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Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 16, 2019
Will the ‘intentional balk’ become a thing in MLB?

Will the ‘intentional balk’ become a thing in MLB?

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen did it on Friday to give his team a perceived advantage over the Cubs. Friday night, the Cubs trailed the Dodgers 5-3 in the ninth inning. With one out, Jason Heyward reached on an error that put him on second base. After Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out David Bote, this happened [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. That’s right, Jansen intentionally balked, to put Heyward on third base. Why did he do that? Jansen said his intentional balk was executed to prevent sign stealing and was the idea of bench coach Bob Geren. “The way the...
Los Angeles Times Jun 15, 2019

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen goes for a casual balk

With two outs in the ninth inning Friday night, Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward on second base and the Dodgers holding a two-run lead, Kenley Jansen turned to second base umpire D.J. Reyburn and said, “I’m going to balk.” The Dodgers closer then wiggled his back leg, Reyburn awarded Heyward...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 14, 2019
Kyle Schwarber, prototypical leadoff masher

Kyle Schwarber, prototypical leadoff masher

The Cubs leadoff experiment may be over Since Dexter Fowler left Chicago and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals the Cubs have lacked a traditional leadoff hitter. Various people have stepped into the role with different skill sets including Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora Jr., Ian Happ, Jason Heyward and of course the “Greatest Leadoff Hitter of All Time” Anthony Rizzo. And, then of course, there was the other most prominent leadoff experiment: the 2017 Kyle Schwarber experiment. The 2017 Kyle Schwarber leadoff experiment was stunningly unsuccessful. It was such a poor fit for the Cubs...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 12, 2019
Rockies 10, Cubs 3: Road worriers

Rockies 10, Cubs 3: Road worriers

I watched this game so you didn’t have to. I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but the Cubs have now lost seven of their last eight road games. Even though they have an excellent record at Wrigley Field (24-11), losing like this on the road isn’t going to cut it if the Cubs have World Series ambitions. The 10-3 loss to the Rockies Tuesday evening didn’t have many bright spots. I’ll start with one of them. After Jose Quintana spotted the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Jason Heyward came to bat with one out in the second [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5...
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 26, 2019
Reds 10, Cubs 2: Kris Bryant injured in dull defeat

Reds 10, Cubs 2: Kris Bryant injured in dull defeat

As if the team didn’t have enough to worry about. You know, for a game like this I’d normally try to deflect with humor, or a do-it-yourself recap, or something to take your mind off a 10-2 Cubs loss to the Reds. Unfortunately, we have something bad to think about, and that’s the apparent injury suffered by Kris Bryant in a collision with Jason Heyward during the sixth inning [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Bryant got charged with a tough error on that play, which really should have been Heyward’s ball all the way. Here’s what we know about KB as of the time...

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant exits game after outfield collision

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has left their game against Cincinnati after colliding with center fielder Jason Heyward on a drive in the sixth inning.

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