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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 22

Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 22

Terrific pitching everywhere but South Bend, although the Ems lost a crucial game anyway. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs tracked down the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-1. Jen-Ho Tseng won his third game in three starts in Triple-A. Tseng went seven innings and allowed just one run on a home run in the fifth inning. Tseng gave up four total hits. He walked two and struck out five. Left fielder Jemile Weeks led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, his first of the season. Weeks went 1 for 5. Ozzie Martinez pinch hit in the eighth inning and hit his first home run of the year. It came with...
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Cubs 3, Cardinals 2: Crazy eighth

Cubs 3, Cardinals 2: Crazy eighth

The eighth inning in this series has been pretty wild. Would you have sent Kris Bryant? The Cubs had just completed a wild comeback from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of hits in the bottom of the eighth, the second an RBI single by Bryant. Now he’s on first base with two out and Anthony Rizzo loops a ball into left-center field [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Gary Jones never hesitated sending Bryant around third. Obviously, the Cubs know Dexter Fowler’s arm well and decided to take a chance. Had Yadier Molina held on to the ball, it would have been a really close play....
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Cubs, Cardinals continue weekend series

Cubs, Cardinals continue weekend series

If you seek Saturday’s game threads, look no further. ——
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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Saturday 7/22, 3:05 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Saturday 7/22, 3:05 CT

The Cubs look to even up their series with the Cardinals. A big thank you to the Philadelphia Phillies, who handed the Milwaukee Brewers their sixth straight loss Friday night. The Phillies have the worst record in the major leagues but have now won four of their last five. If they can split the next two games against the Brewers, the Cubs will again be grateful. Here’s a curious little statistical note I found Friday: No member of the #Cubs has batted under .190 in at least 300 PA since 1892 (Jim Canavan, .166). Schwarber is hitting .179.— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) July 21,...
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Join us at John Baker Day 2017 and help raise money for charity

Join us at John Baker Day 2017 and help raise money for charity

It’s time to celebrate “The Night The Backup Catcher Got the Win!” It’s the second annual “John Baker Day!” This is the day when Cubs fans will celebrate the third anniversary of the night Cubs catcher and current Mental Skills Coordinator John Baker took the mound in the top of the 16th inning, pitched a scoreless frame, then drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly! Cubs fans have to admit that it’s been pretty much “up” from there! So what are we doing? John Baker, The Son Ranto Show, and Ivy Envy Podcast are teaming up with BCB and...
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MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs looking at LHP relievers Brad Hand, Justin Wilson, Zach Britton

MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs looking at LHP relievers Brad Hand, Justin Wilson, Zach Britton

There could be changes in the Cubs bullpen before the trade deadline. It’s always easy to overreact to one bad game. But Friday’s bullpen meltdown might accelerate a process that the Cubs reportedly have already begun. According to this article by Bruce Levine, the Cubs have inquired about lefthanded relievers Justin Wilson (Tigers) and Brad Hand (Padres): The Cubs have talked to numerous teams about adding quality starting pitching and bullpen help, sources said. Wilson, 29, has had a strong year in Detroit and has been on Chicago’s wish list lately. He’s a power pitcher with a...
Jul 22, 2017
Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 21

Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 21

The Ems won a must-win game, but that was the extent of the good news. This is what happens when I skip baseball for a day and go to the movies. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs were captured by the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 4-3. Williams Perez started tonight and went six innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits. Perez walked two and struck out five. Dylan Floro went the other three innings and took the loss after allowing a solo home run in the top of the ninth to Edwin Rios. Floro allowed just two hits. He struck out one and did not walk anyone. First baseman Chris Dominguez was 2 for 4 with a...
Jul 21, 2017
Cardinals 11, Cubs 4: Lost, one strike zone. If found, return to Cubs bullpen

Cardinals 11, Cubs 4: Lost, one strike zone. If found, return to Cubs bullpen

That was... something. Let’s put it this way. The last time the Cubs had an inning as disastrous as the eighth inning at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon, they won the next six games after that one. So let’s go with that — maybe the Cubs will start another winning streak after the bullpen implosion that gave the Cardinals an 11-4 blowout win in the series opener in front of the biggest announced crowd of 2017, 42,186. The defeat ended the Cubs’ season-longest win streak at six. That eighth inning — man, I have no explanation at all for it. Carl Edwards Jr., Hector Rondon and Justin...
Jul 21, 2017
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Friday 7/21, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Friday 7/21, 1:20 CT

The Cubs are going for their seventh win in a row. Since the All-Star break: Cubs 6-0Brewers 2-5 And that’s how quickly a 5½-game lead can evaporate. The Cubs, who trailed the Brewers by that margin at the break, now are behind by just one game (and are a game ahead in the loss column). It would be nice to think that the Cubs could finish this weekend in first place, but even if they win this series from the Cardinals, the Brewers are spending the weekend playing the Phillies in Philadelphia. As I did last weekend when those two teams met in Milwaukee, I hope the Phillies can take one of...
Jul 21, 2017
MLB trade rumors: Cubs interested in Yu Darvish

MLB trade rumors: Cubs interested in Yu Darvish

Could the Cubs make a deal with the Rangers? When Yu Darvish came to MLB, the Cubs were reportedly interested, but got outbid by the Rangers. Five-plus years later, the Cubs are reportedly again interested in the righthander: The Cubs have inquired to the Rangers on the availability of ace Yu Darvish, according to sources, and a trade match between the teams is more plausible than it would've been entering the All-Star break. Jon Morosi's article also indicates this deal might be more plausible if the Rangers also included Jonathan Lucroy, as the Cubs are supposedly in the market for a...
Jul 21, 2017
MLB Bullets is pretty popular

MLB Bullets is pretty popular

The Cubs are the most-liked team in baseball. Lots of rumors of trades. A little kid loves Charlie Blackmon Probably some more trade news. It’s that time of year. Why don’t we start with this piece by Harry Enten and fivethirtyeight about baseball fandom, since we’re all baseball fans here. (Unless you’re really lost, I guess.) A survey of baseball fans revealed that the team with the most fans is the Yankees. Of course, it also revealed that the most-hated team is also the Yankees. The Cubs are fourth in the number of fans, but they are the most-liked team in baseball with an...
Jul 21, 2017
Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 20

Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 20

Tennessee and South Bend win. The Pelicans split a doubleheader. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 7-5. Eddie Butler made his first start since his demotion and allowed four runs on ten hits over 5.1 innings. Butler walked two and struck out one. Dillon Maples took the loss after he gave up a two-run home run in the top of the ninth. Maples pitched one inning and allowed the two runs on two hits and a walk. He struck out two. DH Bijan Rademacher hit a three-run home run in the second inning, his fourth of the season. Rademacher was 1 for 4. First...