Friday, September 22, 2017

5



Another night, another ten inning game, another Cubs win!

The Cubs had to battle back in this one from being down 3-0. First Jay brought in Heyward with a double, and then Zorbrist's knock brought in Bryant and Jay. The Brewers would knot it up 4-4 to send us to extras where a walke to La Stella with bases loaded proved to be the winning score. Cubs finish it 5-4!

The Cardinals won tonight as well. This put them in second with one loss less than the Brewers. Therefore, their losses (72) count towards the magic number.

The Cubs will see the Brewers two more times before meeting the Cards and Reds to end the regular season. Buckle up!

The Cubs have 9 regular season games left. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (86 + 72), or 163 - 158. 163 - 158 = 5.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 5. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

6


5-3 Cubs! 

What a game! The Cubbies take it in ten and bring the Magic Number down to 6!

The Cubs came out to an early 2-0 lead but found themselves trailing 3-2 in the 9th. A single by Javy sent Happ home to tie it up, and a long shot by Kris in the 10th, along with lights out pitching from Davis,  sealed the deal!

The Cubs will face the Brew Crew three more times before finishing the season against the Cards and Reds.

Let's Go!

The Cubs have 10 regular season games left. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (85 + 72), or 163 - 157. 163 - 157 = 6.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 6. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

8

The Cubs split the series in Tampa Bay with the Rays but the Pirates beat the Brewers dropping the magic number to 8.  We head to Wrigley North tomorrow to face the Brewers in a crucial 4 game series and Jake Arrieta returns to start for us.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride Cubs fans!


The Cubs have 11 regular season games left, including four apiece versus the third place Cards and the second place Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (84 + 71), or 163 - 155. 163 - 155 = 8.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 8. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9

Hey hey! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs won their seventh in a row Tuesday night, knocking off the Rays 2-1. Mike Montgomery was stellar in a spot start (6 IP, 6 K, 1 H, 1 ER), no hitting Tampa Bay into the sixth. The Cubs bullpen tossed 3 innings of no-hit ball.

Kyle Schwarber homered from the DH slot, and Javy Baez tallied the second RBI for the Cubs.

The short series wraps up Wednesday in Florida before the Cubs head to Milwaukee for a four-game weekend set against the second place Brewers.

Go Cubs go!

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The Cubs have 12 regular season games left, including four apiece versus the third place Cards and the second place Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (84 + 70), or 163 - 154. 163 - 154 = 9.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 9. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

10

Holy cow! Sweep! The first place Cubs completed a sweep of the Cards on Sunday with a 4-3 victory behind a strong start from Jose Quintana (5.2 IP, 8 K, 3 ER), 2 RBI from Ben Zobrist, and 3.1 scoreless innings from the bullpen.

Kyle Schwarber homered and Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Cubs have a day off Monday before starting their final regular season road trip: a brief two-game set in Tampa and a four-game series against the second place Brewers.

Go Cubs go!

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The Cubs have 13 regular season games left, including four apiece versus the third place Cards and the second place Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (83 + 70), or 163 - 153. 163 - 153 = 10.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 10. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

11

Kyle Hendricks the Professor gave up on 1 run through 7 and two third stellar innings.  The Cubs downed the Cardinals 4-1 as Albert Almora stayed hot with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's.  Addison Russell also homered in his first at bat back from the DL.  Wade Davis pitched for the second straight day and is now 30 for 30 in save situations.

Q will start opposite Lance Lynn tomorrow as the Cubs go for the sweep!


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The Cubs have 14 regular season games left, including five versus the third place Cards and four versus the second place Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (82 + 70), or 163 - 152. 163 - 152 = 11.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 11. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Friday, September 15, 2017

13

Hey hey! The first place Cubs downed the Cards 8-2 at Wrigley behind an abbreviated start by John Lackey (we'll get to that later), 4.1 innings of scoreless relief from the Chicago bullpen, and 2 RBI apiece from Ian Happ and Kris Bryant.

In addition to the 2 RBI, KB went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Jon Jay had a 2-for-4 day, seven different Cubs scored, and the Cubs' offense was extremely efficient, scoring 8 runs on 8 hits.

Both John Lackey and Willson Contreras were ejected after home plate umpire Jordan Baker called this pitch a ball:

Ball three?!?
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Understandable, gentlemen. The Cubs responded with a seven-run sixth inning, putting the game away and putting the Cards four games out of first and in sole possession of third place.

Game two of the three-game series is Saturday afternoon in the Friendly Confines.

Go Cubs go!

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The Cubs have 15 regular season games left, including six versus the third place Cards and four versus the second place Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (81 + 69), or 163 - 150. 163 - 150 = 13.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 13. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

14

Holy cow! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs swept the Mets with a 14-6 win Thursday night! Jason Heyward led the way with 4 RBI, Bryzzo added 2 apiece, and Albert Almora continued his late-game heroics with 2 more RBI tonight after 6 last night.

The second-place Cards head to Wrigley tomorrow for a three-game weekend series.

Go Cubs go!



The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (80 + 69), or 163 - 149. 163 - 149 = 14.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 14 Follow CMN on Twitter!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

15

Holy cow! The Cubs drubbed the Mets 17-5 at Wrigley on Wednesday night behind a quality start from Jon Lester, a 6 RBI night from Albert Almora, and a 3 RBI night from Willson Contreras.

The offense came alive, as Ben Zobrist reached base in 5 of 6 plate appearances and scored 3 runs, KB reached in 4 of 6 PAs and also scored 3 runs, and Javy Baez went 4-for-5 with a HR and 2 RBI. Almora's three-run homer and three-run triple were his only at-bats, as he entered the game late.  Similarly, Rene Rivera had two hits and two RBI in his only two at bats. That's Cub.

The series wraps up Thursday, and the Cards head to Chicago on Friday to start a three-game set.

Go Cubs go!



The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (79 + 69), or 163 - 148. 163 - 148 = 15.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 15. Follow CMN on Twitter!

16

Cards lose. Cubs up 7-2 over the Mets in the 8th. Stay tuned.

Go Cubs go!


The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (78 + 69), or 163 - 147. 163 - 147 = 16.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 16. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

17

Holy cow! The first place Cubs got back to their winning ways Tuesday night at Wrigley, downing the Mets 8-3 behind a dominant start from Jose Quintana (7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K) and a four RBI night from Kris Bryant. That's Cub.

Schwarber and Happ each homered; Kyle reached base in all four of his plate appearances. Willson Contreras returned to action and picked up three walks.

The series continues Wednesday in Chicago.

Go Cubs go!

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The Cubs have 18 regular season games left, including seven versus the Cards and four versus the Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (78 + 68), or 163 - 146. 163 - 146 = 17.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 17. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

18

Some good news for Cubs fans: the Brewers left town Sunday. The Cubs get a day off Monday and then host the Mets and Cards in back-to-back three game series.

Go Cubs go!



The Cubs have 19 regular season games left, including seven versus the Cards and four versus the Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (77 + 68), or 163 - 145. 163 - 145 = 18.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 18. Follow CMN on Twitter!

18

It's been a rough weekend at Wrigley for the Cubs so far, but they hope to wrap up the series with a win over the Brewers Sunday.

After an off day Monday, the Mets and Cards each come to town for three-game sets. Go Cubs go!
The Cubs have 20 regular season games left, including seven versus the Cards and five versus the Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (77 + 68), or 163 - 145. 163 - 145 = 18.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 18. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

18

The Cubs had a tough loss Friday night to the Brewers despite a dominant start by John Lackey (7 IP, 2 ER, 9 K), but you can't win if you don't score.

The series continues Saturday at Wrigley. Go Cubs go!
The Cubs have 21 regular season games left, including seven versus the Cards and six versus the Brewers. The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (77 + 68), or 163 - 145. 163 - 145 = 18.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 18. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Friday, September 8, 2017

18

Hey hey! The Cubs downed the Bucs 8-2 behind a quality start and RBI double from Jon Lester, two hits and two RBI from Rizzo, and a two-run homer from Albert Almora. That's Cub.

Lester struck out five and allowed only one earned run in six IP. Happ had three hits and J-Hey had a two hit night for the North Siders.

The first place Cubs kick off a nine-game homestand Friday, starting with a three-game set against the Brewers, who are five games back and tied with the Cards for second place in the NL Central.

Go Cubs go!


The Cubs have 22 regular season games left, including seven each versus the Cards and Brewers. While some folks look only at the Cubs' win column, remember that if the Cubs win tons of games in September, then the Brewers and/or Cardinals would also be losing -- at least a few of those games -- to the Cubs.

The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (77 + 68), or 163 - 145. 163 - 145 = 18.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 18. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

20

Holy cow! The Cubs won in dramatic fashion Wednesday night, beating the Bucs 1-0 behind a quality start by Jose Quintana and a game-winning, ninth inning, RBI triple by Alex Avila.

The Cubs finally broke through in the 9th, with Rizzo taking a one-out walk. Recent addition Leonys Martin, who made his Cubs debut as a pitcher on Monday night, pinch ran for Rizzo and promptly stole second. After an Ian Happ strikeout, Avila's two-out triple scored Martin and gave Chicago the lead for good.

Quintana had his best outing since his first as a Cub, tossing six scoreless innings while striking out six. Rondon, Strop, and Davis held the Pirates hitless over the final three innings. Davis's save was his 29th of the season.

The series wraps up tomorrow; the North Siders return to Wrigley on Friday for a nine-game homestand against the Brewers, Mets, and Cardinals.

Go Cubs go!


The Cubs have 23 regular season games left including seven each versus the Cards and Brewers. While the math makes our collective brains hurt here at CMN, and while some folks are looking only at the Cubs' win column, remember that if the Cubs win tons of games in September, then the Brewers and/or Cardinals would also be losing -- at least a few games -- to the Cubs.

The Cubs Magic Number to win the NL Central equals:

163 - (Cubs wins + losses of NL Central rival with fewest losses).

As of now, that's 163 - (76 + 67), or 163 - 143. 163 - 143 = 20.

Thus, the Cubs Magic Number is 20. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

21

The Brewers lost on Wednesday, moving the Cards into second place for the time being. As a result, the CMN remains at 21. 

The Cubs are in action against the Pirates at PNC while the Cards play in San Diego later tonight. Stay tuned.

24 games remaining (including the game that's underway). Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

21

After a rough loss and another tough 8th inning the Cubs will be back in action tomorrow night for game 3 versus the Pirates.


22

It was a rough Labor Day game for the Cubs in Pittsburgh, but the Brewers lost, too, dropping the CMN. 

Game two of the four-game set with the Bucs is Tuesday at PNC. Kyle Hendricks takes the mound for the North Siders.

25 regular season games left - follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

22

Holy cow! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs offense continued its tear on Saturday as the North Siders beat the Braves in a slugfest at Wrigley, 14-12, for their sixth straight win.

Jon Lester returned from his DL stint and looked a bit rusty, giving up 8 H and 4 ER (including three homers) in 5 IP, but the offense picked him up. Rene Rivera hit a grand slam to put the Cubs on the board in the 2nd inning. Rizzo drove in three, and Almora, Heyward, and Baez each drove in two. Heyward reached in 4 of 5 plate appearances. That's Cub.

The Cubs go for the series sweep at home on Sunday before they head to Pittsburgh for a four-game set starting Monday. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

22

Holy cow! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs offense continued its tear on Saturday as the North Siders beat the Braves in a slugfest at Wrigley, 14-12, for their sixth straight win.

Jon Lester returned from his DL stint and looked a bit rusty, giving up 8 H and 4 ER (including three homers) in 5 IP, but the offense picked him up. Rene Rivera hit a grand slam to put the Cubs on the board in the 2nd inning. Rizzo drove in three, and Almora, Heyward, and Baez each drove in two. Heyward reached in 4 of 5 plate appearances. That's Cub.

The Cubs go for the series sweep at home on Sunday before they head to Pittsburgh for a four-game set starting Monday. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!



Friday, September 1, 2017

25

The Cubs shut out the Braves behind 7 stellar innings from John Lackey.  El Mago (Javy Baez) was at it again hustling all the way to score from 2nd on a swinging bunt by Kyle Schwarber before Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ combined for a double and a single to make it 2-0 Cubs.

That would be all the pitching would need as Wade Davis notched his 28th save in 28 opportunities.  The series resumes for game 3 tomorrow at 1:20 as Jon Lester will return from the DL.




25

Hey hey! The Cubs downed to Atlanta 2-0 at Wrigley on Friday behind a quality start by John Lackey and Wade Davis's 28th save in 28 chances. That's Cub.


The Cubs pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout, and RBIs from Schwarber and Happ provided enough offense to propel the Cubs into September.

The series continues Saturday in Chicago.

Go Cubs go!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

26

Kyle Hendricks went 6 2/3 giving up two runs to the Braves Thursday night and was backed by 4 hits from Jon Jay and Kris Bryant's 25th HR, which gives KB three straight seasons of 25, only the 12th player to do that in his first three seasons and the first ever Cub.

Game two will be tomorrow afternoon as John Lackey takes the mound to try to deliver the 5th straight Cubs win.










Tuesday, August 29, 2017

28

Hey hey! The Cubs downed the Pirates 4-1 at Wrigley on Tuesday behind a quality start by Jake Arrieta (6 IP, 0 ER, 4 K) and a 3-for-4 night from Anthony Rizzo (R, RBI).

Ben Zobrist homered and Wade Davis picked up his 27th save of the season in 27 chances, a franchise record.

The series wraps up Wednesday night in Chicago.

Go Cubs go!


30

Hey hey! The Cubs downed the Pirates 6-1 at Wrigley Monday night to gain a half-game on the NL Central. Mike Montgomery had a dominant start (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 K) and the offense played small ball, taking advantage of Pittsburgh's miscues in the 7th to put the game away.

All nine Cub starters reached base, and Almora, Avila, Happ, and Rizzo each tallied an RBI. CJ and Wade Davis combined for two innings of scoreless, hitless relief.

The series continues Tuesday in Chicago. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

31

Holy cow! The Cubs offense exploded on Saturday night in Philadelphia in a 17-2 win. Kyle Hendricks had a dominant start (7 IP, 8 K, 2 ER) and six Chicago home runs put the game out of reach.

Tommy LaStella hit two homers (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI), as did Anthony Rizzo (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI). Kyle Hendricks supported his own cause with his bat (2 hits & 2 RBI -- both in the same inning!), and KB & Zobrist also homered for the Cubs. Chicago's offense was a model of efficiency, as 17 of their 20 baserunners touched home.

The series wraps up Sunday in Philly before the Cubs head back to Wrigley for a six-game homestand.

Go Cubs go!






Wednesday, August 23, 2017

33

Holy cow! The Cubs kept rolling on Wednesday night, beating the Reds 9-3 in Cincy. Mike Montgomery picked up the win, tossing a quality start (6 IP, 0 ER, 4 K) and both Kyle Schwarber and Tommy LaStella homered for the Cubs.

J-Hey and Jon Jay each had two-hit nights, Heyward's with 2 RBI and Jay's with 2 runs scored. The Cubs bullpen held Cincinnati scoreless until garbage time, when Rondon gave up three solo homers before finishing the game.

The series wraps up on Thursday at the Great American Ballpark before the Cubs head to Philadelphia for a weekend series. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!


35

Hey hey! The Cubs beat the Reds 13-9 Tuesday night. The series continues Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Go Cubs go!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

36

Holy cow! Epic comeback win by the Cubs on Sunday followed by a Brewers loss on Monday takes the CMN down to 36.

The Cubs hit the road starting Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Go Cubs go!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

38

Hey hey! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs downed the Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday behind another quality start from Jose Quintana (6 IP, 8 K, 2 ER) and Ian Happ's 18th homer of the year.

The Cubs went up 1-0 early before Toronto took a 2-1 lead. Happ's homer tied the game 2-2 in the 4th, and the Cubs tallied a run in both the 6th & 7th innings to seal the win. Felix Peña, recently recalled from Iowa, struck out the side in the 7th, and Wade Davis notched his 26th save in 26 appearances to close out the game.

Former Cubs Darwin Barney and Miguel Montero were in the lineup for the Jays again on Saturday. The series wraps up Sunday at Wrigley before an off day Monday. The Cubs start a six-game road trip to Cincinnati & Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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Go Cubs go!

40

Hey hey! The Cubs got back on track Friday at Wrigley, downing Toronto 7-4. Jake Arrieta tossed his seventh quality start in a row, Javy Baez drove in three and played spectacular defense, and Wade Davis picked up his 25th save in 25 chances.

Caratini went 3-for-3 with a run scored while Rizzo, Baez, and Almora had two hits apiece. Arrieta has been on a tear, and today's game was no exception:  6 IP, 6 K, 1 ER.

The series continues Saturday in Chicago. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

41

Holy cow! The Cubs beat the Reds 7-6 on a two-out, walk-off wild pitch. Anthony Rizzo got the Cubs on the board early with a first inning grand slam, and John Lackey tossed a quality start (6 IP, 6 K, 1 ER).

The Cubs built a 6-1 lead before the Reds got to the Chicago bullpen for five runs, tying the game in the 8th.

In the 9th, the Cubs got the first two batters aboard. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Ben Zobrist got hit by the 0-1 pitch, apparently loading the bases with nobody out.

Cue the Ump Show.

First base umpire Chris Conroy overruled the call, saying that Zobrist, who had squared to bunt on both pitches he saw, had offered at the pitch. Zobrist definitely jumped to avoid getting hit, but not even Henry Rowengartner would have offered at that pitch, considering that it was nearly thrown behind him.

Joe Maddon got tossed for arguing (and he got his money's worth), Zobrist grounded out, and Almora struck out, bringing Kris Bryant to the plate. The first pitch to KB was in the dirt, kicked toward the Cincinnati dugout, and brought Javy Baez home to score the winning run. Whew.

From Joe's postgame: "I don't even know what to say about that call ... that call cannot be made under those circumstances ... that's asinine ... it almost cost us the game ... that was wrong ... to influence the game like that is wrong ... you can't make that mistake." Amen, brother.

The four-game series wraps up Thursday at Wrigley. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!


Monday, August 14, 2017

42

Holy cow! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs offense was on display Monday night at Wrigley, as they crushed the Reds 15-5. Bryzzo went back-to-back, and Rizzo had a 3-for-5, five RBI night. That's Cub.

Jon Jay went 3-for-5 with a BB, RBI, and three runs scored while Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Tommy LaStella's 3-for-5 night raised his season average to .313.

J-Hey also went 2-for-4, Javy Baez went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer off of Scooter Gennett (yes, you read that correctly), and Mike Montgomery stroked a two-run double in a six-run seventh inning.

Jose Quintana had a solid start (5 IP, 1 ER, 4 K) before turning the game over to the Cubs bullpen.

Game two of the four-game series is Tuesday in Chicago. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!