8:25 PM EDT, Wed August 15, 2018
1 hour ago
Cubs 8, Brewers 4: Now that’s more like it

Cubs 8, Brewers 4: Now that’s more like it

The offense got rolling and Kyle Hendricks had another solid start. I just had a feeling before this series, noted in the series preview, that it would split. And that’s exactly what we got after the Cubs got the bats rolling early and hung on for an 8-4 win over the Brewers. That kept the Cubs’ lead in the N.L. Central at three games, with two more games knocked off the schedule. Anthony Rizzo got things rolling with two out in the first after a David Bote single with a laser beam of a home run to left [VIDEO]. That one just made it into the left-field basket: #Brewers 0 @ #Cubs 2...
7 hours ago
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Wednesday 8/15, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Wednesday 8/15, 1:20 CT

The Cubs go for a split of this two-game set. Wednesday notes: Sunday’s win was the Cubs’ fifth this year when trailing entering the ninth inning. That’s tied for the most such victories in the majors with the Astros, Brewers and Yankees. The Cubs have won their last four one-run games dating to August 3 to return to .500 in one-run contests (17-17) And, the Cubs are 7-1 in their last eight one-run games since July 13 after starting the year 10-16 in those contests. Pedro Strop leads the N.L. with seven saves since the All-Star Break, three shy of Seattle’s Edwin Diaz for the most...
8 hours ago
Cubs acquire outfielder Terrance Gore

Cubs acquire outfielder Terrance Gore

The Cubs add some minor league depth with the veteran outfielder. The Cubs today announced that they have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Gore will not be added to the 40-man roster, so there will be no need for a corresponding move. He will presumably report to Triple-A Iowa. Gore is a speedster who has spent parts of the past four seasons in Kansas City, serving mainly as a pinch-runner and late-inning defensive replacement. In fact, he has 21 career steals and 14 runs scored despite never having a major league hit....
9 hours ago
2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 118

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 118

Yet another clunker as Cubs shutout by Brewers in opener On Tuesday morning, I took my family for a Wrigley Field tour. If you’ve never taken a Wrigley Field tour, I’d recommend the experience. In case you’ve never read about the tour, no it doesn’t take you to any of the cool places in the park. For instance, no Cubs locker-room, nor the scoreboard. But the tour guide seemed pretty knowledgeable about Cubs history and shared some interesting anecdotes about the construction of the park, some important historical events. A very small amount of Chicago history. I’m told that it is...
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The 2018 Cubs are an enigma

The 2018 Cubs are an enigma

They’re talented, but haven’t gone on a run yet. I still think they have one in them. The Chicago Cubs won 292 games from 2015-17. That’s an average of 97 wins per season, something the franchise hadn’t done over a three-year period since 1909-11. And if they continue to play at their current winning percentage, they’ll win 93 games, one more than last year and probably enough to win the N.L. Central for the third straight year and make the postseason for the fourth straight season. The last time the Cubs franchise won 90+ games for four straight seasons was 1909-12, more than a...
12 hours ago
MLB Bullets is in the zone

MLB Bullets is in the zone

Ronald Acuna is unbelievable at the moment. Matt Carpenter is hot too. The Dodgers and Nationals are in trouble and it’s the bullpen’s fault. My daughter goes back to school today. Braves rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. is on a tear. Just how big a tear? Whitney McIntosh calls him a Warlock. Here are more facts on Acuña’s historic hot streak. Jay Jaffe explains just how historic Acuña’s hot streak and rookie season have been. Another player who has been red-hot is the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter. Jeff Sullivan breaks down why Carpenter has been so good lately. You may have missed...
13 hours ago
Baseball history unpacked, August 15

Baseball history unpacked, August 15

Three on a base, Ernie Banks Day, and other stories A Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1910 - Chicago coasts to a 14-0 pasting of Brooklyn. Mordecai (Three-Finger) Brown allows 11 hits in the shutout. (3) Box score. This was the first game of a double-header. Joe Tinker drove in four runs with a double and a triple. Hall-of-Famer Zack Wheat had a single for the Superbas. The Cubs lost the second game...
19 hours ago
Minor League Wrap: One hit by Ademan enough for the Pelicans

Minor League Wrap: One hit by Ademan enough for the Pelicans

A low scoring night, but the Pelicans managed to win with just one hit. Sorry I’m not “deeper” tonight. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs game was suspended by rain in the fourth inning with Colorado Springs leading 1-0. They’ll finish that game and play a seven-inning game afterwards on Wednesday. Tennessee Smokies The Tennessee Smokies were forced to swear fealty to the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 2-0. Matt Swarmer was the victim on no support tonight as he allowed just two runs on four hits over six innings. Both runs scored on solo home runs. Swarmer struck out six and walked just...
Aug 14, 2018
Minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles is the PTBNL in the Cole Hamels deal

Minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles is the PTBNL in the Cole Hamels deal

The player-to-be-named-later in the Cole Hamels deal has been identified. The early returns for the Cubs on the Cole Hamels trade have been excellent, and now we know the identity of the player-to-be-named-later in the deal that also sent Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy to Texas. The Rangers announced that they have received 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Alexander Ovalles from the Cubs to complete the deal. The Cubs signed Ovalles in the last international signing period for the maximum $300,000 bonus amount that was allowed as the Cubs were still under restrictions for going over the...
Aug 14, 2018
Brewers 7, Cubs 0: Splat

Brewers 7, Cubs 0: Splat

That’s the sound of the Cubs landing from the high of Sunday’s win to the low of this loss. Though it wasn’t known at the time, everyone could have left Wrigley Field after the second pitch of the game and the result would have been the same. Lorenzo Cain smacked Jose Quintana’s second pitch, a fastball, into the left-field bleachers for a 1-0 lead. Since the Cubs managed just three hits (oddly, all doubles) and a pair of walks but could not score, that run was all the Brewers needed. They piled on for a 7-0 crushing of the Cubs that cut the Cubs’ division lead to two...
Aug 14, 2018
Cubs, Brewers open brief 2-game Wrigley series

Cubs, Brewers open brief 2-game Wrigley series

If you seek Tuesday’s game threads, they are all right here. ——
Aug 14, 2018
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Tuesday 8/14, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Tuesday 8/14, 1:20 CT

The Cubs turn their attention to their closest divisional competitor. But before we give our attention to the Brewers, let’s look back once more to David Bote’s ultimate grand slam. From Phil Rosenthal in the Tribune, here are transcripts of Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer’s radio calls on the Score and from Nationals radio voice Charlie Slowes. Pat & Ron: Hughes: ”Madson has made 20 pitches. He has hit two batters and given up an infield single. Two and two on David Bote, trying to come through, and the pitch on the way. Bote drives one in the air. Deep center field. Back goes (Michael)...