11:20 AM EDT, Mon July 04, 2022
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On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Brewers series preview

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Brewers series preview

Photo by Joe Sargent/ The Cubs have split 10 games with Milwaukee so far this year. Despite the difference in the standings between the Cubs and Brewers in the NL Central, the Cubs have played them exactly even in the 10 games thus far in 2022. For more on the Brewers, here’s Harrison Freuck, manager of our SB Nation Brewers site Brew Crew Ball: The Brewers have had a rollercoaster stretch since the last time they met the Cubs at the start of June. The Crew lost eight in a row right after that series, but since then they’ve gone 12-7 entering Sunday, including...
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2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 79

2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 79

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Cubs tie it late, lose in extras Happy Independence Day! I hope your day includes some of the beach, the pool, the grill, a parade, your favorite cocktail (or two) and maybe some fireworks to top it off. But most importantly, I hope you can enjoy all of that freely and safely. The Cubs saw their four-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday. They had been punching over their weight class all weekend long, so the loss in and of itself was not surprising to any of us. I don’t suppose with Keegan Thompson on the hill, we are even...
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Outside The Confines: Happy 4th of July!

Outside The Confines: Happy 4th of July!

Photo by Steph Chambers/ A weekend bookended by national holidays can be a little light on the news. If you were in Canada on Friday and returned to the States for Monday, you could have enjoyed an extra-long weekend. Canada celebrated Canada Day on the 1st, and of course the 4th is today. What this means, of course, is that there might be a little less than average in terms of baseball coverage, but plenty of ugly hats to be derided. Let’s take a look at what happened over the weekend, while enjoying some time off for BBQs, fireworks, and generally enjoying the...
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Baseball history unpacked, July 4

Baseball history unpacked, July 4

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. Ethan Roberts, today’s birthday boy, is on the IL. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. We also include Cubs’ player birthdays and a bit of world history, for context. Today...
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Minor League Wrap: Marcus Stroman makes a rehab appearance in Iowa

Minor League Wrap: Marcus Stroman makes a rehab appearance in Iowa

Marcus Stroman | Dylan Heuer Marcus Stroman makes a rehab appearance. Jackson Frazier homered. James Triantos homered for the third-straight day. Some information about tomorrow. Normally there is no Minor League Wrap on Mondays as there usually aren’t any games played on Monday. Except in the Arizona Complex League, and I’m not doing a separate MLW for one ACL game. However, because tomorrow is the Fourth of July and the Fourth is the biggest attendance day in minor league baseball (along with today), there will be minor league games tomorrow. Instead, Tuesday...
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Red Sox 4, Cubs 2: Rowan Wick throws it away

Red Sox 4, Cubs 2: Rowan Wick throws it away

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Yikes, that was a bad throw. I have been super-critical of Rowan Wick here lately, and so after he pitched pretty well in extra innings I was ready to give him some props. And then he did this [VIDEO]. Look, I understand David Bote isn’t an experienced first baseman but there was plenty of time to measure and make that throw and Wick... just threw it into right field. Two Red Sox runs scored and that was enough for them to defeat the Cubs 4-2 in 11 innings on a sun-kissed Sunday at Wrigley Field. Sigh. That was another really...
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Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Red Sox, Sunday 7/3, 1:20 CT

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Red Sox, Sunday 7/3, 1:20 CT

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Cubs roster move: Alec Mills to injured list, Michael Rucker recalled

Cubs roster move: Alec Mills to injured list, Michael Rucker recalled

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The Cubs righthander heads back to the IL with a back problem. As you know, Alec Mills left Saturday’s game against the Red Sox after just eight pitches, apparently suffering a recurrence of the lower back issues that kept him out of action this year until early June. Sunday, the Cubs placed Mills on the 15-day injured list and recalled righthanded reliever Michael Rucker from Triple-A Iowa. Mills had struggled this year, posting a 9.68 ERA in seven appearances (two starts). Hopefully he gets healthy and can contribute later this...
22 hours ago
Cubs vs. Red Sox Sunday 7/3 game threads

Cubs vs. Red Sox Sunday 7/3 game threads

Al Yellon Sunday’s game threads? All right here.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox preview, Sunday 7/3, 1:20 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox preview, Sunday 7/3, 1:20 CT

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs go for... a series sweep! Sunday notes... STREAKING: The Cubs have won a season high-tying four-straight games (also May 14-17) and are 9-6 in their last 15 games and have won four consecutive games at home for the first time since September 2-6, 2021 (five). LOTS OF STARTERS: The Cubs have used 13 different starting pitchers this year, most in the National League. THE MOREL FILES: Christopher Morel has a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11, in that span batting .327/.353/.571 (16-for-49) with three...
Jul 3, 2022
2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 78

2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 78

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Cubs win a bit of a weird one, 3-1 On Saturday night, the Cubs matched their season high by winning their fourth straight game. Some things you can see coming and some you really can’t. To my eye, the Cubs have been playing better of late. I have zero surprise that the Cubs have hung in there against a Red Sox team that, despite a very good record, just doesn’t appear to be a world beater. But I’m beyond shocked that they won those two games. I’d have figured the Cubs would maybe have played two of those games that were a one-run...
Jul 3, 2022
Cubs 3, Red Sox 1: Mark Leiter Jr. saves the day

Cubs 3, Red Sox 1: Mark Leiter Jr. saves the day

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports That is not a headline you expected to read on this site. Or any site. When Alec Mills had to leave Saturday’s game after just seven pitches with a possible recurrence of the back issues that kept him out of action this year until June, it was another “Welp, here goes this game.” Except it didn’t, and that was a credit to Mark Leiter Jr. (and Mychal Givens and David Robertson, too). Leiter threw an outstanding 5⅓ innings, allowing just four hits and a run, striking out five. It was one of just four starts in his MLB career where...
Jul 3, 2022
Cub Tracks secures the meatloaf

Cub Tracks secures the meatloaf

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The latest episode of our long-running series of #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news. This one is delicious with brown gravy. Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, featuring material from current beat writers, bloggers, and the occasional in-house habitué, moonlighting. These pieces center around #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball. We try to distill the zeitgeist into a fine piquancy, for your consumption. pic.twitter.com/MhefTvr7yn— OBVIOUS SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) July 3, 2022 These are the fun Cubs, when they’re...
Jul 3, 2022
Minor League Wrap: Triantos leads Pelicans past RiverDogs, 13-6

Minor League Wrap: Triantos leads Pelicans past RiverDogs, 13-6

James Triantos | Myrtle Beach Pelicans Good pitching brings South Bend their 10th-straight win. Good hitting clinches a series for Myrtle Beach. Seiya Suzuki nears a return. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs were sunk by the Columbus Clippers (Guardians), 10-6 in ten innings. It was a nice start for Caleb Kilian, who went five innings and gave up just one run on three hits. He struck out seven and walked two. The game was tied 5-5 after nine innings, but Erich Uelmen gave up a grand slam (and one more run) in the tenth inning and took the loss. Uelmen allowed five runs, four...
Jul 2, 2022
Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Red Sox, Saturday 7/2, 6:15 CT

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Red Sox, Saturday 7/2, 6:15 CT

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