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Bleed Cubbie Blue 13 hours ago
The night Anthony Rizzo came back

The night Anthony Rizzo came back

Anthony Rizzo and Nicholas Castellanos celebrate Rizzo’s third inning home run | Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs haven’t given up yet and neither should you! I have a confession to make. In the eighth inning of last night’s game I was ready to throw in the towel. The Cubs were down 4-1. Jack Flaherty was back in the game despite being at 102 pitches. And then my friend Ken Schultz asked me how many ballparks I’d been to and I couldn’t even answer the question because my head was shrouded in dread and doubt. All I could think was, “Who is this person asking me to do...
Bleed Cubbie Blue 14 hours ago
Cardinals 5, Cubs 4: Anthony Rizzo’s miraculous return is not enough

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4: Anthony Rizzo’s miraculous return is not enough

Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Four days after a serious ankle injury, Rizzo came back and homered, but the Cubs lost. Usually, when the starting lineups are announced at Wrigley Field, I pay little mind. By then, I’ve already seen them via the teams’ Twitter accounts and filled out my scorecard, ready for the game to start. And then, from Cubs PA announcer Andrew Belleson, came words no one was expecting to hear: “Leading off, the first baseman, number 44, Anthony Rizzo.” Wait, what? The same guy who had to be helped off the field just four days earlier...
Call to the Pen 17 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: BY GOD THATS ANTHONY RIZZO’S MUSIC

Anthony Rizzo was supposed to be out the remainder of the season. That is, until he triumphantly returned to the Chicago Cubs lineup on Thursday. The Chicago Cubs kicked off the most important series of games since they were down 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. Trailing in the division by […] Chicago Cubs: BY GOD THATS ANTHONY RIZZO’S MUSIC - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 19, 2019
Anthony Rizzo in tonight’s starting lineup!

Anthony Rizzo in tonight’s starting lineup!

Photo by David Banks/ A miraculous return for the heart and soul of the Cubs lineup. On Sunday, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had to be helped off the field. On Monday, he was diagnosed with a “moderate” ankle sprain that would require him to wear a boot for 5 to 7 days and then be re-evaluated after that point. At that point, it was safe to assume that it was very likely that Rizzo was out for the regular season, with the hope that he could return for the playoffs, should the Cubs qualify. Just yesterday, Rizzo was moving around the clubhouse in a scooter. But no one expected...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 19, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Thursday 9/19, 6:15 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Thursday 9/19, 6:15 CT

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Just win, baby. A couple of memorable moments from recent Cubs/Cardinals September series: 2015 The Cubs took two of three from St. Louis in a Wrigley series where Joe Maddon accused Cardinals pitchers of deliberately throwing at Anthony Rizzo and said, famously, “We did not start this, but we will end it.” One of the wins, September 19, ended on this terrific play at second base: 2017 The Cubs clinched the N.L. Central with a 5-1 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis September 27. The next day, they eliminated the Cardinals from the postseason with a 2-1 win...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 17, 2019
Cubs 8, Reds 2: Taking care of business

Cubs 8, Reds 2: Taking care of business

Photo by Quinn Harris/ After some early struggles by Cole Hamels, the Cubs bullpen came through. Anthony Rizzo’s injured and out for an indefinite period. Javier Baez hasn’t played since September 1. Craig Kimbrel is... Well, you get the idea. The Cubs are beset by more injuries to key players right now than any time I can remember, certainly any time when they’ve been in the heat of a pennant race. But we are being shown why this team is so good and why Joe Maddon is such a great manager. Joe pushed the right buttons again Monday evening and several other players stepped up with...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 16, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Monday 9/16, 7:05 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Monday 9/16, 7:05 CT

Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs go for their fifth straight win. Anthony Rizzo news: Here Notes for Monday: THE LONG MARCH: Today is the 12th game of an 18-game stretch without an off day for the Cubs. They are 6-5 over the first 11 of that stretch, but have won the last four. THE SWEEP, PART 1: The Cubs batted .419 (49-for-117) with nine doubles, a triple, 14 homers, 15 walks, a .496 OBP and an .872 slugging percentage in the three-game series against Pittsburgh, outscoring the Pirates 47-15. THE SWEEP, PART 2: The series sweep over the Pirates was the Cubs’ 10th this...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 16, 2019
Anthony Rizzo has a “moderate” ankle sprain

Anthony Rizzo has a “moderate” ankle sprain

Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs first baseman avoided the worst-case scenario, but he’s still going to miss some time. The results of the MRI on the injured ankle of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came in and the results are a mixed bag for Cubs fans: Which means he will miss at least the rest of this homestand, which includes the 4 vs. Cardinals.Unknown after that. Calling it a "moderate" sprain. Could've been worse, obviously, but certainly not *good* news for the Cubs.— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) September 16, 2019 With only two weeks left to go in the regular...
Call to the Pen Sep 16, 2019

Chicago Cubs: What does Rizzo injury mean for playoff chances?

Cubs first basemen Anthony Rizzo exited Sunday’s win vs Pittsburgh with an ankle sprain, so how big of an impact will that have on their Wild Card hopes? Chicago Cubs first basemen Anthony Rizzo was forced to exit Sunday afternoon’s win over the Pittsburgh Pirates after rolling his ankle while fielding a bunt. He has […] Chicago Cubs: What does Rizzo injury mean for playoff chances? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 16, 2019
Who should lead off for the Cubs while Anthony Rizzo is out?

Who should lead off for the Cubs while Anthony Rizzo is out?

Photo by David Banks/ It’s an important question. The horrifying ankle injury suffered by Anthony Rizzo Sunday not only took one of the Cubs’ best players and the heart and soul of the team out for an indefinite period, but it also took away one of Joe Maddon’s best recent moves — the shift of Rizzo to the leadoff spot. And yes, it matters. Not just because Rizzo hit .417/.563/.667 (5-for-12) from that spot with a home run and three walks in the four games since he was moved there again (and the Cubs won all four games), but because Rizzo almost always gives a quality at-bat,...
Cubbies Crib Sep 16, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo ankle injury feels like a gut punch

A week after watching the rival Milwaukee Brewers lose their star, the Chicago Cubs could now face the season’s final two weeks without Anthony Rizzo. If you have even a casual knowledge of the Chicago Cubs, you’re aware what Anthony Rizzo means to this organization. He’s one of the last guys left standing from the […] Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo ankle injury feels like a gut punch - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 15, 2019
Cubs 16, Pirates 6: Sweep, but at a potentially high cost

Cubs 16, Pirates 6: Sweep, but at a potentially high cost

Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs’ big win was tempered by the injury to Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs crushed the Pirates 16-6 Sunday afternoon, another big blasting of an inferior pitching staff, for their fourth straight win. That’s great, of course, but the happiness about the three-game sweep must be tempered by worry over the ankle injury suffered by Anthony Rizzo, covered here in this article earlier this afternoon. We don’t yet know exactly how serious this is, though it certainly didn’t look good (more on that later), and won’t until Rizzo has an MRI Monday. At the...
Cubbies Crib Sep 15, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Offense shines again, but Anthony Rizzo hurt

The Chicago Cubs’ offense beat up on the Pittsburgh Pirates again for another win. But the bigger issue might be Anthony Rizzo’s injury. The good news on Sunday was that the Chicago Cubs’ offense again was on fire as the team again took care of business against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The win may have come […] Chicago Cubs: Offense shines again, but Anthony Rizzo hurt - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 15, 2019
Anthony Rizzo suffers ankle injury

Anthony Rizzo suffers ankle injury

Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs’ first baseman could miss significant time. In case you’ve been spending the Sunday out with your friends and family, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered a nasty-looking right ankle injury in the the third inning on Sunday. That’s an ugly injury, but preliminary x-rays taken at the stadium did not show any broken bones. An MRI is looming on Monday, but it seems impossible that Rizzo won’t miss time with this injury. It would not be a surprise if this injury rules Rizzo out for the rest of the season and even the playoffs. Ian Happ...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 14, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Saturday 9/14, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Saturday 9/14, 1:20 CT

Al Yellon The Cubs go for two in a row over the visitors from Pittsburgh. A few more notes from Friday’s crazy game: Anthony Rizzo’s grand slam was his second of the season and fifth of his career, and the team’s 10th, a franchise record. Only the Astros (11) have more slams this year. Also, Rizzo is batting .359 (14-for-39) with a .490 OBP in 49-career PA leading off the game. (So lead him off the rest of the year, Joe!) Willson Contreras’ two home runs set a career high, 23, surpassing the 21 he had in 2017. Nicholas Castellanos’ homer was his eighth in the first inning...

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