Saturday, May 25, 2019

109

The Cubs beat the Reds 8-6 Saturday as Tyler Chatwood notched his third career save.  Jose Quintana will face off against Tanner Roark Sunday.


111

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

112

Hey hey! The homer-happy, first place, comeback Cubs downed the Phillies 8-4 at Wrigley on Wednesday night behind Albert Almora's first-ever grand slam, massive homers from Tony & El Mago, and four solid innings of relief from Tyler Chatwood.

The series wraps up on Thursday at the Friendly Confines before the Reds come to town for a weekend series. 47 games down, 115 to go.

Go Cubs go!



Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

113

Bucs lose.  Cubs up 8-4, top 9 at Wrigley.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

114

Hey hey! The comeback Cubs scored two in the bottom of the 9th on Tuesday night to beat the Phillies 3-2. Jose Quintana tossed a quality start (6 IP, 0 ER, 4 K) and Kris Bryant continued his hot streak with a 3-for-4 night.

El Mago drove in Rizzo to plate the winning run to give Kyle Ryan his first win of the year for the first place North Siders.

The series continues Wednesday night at Wrigley. 46 games down, 116 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

Sunday, May 19, 2019

116

Hey hey! The first place Cubs won another series by knocking off the Nationals 6-5 on Sunday in DC. Anthony Rizzo homered and Kyle Schwarber knocked in two to set the pace for the North Siders.

Albert Almora had a 3-for-3 night with a walk and two runs scored, and Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 while also scoring twice. Steve Cishek threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to pick up the save.

The Cubs return to Wrigley on Monday to start a four game homestand:  four with the Phillies and three with the Reds. 44 games down, 118 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

Friday, May 17, 2019

117

The Cubs offense exploded for 14 runs against the Nationals last night and it didn't take long to get started as Javy Baez had an RBI double in the first to extend his career high 15 game hitting streak and then Albert Almora Jr took Max Scherzer deep on an 0-2 pitch that went 445 feet for the longest HR of his career.

The real fireworks started in the 7th as Bryant went deep. Schwarber then went deep in the 8th on the 13th pitch of the at bat as he fouled off several close pitches before hitting an opposite field HR.  The 2016 MVP was not done there though as he would go back to back with Schwarber in the 8th and homer in the 9th for the second three homer game of his career. 

Cole Hamels gave up two runs in five IP and moved to 4-0 on the season.  Jon Lester squares off against Stephen Strasburg at 6:15 CST.




Wednesday, May 15, 2019

119

The first place Cubs dropped a tough one to the Reds in extras on Wednesday night, but Pittsburgh also lost, dropping the CMN.

Some good news despite the loss: Yu Darvish struck out 11 batters in 5 1/3 innings while not giving up a walk. Darvish left the game with a 3-2 lead, but unfortunately, the Chicago bullpen gave up 4 earned runs.

Almora and Russell each went 2-for-4 with a HR, and Schwarber also homered for the Cubs.

The series wraps up in Cincinnati on Thursday before the North Siders head to DC for a three-game weekend set versus the Nationals. 40 games down, 122 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

120

Holy cow! The Cubs beat the Reds 3-1 on Tuesday night behind a dominant start from Kyle Hendricks (8 IP, 1 ER, 7 K), who also went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. That makes three dominant starts in a row for the Professor, who's allowed just one earned run in the 25 (!) innings of those starts. That's Cub.

The North Siders' team ERA now stands at 3.38, just below Cincinnati's NL-best 3.35. Kris Bryant extended his on-base streak to 23 consecutive games, and his season OBP now sits at .406.

The series continues Wednesday at the Great American Ballpark. 39 games down, 123 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

121

The NL-best, first place Cubs had Monday off, but the Pirates' loss dropped the CMN by one since they have the fewest losses of any NL Central opponent. The North Siders kick off a six-game road trip Tuesday at Cincinnati.

38 games down, 124 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Sunday, May 12, 2019

122

Holy cow! The NL-best, first place Cubs knocked off the Brewers 4-1 at Wrigley on Sunday behind a quality start from Jon Lester (6.2 IP, 0 ER, 6 K) and a 3-for-4 day from Kris Bryant. KB's two-run homer in the 7th put the icing on the cake.

Javier Baez's 2-for-4 day raised his season average to .323, and Kintzler & Cishek combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless, no-hit relief. That's Cub.

The North Siders have Monday off before heading to Cincinnati to kick off a six-game road trip with the Reds and Nationals. 38 games down, 124 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

Saturday, May 11, 2019

123

Hey hey! Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win! Willson Contreras's walkoff homer gives the first place Cubs a 2-1 win over MIL in 15 innings on Saturday. Cole Hamels set the pace for the North Siders with a dominant start (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K). 

The rubber game of the series is on Sunday at Wrigley. 36 games down, 126 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Thursday, May 9, 2019

125

Holy cow! The first place Cubs downed the Marlins 4-1 on Thursday to take the series three games to one. Homers from Bryzzo and a stellar return by Mike Montgomery (5 IP, 0 ER, 3 K) set the pace for the North Siders.

KB and Tony reached base in 5 of 8 combined plate appearances while knocking in three, and Almora added the fourth RBI for the Cubs.

The Cubs have now won seven consecutive series, three games in a row, and nine of their last ten. That's Cub.

The second place Brewers head to Wrigley for a three-game weekend series starting Friday. 35 games down, 127 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

126

Holy cow! The comeback Cubs did it again at Wrigley on Wednesday night, knocking off Miami 3-on Jason Heyward's walk-off home run to lead off the 11th!

Kyle Hendricks had another dominant start (8 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) and CJ Edwards picked up his first win of the 2019 season after closing the door on the Marlins in the top of the 11th (1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 2 K). That's Cub.

The series wraps up on Thursday afternoon at the Friendly Confines. Milwaukee comes to town Friday for a three-game set. 34 games down, 128 to go.

Go Cubs go!



Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

127

Hey hey! Kris Bryant's walk-off, three-run homer broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Cubs a victory over Miami on Tuesday night at Wrigley, 5-2.

Jon Lester's quality start (6 IP, 0 ER, 6 K) set the pace for Chicago, and the bullpen rebounded nicely with three scoreless innings of relief (3 IP, 0 ER 1 H, 6 K).

Despite a stiff wind blowing in from center, both Almora and Bryant managed to hit HRs. KB and Almora each had 2-for-5 nights, Baez's 2-for-3 night raised his season average to .321, and Contreras's 1-for-3 night raised his to .313. Both Javy & Willy rank among the top ten hitters in the NL. That's Cub.

The series continues Wednesday night at the Friendly Confines. 33 games down, 129 to go.

Go Cubs go!



128

Hey hey! Kris Bryant's walk-off, three-run homer broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Cubs a victory over Miami on Tuesday night at Wrigley, 5-2.

Jon Lester's quality start (6 IP, 0 ER, 6 K) set the pace for Chicago, and the bullpen rebounded nicely with three scoreless innings of relief (3 IP, 0 ER 1 H, 6 K).

Despite a stiff wind blowing in from center, both Almora and Bryant managed to hit HRs. KB and Almora each had 2-for-5 nights, Baez's 2-for-3 night raised his season average to .321, and Contreras's 1-for-3 night raised his to .313. Both Javy & Willy rank among the top ten hitters in the NL. That's Cub.

The series continues Wednesday night at the Friendly Confines. 33 games down, 129 to go.

Go Cubs go!



Sunday, May 5, 2019

130

Holy cow! The first place Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 13-5 blowout on Sunday night at Wrigley Field. Jose Quintana threw another quality start (6 IP, 2 ER) while Zobrist, Bryant, Contreras, and Almora each had two-hit nights.

KB's 8th inning grand slam was the exclamation point that wrapped up a great weekend for the Cubs: Friday's complete game shutout for Hendricks, Saturday's comeback win punctuated by Davis's grand slam, and Sunday's no-doubter.

With the three victories, the Cubs leapfrogged St. Louis in the NL Central standings to take sole possession of first. Since their much-discussed 1-6 start to the 2019 season, the Cubs have won 18 of 24 games and hold the best record in the National League.

The Marlins come to town Monday to kick off a four-game set, and the homestand wraps up next weekend with three games against the third place Brewers. 31 games down, 131 to go.

Go Cubs go!




132

Taylor Davis connected for a grand slam off of Michael Wacha, the first major league home run of his career.  Javy Baez then smacked an opposite field line drive home run in the bottom of the 8th as the Cubs won back to back games against their St. Louis rivals.  Jose Quintana faces off against Adam Wainwright tonight on Sunday Night Baseball at 6:00 PM CST.



Friday, May 3, 2019

132

Kyle Hendricks was masterful Friday as he pitched a complete game shutout on only 81 pitches, 18 of which were balls.  He credited Willson Contreras with realizing that the Birds were swinging early, something the battery was able to exploit as Hendricks struck out only three but got loads of soft contact that kept his defense busy.  Great plays were made by Javy Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant, and a few by Anthony Rizzo who also clubbed a three run shot as he continued his hot streak.

That would be more than enough for the Professor as class was definitely in session.  It was the first time in ten years that a Cubs pitcher had thrown a Maddux (complete game shutout under 100 pitches) with the last one being twirled by Carlos Zambrano.

Yu Darvish will square off against Michael Wacha today at 3:05 CST.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

136

Jon Lester hurled seven shutout innings on Wednesday allowing a single hit, one walk and striking out eight, lowering his season ERA to 1.73.  The Cubs offense erupted in the second inning starting with a Javy Baez HR, his tenth of the season and the scoring was also ended on a Baez double as the boys in blue put up a six spot.    Five additional runs would be added as Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo would each hit solo homers.  The Cubs also hit four sacrifice flies in the game, a point of emphasis after failing to do so much of last season.  The duo of Webster and Maples slammed the door shut on the M's each going an inning and combining for four strike outs as the Cubs earned the two game sweep.  After a day off tomorrow the Redbirds come to Wrigley in what should be a very good series.  The Professor Kyle Hendricks will square off against Jack Flaherty at 1:20 CST.

Monday, April 29, 2019

139

Holy cow! The Cubs outlasted the D-Backs in 15 innings on Sunday night, winning 6-5 and taking the series, their fourth in a row.

Homers by Contreras and Bryant put the North Siders up 3-0 after 4 innings, but Arizona tied it up in the 6th. Neither team scored for the next 8 innings, when the Cubs scored 3. The Snakes made it interesting in the bottom of the 15th, scoring two, but Webster got the final out to nail down the win.

The Cubs have Monday off before starting a two-game set in Seattle on Tuesday, followed by another off day on Thursday. A ten-game homestand starts Friday when the Redbirds come to town. 26 games down, 136 to go.

Go Cubs go!


Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

142

Hey hey! The comeback Cubs dispatched the Dodgers 7-6 at Wrigley on Wednesday. Down 3-0, the North Siders put up a six-spot in the sixth with three-run homers by Baez and Heyward.

Cole Hamels held the Dodgers to three runs despite six walks over 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven. Kintzler lowered his season ERA to 2.61, Strop picked up the save, and KB had a 2-for-3 night.

The series wraps up Thursday at the Friendly Confines before the Cubs hit the road for a five-game road trip. 22 games down, 140 to go.

Go Cubs go!


 Image Credits: Chicago Cubs



Tuesday, April 23, 2019

143

Holy cow! The Cubs downed the Dodgers 7-2 at Wrigley on Tuesday night behind another dominant start from Jose Quintana (7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K) and a four-run first inning highlighted by a three-run double by Willson Contreras.  

Rizzo drove in two more, the Cubs took a 6-0 lead into the third, and the North Siders never looked back. Ben Zobrist had a 2-for-5 night, El Mago reached base in 4 of 5 plate appearances while driving in one and scoring two, and the Chicago bullpen tossed two scoreless innings to finish the game.

The series continues Wednesday at the Friendly Confines.

Go Cubs go!



Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs


Monday, April 22, 2019

145

The Cubs had the day off on Monday, but the Bucs dropped another one, lowering the CMN by one.

The Dodgers head to Wrigley on Tuesday to kick off a three-game set before the North Siders hit the road for a weekend series in Phoenix followed by a two-game set in Seattle.

Go Cubs go!


Sunday, April 21, 2019

146

Hey hey! The Cubs beat Arizona 2-1 on David Bote's walk-off RBI single. Tyler Chatwood tossed a quality start (6 IP, 0 ER, 3 K) and Baez, Bote, & Rizzo each had two of Chicago's six hits.

Chatwood walked the first batter of the game on four pitches, but was dialed in after that. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the 6th on Javy's RBI triple, but Pedro Strop gave up a game-tying home run in the top of the 9th to set up Bote's heroics.

The North Siders have now won two series in a row and three of their last four (they split that fourth series with the Angels one game apiece). Monday is an off day before the Dodgers head to Wrigley for a three-game set starting Tuesday.

Go Cubs go!



Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs

Friday, April 19, 2019

148

Class was in session Friday as the Professor Kyle Hendricks pitched seven shut out innings walking two and striking out 11 while giving up only three hits on a very windy day.  Speaking of the wind, Kris Bryant was credited with a two RBI bloop double that fell between four different Diamondback fielders.  Anthony Rizzo then added an RBI on a triple hit into the LF corner, the 16th of his career.  KB scored on a wild pitch and Willson Contreras had an RBI single to continue his torrid start.  Brad Brach gave up the only Diamondbacks run and made it interesting but Pedro Strop ended the drama getting the last two outs on only nine pitches, eight strikes.  Stropy collected his second save of the season and Hendricks his first win.  Yu Darvish will face off against Zack Greinke today at 1:20 CST.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

149

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

150

Jose Quintana hurled his second gem in a row in Miami tonight.  Going seven shutout innings giving up six hits and striking out seven while walking none.  Daniel Descalso had a clutch two out single to start the scoring before a Bote ground out, a Javy solo shot that went 439 feet and a Zo sac fly as the Cubs went on to win 4-0 over the Fish.  Cole Hamels will square off against Sandy Alcantara tomorrow night at 6:10 CST.


Monday, April 15, 2019

151

Yu Darvish went 5 2/3 striking 8 and earning his first win in 330 days.  The Cubs offense put up a 3 spot early and then added four more runs throughout the game including Willson Contreras's sixth homer which went an estimated 420 feet.  The Cubs offense also walked six times to five strike outs.  Jose Quintana pitches tomorrow coming off a gem in his last start.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

152

Sunday's Cubs-Angels finale got postponed due to snow and rain, but the CMN dropped due to MIL's loss, with the makeup date to be determined.

The only four mutual off days for the Cubs and Angels are April 29, June 3, August 26, and September 23. Here are travel impacts for both teams, by date:
  • April 29:  Angels en route from KC to LA; Cubs en route from PHX to SEA
  • June 3:  Angels en route from SEA to LA; Cubs en route from STL to Wrigley
  • August 26:  Angels en route from HOU to LA; Cubs en route from Wrigley to NY
  • September 23:  Angels en route from HOU to LA; Cubs en route from Wrigley to PIT
None of these makeup dates are ideal, but it could be argued that April 29 is the most "fair" date, as both teams would have to travel to and from Chicago for the game. It'll be interesting to see if MLB takes that approach, or if they decide to minimize overall travel and cost by selecting another date.

Since the Cubs have just two off days in September compared to the Angels' four, I'd bet that they would prefer making the game up earlier in an attempt to avoid another late-season stretch without an off day.

The North Siders head to Miami to kick off a three-game road trip on Monday.

Go Cubs go!


Friday, April 12, 2019

153

Behind home runs by Anthony Rizzo, David Bote, and two from Willson Contreras and not to mention 8 innings of 1 run ball by Cole Hamels the Cubs welcomed 3 AM back to Chicago with a 4-1 win.  Willson clubbed a pair onto Waveland while Hamels gave up a solo shot to Albert Pujols, his 635th.  Hamels struck out six, walking none.  The Professor Kyle Hendricks will take the mound tomorrow facing off against Chris Stratton.



Thursday, April 11, 2019

154

Holy cow! The Cubs downed the Bucs 2-0 on a soggy Thursday night at Wrigley behind a dominant start from Jose Quintana (7 IP, 0 ER, 11 K) and a pair of 2-for-3, one-RBI nights from Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini.

An hour-long rain delay separated Quintana's start from the bullpen's finish, but the Chicago relievers responded by extending their scoreless streak to four games in a row.

With the victory, the Cubs took two out of three from Pittsburgh, their first series win of the 2019 season. The Angels come to town on Friday to kick off a three-game series.

Go Cubs go!


Image Credits:  Chicago Cubs