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Twins 5, Cubs 4: Joe Ryan is back, and he’s still good

Joe Ryan continues to impress, and I don’t mean just with his flow. | David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Joe Ryan, Max Kepler led the Twins to a solid all-around win The Minnesota Twins appear to have done well for themselves in the Nelson Cruz trade. Believe it or not, there is plenty to talk about from this game. Nolan Joe Ryan turned in another mostly dominant performance. Max Kepler had three extra-base hits, including two home runs, Byron Buxton added a pinch-hit double, and the Twins’ bullpen mostly pitched well. Ryan came into the game having thrown perfect innings...

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Chicago Cubs vs. Minnesota Twins preview, Wednesday 9/22, 6:40 CT

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The Cubs look for a split with the Twins in their final interleague game of 2021. Wednesday notes... STRIKEOUT WATCH: The Cubs have 1,502 strikeouts by batters this year. That’s 17 short of breaking the franchise record (1,518 in 2015). If the record doesn’t fall tonight, it will almost certainly happen in Game 1 against the Cardinals Friday. Also, that total is 94 short of breaking the MLB record (1,595, set by the 2019 Tigers). Since the trade-deadline selloff (in other words, with basically the current team), the Cubs are averaging...

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Chicago Cubs: A top 10 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft should now be the aim

Over the course of a 162-game season, there’s always a potential for things to go haywire. Unfortunately, this season did just that, with the Chicago Cubs floundering in the standings and shifting focus to the future after a massive sell-off at the July trade deadline. If the season ended today with projected standings, it would net […] Chicago Cubs: A top 10 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft should now be the aim - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres both losers so far in the Yu Darvish trade

Chicago Cubs fans know the acquisition of starting pitcher Zach Davies hasn’t exactly worked out well. Not only has Davies not pitched well for the Cubs after turning a breakout 2020 season with the San Diego Padres, but the team was unable to unload him and get anything in return at the trade deadline (which […] Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres both losers so far in the Yu Darvish trade - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: Will Mets, Yankees regret Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo trades?

The race to October is on and it seems like every single day, something shifts in the postseason picture. The National League has five teams vying for one spot and the AL has five teams fighting for two. It’s really anybody’s guess for who will end up in the postseason at the end of the day […] Chicago Cubs: Will Mets, Yankees regret Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo trades? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: 2 off-the-wall and 1 likely Willson Contreras trade destinations

The Chicago Cubs are at a fork in the road. After a near-total dismantling of the team at the trade deadline, fans were left with a copious amount of questions and pretty much nothing but speculation regarding the future of the team. Though Jed Hoyer had said “Big money spending will be back soon enough“, we […] Chicago Cubs: 2 off-the-wall and 1 likely Willson Contreras trade destinations - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: Bryce Ball may be the organization’s most underrated prospect

This year’s trade deadline brought an abundance of new faces to the Chicago Cubs organization, as well as some major league talent, and the team’s future now seems much brighter than it did just months ago. While much has been made of guys like Pete Crow-Armstrong, Alexander Canario and Nick Madrigal, other prospects have become […] Chicago Cubs: Bryce Ball may be the organization’s most underrated prospect - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Is Craig Kimbrel Being Overused?

Craig Kimbrel’s days of aggressive, even willy-nilly usage, are over. Will Tony La Russa get the memo, and read it, in time? | Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports Kimbrel has been at his best when well-rested this season. Why is he pitching on three consecutive days? At the moment, the really unfortunate thing about the Craig Kimbrel trade is that it was still the right move. Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer will produce plenty for the Cubs, but it seems unlikely that either winds up as the crucial, missing piece to a championship squad. Some regression from Kimbrel’s...

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Chicago Cubs: Poor free agent decisions derailed a potential dynasty

Theo Epstein made two critical decisions in the last few weeks of 2015 that altered the fate of the Chicago Cubs franchise. In early November, Dexter Fowler became a free agent after the Cubs declined to re-sign him to a long-term deal.  Six weeks later, the Cubs signed outfielder Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 […] Chicago Cubs: Poor free agent decisions derailed a potential dynasty - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Kyle Schwarber Has Been Everything Red Sox Could Ask For Since Trade

Kyle Schwarber most certainly is an important cog in the Boston Red Sox machine. The Red Sox acquired the former Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs outfielder at the trade deadline, and since returning to the field after an injury he has been everything Boston could’ve asked for. Schwarber, a longtime outfielder and catcher, has bounced […] The post Kyle Schwarber Has Been Everything Red Sox Could Ask For Since Trade appeared first on NESN.com.

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A Cristian Hernandez update, and should the Cubs have two Arizona Complex League teams in 2022?

Cristian Hernandez Instagram Some thoughts about a top Cubs prospect and where the team should be headed for prospects next year. In January, to the surprise of very few people, Cristian Hernandez signed with the Cubs. An international free agent, he was expected to sign with the Cubs in July 2020, but the signing period was kicked back. At the start of the Dominican League season, his success was expected to be complete and immediate. Baseball being what it is, his success wasn't. He's on a bit of a spurt, and updated his season homer total to four this past week, in...

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Column: The revamped Chicago White Sox bullpen hasn’t been as dominant as expected. So what happened?

Craig Kimbrel hasn't dominated with the Chicago White Sox since coming over from the Cubs at the trade deadline and was booed at Sox Park on Sunday. But if Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks can reach peak form in October, all will be forgiven.

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Will the Chicago Cubs trade Kyle Hendricks, Willson Contreras and Ian Happ?

If Chicago Cubs fans thought the agony of the deadline fire sale was over, they may want to just hold off on going out and grabbing their new favorite player’s jersey until this offseason is over and the 2022 season is underway. Heck, it may last a little longer than that, but patience is a […] Will the Chicago Cubs trade Kyle Hendricks, Willson Contreras and Ian Happ? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: An emotional day watching Kris Bryant’s return to Wrigley

On Friday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs organization and fans welcomed Kris Bryant and his family back to Wrigley Field for the first time since trading him to the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline in July. As a diehard Cubs fan and the ultimate Kris Bryant supporter, I would like to take you through the […] Chicago Cubs: An emotional day watching Kris Bryant’s return to Wrigley - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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3 reasons the Chicago Cubs won’t try to sign Freddie Freeman

I want to start this piece off by saying even though there’s a new report out there that makes it seem likely Freddie Freeman will hit free agency at year’s end rather than agree to an extension with the Braves, it still feels unlikely he won’t be playing in Atlanta in 2022 and beyond. But then […] 3 reasons the Chicago Cubs won’t try to sign Freddie Freeman - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: 3 trades to help the outfield this offseason

What a turn of events in the last week for the Chicago Cubs. Though the starting rotation is still pretty much in shambles, it goes to show that this team isn’t as bad as it seems when you get a decent start or two from a starting pitcher. The recent seven-game winning streak marked the […] Chicago Cubs: 3 trades to help the outfield this offseason - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants preview, Friday 9/10, 1:20 CT

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The Cubs welcome back old friends. Today's roster move: Here Friday notes... HAPP-ENINGS: Ian Happ, 24 games since August 13: .371/.404/.787 (33-for-89), seven doubles, 10 home runs, raised his season OPS from .599 to .730. In fact, he’s 5-for-12 with three home runs in three games so far this week. Keep that up and we’ll have another Cub winning NL Player of the Week. THE NEW GUY: Codi Heuer, 17 appearances as a Cub since being acquired in the Craig Kimbrel trade: 0.90 ERA, 0.800 WHIP, only one HR allowed in 20 innings. HOME RUN...

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3 Chicago Cubs prospects who have been on fire lately

The Chicago Cubs, written off and left for dead after trading nearly everybody of value at the trade deadline, have surprised some folks of late – winners of seven of their last height heading into the final weeks of the 2012 season. Still, they find themselves a full 10 games out of a Wild Card […] 3 Chicago Cubs prospects who have been on fire lately - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: How have team’s trade departures fared with new clubs?

It’s already been more than a month since the eventful 2021 trade deadline and we now have greater perspective on the fallout. While the main concern for the Chicago Cubs and the fanbase should be the development of prospects and younger players, it’s worth at least taking a peek at how the old friends are doing. […] Chicago Cubs: How have team’s trade departures fared with new clubs? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Codi Heuer continues to rebuild himself with the Chicago Cubs

Jed Hoyer’s decision to trade All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox has already paid off decently for the Chicago Cubs. Kimbrel did not factor in the Cubs’ long-term future, but the two assets Hoyer got back from the Sox surely do. While Nick Madrigal is the centerpiece of the deal, reliever Codi Heuer […] Codi Heuer continues to rebuild himself with the Chicago Cubs - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: Rob Manfred is up to his old tricks, yet again

I just couldn’t write another article on the Chicago Cubs tear down, or what Tom Ricketts is doing, or anything Cubs.  Not this week anyway. Instead we’ll look the looming issue of the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and how MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is at it again.  In all the trade deadline drama there was […] Chicago Cubs: Rob Manfred is up to his old tricks, yet again - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 139

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Seventh Heaven! Cubs get past Reds for seventh straight win You never ACTUALLY believe that you won’t see that W flag again. You never really believe you are hearing “Go Cubs Go!” for the last time during a season, at least not until the last home game is played. Even when the team is bad, you kind of just hope they’ll pull it together and win one more game and they’ll fly that flag again and sing that song. Of course, the last game before the trade deadline was a home game, and then they were on the road and then all of the losses...

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Chicago Cubs: 3 offseason trades to bolster the starting rotation

Somehow, the Chicago Cubs have been quite enjoyable to watch the last week or so. They are currently riding a six-game winning streak which, ironically ties a season best dating back to when the core was still intact. That sort of puts into perspective two things. One, the core was underperforming and two, certain players […] Chicago Cubs: 3 offseason trades to bolster the starting rotation - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Ryan Tepera has been ‘a heck of an addition’ to the Chicago White Sox bullpen since coming over from the Cubs at the trade deadline

Reliever Ryan Tepera has a 2.03 ERA in 17 appearances since the Chicago White Sox acquired him in a trade with the Cubs. “He’s been very impressive,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Monday 9/6, 1:20 CT

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ The Cubs are going for seven straight wins this afternoon. Monday notes... BREAKING THINGS DOWN: Cubs records vs. NL divisions and AL through Sunday: vs. NL Central: 28-32 (16 games remaining)vs. NL West: 17-12 (three games remaining)vs. NL East: 12-19 (three games remaining)vs. AL Central: 6-12 (two games remaining) SCHWINDY CITY UPDATE: Frank Schwindel, 13 games since August 22: .389/.431/.759 (21-for-54), 13 runs scored, a triple, six home runs, 14 RBI. LEADING IT OFF: In 33 games since the trade deadline, Rafael Ortega, Michael Hermosillo,...

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Chicago Cubs need to take a page from the rival St. Louis Cardinals

Five or so weeks ago, the front office ripped the beating heart right out of the chests of Chicago Cubs fans, trading not just one or two – but all three of the team’s beloved stars in Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline. Since, team president Jed Hoyer has repeatedly […] Chicago Cubs need to take a page from the rival St. Louis Cardinals - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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5 underperforming Chicago Cubs who need to improve to stick around

As time slowly ticks by on the North Side, a record that once led the National League Central continues to plummet toward rock bottom. It’s not that anyone expected much different at this point of the juncture after a frenzy of trade deadline moves that sent everybody who helped turn the Chicago Cubs around to […] 5 underperforming Chicago Cubs who need to improve to stick around - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Game 133: Cubs at Twins

Is Byron Buxton getting back on track for the Twins? | Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Hey look! A MLB debut! First Pitch: 7:10 PM CDTTV: Bally Sports NorthRadio: WCCO 830, Audacy, TIBN, 102.9 The WolfKnow Thine Enemy: Bleed Cubbie Blue Your Minnesota Twins will be sending Joe Ryan to the bump on Wednesday evening to make his major-league debut against the Chicago Cubs. Ryan, of course, makes up half of the Twins’ return from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Nelson Cruz trade. Since returning from the Tokyo Olympics, Ryan has started two games for Triple-A St. Paul, throwing...

Nick Castellanos - ON FIRE since joining Chicago Cubs

Nick Castellanos has been absolutely tearing it up since he joined the Cubs at the trade deadline! He has 12 home runs and is batting .346 in just 31 games with Chicago as they push for a postseason spot! Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.co

Frank Thomas on Cubs at deadline: 'I wouldn't be surprised if big things happen' | MLB WHIPAROUND

The Cubs lead the NL Central but are having a down year. Frank Thomas said he wouldn't be surprised if they pull a blockbuster trade before the deadline. #FOXSports #MLB #Cubs #FrankThomas

Ken Rosenthal on Bumgarner trade talks and potential deadline moves for the Cubs | FOX MLB

Ken Rosenthal joins Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt to discuss Madison Bumgarner trade talks and who the Cubs might add at the trade deadline. #FOXSports #MLB #MadisonBumgarner #Cubs #KenRosenthal