7:11 PM EDT, Tue April 13, 2021
Cubbies Crib 1 hour ago

Cubs: Why would anybody bother throwing Javier Baez a strike?

The Chicago Cubs just aren’t hitting. where I have heard that before? Even mild success seems to be a problem for some people. Take All-Star shortstop Javier Baez, for example. Watching Baez bat so far this season has been full of a few highs and some very low lows, mostly the latter. Having hit three homers […] Cubs: Why would anybody bother throwing Javier Baez a strike? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
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Cubs vs. Brewers Tuesday 4/13 game threads

Cubs vs. Brewers Tuesday 4/13 game threads

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Looking for Tuesday’s game threads? You have come to the right place.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Tuesday 4/13, 6:40 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Tuesday 4/13, 6:40 CT

Photo by Stacy Revere/ The Cubs look to break their three-game losing streak. Today’s roster move: Here Tuesday notes, and I’m reaching to find good stuff. SEEING LOTS OF PITCHES BEFORE MAKING OUTS: Cubs hitters are averaging 4.04 pitches per plate appearance, third in the N.L. and fifth in the majors. The Giants lead, averaging 4.17 pitches per plate appearance. LOTS OF K’s FROM THE PEN: The Cubs bullpen has struck out 34.5‐percent of their batters faced (59‐for‐171), the second‐best mark among major league relief corps, surpassed only by the Yankees...
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Cubs roster move: Matt Duffy to COVID-19 list, Ildemaro Vargas recalled

Cubs roster move: Matt Duffy to COVID-19 list, Ildemaro Vargas recalled

Ildemaro Vargas during spring training 2021 | Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Another Cub heads to the COVID list. This makes four Cubs now on the COVID-19 list: The #Cubs today selected INF Ildemaro Vargas from the South Bend Alternate Site. INF Matt Duffy has been placed on the COVID-19 related IL. pic.twitter.com/5Pfl1PGx9L— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 13, 2021 This has to be concerning. That makes two coaches, three relief pitchers and an infielder out with COVID-related things. I hope this doesn’t make the Cubs close to a team that’s going to have to be shut...
Cubbies Crib 4 hours ago

Cubs: Questioning the pitch calling in Monday’s sixth-inning dumpster fire

For five innings on Monday, Adbert Alzolay was cruising against the Milwaukee Brewers. The offense was expectedly awful, but the young Chicago Cubs right-hander looked like the real deal. He was mixing his fastball with his breaking stuff masterfully – until the wheels came off in the sixth inning when he started relying on his slider […] Cubs: Questioning the pitch calling in Monday’s sixth-inning dumpster fire - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
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2021 MLB Draft Prep: College bullpenning

2021 MLB Draft Prep: College bullpenning

Kumar Rocker got rocked in his last outing. Could he fall to the Cubs at 21? | Photo by Peter Aiken/ And other notes from high school and college baseball draft prospects. I was introduced to the term bullpenning by former Kane County Cougars announcer Wayne Randazzo. Now with the New York Mets broadcast team, Randazzo noted that when MLB pitchers were on Midwest League rehab stints, the presumed starter, who lost the first inning or two to the MLB arm, often performed better than expected in his new environs. Even I disagreed with the idea at first, but it now has legs...
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Old friend alert: Here are all the former Cubs on current MLB active rosters

Old friend alert: Here are all the former Cubs on current MLB active rosters

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Could you make a competitive team out of this bunch? Credit where it’s due — I took this idea from Max Rieper at our SB Nation Royals site Royals Review. I’m going to take a slightly different approach to this post than Max did. He simply listed all the former Royals around baseball, whether they’re in the minors or majors. Here, I’m limiting this to: Players who played at least one MLB game for the Cubs, and Are on current MLB active rosters. There are 28 such players, just two more than would be on a current MLB active roster....
Cubbies Crib 6 hours ago

Cubs: Justin Steele and Brad Wieck have big shoes to fill in relief

On Monday, the Cubs bullpen saw a major shakeup and fresh faces as a COVID-19 related injured list trip knocked out three guys who began the year on a solid note. Our fearless leader Jake Misener discussed the situation in detail and spoke on Pedro Strop’s return to the major league club, it is also […] Cubs: Justin Steele and Brad Wieck have big shoes to fill in relief - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
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2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 10

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 10

Photo by Stacy Revere/ Cubs skid reaches three as rally is too little, too late I have by no means seen an exhaustive amount of Adbert Alzolay pitching. But for five innings Monday night, he looked the best that I’ve seen him look. He was pretty dominant. It was easy to see the pitcher he can be. Even when things went sideways in the sixth, there was a single through the shift and a lengthy at bat that ended in a walk. He certainly deserved better Monday night. But hopefully, Alzolay found some things he could learn and grow from in this game and he continues to get...
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Brewers 6, Cubs 3: Deep-sixed in Milwaukee

Brewers 6, Cubs 3: Deep-sixed in Milwaukee

Write your own caption (keep it clean!) | Photo by Stacy Revere/ We have seen this film before, and we didn’t like the ending. I was going to headline this recap of the Cubs’ 6-3 loss to the Brewers “Groundhog Day,” but thought that was too obvious and then Josh sent me the one you see at the top of this article, which I liked better. What more can be said about this team? Every game is the same. Some Cub hits a home run, or other extra-base hit, and the team takes a precarious slim lead. Starting pitching does all right until one horrific inning, and that, as...
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Cub Tracks describes the elephant

Cub Tracks describes the elephant

#Cubs and #MLB news for you. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. To make a long story short, as I’m not being paid by the word, Cub Tracks agrees with the common conception that the Cubs “are just not that good”. They’re probably good enough to make the postseason (briefly) if 85-87 wins gets them in, as said in the BCB Roundtable. But this team doesn’t have the horses to match up with the better clubs in the NL East and West. They’re still the Cubs,...
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BCB After Dark: Starting on second

BCB After Dark: Starting on second

I’m going to run out of night views of Wrigley, so here’s a night view of Wrigley North. Err, Miller Park. Err, American Family Field. | Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports The swingin’-est joint for night owls, early-risers and Cub fans abroad wants to know what you think of the extra innings rule. Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the mobile hotspot for night owls, early-risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. So glad you can make it. Bring your own beverage. We’ll waive the cover charge just for you. BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music,...
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Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Monday 4/12, 6:40 CT

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Monday 4/12, 6:40 CT

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Cubbies Crib 23 hours ago

Cubs bullpen gets a shake-up with three arms hitting the COVID IL

Last season, the Chicago Cubs were the only big league team to avoid any COVID-related IL trips. But after bullpen coach Chris Young tested positive for the virus this week, three relievers – Brandon Workman, Jason Adam and Dan Winkler are on the COVID injured list and are quarantining away from the team. “The guys […] Cubs bullpen gets a shake-up with three arms hitting the COVID IL - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
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First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Monday 4/12, 6:40 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Monday 4/12, 6:40 CT

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports Go get ‘em, Adbert.

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    Brewers beat Cubs, 6-3, thanks to the arm of Freddy Peralta and big sixth inning

  • 1 Javier Baez

    Javier Baez

    Cubs: Why would anybody bother throwing Javier Baez a strike?

  • 1 Brandon Workman

    Brandon Workman

    Cubs bullpen gets a shake-up with three arms hitting the COVID IL

  • 1 Jason Adam

    Jason Adam

    Cubs bullpen gets a shake-up with three arms hitting the COVID IL

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