12:30 AM EDT, Sun April 21, 2019
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Minor League Wrap: Cubs win 5 of 6 games today

Minor League Wrap: Cubs win 5 of 6 games today

The I-Cubs stomped on the OKC Dodgers. Tennessee dodges raindrops to win one game. Pelicans swept a doubleheader and South Bend splits one. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs downed the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 11-1. Trevor Clifton allowed just one hit and no runs over 3.2 innings until he hit his pitch count. Clifton walked three and struck out five. He also doubled and scored in the fourth inning. Right fielder Johnny Field homered for the second time in as many days when he connected with a solo shot in the top of the first. Field was 2 for 5 with three RBI. Second baseman Trent Giambrone hit a...
6 hours ago
Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 0: Sometimes it’s just not your day

Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 0: Sometimes it’s just not your day

The Cubs got dominated all over the field on a sunny Saturday. I’m going to start this recap of the Cubs’ 6-0 loss to the Diamondbacks Saturday afternoon with the good news: Cubs pitchers struck out 11 D-backs. That’s it, pretty much. Oh, there was also this nice defensive play [VIDEO] by Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. That was on Yu Darvish’s second pitch of the game, a single by Jarrod Dyson that wound up in an out at second base on Schwarber’s good throw. But Darvish then served up back-to-back home runs to Eduardo Escobar and...
12 hours ago
Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview, Saturday 4/20, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview, Saturday 4/20, 1:20 CT

The Cubs go for their fifth straight win this afternoon. After the Cubs drew nine (!) walks off Diamondbacks pitchers Friday afternoon, tying their season high, I’m going to put them back on Walk Watch. That gives the Cubs 84 walks in 18 games, or 4.67 per game. We’re far enough into the season that this can be called a “pace.” That pace would give them 756 walks for the season, which would shatter the team record... by 100. I doubt they’d break it by that much, but all the walks certainly help the team’s run-scoring ability. The Cubs currently rank tied for second in the N.L....
13 hours ago
The Cubs have opened an outdoor patio on Addison

The Cubs have opened an outdoor patio on Addison

Another place to socialize at Wrigley Field. For the last few years, there has been a bar/gathering place on the Addison Street side of Wrigley Field. Originally called “Captain Morgan Club,” it was re-branded “Draft Kings SportsZone” for the last couple of seasons. This temporary edifice was torn down last winter as part of the ongoing 1060 Project. Originally, there were plans to build a two-story “annex” to the ballpark in that area near the corner of Addison & Sheffield, but those plans are on hold for the time being as the Cubs assess the project, what they’ve built, and...
15 hours ago
2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 18

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 18

Pitching continues to dominate in the Cubs’ fourth straight win. Please try to remember the last 20-plus days whenever you want to jump to conclusions. A week or so ago, the Milwaukee Brewers looked like maybe they could just keep on steam rolling the way they did last year. Then the Cardinals got hot until they ran into the Brewers again. Now the Pirates have cruised out to a lead. But the Cubs have won four in a row and the four teams are right now separated by 2½ games. The reality is, there is a ton of baseball left to play. If the Reds were the Red Sox, I’d even say they could...
16 hours ago
Cub Tracks smokes the competition

Cub Tracks smokes the competition

Bat flips, finally clicking, completely arbitrary points, and other bullets Cubs win!Final: #Cubs 5, D-backs 1. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/Sr9o508aSL— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 19, 2019 Enjoyable to see Kyle Hendricks look like his old self again. I’m sure Russell Johnson and Roy Hinkley will profess to approve... A three-hour game should be over by 4:20 Chicago time. Now here’s Afro Man with a medley of his hit: Carl’s Jr in Denver is offering infused burgers today. I just thought you should know. Aaaand now we’ll dispense with all of that and get on with the real big...
22 hours ago
Minor League Wrap: Field leads I-Cubs past OKC

Minor League Wrap: Field leads I-Cubs past OKC

Iowa wins in the only game completed tonight. I went to the ballpark for the first time all season tonight, so I was going to tell you that I couldn’t tell you much about the Cubs system but if you wanted to know something about the Nationals or Athletics system, I have some thoughts. But it turns out, I barely missed anything. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs hammered the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 10-4. Starter Colin Rea went six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, including one solo home run. Rea struck out four and did not walk anyone. Brian Duensing took over for Rea in the seventh and...
Apr 19, 2019
Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1: The return of the real Kyle Hendricks

Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1: The return of the real Kyle Hendricks

The Cubs righthander had his best outing of 2019. Kyle Hendricks’ first three starts this season were generally ones he, and we, would like to forget: far too many base hits and walks allowed, a WHIP over 2, and three Cubs losses. It was said that Kyle needed to make some minor mechanical tweaks to get back to where he’d been the last three seasons. Whatever he did worked perfectly, as Friday’s outing was vintage Kyle, with weak contact induced for groundouts and strikeouts achieved on his excellent changeup. The allowed just three singles — one of them literally off him, his body,...
Apr 19, 2019
Cubs return to Wrigley, face Diamondbacks

Cubs return to Wrigley, face Diamondbacks

Looking for Friday’s game threads? You have come to the right place.
Apr 19, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview, Friday 4/19, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview, Friday 4/19, 1:20 CT

The Cubs return home for a six-game homestand against... more West Coast teams. Sarcastic congratulations to MLB schedulers, as we now have the second and third West Coast teams to visit Wrigley Field in April. Do they not understand how cold it usually is in Chicago this month? Fortunately, this series will be uninterrupted by rain, though it’s going to be quite chilly and windy this afternoon. It will be nicer Saturday and might be in the 70s by Sunday. That will help. Today’s forecast has a strong wind blowing in, though: Friday Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a...
Apr 19, 2019
FanPost Friday: Rank the other 29 MLB teams

FanPost Friday: Rank the other 29 MLB teams

Love some? Hate some? Tell us why! It’s a very simple fact when you’ve been watching baseball for a long time: some teams are just more likeable than others. Whether its because of a classic underdog story (2017 Astros with your first win in franchise history, I’m looking at you), or a group of fun young players out having a great time (Cleveland Indians, I am grudgingly looking at you), there are teams you come across that you like more than the rest. Obviously, we’re all going to rank the Cubs at the top of your list, but in today’s FanPost prompt, I want everyone to the OTHER...
Apr 19, 2019
On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks series preview

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks series preview

The Cubs will see a lot of the D-backs over the next week or so. We’ll be doing this again next weekend in Phoenix, playing the entire season series against the D-backs in a 10-day period, so the preview here from Jim McLennan, manager of our SB Nation Diamondbacks site AZ Snakepit, will also be valid then (except for specific numbers). The D-backs began their current road trip with a sweep of the Braves, leaving them with a 10-9 record. That’s probably about the mark I’d have expected, but it’s the way it has been achieved which has been a surprise. We thought the offense would...