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On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Brewers series preview

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Brewers series preview

Photo by Jason Miller/ The Brewers are on the verge of clinching the NL Central. Can the Cubs stop them? (Hint: Probably not.) The Brewers have a very good chance to clinch the NL Central title during this series. Entering today’s action their magic number is 5. So that’s fun, right? (No, it’s not, not for the Cubs, anyway.) For more on the Brewers, here’s Kyle Lesniewski, manager of our SB Nation Brewers site Brew Crew Ball: Their struggles against the AL Central notwithstanding, the Brewers are very close to clinching their own divisional crown. The second...
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Frank Schwindel has been crushing MLB pitching. Is that sustainable?

Frank Schwindel has been crushing MLB pitching. Is that sustainable?

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ The new Cubs first baseman is hitting almost everything in sight. Frank Schwindel has been one of the best and most enjoyable stories surrounding the post-selloff Cubs. In 41 games and 169 plate appearances for the North Siders, he’s hitting .365/.414/.679 (57-for-156) with 11 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs. That’s already gotten him a National League Player of the Week award, and accolades from Cubs fans who have enjoyed his happy-go-lucky attitude toward playing the game. He’s an easy player to root for. He also has the most wonderful...
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2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 147

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 147

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports Yet another vexing loss. On Thursday night, the Cubs jumped out to a 7-0 lead. They went on to lose 17-8. Without doing any research into it, that kind of an occurrence feels like it is something that should happen to you once every 5-10 years. Maybe I’m wrong on that and it is a little more common. But really, a seven-run lead is huge. The Cubs have now lost three games this year in which they led by 7-0, 6-0, and 7-0. And of course, the first of those was on June 30, so we are talking basically about three times in less than three months....
6 hours ago
Phillies 17, Cubs 8: Déjà vu

Phillies 17, Cubs 8: Déjà vu

This photo is fun, a lot more fun than the game was | Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports That strange feeling we sometimes get that we’ve lived through something before. Before I begin the recap of the Cubs’ 17-8 loss to the Phillies Thursday evening, here is an important message [VIDEO]. As it says in the dek to this recap: Déjà vu... That strange feeling we sometimes get that we’ve lived through something before. Now you KNOW you have seen this game before. In Milwaukee, to be specific, on June 30. The Cubs took a 7-0 lead in that one, too, only to give up 15...
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Outside The Confines: Craft beer and bad hats

Outside The Confines: Craft beer and bad hats

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Baseball classics to kickstart your weekend We’re going to keep it light to kick things off, because next week it’s going to be a non-stop bombardment of division-clinching and Wild Card races as experts begin to weigh in on which teams are best suited to go all the way and which postseason matches will be the most fun to watch. So before we get into all of that... how about more ugly hats? New Era cannot be stopped, and this time around someone was like “how about paisley, but instead of a completely paisley hat, which might make sense,...
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Baseball history unpacked, September 17

Baseball history unpacked, September 17

Happy birthday, @ithrow88! Dan Haren, take a bow. | Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. Plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Don’t be afraid to click the links for ‘inside baseball’ on the entries, which...
15 hours ago
Minor League Wrap: Brennen Davis homers again as Iowa beats Omaha, 8-5

Minor League Wrap: Brennen Davis homers again as Iowa beats Omaha, 8-5

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Brennen Davis homers again as Iowa beats Omaha for the third time this week. Strong starting pitching by Ryan Jensen and DJ Herz in wins for Tennessee and South Bend Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs calmed the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 8-5. Starter Matt Swarmer gave up three runs on five hits, including one solo home run, over five innings. Swarmer struck out eight and walked three. Jackson McClelland relieved Swarmer in the sixth inning and he gave up a run. But he got the win after Iowa scored twice in the top of the seventh....
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Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Phillies, Thursday 9/16, 5:05 CT

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Phillies, Thursday 9/16, 5:05 CT

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Cubs vs. Phillies Thursday 9/16 game threads

Cubs vs. Phillies Thursday 9/16 game threads

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via If you’re looking for Thursday’s game threads, you have found the right location.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies preview, Thursday 9/16, 5:05 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies preview, Thursday 9/16, 5:05 CT

Photo by Hunter Martin/ The Cubs go for the series win in Philadelphia. Thursday notes: THOSE HOME RUNS LAST NIGHT: Wednesday night marked the first time since August 24, 2018 vs. the Reds that the Cubs had two different home runs that either tied the game or gave them the lead in the eighth inning or later (Daniel Murphy and David Bote). Matt Duffy’s home run was his first ever go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later. SCHWINDY CITY UPDATE: Frank Schwindel has hit eight home runs in his last 15 games since August 29, and is slashing .381/.418/.810 with three...
Sep 16, 2021
Cubs historical sleuthing: Roberto Clemente edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: Roberto Clemente edition

Two Hall of Famers battle each other in this classic photo. Wednesday was Roberto Clemente Day across baseball, and MLB will now honor the memory and legacy of the great Pirates Hall of Famer every September 15, a worthy tribute. Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins tweeted this photo of Clemente batting against him: We battled it out many times over our careers. One of the toughest hitters I faced and a great human being. Today on Roberto Clemente day, I join @mlb and celebrate the amazing life and legacy of #21. #ClementeDay pic.twitter.com/4xIZJ06jY9— Fergie Jenkins...
Sep 16, 2021
A good look at Alfonso Rivas, from the University of Arizona to the Cubs

A good look at Alfonso Rivas, from the University of Arizona to the Cubs

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The former Arizona Wildcat is a potential star. People lately have been commenting on Alfonso Rivas’ easygoing demeanor, and also his line-drive stroke. The former Arizona Wildcat is doing well for himself, I’m pleased to see. He’s a potential star, in my eyes, and I don’t think I’m alone thinking that. I can attest that he’s had both that presence and that easy stroke at least since 2017, when I first saw him play at the U of A. Saw him play a few more times, spraying line drives all over the yard, playing left field mostly. He...
Sep 16, 2021
2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 146

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 146

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Cubs lose a tough one If you follow baseball long enough, you can just feel the cliché writing about it. I’m positive that as I write this, somewhere a sportswriter, very possibly even one of the Cubs beat writers, is writing that this was a game that neither team wanted to win. But that’s not really what we saw. The Cubs certainly didn’t come from behind twice in this one because they didn’t want it enough. Give these guys credit, they are fighting all of the way down to the finish. If there are guys on this team with their eye...
Sep 16, 2021
Phillies 6, Cubs 5: A passed-ball walkoff

Phillies 6, Cubs 5: A passed-ball walkoff

Photo by Hunter Martin/ That’s a creative way to lose after coming back twice from deficits. The Chicago Cubs long ago cashed in any postseason hopes for 2021 and sold off their stars. The new guys went through a 12-game losing streak but had played much better recently and had become fun to watch. This one, though, this 6-5 loss to the Phillies, pissed me off. To come back twice from deficits on late-inning home runs only to lose on a passed ball? Ugh. Let’s go back to the beginning of this game. Neither team scored over the first three innings, and Alec Mills...
Sep 16, 2021
Cub Tracks raises the steaks

Cub Tracks raises the steaks

#Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB news. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we have news for you. The Cubs and Phillies played the middle game of a three-game series Wednesday night in the city where they booed Santa Claus and the Cubs went to play. I prefer provolone on my cheesesteak. To be Frank. pic.twitter.com/o60VRsQGvG— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 16, 2021 Frank Schwindel updated Cubs stats in 162 PA: .367/.414/.693, 7.4 BB%, 14.8 K%, 191 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) September 16, 2021 Robinson Chrinos was thinking meatloaf. A game-tying blast for...