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Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks continues to battle long ball, first inning woes

The long ball and a shaky first highlighted Kyle Hendricks‘ first start of the second half as the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Before the All-Star Break, I touched on how important Kyle Hendricks is to this Chicago Cubs team. Without him backing up Jon Lester atop the rotation, a dramatic […] Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks continues to battle long ball, first inning woes - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Jul 18, 2018

Chicago Cubs need both Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana to step up

As Jon Lester notched his fifth career All-Star selection, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana need to capture some of that magic if the Chicago Cubs are to succeed. For Kyle Hendricks, it has not been good to this point. To say the least, he has not pitched up the standards we’ve grown accustomed to. His […] Chicago Cubs need both Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana to step up - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Republican Jul 17, 2018
Jon Lester: Boston Red Sox's David Price will 'figure out the Yankees', doesn't need to reinvent himself

Jon Lester: Boston Red Sox's David Price will 'figure out the Yankees', doesn't need to reinvent himself

David Price has an 8.43 ERA (44 earned runs, 47 innings) in nine starts vs. the Yankees as a member of the Red Sox. He has allowed 74 hits, including 13 homers.
The Republican Jul 17, 2018
Jon Lester on Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora: 'He ran the bench' as a player

Jon Lester on Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora: 'He ran the bench' as a player

Lester admitted a Sox-Cubs World Series would "add a different dynamic" for him if the clubs faced off in October.
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 17, 2018
Cub Tracks disappears into the night

Cub Tracks disappears into the night

Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber, and other bullets Boys are here! #crewlove #everybodyin #HomeRunDerby2018 pic.twitter.com/tYgFWnS6Kf— Jon Lester (@JLester34) July 17, 2018 Home Run Derby! Gadiel Baez didn’t do Javy any favors. But hey, it has to be cool to even be there. I suspect Javier Baez has more All-Star appearances in his future. I suspect the same of Kyle Schwarber. The Armed Services thing was dumb. Honestly, I think the whole thing is dumb, and badly-organized, but Javy and Schwarbs are in it, so I’ll temper my animus. I have nothing but...
www.bostonherald.com Jul 16, 2018
All-Star notebook: Briefly teammates, Jon Lester missed out on early Mookie Betts greatness

All-Star notebook: Briefly teammates, Jon Lester missed out on early Mookie Betts greatness

Subtitle: Lester wishes he saw moreWASHINGTON — If he wanted to fib, Jon Lester could have said that he saw greatness in Mookie Betts the moment he first laid eyes on him, that he just knew the kid was going to be a perennial All-Star.But this will come as no surprise: Lester, the former Red Sox World Series hero who now pitches for the Chicago Cubs, has never been one for mincing words. So when he was asked yesterday about Betts’ ascendancy to becoming one of the game’s top players, Lester had to recuse himself.“I’m a fan of baseball, so, yes, I follow the Red Sox,” said Lester,...

Showtime comes naturally for All-Stars Javier Baez, Willson Contreras

After pitching Sunday in San Diego, Cubs’ ace Jon Lester doesn’t have to worry about getting into Tuesday’s All-Star Game at National Park. Lester is fine with that, and said Monday he’ll be watching with interest like every other Cubs fan, albeit with a much better seat. “I think the big thing...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 16, 2018
Cubs 2018 midseason grades

Cubs 2018 midseason grades

It’s been an... interesting first half. Think back to March 29, 2018, Opening Day. Let’s say I had told you on that day that as we hit the All-Star break: Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant would both spend time on the DL, Rizzo would be struggling with his worst year since 2013 and Bryant would have just two home runs after May 14. Yu Darvish would make only eight starts, just three of them could be characterized as anywhere near “good,” and he was on the DL with elbow trouble and no timetable for his return. Only one Cubs starter, Jon Lester, would be having an above-average season...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 13, 2018
FanPost Friday: Let’s make some All-Star predictions!

FanPost Friday: Let’s make some All-Star predictions!

The game should count for something! Three Cubs will be representing Chicago in the 2018 All-Star Game, and in a surprise change of pace none of them are named Bryant or Rizzo. Jon Lester, Javier Baez, and Willson Contreras will be repping the team in the big game, with Kyle Schwarber also heading to Washington to show off his swing in the Home Run Derby. With teams all taking the coming week off, it seemed like an ideal time to look ahead to the big All-Star showdown and give folks a chance to make their best guesses about what big milestones will happen first at the game. So, without...
Cubbies Crib Jul 13, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester will not pitch during All-Star Game

In light of several members of the Chicago Cubs being selected to the All-Star game, one would be replaced. Tough break but it isn’t anything us fans need to worry about. Over the weekend, it was revealed that Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, and Jon Lester were selected to the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. For […] Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester will not pitch during All-Star Game - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Jul 12, 2018

Chicago Cubs Rumors: Starting pitching a need, but an ace isn’t

The inconsistencies of the Chicago Cubs starting rotation continually stole headlines this season. Does the team need a big addition ahead of the deadline? Apart from Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs‘ starting pitching staff has been inconsistent. We all know this. Yu Darvish made only eight starts this season after inking a massive free agent […] Chicago Cubs Rumors: Starting pitching a need, but an ace isn’t - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 12, 2018
Jon Lester won’t pitch in the All-Star Game

Jon Lester won’t pitch in the All-Star Game

The Cubs lefty was moved in the rotation, so he’s been replaced on the N.L. active roster. Jon Lester is having a fine year, with a 2.45 ERA, 1.166 WHIP, 2.8 bWAR and 11 “wins,” for those who still care about that outdated stat. For his performance, Lester was named to the National League All-Star team. Then the Cubs flipped around their rotation so he’ll start against the Padres Sunday, which will mean he won’t be available to throw Tuesday in Washington. Here’s his replacement: The D-backs ace announced in the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field on Thursday that he will be the...
Cubbies Crib Jul 12, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Analytics project a second-half regression for Jon Lester

After a superb first half, Chicago Cubs veteran Jon Lester will surely set his sights on continuing his success with hopes of winning another World Series. This isn’t Jon Lester’s first rodeo. The Chicago Cubs left-hander has made a career out of pitching for teams consistently in pennant races; and performing at a high level […] Chicago Cubs: Analytics project a second-half regression for Jon Lester - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 12, 2018
The Tyler Chatwood dilemma

The Tyler Chatwood dilemma

What can the Cubs do about a pitcher who can barely find the strike zone? The Cubs could have chosen to skip Tyler Chatwood this time through the rotation; on normal four days’ rest his turn would have come up today, the off day, and the Cubs could have gone with Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jose Quintana (not necessarily in that order) against the Padres. But they chose not to, they chose to give Chatwood yet another chance to work things out and prove that he’s worth retaining in the big-league rotation. Maybe this is the last chance, maybe there’s something physically wrong with...
Cubbies Crib Jul 10, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks returns to form in extra-inning loss to Giants

Despite a Chicago Cubs loss, Kyle Hendricks did his part, twirling 8 1/3 innings of quality ball – by far his longest outing of the 2018 campaign. Outside of All-Star lefty Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs haven’t received much from its starting rotation. A precipitous drop-off from Lester to Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and the […] Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks returns to form in extra-inning loss to Giants - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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