Tuesday, July 20, 2021

75

 The Chicago Cubs overcame a six to one deficit in the 9th inning in St. Louis tonight.  They were able to keep the line moving by sending ten men to the plate and scoring six unanswered runs.  Craig Kimbrel then entered in the bottom of the 9th and notched save number 22 on the season.  It was the Cubs first comeback win after trailing through eight innings by 5 or more runs since 1979.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

84

Hey hey! The Cubs beat the Phillies 8-3 at Wrigley on Wednesday behind two-hit nights from Pederson, Rizzo, and Hoerner and lights out work from the bullpen.

It was a long overdue win for the North Siders, who broke an 11-game skid. Hoerner's effort raised his season average to .337, and Patrick Wisdom knocked in two.

Alec Mills cruised through five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth, but the Cubs had staked him to a five-run lead after two. Brothers, Chafin, and Kimbrel tossed 3.1 scoreless innings to seal the victory.

The series wraps up on Thursday in Chicago before the Cards come to town for a three-game weekend set that kicks off on Friday. 87 games down, 75 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

86

The Cubs' skid continued on Monday at Wrigley, but (mercifully) the Brewers lost to the Mets. 


The North Siders are back in action against the Phils on Tuesday.

Go Cubs go!



Friday, June 25, 2021

88

 The Chicago Cubs combined for a no hitter for the first time last night at Dodger Stadium.  It was the 17th no hitter in franchise history, but the first one ever to be a combined no hitter.  After a rough start his last time out Zach Davies threw 6 no hit innings and he was followed by Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin, and Craig Kimbrel.


Javy Baez and Willson Contreras both went deep and Jake Marisnick had an RBI single to back the Cubbie hurlers.  Tip of the cap to Willson Contreras on catching his first ever no hitter and what a long way he has come both in his ability to call a game and defensively as well.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

91

 Patrick Wisdom's 15 pitch at bat against Ross Detwiler netted the Cubs their first hit of the game and their second run as Joc Pederson followed with an RBI single after Jake Marisnick had a pinch hit single himself.  The bullpen pitched four shutout innings after Alec Mills made a good start of five scoreless, giving up 6 hits while striking out 3 and walking none.  Craig Kimbrel came on and got save 368, tying him for 9th all time with Jonathan Papelbon.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

92

The first place Cubs dropped Saturday's game to the Marlins at Wrigley, and the Brewers are in action on Saturday night.

The Cubs-Marlins series wraps up on Sunday at the Friendly Confines.  71 games down, 91 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

98

Holy mackerel! The first place Cubs beat the Cardinals 2-0 on Sunday night at Wrigley to secure the series sweep. Zach Davies' quality start set the pace for the North Siders (6.2 IP, 0 ER, 6 K), who took advantage of a St. Louis error and back-to-back singles from Bryzzo to plate two runs in the third.

Tepera and Kimbrel combined to toss 2.1 scoreless innings to seal the win and the sweep.

The Cubs head to New York for a four-game set against the Mets that starts Monday. 65 games down, 97 to go.

Go Cubs go!

99

Holy cow! The first place Cubs downed the Cards 7-2 at Wrigley on Saturday behind a quality start from Kyle Hendricks (6 IP, 2 ER, 2 K) and home runs from Alcantara, Happ, and Pederson.

The Cubs' bullpen tossed three scoreless innings, including Craig Kimbrel's 17th save. Kimbrel's season ERA now sits at 0.68.

With the win, the Cubs secured another series victory. The series wraps up Sunday night at the Friendly Confines. 64 games down, 98 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

100

Hey hey! The first place Cubs beat the Cards 8-5 at Wrigley on Friday behind five scoreless relief innings from the bullpen and homers from Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, & Joc Pederson.

It was Tony's homer -- on the 14th pitch of an at-bat against Daniel Ponce de Leon that had the crowd really rocking -- that tied the game at 5-5. From there, all it took was Bill Murray leading the stretch and tossing out an emphatic "LET'S GET SOME RUNS!" for Pederson (3-for 4, 3 RBI) to break the tie with a two-run double in the 7th.

Contreras's 8th inning blast provided an insurance run while the Cubs' bullpen continued its dominance: 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K. Tommy Nance (of the 0.00 ERA) tossed two scoreless, hitless innings and Craig Kimbrel (0.69 ERA) picked up his 16th save of the season.

The series continues Saturday at the Friendly Confines. 63 games down, 99 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

101

Hey hey! The first place Cubs beat the Padres 3-1 at Petco on Wednesday behind a strong start from Jake Arrieta (5 IP, 1 ER, 6 K), home runs from Joc Pederson and Sergio Alcantara, and Craig Kimbrel's 15th save.

The North Siders' offense was quite efficient, scoring three runs on four hits. Alcantara raised his average to .304 (1.016 OPS) since his late-May callup.

The Cubs now head home to Chicago and kick off a weekend homestand against the Cardinals on Friday. 62 games down, 100 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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103

Holy mackerel! The Cubs beat the Padres 7-1 on Tuesday behind a quality start from Zach Davies (6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 K), four RBI from Anthony Rizzo, and another home run from Patrick Wisdom.

Davies' start was arguably his best of the season, and Andrew Chafin & Tommy Nance continued their dominance out of the bullpen. Chafin's season ERA now sits at 1.98 while Nance has yet to yield an earned run in 2021.

On the offensive side, Tony's 4 RBI night included a 2-for-4 performance at the plate and a HR while Wisdom's homer was his 8th of the season in just 40 AB. Willson Contreras also homered for the North Siders, and Joc Pederson collected two hits from the leadoff spot.

The series wraps up Wednesday at Petco Park before the Cubs head back to Wrigley to kick off a weekend series against the Cardinals. 61 games down, 101 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

104

Hey hey! The first place Cubs came back to beat the Giants 4-3 in San Francisco on Sunday behind a quality start from Kyle Hendricks (6.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 K), 2.2 scoreless innings from the bullpen, and two homers from Patrick Wisdom.

Hendricks helped his own cause by stroking a double and later coming around to score, but it was Wisdom's hot bat that paced the North Siders. Wisdom is now batting .412 (1.533 OPS) and is locked in at the plate.

The trifecta of Tepera, Chafin, and Kimbrel continued their dominance as Kimbrel picked up his 14th save of the year while lowering his season ERA to 0.75.

The Cubs start a three-game set in San Diego on Monday. 59 games down, 103 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

105

It's been a rough start to the road trip for the first place Cubs, but the Brewers and Cardinals swapped places in the standings, dropping the CMN.

The Cubs - Giants series continues Saturday at Oracle Park. 57 games down, 105 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

106

Holy cow! The first place Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Padres on Wednesday, beating them 6-1 at Wrigley. Adbert Alzolay's nice start (5 IP, 1 ER, 7 K) and four more scoreless innings from the bullpen kept the Friars in check while Anthony Rizzo's 3-for-4, 2 RBI day and a two-run blast from Javier Baez paced the Cubs' offense.

The win was the North Siders' ninth in their last ten games, and they've now won 21 of their last 29.

They kick off a seven-game road trip on Thursday in San Francisco. 55 games down, 107 to go.

Go Cubs go!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

109

Holy mackerel! The first place Cubs whalloped the Padres 7-2 at Wrigley on Monday behind a solid spot start from Kohl Stewart (5 IP, 0 ER, 2 K) and two homers apiece from Javier Baez and Patrick Wisdom. Meanwhile, the Cards lost, giving the North Siders sole possession of first.

Baez's blasts tallied 3 RBI while Wisdom's were both solo shots. Wisdom is now batting .467 (1.633 OPS) in 15 games for the Cubs this season. And Kris Bryant continues to rake:  his 2-for-4 day raised his season average to .324 (1.016 OPS).

The bullpen continued to roll, allowing 1 ER with 6 K in 4 innings. Tommy Nance (1 IP, 0 ER, 2 K) has yet to allow an earned run in 2021 (6.2 IP), Andrew Chafin (0.2 IP, 1 K) dropped his season ERA to 2.22, and Keegan Thompson (2.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 K) is sporting a 0.52 ERA for the season.

The series continues Tuesday at Wrigley. 53 games down, 109 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

115

Holy cow! The Cubs downed the Bucs 4-1 at PNC Park on Wednesday night behind a quality start from Williams, three more scoreless innings from the bullpen, and 2 RBI apiece from David Bote and Kris Bryant.

Williams had his best start of the season (6 IP, 1 ER, 7 K, 0 BB) while the bullpen continued its scoreless streak (3 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB). Craig Kimbrel (0.86 ERA) picked up his 11th save of the season, and Tommy Nance has yet to yield an earned run in his rookie campaign.

On the offensive side, KB's 3-for-5 night raised his season average to .317 (.997 OPS), Eric Sogard went 2-for-4, and Williams' 2-for-3 night raised his season average to .308. Who needs the DH?

The series wraps up Thursday in Pittsburgh before the North Siders return to the Friendly Confines Friday to kick off a six-game homestand against the Reds and Padres. 48 games down, 114 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Monday, May 24, 2021

118

Monday in the NL Central:  Cubs had the day off, but the Cards lost to the White Sox, dropping the CMN.

The North Siders kick off a three-game set in Pittsburgh on Tuesday before heading back to Wrigley for a six-game homestand against the Reds and Padres.

46 games down, 116 to go.

Go Cubs go!



119

Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win! The Cubs beat the Cards 2-1 in extras on Sunday night to take the weekend series two games to one. Javier Baez's two-run, 10th inning homer broke a 0-0 tie and provided all the offense that the North Siders would need.

It was certainly a pitchers' night at Busch, perhaps due to the help of a wide strike zone that led to manager David Ross's ejection in the fourth inning. Prior to Javy's blast, the only two hits for the Cubs were off of red-hot Kris Bryant's bat (.312 BA, 1.009 OPS).

The Chicago bullpen continued its torrid streak by not allowing an earned run over five innings of work. Craig Kimbrel finished the 9th and then pitched the 10th, earning him the second plate appearance of his career. It ended predictably (K), but not before he had a few great takes and one Baez-esque swing.

It's an off day for the men in blue on Monday before kicking off a three-game set in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 46 games down, 116 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Friday, May 21, 2021

121

Holy cow! Who says St. Louis is boring? The Cubs trounced the Cards 12-3 at Busch on Friday behind a quality start from Kyle Hendricks (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 K) and an 8-run 8th inning.

Joc Pederson led off the game with a first-pitch home run, Ian Happ had a 3-for-4 night, and Kris Bryant raised his season average to .308 (1.023 OPS).

The North Siders' bullpen continued its dominance with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The series continues Saturday at Busch. 44 games down, 118 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

123

Holy mackerel! The Cubs beat the Nats 5-2 behind 2 HRs and 3 RBI from Ian Happ and 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings from the bullpen -- including Craig Kimbrel's 9th save. The win gave the North Siders a 3-1 series victory over Washington.

Kimbrel's season ERA is now 1.06, and his 9 saves are 4th-best in the NL. Anthony Rizzo and Joc Pederson each collected two of the Cubs' ten hits, and the men in blue now have an 11-6 record in May.

Next up:  a six-game road trip that kicks off with a three-game weekend series in St. Louis. Here's hoping they can gain some ground, as they currently sit three games behind the first place Cards. 43 games down, 119 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

124

Holy cow! The Cubs beat the Nats 6-3 on Tuesday behind homers from David Bote and Ian Happ, 2 RBI from Willson Contreras, and four scoreless innings from the bullpen. The offense collected 13 hits on the way to the victory.

The Cubs recognized Jon Lester in a pregame ceremony, presenting him with a W flag and Wrigley seats signed by teammates, coaches, and staff. Last night's pregame ceremony had David Ross presenting Kyle Schwarber with a number 12 plate from the manual scoreboard (and hopefully perpetual rights to visit the top of the Budweiser scoreboard).

Some impressive stats:
  • Cubs have won 9 of their last 13 games,
  • Cubs' bullpen has the second-lowest ERA in the NL,
  • Nico Hoerner is now hitting .353 with a .904 OPS,
  • Kris Bryant is now hitting .309 with a 1.027 OPS, 10 HR, and 26 RBI, and
  • Craig Kimbrel's save was his eighth of the season (1.08 ERA).
The series continues Wednesday at Wrigley. 41 games down, 121 to go.

Go Cubs go!


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Monday, May 17, 2021

125

Holy cow! The Cubs downed the Nats 7-3 at Wrigley on Monday with 12 hits from the offense, 3 RBI from J-Hey, and a 1-2-3 9th from Tommy Nance in his MLB debut. Heyward, Contreras, and Baez each homered for Chicago.

The game marked Jon Lester's first appearance in front of fans at Wrigley since 2019, and his first in a Nationals uniform. Kyle Schwarber also made his Wrigley debut for the Nats, launching a two-run homer in his return to the North Side. Both received standing ovations and pregame honors.

Adbert Alzolay gave up three runs in his five-inning start, including two homers. But the bullpen picked him up, tossing four runs of scoreless ball. Nance's appearance included a strikeout of the first batter he faced and nine strikes in his eleven pitches. Welcome to the show!

The series continues tomorrow at the Friendly Confines. 40 games down, 122 to go. 

Go Cubs go!

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

127

Hey hey! The Cubs downed the Tigers 5-1 on Sunday behind a dominant start from Kyle Hendricks (8 IP, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB) and a 3-for-4 day from Ian Happ (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI). 

Hendricks was dealing, throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes, and scattering eight hits over eight-plus innings. With the win, the Cubs took the series from Detroit.

They head to Wrigley to kick off a four-game homestand against the Nats on Monday. 39 games down, 123 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

129

Hey hey! The Cubs downed the Tigers 4-2 on Friday behind a quality start from Jake Arrieta (6 IP, 2 ER), a two-run blast from Kris Bryant, and a perfect ninth inning from Craig Kimbrel.

Kimbrel struck out the side to earn his seventh save of the season, and Bryant's homer was his tenth of the 2021 campaign. KB is now sporting a league-leading 1.069 OPS. Rizzo and Baez also drove in runs for the North Siders.

The series continues Saturday in Detroit. 37 games down, 125 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

131

The Cubs had an off day on Thursday and kick off a weekend series in Detroit on Friday.  36 games down, 126 to go.

Go Cubs go!





Saturday, May 8, 2021

132

Holy cow! The Cubs beat the Bucs 3-2 on Saturday at Wrigley behind 5 scoreless relief innings from the bullpen and RBIs from Contreras, Duffy, & Sogard. Trevor Williams struck out six in 4 innings to start the game, and Craig Kimbrel picked up his sixth save of the season, lowering his season ERA to 0.64.

The win gives the North Siders their second consecutive series win and their fifth win in a row. The series wraps up on Sunday at Wrigley. 33 games down, 129 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

135

Hey hey! The Cubs came back four different times on Wednesday to beat the Dodgers 6-5 in extras behind a nice start from Adbert Alzolay (5 IP, 2 ER, 7 K), a 3-for-4 night from Matt Duffy, and a walk-off RBI single from Anthony Rizzo.

Jake Marisnick homered for the Cubs, and centerfielder (!) Kris Bryant threw out Justin Turner at the plate. Craig Kimbrel lowered his season ERA to 0.69 with another perfect inning of relief.

The series sweep of the reigning MLB champs was a great start to this homestand, which wraps up with a three-game set against the Bucs starting on Friday. 31 games down, 131 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

137

Holy cow! The Cubs came back to beat the Dodgers 4-3 to sweep Tuesday's doubleheader behind a walk-off RBI single from David Bote, a game-tying two-run homer in extras from Javier Baez, and a solo shot from Jason Heyward.

It was a bullpen game for the North Siders even before the game went into extras -- Keegan Thompson picked up the spot start (3.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K) and six Cubs relievers combined to finish the game.

The series wraps up tomorrow at Wrigley. 30 games down, 132 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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138

Holy cow! The Cubs downed LA 7-1 on Tuesday afternoon behind a complete game quality start from Kyle Hendricks (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 K) and 3 RBI from David Bote.

The game was a makeup of Monday's rainout, so was only a seven-inning affair since it was the first half of a doubleheader. The regularly scheduled Tuesday game starts at 6:40 p.m. at Wrigley.

Kris Bryant went 1-for-3, raising his season average to .323 (1.111 OPS), and Jake Marisnick homered.

29 games down, 133 to go. 

Go Cubs go!

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

140

Cubs lost to the Reds on Sunday, but the Brewers' loss dropped the CMN. Here's hoping that Ian Happ is okay after a nasty collision with Nico Hoerner in the outfield.

The Cubs now head home to kick off a six-game homestand:  three against the Dodgers and three against the Pirates. 28 games down, 134 to go.

Go Cubs go!
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141

Holy cow! The Cubs came back to beat the Reds 3-2 on Saturday behind a 3-for-3 night from Nico Hoerner and 5 shutout innings from the bullpen. Craig Kimbrel picked up the save, his fifth of the season, while keeping his season ERA at 0.00.

Hoerner reached base in all four of his plate appearances, raising his season average to .375 and his OPS to 1.018. "I know it’s early in the year, but it’s definitely significant for the morale of this team and what we can do in games like that," Hoerner said. .Jason Heyward and Zach Davies each knocked in a run for the visiting North Siders.

The rubber game of the series takes place Sunday at the Great American Ball Park before the Cubs head back to Wrigley to kick off a six-game homestand against the Dodgers and Pirates. 27 games down, 135 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

142

Hey hey! The Cubs downed Atlanta 9-3 on Thursday night behind a QS from Alzolay (6 IP, 2 ER, 6 K) and multiple-hit nights from Tony, J-Hey, Duffy, KB, & Nico.

Hoerner reached base in 3 of 5 plate appearances, raising his season average to .360 and his OPS to 1.004. KB's night raised his average to .310 with a 1.011 OPS.

The North Siders head to Cincinnati for a three-game weekend set on Friday before returning to the Friendly Confines for a six-game homestand next week. 25 games down, 137 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

143

The Cubs got walloped by Atlanta on Wednesday, but there were two silver linings:  the Brewers lost, dropping the CMN, and Anthony Rizzo struck out Freddie Freeman. Rizzo's career ERA as a reliever remains 0.00.

You know it's not a good night when three position players pitch for your team ... and they give up 0 runs compared to the pitchers' 10.

The series wraps up tomorrow in Georgia before the Cubs head to Cincy for a three-game weekend series.

Go Cubs go!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

144

The Cubs dropped Monday's game to Atlanta 8-7 despite a grand slam from KB and a 2-run HR from Willy. Zach Davies had a rough outing (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 ER), and the Cubs' comeback effort fell short. Meanwhile, the Brewers lost to the Marlins, dropping the CMN.

Bryant's season OPS stands at .993, and Nico Hoerner's 2-for-5 night actually lowered his average to .429. The series continues Tuesday in Georgia. 22 games down, 140 to go.

Go Cubs go!


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Saturday, April 24, 2021

145

Holy mackerel! The Cubs' offense continued its recent tear at Wrigley on Friday, as they crushed the Brewers 15-2 behind a quality start from Kyle Hendricks (6 IP, 2 ER, 6 K), 17 hits, 4 homers, 5 RBI from Jake Marisnick, and three-hit days from Nico Hoerner, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant.

KB's season average is up to .313, and his OPS is up to 1.041. The Cubs have now tallied 55 runs in their last six games -- compared to 34 in their first 13 games.

On the defensive side, the North Siders have cut their 2020 error rate in half so far in 2021:  0.50 errors/game in '20 and 0.26 errors/game in '21 -- second-best in MLB.

The series continues on Saturday at the Friendly Confines. 19 games down, 143 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

147

Hey hey! The Cubs completed a series sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 win at Wrigley on Thursday behind a pinch-hit, walk-off, RBI single by Jason Heyward in the 10th, a solid start from Trevor Williams (5 IP, 2 ER, 6 K), and 5 innings of one-run ball from the bullpen.

Kris Bryant had a big night, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and raising his season average to .283. Craig Kimbrel continued his dominance (season ERA 0.00), tossing a perfect ninth. Winkler allowed the Mets to load the bases in the top of the 10th, but got Dominic Smith to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

The Cubs' homestand wraps up this weekend with a three-game set against the Brewers. 18 games down, 144 to go.

Go Cubs go!



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

148

Holy cow! The Cubs' offense exploded again on Wednesday as they downed the Mets 16-4 at Wrigley behind a grand slam from Javier Baez, 13 hits, and 4 New York errors.

It was a bullpen night for the Cubs, with Alec Mills picking up the win with three innings of scoreless relief. But it was the North Siders' offense that stole the show. Until El Mago's slam, the Cubs had put 10 runs on the board without a home run. Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, David Bote had a 2-for-4, 4 RBI night, and Willson Contreras also picked up two hits.

The series wraps up tomorrow before the Brewers come back to town for a three-game weekend series. 17 games down, 145 to go.

Go Cubs go!



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

150

Hey hey! The Cubs downed the Mets 3-1 at Wrigley on Tuesday night behind another solid start from Jake Arrieta (5 IP, 1 ER, 4 K), a 2-for-3 night from Eric Sogard, and Craig Kimbrel's fourth save.

The bullpen was largely lights out, tossing four innings of scoreless ball. Kimbrel's 9th was messy but got the job done:  BB, K, BB, 1B, and K before a groundout to first ended the game. Sogard reached base in 3 of 4 plate appearances.

The series continues Wednesday at the Friendly Confines. 16 games down, 146 to go.

Go Cubs go!



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Sunday, April 18, 2021

151

The Cubs dropped Sunday's rubber game to Atlanta 13-4.  Kyle Hendricks gave up 6 ER in the 1st inning, and that was that. Anthony Rizzo homered twice in the losing effort.

The Mets head to Wrigley on Tuesday to kick off a three-game set. 15 games down, 147 to go.

Go Cubs go!


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Saturday, April 17, 2021

152

Holy cow! The Cubs' offense came alive at Wrigley on Saturday as they downed Atlanta 13-4 behind a nice start from Trevor Williams (5 IP, 4 K, 1 ER) and SIX home runs -- two apiece from Willy & KB and one each from Javy & Bote.

The rubber game of the series is Sunday at the Friendly Confines. 14 games down, 148 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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153

Not much to say on the Cubs' front other than that they square off against Atlanta at Wrigley on Saturday.

Wind blowing in ~10 MPH at the Friendly Confines with Trevor Williams on the mound. May their bats find the fastballs over the plate and may the men in blue hit 'em where they ain't. 

13 games down, 149 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

154

Tuesday's Reds' loss dropped the CMN.  No comment about Wednesday's Cubs game.

The North Siders have an off day Thursday and then kick off a nine-game homestand Friday against Atlanta. Here's hoping that the Friendly Confines are indeed friendly to the defending NL Central champs.

12 games down, 150 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

155

Hey hey! The Cubs came back to beat the Brewers 3-2 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night behind a spot start from Alec Mills, five shutout relief innings from the bullpen -- including a four-out save from Craig Kimbrel, and a go-ahead, two-run homer from Willson Contreras in the 8th.

Kyle Hendricks was slated to take the hill for the North Siders, but was a late scratch due to illness. Here's hoping that it's not COVID-19, as the Cubs are experiencing their first outbreak since the pandemic began.

Contreras was hit by another pitch tonight, so his homer was especially gratifying.

The series wraps up Wednesday at Wrigley North before the Cubs head back to the Friendly Confines and kick off a nine-game homestand on Friday.  11 games down, 151 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

156

Cubs dropped the series finale in Pittsburgh, but the Reds' loss drops the CMN.

The Men in Blue kick off a three-game set in Milwaukee on Monday.  9 games down, 153 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

157

Tough game for the Cubs on Saturday in Pittsburgh, but the Reds' loss drops the CMN.

Rubber game against the Pirates on Sunday at PNC.  8 games down, 154 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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158

Holy cow! The Cubs beat the Bucs 4-2 on Thursday behind another quality start from Jake Arrieta (6 IP, 4 K, 2 ER) and home runs from Bryzzo and El Mago. Craig Kimbrel finished the game with his first career five-out save.

Kimbrel has truly been filthy to start the 2021 campaign:  9 K in 4.2 IP with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.

The series continues Saturday at PNC Park. 7 games down, 155 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Monday, April 5, 2021

159

Hey hey! The first place Cubs beat the Brewers 5-3 behind a quality start from Trevor Williams (6 IP, 6 K, 2 ER) and homers from Willson Contreras, Javier Baez, and David Bote. Williams was perfect through 5 in his Cubs debut.

Contreras took a pitch off the helmet late in the game, a scary moment. He stayed in the game and hopefully is fine.

Alec Mills picked up the save for the North Siders.

The series continues on Tuesday night at Wrigley.  4 games down, 158 to go.

Go Cubs go!



Sunday, April 4, 2021

160

Holy cow! The first place Cubs beat Pittsburgh 4-3 at Wrigley on Sunday behind a nice start from Zach Davies and big days from Ian Happ (HR, 2 R) and Kris Bryant (2-for-3, R, RBI). 

Craig Kimbrel picked up the save to seal the victory (2 K, 0 H, 0 BB).

The Brewers head to the Friendly Confines Monday to kick off a three-game set. 3 games down, 159 to go.

Go Cubs go!



Saturday, April 3, 2021

161

Hey hey! The first place Cubs picked up their first win of the 2021 campaign on Saturday, downing the Bucs 5-1 behind a quality start from Jake Arrieta (6 IP, 1 ER, 5 K) and home runs from Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward.

El Mago swiped two bases while both he and J-Hey went 2-for-4, and the bullpen threw three perfect innings of relief. Speaking of relief, Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the 9th to end the game.

First pitch of the series' rubber game is Sunday at 1:20 in Chicago; the Brewers head to town Monday to kick off a three-game set.  2 games down, 160 to go.

Go Cubs go!

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

163

Here we go, fans! Opening Day is upon us!

The 2021 MLB season is here and the Cubs kick it off with a six-game homestand.

Opening Day brings the Bucs to Wrigley, with Chad Kuhl taking the hill for Pittsburgh and Kyle Hendricks toeing the rubber for Chicago.

We'll see if Rossy slots Contreras into the two hole and bats KB cleanup, as he did several times this spring in Mesa. Could be a nice way to maximize Bryant's output and get Willy a few more at-bats throughout the season.

With Strop starting the season in the minors, Jeffress no longer in Chicago, Kimbrel coming off of a rough spring, and a couple nagging injuries, the bullpen remains a bit of a question mark. Here's hoping that the rotation can make it a non-issue.

162 games to go. Go Cubs go!