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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres preview, Tuesday 9/10, 9:10 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres preview, Tuesday 9/10, 9:10 CT

Photo by Denis Poroy/ The Cubs go for two in a row over the Padres. With the promotion of Nico Hoerner, the Cubs now have 11 (!) first-round picks on the 40-man (and active) roster. In addition to Hoerner: Cole Hamels, Danny Hultzen, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Albert Almora Jr., Nicholas Castellanos, Ian Happ, Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber. Pretty impressive collection of talent. The Cubs’ 40-man roster breaks down this way: International signings: 61st-round draft: 112nd through 10th round: 1611th through 20th round: 421st round or later: 3 The three from the 21st...
Cubbies Crib Sep 10, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Time to step up while Javier Baez is out

The Chicago Cubs have to try to find that spark again to end the year without one of their best and most energetic players, Javier Baez. The Chicago Cubs got awful news on Saturday afternoon when it was reported that superstar Javier Baez had a hairline fracture in his thumb. The injury came from Baez […] Chicago Cubs: Time to step up while Javier Baez is out - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Sep 10, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Where does the team go from here?

The Chicago Cubs Javier Baez is lost for September at least. His backup Addison Russell took a pitch to the face, and Kris Bryant got a cortisone shot in his knee. Not to mention Craig Kimbrel is on the IL. Where does the team go from here? The Chicago Cubs had just lost the last […] Chicago Cubs: Where does the team go from here? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 9, 2019
On firings, injuries and Nico Hoerner

On firings, injuries and Nico Hoerner

Nico Hoerner turns a double play in the Arizona Fall League | Photo by Joe Robbins/ Hope is kindled I’m about as optimistic of a Cubs fan as anyone I know. I try to keep a level head throughout the long season. Part of the reason I like to dive into the numbers is to keep my expectations for the team grounded in long term trends and numbers rather than a single bad game, or weekend series. But I will not lie to you, after the Cubs dropped Saturday’s game I was about as low as I have been at any point since 2015. Javier Baez was hurt. The Cubs came back against Josh Hader, only to get...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 9, 2019
What to expect when you’re expecting Nico Hoerner

What to expect when you’re expecting Nico Hoerner

Nico Hoerner | Rikk Carlson The Cubs top prospect is coming to the majors. Here’s what to expect. The Cubs made a move today that no one expected or even really wanted, but we’re excited about anyway. Due to injuries to Javier Baez and Addison Russell, the Cubs were short on shortstops and the front office decided that 2018 first-round draft pick Nico Hoerner was the best option left. To be clear, Hoerner isn’t just some random replacement-level player plucked out of the minor leagues. Hoerner is the top prospect in the Cubs system according to Baseball America, MLB Pipeline and...
Cubbies Crib Sep 9, 2019

Chicago Cubs call up top prospect Nico Hoerner to address infield woes

With both Addison Russell and Javier Baez out of the picture, the Chicago Cubs are turning to top prospect Nico Hoerner with their season on the line. As the Chicago Cubs boarded their flight from Milwaukee to San Diego Sunday, things looked bleak. The club dropped three straight to the rival Brewers, Jon Lester turned […] Chicago Cubs call up top prospect Nico Hoerner to address infield woes - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Sep 8, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Without Javier Baez, they have no chance to make magical run

Javy Baez has been the emotional and statistical leader of the Chicago Cubs for the last two seasons. With Baez now out with a fractured thumb, it’s doubtful the Cubs will be playing meaningful baseball in October. You wouldn’t think the Chicago Cubs and the Antonio Brown saga would share any kind of similarities this […] Chicago Cubs: Without Javier Baez, they have no chance to make magical run - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 8, 2019
2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 141

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 141

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Cubs lose second straight 3-2 It took all of three games on this road trip for me to feel wrong about my recent upturn in optimism. I was of the mistaken impression that this team was healthier than it actually is. I did not realize that the Cubs were in such a poor state of health that Willson Contreras, Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez and Yu Darvish were all going to be limited on this trip. Contreras sat out the loss on Friday night. That made sense to me. Willy wasn’t going to start every game. But not starting Saturday against a lefthander? A lefthander who...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 8, 2019
Cub Tracks howls at the moon

Cub Tracks howls at the moon

it’s up there somewhere | Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Danny Hultzen’s arm, Javier Baez’ thumb, and other bullets Final: Brewers 3, Cubs 2. pic.twitter.com/lqpnA2ohKv— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 8, 2019 Cubs lose in 9. Javier Baez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb. So let’s just give up. NAH. Dylan Thomas had it right. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Yeah, that game felt like an own goal. So what? In two months you’ll be missing baseball. I’m old — I’m burning and raving at the close of the day. I’m an animal! Thanks, Sven. Spooky...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 7, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Saturday 9/7, 6:10 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Saturday 9/7, 6:10 CT

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports A win tonight will give the Cubs the season series over the Brewers. MILWAUKEE — Yes, I decided to head up I-94 for this one. So far this year, my personal record in Cubs road games is 3-1. Not that my presence means anything to the players, but I hope I’ll be 4-1 after tonight. Things, unfortunately, will be tougher for the Cubs after today's bad news about Javier Baez. This sounds like the end of Javy's regular season, at least. Today’s roster move: Here There’s not much more to say about this game. The Cubs need to get out there and start another...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 7, 2019
Cubs shortstop Javier Baez has hairline fracture on left thumb

Cubs shortstop Javier Baez has hairline fracture on left thumb

Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs pennant chances took a big blow as one of their best players is going to miss some time. This is news no one wanted to see. Bad news for the Cubs and Javier Báez: Today’s MRI revealed a hairline fracture of his left thumb. The Cubs will have more of a timeline after their All-Star shortstop sees a hand specialist on Monday.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) September 7, 2019 Obviously we won’t know anything until Javier Baez gets a report from a specialist, but usually injuries of this type have a 6-to-8 week recovery time. Under the...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 7, 2019
Cubs roster move: Danny Hultzen activated, Taylor Davis designated for assignment

Cubs roster move: Danny Hultzen activated, Taylor Davis designated for assignment

Danny Hultzen pitches in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game | Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB via The Cubs have a new lefthander on board. The Cubs have a new lefthander in the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Brewers: Danny Hultzen could be a great comeback story. As noted in the recap to Friday’s game, Hultzen was the Mariners’ No. 1 pick in 2011. Eight years ago. That’s the same first round that produced Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, George Springer, Anthony Rendon and several other good MLB players. But Hultzen’s career was derailed by injuries and a...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 28, 2019
Cubs 5, Mets 2: Yu Darvish dominates and the ballclub wins on the road

Cubs 5, Mets 2: Yu Darvish dominates and the ballclub wins on the road

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The Cubs won the first game of a three-game series at New York. It’s been clear for some time that the Cubs would have to begin winning games away from Wrigley Field in order to make the postseason for the fifth straight season. Tuesday’s solid 5-2 win over the Mets in New York was a good first step to doing that through the last five weeks of the season. They got outstanding pitching from Yu Darvish and Javier Baez came out of a slump with a 3-for-3 night, including a home run and two doubles. Javy had a TOOTBLAN after the first of the two doubles. It came in...
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WATCH: Michael Conforto recovers to throw out Javier Baez at third base

In the top of the second inning, Mets CF Michael Conforto missed a diving catch, but recovered just in time to throw the ball to the cutoff man.
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 25, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals preview, Sunday 8/25, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals preview, Sunday 8/25, 1:20 CT

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The Cubs try to salvage the final game of the homestand. Today’s roster move: Here Sunday notes: The Cubs have not been scoring many runs lately (except for Wednesday’s slugfest!) and Javier Baez’ slump is one of the biggest reasons. Since August 8: .178/.208/.267 (8-for-45) with three doubles. Also, Javy hasn’t homered since August 5, a span of 53 at-bats. He did have two hits Saturday, his team-leading 44th multi-hit game this season. Nicholas Castellanos was one of the few Cubs having a decent offensive day Saturday, going 2-for-5. He has 12...

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