9:31 PM EDT, Sat May 26, 2018
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Cubs roster move: Yu Darvish to DL; LHP Randy Rosario recalled from Iowa

Cubs roster move: Yu Darvish to DL; LHP Randy Rosario recalled from Iowa

The Cubs right-handed starter makes his second trip to the DL this season. Before this evening’s home game with the Giants, the Cubs announced that they have placed starting pitcher Yu Darvish on the disabled list with right triceps tendonitis. They have recalled left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa. The move on Darvish is retroactive to May 23. so he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on June 2. He will definitely miss his next start, which was scheduled for tomorrow night. Instead, Tyler Chatwood will start on Sunday night on four days rest. The starter for...
4 hours ago
Cubs, Giants meet in Fox-TV game

Cubs, Giants meet in Fox-TV game

If you seek Saturday’s game threads, look no further.
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Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants preview, Saturday 5/26, 6:15 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants preview, Saturday 5/26, 6:15 CT

The Cubs go for two in a row over the Giants. Saturday notes: The Cubs are 11-2 against the Giants at Wrigley Field since the beginning of 2015. The Cubs’ team OBP of .340 leads the National League and is just one point behind the Yankees (.341) for the major-league lead. The Cubs have drawn 184 walks this year, an average of 3.91 per game. That’s a pace for 634, which would be third-best in franchise history. Dating to last season, Brandon Morrow’s 67⅔ straight innings without allowing a homer is the longest active streak in the majors. Kris Bryant ranks second in the N.L. with a...
5 hours ago
Cubs roster move: Chris Gimenez recalled, Victor Caratini to Iowa

Cubs roster move: Chris Gimenez recalled, Victor Caratini to Iowa

The Cubs apparently want the veteran presence. In a bit of a surprise, the Cubs have switched backup catchers before Saturday's game: #Cubs roster moves: Gimenez selected from Iowa, Caratini to Iowa and Navarro DFA— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 26, 2018 My guess is, the Cubs wanted the veteran presence of Chris Gimenez behind Willson Contreras, as well as possibly having Gimenez catch Yu Darvish, who's scheduled to start tomorrow. Gimenez isn't hitting much at Iowa, just .224/.316/.276, but I suspect the Cubs wanted his defense. Also: Gimenez had out in his contract and...
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Cubs Pipeline Alchemy: A look back at drafting and pitcher development in the 1990s

Cubs Pipeline Alchemy: A look back at drafting and pitcher development in the 1990s

Mike Harkey and Lance Dickson were top Cubs pitching picks in the early 1990s. Both flamed out due to injuries. “Pitchers are too pampered now. I prefer when pitchers like Fergie Jenkins and Bob Gibson would duel for ten innings without looking to the bullpen.” This is a common sentiment. The hiccup was, in assuming that all pitchers should be like Jenkins or Gibson, many careers were ruined in the process. Today looks to the past to explain the present. One of the wonders of both 1960s/1970s pitchers was that they were able to stay healthy. A player’s health often goes unmentioned in...
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2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 47

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 47

That’s more like it. Hendricks shrinks Giants down to size. At least a little more like it. The bats were slow to arrive to the party on Friday as for a third straight day it looked like the offense would be stymied. But then the Cubs rallied for four in the bottom of the seventh. That made five runs on the day. The Cubs scored five and that was good for the win. That makes the Cubs 19-5 when they score at least four. The Cubs have still not put together a really sustained run of wins. And yet, they are five games over .500. Other than the 2016 season, the Cubs have been remarkably...
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Cub Tracks misses the ground

Cub Tracks misses the ground

Pitch-framing, trade-talk, magic numbers, and other bullets Cubs Win! Cubs win!Final: #Cubs 6, Giants 2. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/DRPG0Viwh3— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 25, 2018 Previously on this channel: Cub Tracks laid an egg, talked about things we like to call the Cubs’ schneidly whiplash, Kris Bryant said “...we’re pretty average”, we learned that John Andreoli is no Dan Vogelbach, and discussed other topics of the moment, brought to you by the singular magic of the infinite probability generator and the happy faces of hoopy froods everywhere. It’s a fine Saturday...
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Minor League Wrap: Taylor Davis goes crazy (with his bat this time) in I-Cubs win!

Minor League Wrap: Taylor Davis goes crazy (with his bat this time) in I-Cubs win!

Just remember: While you’re watching Taylor Davis, he’s watching you right back. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs devoured the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 13-2. Jen-Ho Tseng was the beneficiary of this offensive explosion, but he did suffer from some control issues. Tseng allowed three runs on two hits over six innings, so that meets the textbook definition of a “quality start.” However, Tseng did walk six batters over those six innings and he walked just two. The I-Cubs jumped on New Orleans starter Ben Meyer for four runs in the first inning and reliever Joe Gunkel for five runs in...
May 25, 2018
Cubs 6, Giants 2: Flashback Friday

Cubs 6, Giants 2: Flashback Friday

This was how baseball was pitched decades ago. If you closed your eyes Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field during the first few innings, you could feel how it was back in the 1960s or 1970s when pitchers like Fergie Jenkins, Bob Gibson and Juan Marichal (to keep this idea in line with Friday’s opponent) were mowing down hitters and games sped their way along. Kyle Hendricks threw seven outstanding innings and a seventh-inning rally by Cubs hitters led to a 6-2 win over the Giants on the most beautiful weather day we’ve had in Chicago so far this spring. Hendricks was magnificent. He...
May 25, 2018
Cubs open weekend series vs. Giants

Cubs open weekend series vs. Giants

Friday’s game threads are all right here. ——
May 25, 2018
Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants preview, Friday 5/25, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants preview, Friday 5/25, 1:20 CT

The Cubs open a weekend series with the visitors from San Francisco. The Cubs have played the fewest games of anyone in the N.L. Central (in fact, through Thursday’s games, they are tied for the fewest games of anyone in the entire National League with the Mets). Brewers: 51Pirates: 49Cardinals: 47Cubs: 46Reds: 51 This means that despite the current 3½-game deficit in the division, the Cubs are only one games down in the loss column to the first-place Brewers — and they’re 7-1 against Milwaukee. Feel better now? Here are today’s particulars. Cubs lineup: Here is today's #Cubs...
May 25, 2018
FanPost Friday: What is your favorite ballpark other than Wrigley?

FanPost Friday: What is your favorite ballpark other than Wrigley?

It’s hard to top Wrigley, but we’re going to make you. Let’s face it, Chicago Cubs fans are spoiled when it comes to having a great home park. Wrigley is one of the last truly great old parks, and even though it’s had quite a facelift recently, it still manages to maintain that classic old-school vibe. Cubs fans are lucky to get to frequently visit a park that ranks in top voting year after year. Not to mention Chicago is a great town to see for those coming for a game from other cities. But, with that in mind, there are still 29 other parks in the majors, and some of them have...