided a tag with some nifty footwork while sliding into third base during Wednesday night's Chicago Cubs game against the New York Mets. It simply has to be seen to be believed. It’s called “The Rizzo.” pic.twitter.com/1GG8XV0wgC — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 2, 2015Was it skill, or was it luck? According to Rizzo: "It's magic." .@ARizzo44 is coming for you...
Via Holdout Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo's slide into third is quite amazing (VIDEO)

Let's see. The throw beats the runner to third. The third baseman has the ball a full second before the runner reaches the base. So the runner is probably out. Right? Wrong. It hard to believe Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy muffed this tag on the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during this double-steal on Wednesday night. So let's go to the video: It doesn't matter whether  Rizzo...
Via The Other Paper
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Lackluster offense hurts Cubs

The All-Star break cannot come soon enough for the Chicago Cubs. An anemic offense and a questionable starting rotation, the Cubs need the All-Star break to rejuvenate and replenish before the second half of the season. The Cubs’ offense has been struggling of late scoring only 12 runs in the last eight games. To go along with that, the Cubs have given up 26 runs in the last eight...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: There’s magic in the clubhouse

There’s magic in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. No, literally, there’s magic in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. Lately, this Cubs team has struggled. Coming into last night’s game, the Cubs were on a five-game losing streak, and during the skid, the offense has been almost nonexistent. Throughout the losing streak, the Cubs have scored only 6 runs including 11 runs in their last...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Paniagua Walk-Off HR Lifts AZL Cubs

Jose Paniagua belted a walk-off solo home run with one out in the bottom of the 9th, as the AZL Cubs scored two runs in the 6th, one in the 7th, one in the 8th, and one in the 9th to overcome a four-run deficit and edge the AZL Mariners 9-8 in Arizona League action last night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  Tags:  AZL Cubs Jose Paniagua Andruw Monasterio Enrique de los Rios
Via Cub Reporter
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon brings in magician to help end Cubs’ slump

In the midst of a five-game losing streak, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon dipped into his bag of tricks to try and create some magic for his team.And no, he didn't pull a rabbit or penguin out of his hat. "Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a magician there," second baseman Addison Russell said afterward. Maddon said he thought...
Via The Other Paper
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 1, Mets 0 (6/30/15)

OSS: Cubs pull a win out of their hat. Three up 1. Kyle Hendricks looked sharp last night, going six innings with no runs and six strikeouts. He had the Mets batters off balance the whole game, and along with the bullpen gave the Cubs the pitching performance they needed to break out of the slump. 2. The bats didn’t necessarily rise to the occasion, but Matt Szczur drove in the...
Via Obstructed View
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Is This Really ‘Their Year’?

ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 28: Tsuyoshi Wada #18 of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout in the fifth inning during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 28, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Ask any Chicago Cubs fan what they think of their chances to go to the World Series are, and they will most likely all tell you...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: Cubs Broadcaster Len Kasper

Episode 576 Len Kasper is currently in his 11th year as the play-by-play announcer for Chicago Cubs telecasts. He’s also the very patient guest on this edition of the program. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things. Audio after the […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas apologizes for harsh words about Pedro Strop

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas admitted that he owes Pedro Strop an apology for being unnecessarily harsh towards the pitcher during Friday’s game against the Cardinals. Costas was calling the play-by-play action of the game for MLB Network and took exception with Strop pointing to the sky after being pulled following a shaky outing. “Strop is...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryant addresses rumors that hangover forced him from game

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was removed from his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after just two innings. Since Bryant is a 23-year-old kid and the game was played during the day, Twitter immediately began drawing conclusions. If you search Twitter for “Kris Bryant hangover,” you’ll see what we mean....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire Andy Fletcher stomps out to mound to confront Jon Lester (video)

An unquestionably outrageous and arguably unacceptable scene played out during Thursday’s tilt between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers when home plate umpire Andy Fletcher took issue with Jon Lester and tried to stomp out to the mound to confront the pitcher. Fletcher’s attempted confrontation with the Cubs pitcher was somewhat foiled by catcher...Read More The post...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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