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Cubs 3, Orioles 2: All the Cubs needed was Willson Contreras (and a great play in the ninth)

Cubs 3, Orioles 2: All the Cubs needed was Willson Contreras (and a great play in the ninth)

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The Cubs catcher hit a pair of homers and made two fine defensive plays, and the Cubs won their third straight. Longtime Orioles manager Earl Weaver used to say his team won with “pitching, defense and three-run homers.” The Cubs got the first two of those Thursday afternoon in Baltimore, and while they didn’t hit any three-run homers, three solo home runs were just enough to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the O’s — but only because a great defensive play ended the game. It was the Cubs’ third win in a row and second straight by that...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 14, 2022
Cubs 7, Reds 2: Pitching and home runs, again

Cubs 7, Reds 2: Pitching and home runs, again

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Three Cubs long balls were the difference in this game. Adrian Sampson struggled through a 31-pitch first inning in which he walked a pair of Reds and the Cubs had an inning-ending double play overturned. (It was pretty obvious the “out” call at first base was wrong on that DP attempt, though.) In the end, though, only one run scored in that inning and the Cubs went on to play long ball at the homer-friendly Great American Ball Park. Franmil Reyes, Ian Happ (who pretty much always homers in Cincinnati) and Willson Contreras went deep for...
Cubbies Crib Aug 6, 2022

What will the Cubs starting lineup look like in 2026?

Buster Olney begins each of his excellent ESPN baseball podcasts with the bold assertion that “today will be better than yesterday.” For Chicago Cubs fans, “tomorrow will be better than today” probably hits closer to home. Despite their mystifying failure to trade Willson Contreras and their slightly less mystifying failure to move Ian Happ, the […] What will the Cubs starting lineup look like in 2026? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 6, 2022
Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Saturday 8/6, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Saturday 8/6, 1:20 CT

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs go for two in a row over the visitors from Miami. Saturday notes... HE’S HOT: Willson Contreras, since his non-trade: .286/.412/.929 (4-for-14), a double, a triple, two home runs, only two strikeouts. HE’S NOT: Christopher Morel, last eight games since July 25: 0-for-23, seven strikeouts. HE’S HOT: Justin Steele, last 10 starts since June 5: 2.43 ERA, 1.294 WHIP, season ERA lowered from 5.40 to 3.67. HE’S NOT: Frank Schwindel, 10 games since returning from the injured list July 16: .211/.268/.237 (8-for-38), one double,...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 6, 2022
2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 105

2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 105

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Willson’s late heroics propel the Cubs to a win. You all certainly know the story. The last time Willson Contreras played at Wrigley Field, there was a definite feel of dread in the air. Whatever you think of Contreras as a player, you’ve undoubtedly had some fun times watching him play. The fans felt it, they gave him ovations every time he batted in that game. The players knew it. There was a solemn moment for Willy and Ian Happ, two of the longer tenured Cubs, as it appeared they were playing together for the last time at Wrigley. Only...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 5, 2022
Cubs 2, Marlins 1: Welcome home, Willson Contreras!

Cubs 2, Marlins 1: Welcome home, Willson Contreras!

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ This was a dull, lifeless game... until, suddenly, it wasn’t. The Cubs were getting shut out on one hit by a not-very-great Marlins team and honestly, there wasn’t much to this game, which was dragging by at a pretty slow pace. Until the eighth inning, when not-traded Willson Contreras, who had received several warm ovations earlier in the contest, slammed a home run into the left-field bleachers with Nick Madrigal on base. Rowan Wick finished things off in the ninth and the Cubs ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 5, 2022
Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Friday 8/5, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Friday 8/5, 1:20 CT

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs open a three-game weekend series at Wrigley, all day games. Friday notes... PITCHING: Even with the 11 runs allowed in Thursday’s doubleheader, Cubs pitching has posted a 2.63 ERA over the team’s last 15 games, over which the Cubs have gone 7-8. The team has allowed 51 earned runs, but also 12 unearned runs, over that 15-game span. HITTING: Herein lies the problem. Over those same 15 games, Cubs batters have hit just .229 and scored only 54 runs (just 3.6 per game). HE’S HOT: Willson Contreras, three games since not being...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 4, 2022
Cardinals 4, Cubs 3: Late St. Louis rally ruins a very good outing by Marcus Stroman

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3: Late St. Louis rally ruins a very good outing by Marcus Stroman

Photo by Joe Puetz/ The Cubs righthander was completely dominant in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader, but the Cubs lost anyway. I wasn’t going to write a separate recap of this game, but since there are still a few hours until Game 2, here are a few words about the Cubs’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1. The defeat dropped the team’s record in one-run games to 13-20, and it ruined a fine outing by Marcus Stroman. The Cubs got started early. With one out in the first inning, Willson Contreras went deep [VIDEO]. Contreras also doubled and scored...
Cubbies Crib Aug 3, 2022

Cubs: Picking up the pieces after a strange trade deadline

Willson Contreras and Ian Happ are still Cubs and three quality relief pitchers are gone. Moving Scott Effross was a surprise. That’s it? That’s it. To quote a former Chicago resident named Marty Byrde “OK.” After last summer’s landscape-altering trade deadline, the Cubs went 1-14, then a surprising 19-22 after. Now, they’re 41-61. Since Yu […] Cubs: Picking up the pieces after a strange trade deadline - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 3, 2022
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Wednesday 8/3, 6:45 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Wednesday 8/3, 6:45 CT

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs look to even up their series in St. Louis. Today’s roster move: Here There is a pretty good chance of rain and storms tonight in St. Louis, per this forecast, so here’s the local radar for you: Wednesday notes... PLOINK: Willson Contreras was hit by a pitch twice Tuesday, raising his MLB-leading total to 22. One more and he’ll tie Bill Dahlen (1898) for fourth-most in a season in Cubs franchise history. The franchise record is 30, set by Anthony Rizzo in 2015. ROOKIE TALK: Seiya Suzuki is one of three rookies, and the only...
Cubbies Crib Aug 3, 2022

Cubs: With or without Willson Contreras, the future is bright

The trade deadline is now behind us – and, for now, Ian Happ and Willson Contreras are still Cubs. Whether or not the front office views these guys as veteran leaders or simply didn’t get the deals they were looking for remains to be seen. Regardless, a farm system on the rise has the organization […] Cubs: With or without Willson Contreras, the future is bright - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 3, 2022
2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 102

2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 102

Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via The Cubs were shut out for the second consecutive game and drop to 1-4 on their road trip So, the first instinct with this one is a little gallows humor. After trading essentially the back four relievers in the span of 48 hours, the Cubs solved the dilemma of who would handle the leverage outs by being nowhere remotely near a lead. Seriously, though, Tuesday was a puzzling day. I absolutely thought Willson Contreras would be traded along with at least two or three of the relievers. I thought there was some chance some of the...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 3, 2022
Reflections on the day the Cubs did not trade Willson Contreras and Ian Happ

Reflections on the day the Cubs did not trade Willson Contreras and Ian Happ

Willson Contreras and Ian Happ on the field at Busch Stadium before Tuesday’s game | Jim Walaitis This all could end up very well for the Chicago Cubs. Wait, hear me out. Before Tuesday, what I heard from many (though not all) Cubs fans was: “Extend Willson Contreras!” Even acknowledging the fact that not all folks think that extending a 30-year-old catcher is a good idea, that appeared to be the consensus. After it was revealed that the Cubs wouldn’t be trading Contreras or Ian Happ, what I heard both on this site and from others was along the lines of, “Now...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 3, 2022
Cardinals 6, Cubs 0: Ian Happ steals a home run, but the Cubs lose anyway

Cardinals 6, Cubs 0: Ian Happ steals a home run, but the Cubs lose anyway

Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via The Cubs haven’t scored a run since Saturday. The Cubs lost to the Cardinals 6-0 Tuesday evening in St. Louis. It was the second straight time the Cubs had been shut out, and sixth time this year. I’m really struggling to come up with more to say about this game, because Tuesday was almost exclusively focused on the two trades the Cubs did make (David Robertson and Mychal Givens) and the two they didn’t (Willson Contreras and Ian Happ). I will have more to say about the latter a bit later this morning. Even Marquee Sports...
Cubbies Crib Aug 2, 2022

If Cubs don’t extend Willson Contreras, this is a historic failure

The 5 PM CT trade deadline came and went – and Chicago Cubs fans furiously refreshed Twitter, waiting to see a late-breaking trade involving at least one of the team’s two All-Stars, Ian Happ and Willson Contreras. Instead, they were met with this tweet, courtesy of Ken Rosenthal: Cubs NOT trading Contreras and Happ, source […] If Cubs don’t extend Willson Contreras, this is a historic failure - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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