CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Young Cubs: Jimenez Powering Up

The big-league Cubs have largely struggled since I last wrote, but things are still looking very good down on the farm. A few big name prospects have made some big strides in recent weeks, while some have simply continued to play well. Let’s take a spin around the minors and catch up. Iowa Cubs (Triple-A) […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 9, Cardinals 8 (5.25.16)

OSS: An ugly win is still a win Three up Kris Bryant had a great day at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk and a homer. He was the Cubs overall WPA leader on the day but the biggest single individual play was… Jason Heyward's two-run double in the second inning. The Cubs scored in a hurry in the second, I had gone to grab my lunch during the commercial break and found...
Via Obstructed View
7 hours ago

Cubs, Jake Arrieta tie MLB record for consecutive wins

Death, taxes and Jake Arrieta winning a game he starts for the Cubs are among the few “sure things” in life. Arrieta and the Cubs defeated the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, 9-8, which extended the team’s winning streak in games he starts to 23. That tied an MLB record set by Kris Medlen, dating back to when he pitched for the Braves. The Cubs’ ace showed he was human...
Via The Sports Daily
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

SportsNet Central: Fan wears Cubs hat with Cardinals jersey

A photo of a fan wearing a Cubs hat with a Cardinals jersey emerged on Wednesday.
Via CSN Chicago
9 hours ago

Jorge Soler uses paper cups to make clever sculpture during game (PHOTO)

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler did all he could to help make sure the team held on to win 9-8 on Wednesday afternoon. Not only did he watch and cheer from the bench, but he also used that same time to take a handful of empty paper cups and made binoculars out of them. That’s how you make constructive use of your time when bored.
Via The Sports Daily
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryant dialing up power with regularity on road

There's no place like the road for the Cubs' Kris Bryant. Bryant hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 9-8, on Wednesday at Busch Stadium. It was his fourth home run on the nine-game road trip and raised his season total to 10.
Via Cubs.com
14 hours ago

Cards' huge rally still isn't enough in 9-8 loss to Cubs

ST. LOUIS -- Jake Arrieta remained unbeaten on the season despite allowing as many as four runs for the first time in nearly a year and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.Arrieta (9-0) joined the White Sox's Chris Sale as the only nine-game winners in the majors.Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015.Arrieta...
Via Associated Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler Sees a Victory

Check this out, as the Chicago Cubs eked out a series win: This was when the Cubs were nursing a dangerously slim lead, right before Kris Bryant gave them a more comfortable lead before the St. Louis Cardinals used up the remainder of their Devil Magic to pull within a run. Thank goodness for insurance! Just trying to focus. https://t.co/vYBDImq3v2 — MLB (@MLB) May 25, 2016 ...
Via World Series Dreaming
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

South Bend Cubs Thunder Away into First Place

The South Bend Cubs are next to last in pitching in the Midwest League with a team ERA of 3.94. Their starting pitchers have respective ERA’s of 2.52, 3.38, 3.96, 4.75, 4.83, and 6.19. Those stats don’t look very promising. And yet, they have the league’s best record at 27-16. Buoyed by a solid bullpen, the story of the South Bend Cubs to date has been a destructive lineup...
Via Cubs Insider
21 hours ago

Cubs Have Baseball’s Best Rotation, But Do They Need to Improve It Anyway?

There’s been plenty of talk about the Cubs going after another arm, kind of a way to October-proof the pitching staff or some such. I suppose that’s a solid plan if you fall into the “if it ain’t broke, fix it anyway” camp, particularly when you take into account the history of the men who make up the back end of the rotation. Jason Hammel has been brilliant thus far in...
Via Cubs Insider
21 hours ago

Cubs Minor League Update (5.25.16)

El Paso Chihuahuas 3, Iowa Cubs 8 Willson Contreras hit his 5th home run of the season and his second in as many days. He was 1-4 on the night with a walk, a couple of runs scored, an RBI and two strikeouts. Albert Almora was 2-4 with his 10th double of the season. He also scored a run. Dan Vogelbach was 1-2 with 2 walks. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-4 with a strikeout and Kristopher...
Via Obstructed View
22 hours ago

Is Ben Zobrist Superman?

No. (He doesn’t wear glasses.) But, I must say, Ben Zobrist is a pretty awesome dude. Going into the Winter Meetings this past December, I wanted nothing more than for the rumors of Zobrist’s possible signing with the Cubs to become a reality—even more so than I wanted the Jason Heyward rumors to come true (which for […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist in the last couple of years that really establish this team as the...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Maddon talks about T-shirt gate in St. Louis

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about T-shirt gate the last time the team was in St. Louis.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist on Being in Sync

Better not throw a ball to Ben Zobrist right now. Better throw it in the zone. He’s got the lowest swing rate in baseball this year, and a bottom-nine number since we started tracking that stat. He’s always swung less often than most, but this is extreme, even for him. “I’m just seeing the ball really well,” he said before a game against the Giants, reducing the answer...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: How worried should fans be?

The Chicago Cubs’ 8-7 series-opening victory over the San Diego Padres on May 10 feels like forever ago at this point. After that win that pushed Jon Lester to 4-1 on the season, the Cubs were 25-6, good enough for the best record by any team to open a year since the Tigers over 30 years ago. However, the Cubbies have floundered a little bit in the past two weeks, losing three...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon wants to take “Try Not to Suck” nationwide

Joe Maddon’s “Try Not to Suck” T-shirt line may be expanding across the league. The Chicago Cubs manager and members of his team wore the shirts, which were made available to fans to purchase. The shirts caused controversy after prudes in the St. Louis Cardinals organization temporarily banned the shirts at their stadium for having ‘suck’ written on them. Maddon said sales...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matheny on Cubs series: 'It will be fun playing them'

Just because more than 100 games are remaining doesn't mean the St. Louis Cardinals are taking lightly a series against the rival they're chasing in the NL Central.They haven't been playing all that well lately, but neither have the Chicago Cubs, who head to Busch Stadium for Monday night's opener in their worst slump of the season.St. Louis (23-21) already trails the Cubs (29-13...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Cubs at Cardinals, May 23-25

This is a moment, an opportunity for the Cubs to both create a little more breathing room between themselves and their most formidable divisional rival, and to get themselves out of the funk they’ve been in for almost a fortnight. If they miss that opportunity, it’d hardly be calamitous. The Cardinals can’t catch the Cubs […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Maddon on Heyward injury: Don't know anything for sure yet

Joe Maddon talks about Jason Heyward's sensational catch, and the injury that followed in the Cubs' 8-1 win over the Friday night.
Via CSN Chicago
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Heyward discusses injury in Cubs-Giants game

Jason Heyward talks about his injury that took him out of the game in the first inning of the Cubs' 8-1 win over the Giants on Friday night.
Via CSN Chicago
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jason Heyward suffers injury on amazing catch

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward made a ridiculous catch to rob the San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span of extra bases in the first inning on Friday night at AT&T Park, but was forced to leave the game after suffering an injury on the play. Heyward ran a long way at full speed, before making a sliding catch and slamming into the wall, right by the 421-foot mark (the...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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