Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Hey hey! The first place, MLB-best Cubs won their sixth straight game on Wednesday, downing the Royals 6-1 in KC. Yu Darvish had a dominant start (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 K), El Mago drove in two, and the bullpen tossed two no-hit innings to secure the victory.

Tyler Chatwood and his 0.71 ERA take the mound in tomorrow's series finale. The Cubs head to St. Louis for a three-game weekend set that starts Friday. 12 games down, 48 to go!

Go Cubs go!


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Holy cow! The first place Cubs beat KC 5-4 on Tuesday night at Wrigley, their fifth straight win! They're sporting the best record in the NL, folks!

Kyle Hendricks had a dominant start (7 IP, 2 ER, 3 K) while homers from J-Hey (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI), Kipnis (.429 BA), and Willy (2-for-4, .314 BA) powered the offense for the North Siders.

The series moves to KC for the final two games, starting Wednesday. 11 games down, 49 to go.

Go Cubs go!


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Monday, August 3, 2020

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Holy cow! The first place, NL-best Cubs shut out the Royals 2-0 on Monday night at Wrigley behind a dominant start from Mills (7 IP, 0 ER, 4 K) and a 2-for-3 night from KB.

Bryant's 7th inning solo shot provided an insurance run, and Javier Baez's sac fly plated Nico Hoerner for the North Siders's first tally.

The four-game series continues in Chicago on Tuesday before heading to KC on Wednesday for the final two.  10 games down, 50 to go!

Go Cubs go!

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

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Holy cow! The Cubs came back to beat the Bucs 2-1 at a wet Wrigley Field on Sunday. Jon Lester had another quality start (6 IP, 1 ER, 4 K), and it was Javier Baez's walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th that sealed the historic win for the North Siders.

It was the first-ever Cubs game with the "runner on second in extra innings" rule in place, and they took full advantage of it.

The Royals come to town for a two-game set on Monday. 9 games down, 51 to go!

Go Cubs go!

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

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The first place Chicago Cubs keep rolling at Wrigley with a 4-3 win over the Pirates.

Happ, Báez, and Schwaber all sent balls into the bleachers to back up Chatwood's 6.2 inning, 11 strikeout, night. Scwaber's home run in the eighth was the ninth Cubs homer during or after the seventh inning this season - a league best.

Tomorrow, the Cubbies will go for a sweep of the Bucs!



Friday, July 31, 2020

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The first place Cubbies beat the Pirates with a quality six inning, shutout, start from Yu Darvish who had seven strike outs.

Jason Kipnis got his first home run on a very windy night to help Chicago take the 6-3 win.

The Northsiders will host the Bucs again tomorrow at the Friendly Confines!



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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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The first place Cubbies guaranteed at least a split series in Cincinnati and took soul possession of first place in the Central with an 8-5 victory over the Reds!

Javier Báez cracked two home runs and David Bote knocked one to support Alec Mills' first start of the season where Mills went six innings to take the win.

The Cards fell to the Twins, so the number dropped twice tonight.

Source: Associated Press




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Monday, July 27, 2020

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Hey hey! The first place Cubs hung on to beat the Reds 8-7 in Cincinnati on Monday night. Jon Lester had a solid start (5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER) and Steven Souza drove in two in his Chicago debut. Anthony Rizzo hit his third homer of the season and scored three times.

But the star of the night was Jeremy Jeffress, who entered the game in the bottom of the ninth in a one-out, bases-loaded jam and picked up the save. Whew.

The four-game series continues Tuesday at the Great American Ball Park.  4 games down, 56 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

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Holy cow! The first place Cubs downed the Brewers 9-1 on a hot and humid Sunday at Wrigley behind a quality start from Tyler Chatwood (6 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 8 K) and some well-executed small ball by the offense.

A four-run fourth gave the Cubs the lead for good, and the bullpen tossed three innings of no-hit, shutout ball to slam the door.

With the game safely in hand, the Cubs broke out the big bats late, with Contreras, Happ, and Rizzo each homering to pile on the insurance runs.

The North Siders kick off a four-game set in Cincinnati on Monday. 3 games down, 57 to go!

Go Cubs go!

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Friday, July 24, 2020

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Hey hey! The first place Cubs opened the abbreviated 2020 season with Kyle Hendricks tossing a complete game shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Brewers. The Professor was at his best (9 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 9 K), and homers from Happ and Rizzo gave the North Siders all the offense they'd need.

Hendricks' gem took only 103 pitches, and Milwaukee's three hits were all singles. Happ's two-run shot was a no-doubter, and Rizzo's 8th inning blast gave the Cubs an insurance run. The victory was also the first of manager David Ross's career.

Game two of the series -- and the season -- is underway at Wrigley. 1 game down, 59 to go!

Go Cubs go!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Season schedule has been released. July 24th will be the opening day for the Cubs against the Brewers at Wrigley.

Full schedule is here.

There will be DH for NL teams and in extra innings a runner will be placed on 2nd base at the start of the inning.

Post season will be in the format as the last few years, although this may change. Fans in attendance is unknown at this time.

Lots of hesitant players with more positives for COVAD-19, so we'll see if this season actually happens.

This image makes me sad from their exhibition game against the White Sox, but at least we got to watch them play on the TV:

Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Hey, Cubs fans! Spring training was off to an exciting start with David Ross at the helm, Ian Happ & El Mago tearing it up (1.315 and 1.286 OPS, respectively), and veteran Josh Phegley hitting a cool .409 to make a strong case for making the roster as a third catcher.

Tyler Chatwood is on track to slot in as the North Siders' fifth starter, putting up a 1.86 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over four starts (9.2 IP, 11 K, 2 BB). Rex Brothers also looks to be a nice addition to the Chicago bullpen, striking out 12 batters and walking only three in seven innings of work.

Kyle Hendricks is putting pressure on Rossy to name him the Cubs' Opening Day starter, with 8 K and only 1 BB over 9 IP. The Associate Professor (Maddux will always be The Professor to me) also has a stellar 1.00 ERA and ridiculously miniscule 0.44 WHIP this spring.

And if you didn't catch the ESPN broadcast that featured Bryzzo "mic'd up" -- check it out!

While spring training stats don't always carry over to the regular season, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about 2020 Cubs baseball (J-Hey's .444 OBP, anyone?). Unfortunately, public health concerns are putting a hold on baseball for now, and it's certainly the right thing to do.

So, we're looking forward to counting down the Cubs Magic Number as soon as baseball season's underway. In the meantime, enjoy a few Old Styles and Chicago dogs as you watch some 2016 season highlights!

Be well and GO CUBS GO!