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NLDS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

By Jake Rose, 4 months 5 days ago
No matter what Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says, not even an episode of “The Sopranos” can match the drama that is preparing to unfold in the upcoming National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and his Cubs. After the last time these two teams met in September, Maddon made reference to the popular former HBO show, wandering aloud if Cardinals manager...

NL Wild Card Game Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

By Jake Rose, 4 months 1 week ago
It's a shame that the Cubs and Pirates are only playing a one game, winner-take-all Wild Card matchup instead of the seven-game series this NL Central rivalry deserves. But make no mistake, this game is going to be must-watch television.  The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are simply the victims of being in the best division in baseball, probably ever. For the first...

Ahead of Schedule: Chicago Cubs Are Serious Contenders Right Now

By Jake Rose, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Eyes of the collective Chicago media were surely rolling inside The Cubby Bear, Wrigleyville’s most popular bar, when new Cubs manager Joe Maddon proclaimed, “In my mind’s eye I’m going to be talking playoffs this year,” at his introductory press conference. Maddon then later hailed for the nearest bartender and offered to buy the first round of...

Chicago Cubs Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

By Charlie Miller, 7 months 2 days ago
Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the...

Jon Lester Finally Gets First Career Hit

By Josh Hamburger, 7 months 1 week ago
Everybody knows that pitchers don’t hit well. But Jon Lester really did not for his entire career up until last night. After going hitless in his previous 66 at-bats, Lester laced a single off of former teammate John Lackey. The grounder ricocheted off of him and slowly rolled towards the shortstop. However, Lester ran in easily to first base to collect his first hit in 270 career games....

Anthony Rizzo Avoids Tag With Impressive Move

By Josh Hamburger, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Stealing any base, especially third, is extremely difficult in the MLB because of the power and accuracy of catchers behind the plate. As Anthony Rizzo headed to third base on a steal attempt, Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki delivered a perfect throw to Daniel Murphy covering third base. In perfect position to tag Rizzo out, the Cubs star simply defied all odds, jumping out of his slide to avoid the...

Recap: NY Mets vs. Chicago Cubs

By The Sports Network, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Hendricks tossed six shutout innings and the Chicago Cubs blanked the New York Mets 1-0 in the opener of a three- game set. Hendricks (3-4) struck out six, scattered three hits and walked one for the Cubs, who snapped a five-game skid. Their 19 one-run wins this season are the most in MLB. "A 1-0 win is always pretty spectacular, but we still have...

Cubs put Wada back on DL

By The Sports Network, 7 months 2 weeks ago
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs have placed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled for the second time this season, with the left-hander now dealing with shoulder inflammation. Additionally, reliever Neil Ramirez was activated from the 15-day DL and will be available for Sunday's game against St. Louis. Wada missed his scheduled start Saturday against the...

Recap: St. Louis vs. Chicago Cubs

By The Sports Network, 7 months 2 weeks ago
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter and Xavier Scruggs each knocked in two runs and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-1 on Saturday for their 50th win of the season. Scruggs had three hits for the MLB-leading Cardinals, who have won five in a row to improve to 50-24, including 28-7 at home. They won the first game of this series 3-2 on Friday in 10...

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-33) at Chicago Cubs (39-31), 2:20 p.m. (ET)

By The Sports Network, 7 months 3 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester tries for his first win in seven starts on Thursday when the Chicago Cubs close out a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Lester has lost his last three decisions, but hasn't allowed more than a run in either of his last two starts and hasn't picked up a decision in either. He was solid on Saturday in Minnesota, as he yielded a run...