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2020 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 53

2020 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 53

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Cubs bats remain dormant in a dull 4-0 loss Baseball can be cruel. I’ve often referred to it like the old Peanuts comic strip. The one where Lucy would be holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick it only to move it just as he’s going to kick the ball with Charlie invariably landing hard on his butt and trying to understand what happened. Is it weird to anyone besides me that Charlie Brown had two names on the comic strip and everyone else just one? I mean sure, he’s the star of the comic strip and all, but that just strikes me as odd. Baseball. Right....
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Twins 4, Cubs 0: Kyle Schwarber pulled for apparent lack of hustle

Twins 4, Cubs 0: Kyle Schwarber pulled for apparent lack of hustle

ESPN Manager David Ross wouldn’t say much, but he made a statement anyway. The Cubs’ offensive woes continued in a 4-0 loss to the Twins Sunday night at Wrigley Field, but the biggest story of the game was Kyle Schwarber being pulled from left field after the second inning. The ostensible reason was this play [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Jake Cave of the Twins sent a ball into the left-field corner and Schwarber appeared to not run fast after it. Cave eventually scored to make the score 2-0 and Schwarber was replaced by Cameron Maybin after the second...
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Outside The Confines: A sad weekend for Detroit Tigers fans

Outside The Confines: A sad weekend for Detroit Tigers fans

Photo by Duane Burleson/ One a retirement by choice, the other a potential career-ending surgery. Two of the biggest stories to unfold over this past weekend (excluding the Padres clinching a postseason berth for the first time in 14 years) both have their roots with the Detroit Tigers. The first major bit of breaking news was revealed directly by Justin Verlander on his Instagram account, in which he announced that he and his doctors had come to the unfortunate conclusion that the next step for him was going to be Tommy John surgery. Verlander has missed almost the entire 2020 season...
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Baseball history unpacked, September 21

Baseball history unpacked, September 21

Happy birthday, Jeremy Jeffress! | Photo by Quinn Harris/ Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted 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: 1919 - The Cubs beat the Braves, 3-0, in 58 minutes. It takes the Robins 55 minutes to beat the Reds, 3-1. Slim Sallee throws 65 pitches, topping Christy Mathewson’s 69-pitch complete game....
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Overflow thread 3: Cubs vs. Twins, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

Overflow thread 3: Cubs vs. Twins, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

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Overflow thread 2: Cubs vs. Twins, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

Overflow thread 2: Cubs vs. Twins, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

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First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Twins, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Twins, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Go get ‘em, Yu.
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Cubs roster move: Jose Martinez recalled, Josh Osich optioned

Cubs roster move: Jose Martinez recalled, Josh Osich optioned

Photo by Joe Sargent/ The Cubs will have an extra bat starting tonight. Cubs lefthander Josh Osich got hit pretty hard in Saturday’s loss to the Twins, and now they’ll do with one fewer lefthander, for a few days at least. The team announced they had recalled Jose Martinez from the South Bend alternate site and optioned Osich back to South Bend. With fewer than 10 days remaining in the season and an optionee having to remain at the alternate site for at least 10 days, that probably ends Osich’s season with the Cubs. Whether Martinez is any help or not remains to be seen. The photo...
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Cubs vs. Twins Sunday 9/20 game threads

Cubs vs. Twins Sunday 9/20 game threads

Al Yellon If you seek Sunday’s game threads, look no further.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Minnesota Twins preview, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Minnesota Twins preview, Sunday 9/20, 6:05 CT

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The Cubs play their final regular-season home game of 2020. If you think you haven’t seen the Twins on Sunday Night Baseball in a while, you’re right. This is their first appearance on SNB in more than a decade, since August 22, 2010 at Target Field vs. the Angels. They won that game 4-0. Let’s give them the opposite result tonight. Sunday notes: JUST FOR YU: Here are the NL ranks for Yu Darvish: first in quality starts, tied for first in wins, third in ERA and strikeouts per walk ratio (6.58), fifth in WHIP (0.94), tied for fifth in strikeouts (79),...
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ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Bingo is back

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Bingo is back

Al Yellon Let’s try and make the best of a bad situation I was on a Zoom call with my two best friends from high school last night and I started listing (okay, maybe ranting a bit) about all of the things 2020 has brought into my life that I never knew existed: derechos, murder hornets, and coronaviruses to name just a few. It has been a truly awful year and just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, something you never even knew was out there shows up to remind you that it can, in fact, get worse. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball is not one of those “Wait, we have to deal with what,...
Sep 20, 2020
How do the Cubs get to the next level of contention?

How do the Cubs get to the next level of contention?

Photo by @WillByington / www.willbyington.com Can they approach the level of consistent excellence the Dodgers currently inhabit? As the ball landed, an era ended. Anyone watching dispassionately probably knew it. As Kyle Schwarber's ball landed in the Allegheny River after a Gerrit Cole pitch the Pirates were rebuild-bound. Unable to afford free-agents to fill their comparative weaknesses, it became very bleak for Pittsburgh. Are the Cubs to the point where they can largely avoid the boom/bust cycle? The Los Angeles Dodgers have won seven NL West crowns in succession. They’ve...
Sep 20, 2020
Pedro Strop won’t pitch for the Cubs in 2020

Pedro Strop won’t pitch for the Cubs in 2020

Photo by David Banks/ The team does need some more relief help, though. Buried in this article by Sahadev Sharma in The Athletic about the Cubs’ bullpen issues with Rowan Wick likely out for the season is this brief note about Pedro Strop: They signed Pedro Strop to a minor-league deal after being released by the Reds earlier this season. Unfortunately, the stuff never fully ticked back up to where it had been when he was at his best, and Strop was recently shut down with a hip injury, effectively ending his 2020 season. The minor-league deal for Pedro was still worth it, in my view....
Sep 20, 2020
2020 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 52

2020 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 52

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports Cubs lose 8-1 to snap five game winning streak Narratives can be fun. More than anything, they can be entirely based on perspective. The Cubs had one player have a very good night offensively Saturday night. That player was Jason Heyward. If I click the camera right now and I’m careful with how I frame the picture, how about this narrative? We’re in the middle of his contract, essentially, year five of the deal. If I gave you this narrative on the day he signed that contract back in early 2016, how would you feel? Jason Heyward leads the Cubs in OPS...
Sep 20, 2020
Twins 8, Cubs 1: Sometimes it’s just not your day

Twins 8, Cubs 1: Sometimes it’s just not your day

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ I watched this game so you didn’t have to. In the preview to this game, posted Saturday afternoon, I included this note: Of the last six Cubs pitchers to throw no-hitters, all of them allowed a hit within the first three batters in their next outing. The last Cubs pitcher to record even a hitless inning in his first game immediately following a no-no was Ken Holtzman, August 23, 1969 vs. the Astros (allowed his first hit with one out in the third inning). That can now be amended to “seven Cubs pitchers,” because Alec Mills joined this group by allowing a...