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2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 155

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs win yet again, 4-2 over the Phillies 92 games. Break even. What is that? That’s what the Cubs have done now. They’ve played their last 92 games at 46-46. Just under halfway through that stretch, the Cubs made a series of trades, sending away arguably their top four relievers of the first four months of the season. The Cubs are actually 28-26 since they made those trades. It’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment. Someone might have to dust off Miguel Montero’s #wearegood hashtag if this keeps rolling. I’m not sure...

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BCB After Dark: Was the right-hander the right deal?

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks you to grade the free agent signing of Marcus Stroman last year. Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the groovin’ after party for night owls, early-risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. We’re always happy to see you, especially on a night like tonight. Please come on in. There’s no cover charge tonight and we still have a few tables available. The hostess will seat you shortly. Bring your own beverage. CB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else...

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Yankees activate Zack Britton, send Wandy Peralta to IL

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports As one injured southpaw returns, another hits the shelf. Yankees fans already knew that the team was about to get a bullpen boost in the form of trade deadline acquisition Scott Effross for the opener of a four-game set against the Red Sox on Thursday night. The former Cubs right-hander isn’t the only reliever returning from injury, though. About half an hour ago, reports began to emerge on Twitter of Zack Britton’s pending activation. The two-time All-Star closer was a terrific setup man for the Yankees as recently as 2020, but a...

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2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 148

Photo by Megan Briggs/ The Cubs score just enough runs to win a well-pitched game As the Cubs played better (repeat, better, not necessarily “well”), there has been a general theme. The pitching has been better after the All-Star break. How much better? As a staff, the team has a 3.65 ERA since the All-Star game. They had a 4.58 before it. Probably not surprising that difference isn’t coming from the bullpen (4.30 first half/4.31 second half), given the trades of four of the top relievers at the end of July. That difference comes from the rotation. There the...

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Cubs: Free agent catchers pale in comparison to Willson Contreras

Since the team’s World Series run back in 2016, the Chicago Cubs have enjoyed having one of the more valuable backstops in the game handling duties behind the plate in Willson Contreras. The 30-year-old catcher earned the third All-Star selection of his career here in 2022, setting himself up for what figures to be a […] Cubs: Free agent catchers pale in comparison to Willson Contreras - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Cardinals division rival officially eliminated from postseason contention

In not-so-shocking news, a prime St. Louis Cardinals division rival — the Chicago Cubs — have been eliminated from postseason contention. Entering the regular season, the National League Central was widely viewed as a two-team race between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. The ultimate winner was anyone’s guess — I predicted the Cardinals […] Cardinals division rival officially eliminated from postseason contention - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cubs, 2 superstar free agents-to-be have ‘mutual interest’

After two straight years of desperately latching onto every scrap of news and each whisper of a rumor mentioning the Cubs, it feels like Chicago will return to flexing its financial muscle this winter. According to David Kaplan, there are two specific free agents who share mutual interest with potentially coming to the Cubs this winter […] Cubs, 2 superstar free agents-to-be have ‘mutual interest’ - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 143

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The Cubs complete an unlikely sweep With just six wins in 21 games heading into this series, against the yearlong front-running New York Mets, this looked like a series where grabbing one win would have felt like an accomplishment. Over the years, September games have gotten very lopsided. With the aggressive stances teams take at the trade deadline, the rich get richer and the poor turn their head towards next season. The lesser team trades away talent, shuts down guys with fatigue-related impairments (such as Kyle Hendricks) and holds off on...

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Cubs among likeliest landing spots for superstar shortstops

As was the case last winter, the Chicago Cubs are expected to be right in the thick of things when it comes to the class of free agent shortstops. Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts could all be available, depending on how opt-outs play out, giving Jed Hoyer and his vast war […] Cubs among likeliest landing spots for superstar shortstops - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Cubs: What’s behind Nico Hoerner’s second-half cooldown?

Given the fact the Cubs are believed to be right in the thick of things when it comes to the crop of free agent shortstops this winter, it’s important to understand what they already have when it comes to Nico Hoerner. Through the first half of the year, it looked like they had a Gold […] Cubs: What’s behind Nico Hoerner’s second-half cooldown? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Cubs need to make dramatic changes in the dugout and front office

The decisions made by Chicago Cubs management since Theo Epstein left have been confusing, to say the least. Some of the moves, ranging from signings to trades and hirings, the Cubs have made haven’t just been confusing, they’ve been downright questionable. Earlier this year, the Cubs extended manager David Ross through 2024 with a club option […] Cubs need to make dramatic changes in the dugout and front office - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Cubs pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski gets the call, doesn’t waste it

One of the biggest prizes the Chicago Cubs came home with at the trade deadline wasted little time when it comes to making his big league debut. With Justin Steele going to the IL for his back, Hayden Wesneski took his spot on the roster and did not disappoint, tossing five scoreless innings of relief on […] Cubs pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski gets the call, doesn’t waste it - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Cubs 9, Reds 3: Hayden Wesneski, your table is ready

Photo by Quinn Harris/ The righthander acquired in trade a month ago made quite an impression in his MLB debut. Now THAT was a major league debut! Hayden Wesneski, acquired August 1 from the Yankees for Scott Effross, threw five shutout innings in his first MLB game, striking out eight, helping lead the Cubs to a 9-3 win over the Reds on a beautiful Tuesday evening at Wrigley Field, ending a three-game losing streak. Much, much more on Wesneski a bit later, but first let’s rewind to the beginning of this satisfying win. Wade Miley came off the injured list Tuesday to...

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Cubs roster move: Hayden Wesneski called up, Justin Steele to injured list

Set Number: X163621 TK1 A Cubs trade deadline acquisition will soon make his MLB debut. None of this has officially been announced by the Cubs as of today, but the following transactions appeared on the Cubs website late Monday: The Cubs placed Justin Steele on the 15-day injured list retroactive to September 2. He left his last start, August 26 in Milwaukee, with back issues. To replace Steele on the 28-man active roster, righthander Hayden Wesneski was added from Triple-A Iowa. To make room for Wesneski on the 40-man roster, righthander Kervin Castro was designated...

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8 standouts from Cardinals sweep of Cubs

The St. Louis Cardinals put on a show against the Chicago Cubs to grow their lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race.  The Cardinals swept the Cubs this weekend in St. Louis, bringing their lead over the Brewers to 8.5 games. The Cardinals won Friday 8-0, Saturday 8-4, and Sunday 8-0. The […] 8 standouts from Cardinals sweep of Cubs - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cardinals: Re-ranking the worst contracts in the NL Central

The NL Central has a lot of bad contracts, but which 10 are the most egregious in the Cardinals’ division right now? The St. Louis Cardinals are currently on top of the NL Central and are facing very little competition with the recent fall from grace of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, […] Cardinals: Re-ranking the worst contracts in the NL Central - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Saturday 9/3, 6:15 CT

The Cubs will try to even up their series in St. Louis. Saturday notes... THE MADRIGAL FILES: Since returning from the injured list August 4, Nick Madrigal is batting .310/.383/.345 (26-for-84) with eight walks. These numbers are closer to what he hit with the White Sox before last year’s trade (.317/.358/.406 in 83 games and 324 PA). DOUBLING HIS PLEASURE: Ian Happ has 35 doubles this year, which is tied for fifth in the NL with Starling Marte. The last Cubs player to have 40 doubles in a season was Javier Báez in 2018; the last Cub to have more than 40 was...

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Joc Pederson could end nomadic journey with San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson has traveled quite a bit in recent years. A one time mainstay with the Dodgers, he had spent six full seasons in Los Angeles before departing as a free agent during the 2020-21 offseason. Pederson signed a one year deal with the Cubs, only to be traded to the […] Joc Pederson could end nomadic journey with San Francisco Giants - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs won’t find their ace in a trade with the Marlins

The Chicago Cubs are likely to be major players this winter, both in free agency and on the trade front. Which avenue they wind up going down to add a badly-needed ace to the rotation remains to be seen, but you can count on Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins being connected, at least in some […] Cubs won’t find their ace in a trade with the Marlins - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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St. Louis Cardinals rumor: Interest in Willson Contreras

The St. Louis Cardinals could be frontrunners to land Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras this offseason. Willson Contreras of the St. Louis Cardinals? It’s more likely than you think. The Chicago Cubs were one of the shockers at the trade deadline this year in what they didn’t do, keeping Contreras, their stalwart behind the plate […] St. Louis Cardinals rumor: Interest in Willson Contreras - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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3 free agents the Cubs have no chance at landing this winter

The Chicago Cubs are an organization on the rise. The team’s farm system now ranks in the top third of the league, the front office has sent clear signals it’s ready to turn the page on the past once and for all and there are mountains of money to spend this winter. That alignment of […] 3 free agents the Cubs have no chance at landing this winter - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 129

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports A 4-0 Cubs lead evaporates in a 5-4 loss We’ve talked at length in this space this year about the young Cubs. About how this is clearly a team in transition. Where this club has been successful, it hasn’t been on the backs of aging veterans hanging on and reliving the glory days. Going down the roster, Jesse Chavez broke camp with the team, he’s 38. David Robertson (37) was the team’s closer until the trade deadline. He is without question the veteran that produced the most value for this team. Chris Martin (36) was another...

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