10:02 PM EDT, Mon September 25, 2017
4 hours ago
Cubs, Cardinals open 4-game Busch Stadium series

Cubs, Cardinals open 4-game Busch Stadium series

Monday’s game threads are all right here. ——
4 hours ago
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Monday 9/25, 7:15 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Monday 9/25, 7:15 CT

The Cubs can eliminate the Cardinals from the division race tonight. One more look back at Sunday’s magnificent performance by Jose Quintana: Jose Quintana: First pitcher to throw a shutout with 10+ K's, after a midseason trade to the #Cubs, since Rick Sutcliffe threw 2 in 1984!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) September 25, 2017 Also, Ben Zobrist weighs in on the possibility of clinching the division title in St. Louis: Zo on STL: “We intend to clinch there &I think for a lot of guys that have been around here for a long time it’s going 2-b very satisfying.”— Gordon Wittenmyer...
8 hours ago
Alex Avila Update: September 25

Alex Avila Update: September 25

Not the best stretch for Avila, but not bad either. It’s been two weeks since my last update, and a fair bit has happened in that time, so let’s get down to business. Taking a look at Alex Avila’s stretch offensively, it wasn’t stellar, but he made the most of it where it counted. Since September 10 he has struck out six times, walked twice, flied out twice, grounded out twice (once for a double play), and collected two singles. One of those singles was an RBI that scored Kris Bryant in the game on September 15, contributing to the 8-2 win over the Cardinals in a major way: it was...
10 hours ago
Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 153-155

Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 153-155

Cubs win two out of three over the weekend and three out of four overall from Brewers. I’m not going to take a victory lap for predicting something that I thought was fairly obvious and certainly not before the team has reached the finish line. But I’ve tried to consistently reassure people for months that this team would win the division, that it would do so early enough that rest or lining up starters or whatever is a need, that they’ll have time to do it. This team should leave St. Louis as National League Central champions. They’ll be able to play the last three games against...
11 hours ago
A look at the race for the National League’s second wild card

A look at the race for the National League’s second wild card

With the Cubs near a division clinching, here’s the one N.L. race that’s still close. The Cubs can clinch the N.L. Central Tuesday, if they win both Monday and Tuesday against the Cardinals in St. Louis. They pretty much took care of the Brewers over the weekend. Both the Brewers and Cardinals, though, still have a shot at being in the National League wild-card game. The Diamondbacks clinched the first wild-card spot by winning Sunday, so they will host the second wild card in the N.L. wild-card game, which will take place Wednesday, October 4. Currently, the Rockies have a two-game...
14 hours ago
MLB Bullets takes a dive

MLB Bullets takes a dive

The Diamondbacks clinch. The Derek Jeter regime gets off on the wrong foot in Miami. The Tigers are looking for a new manager. I really wish I could “stick to sports.” I really do. First off, the Diamondbacks clinched a playoff berth and celebrated by jumping in the pool at Chase Field. The Dodgers were quite upset by this and California Senator Kamala Harris called the D-Backs disrespectful. (Not really. That’s a reference to the Diamondbacks and Senator John McCain getting upset about the Dodgers taking a dip in the pool at Chase Field when they clinched in 2013.) Potential new...
Sep 24, 2017
Cubs 5, Brewers 0: Jose Quintana’s shutout reduces magic number to 2

Cubs 5, Brewers 0: Jose Quintana’s shutout reduces magic number to 2

Q was outstanding and the offense finally broke loose. Finally, a game that doesn’t have us all on the edges of our proverbial seats all afternoon or evening. Jose Quintana’s magnificent pitching and some timely hitting, including a two-run homer by Ben Zobrist, led the Cubs to a 5-0 win over the Brewers. That reduced the Cubs’ magic number to eliminate Milwaukee to two, and with the Cardinals’ loss to the Pirates Sunday, St. Louis’ elimination number for the division title is also two. Quintana threw a complete-game shutout, the first for a Cub since Kyle Hendricks shut out the...
Sep 24, 2017
Cubs go for series win over Brewers

Cubs go for series win over Brewers

Sunday’s game threads are all right here. ——
Sep 24, 2017
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Sunday 9/24, 1:10 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Sunday 9/24, 1:10 CT

The Cubs can win this series this afternoon, and continue to reduce their magic number. ICYMI, the Pirates defeated the Cardinals 11-6 Saturday night. That reduced the Cubs’ magic number over both the Brewers and Cardinals to four. I could go through various permutations here, but the simplest way to think about it is this: As noted in the comments to Saturday’s recap, if the Cubs win their next three games they will be N.L. Central champions for the second straight year. (Side note: If the Cubs win their next four games, that will make it a 90-win season for the third straight year....
Sep 24, 2017
Cub Tracks’ doggone shame

Cub Tracks’ doggone shame

1984 clinch, retreat to victory, lifetime warranties, and other bullets CUBS lose in extra innings. Still down to Chris Valaika. Thanks again, Pirates! Last time through these parts Cub Tracks made like a banana and split. Today, we stuck around to the finish of Saturday’s game despite the urgent need to clean house, which still hasn’t been done as of this writing. Instead I spent the afternoon trying to watch A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and THE OMEGA MAN simultaneously and making those little biscuit-and-lil-smoky appetizers. “Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and keep...
Sep 23, 2017
Brewers 4, Cubs 3: A rare Wade Davis failure

Brewers 4, Cubs 3: A rare Wade Davis failure

The Cubs closer had his first blown save of 2017. The late Steve Goodman, writer of folk songs as well as his famous anthem “Go Cubs Go,” was the subject of a biography called “Facing The Music” written by Clay Eals in 2007. There is quite a bit about baseball in the book, as Steve loved baseball and the Cubs nearly as much as his music. In the bio, Eals writes about a game Goodman attended with journalist Steve Weitzman between the Pirates and Mets at Shea Stadium September 20, 1976. The Pirates were in a tough race with the Phillies for the N.L. East title, entering the day four...