Two of baseball’s hottest teams meet tomorrow

Rangers Vs Cubs should be some entertaining ball

 

The smoking Chicago Cubs (53-35, 1st NL Central) will host the just as hot Texas Rangers (54-36, 1st AL West) beginning tomorrow at 1:20.  The three game series continues through the weekend.

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While both teams ran roughshod over their opponents in the first half, both teams also struggled into the All Star break and found their division foes sneaking up on them.  Now, with the second half of the season ready to break open, both teams are looking to get back into form.

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“Every team goes through stretches where they don’t do enough to win ballgames,” Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “We didn’t do enough in this stretch. But we can’t sit here and panic. We know we are a good team.

The Starting Pitcher for the Cubbies will be Kyle Hendrix (7-6. 2.55 ERA) who will compete against the Rangers’ Martin Perez (7-5, 3.85 ERA) Expect the Rangers to usher out Yu Darvish who is set to return from the DL list he has been on since June 9th.

Tickets for the entire series are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs.

Cubs holding makeup game against Braves

The Atlanta Braves (28-57, 5th NL East) are in town for one night for a makeup game against our Chicago Cubs (52-32, 1st NL Central) tonight, rescheduled after an April 30th rainout.  This will be their 23rd meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2010 season.  The teams are tied at 11 wins each.

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The Cubs will start Jason Hammel (7-5 3.45 ERA) who will go up against veteran Lucas Harrell (1-0, 1.50 ERA) who had not pitched in the majors since 2014 returned to the big time Saturday against the Marlins. Harrell is 2-0 with an 0.57 ERA in his career against the Cubs.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s game so get out and support your Cubs before they begin their next long road trip.

Cubs look to sweep Reds

Begin series against Mets Tomorrow

The Chicago Cubs (50-26 1st NL Central) are looking to take the final game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds after taking games one  11-8 and last nights hard earned 15-inning 7-2 win off a Javier Baez Grand Slam.

“The grand slam obviously was huge just to really build that cushion to permit us to more comfortably go into that last inning, because I had no idea what was going on,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

The series against the Reds ends today and the Cubbies will be heading back home to take on the New York Mets in a four game series that will last through the holiday weekend.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cubs tomorrow!!

 

Cubs sweep Pirates, await Cardinals

After reeling off 20 total runs in three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (to their eight runs) the Chicago Cubs (47-20, 1st AL Central) are looking to repeat the process against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals beginning tonight thru Wednesday.

Last night, SP Kyle Hendrix was on fire, striking out a career high 12 batters with no walks over six innings becoming the first Cub starter to do so since Matt Garza in 2011.  The win put the Cubs a full 12 games ahead of the visiting Cardinals.  Wilson Contreras also had his first home run of his MLB career.

“He [Hendricks] was really, really good,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Great location, great movement, kept repeating his delivery, nice plays defensively.”

Tonight’s game against the Cards kicks off at 7:05.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs!

Don’t forget to get your Cubs Votes in for All Star Weekend!

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Cubs kick off series against Pirates tonight

After losing the rubber game against the Nats last night in the 12th inning, the Chicago Cubs (44-20, 1st NL Central) are home and awaiting the beginning of a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (33-33, 3rd NL Central) beginning tonight.

Against the Nationals last night, the game was tied at two through the 10th and 11th innings until Jayson Werth slammed a walk off single in the 12th in front of a sold out stadium.

“They have a good team,” Werth said. “We have a good team. It was a battle. It was a good series. We played tough games at their place, too. We got swept, but I felt we played good enough to win a couple of those games.”

“That’s the type of game you see in October,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said.

The Pirates are coming off two losses to the New York Mets and are hoping to turn things around themselves.

Jake Arrieta is starting for the Cubs and has won 21 of his last 22 decisions.  Francisco Liriano (4-6 4.92 ERA) is starting for the Pirates. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours and be there with your Chicago Cubs.

 

 

1st place Cubs face Diamondbacks

The Chicago Cubs (37-15) will host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game home stand beginning today at 1:20.  The Cubs John Lackey will face D-Backs Archie Bradley, who is coming off the best game of his career pitching 7 1/3 innings and giving up only three runs against the LA Dodgers

Tickets are still on sale for all three games so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs this weekend!

Cubs still in command of NL Central

The Chicago Cubs (14-5, 1st place NL Central) rebounded from a 14-5 thrashing at  the hands of the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout Sunday before jetting out of town and back home.

The Cubs will now host the Milwaukee Brewers (8-11, 5th place NL Central) for a three game stand followed up with a series against the Atlanta Braves.  The extended home games will give the team an opportunity to feel out their new clubhouse, a 30, 000 foot palace, which they have not had much time to enjoy.

“It’s like we’ve never been there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said about playing at Wrigley Field. “It’s like we saw the clubhouse briefly, and we left. You combine Spring Training and one week at home, it’s been a long time.”

Starting tonight’s game for the Cubs will be Kyle Hendrix (4-1, 1.45 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (0-3, 3.60 ERA) for the Brewers.  Also, expect Dexter Fowler, who had a couple days off,  back in the lineup tonight.

“Dexter is playing so well.” Madden said.  “I did not want to run him into the ground.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get out and enjoy the weather, the Cubs and the return of Major League Baseball!

Cubs ready for end of Spring Training

The Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden is ready to get to the regular season which also means cuts to a squad that has given it’s all thus far.  The Cubs have a target on their back this season where they are predicted to finish at the top of the league elites.

“We have a really good team, and I think we have the right guy leading us and the right pieces that we added to complement our team last year,” said 3rd baseman Kris Bryant, last year’s NL Rookie of the Year. “It’s going to be a whole lot of fun this year. I’m excited about what we can do. Everyone on this team feels that way.

“There is a target on our back now;” manager Joe Madden said. “People think we’re the team to beat. It’s like I told our guys on the first day of spring — embrace the target. Be glad that we have the kind of team that people expect big things from.”

The Cubs will resume Spring Training with games against the Reds, Rangers and Giants coming up next.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and be a part of the action!

 

Mets Sweep Cubs – World Series Bound

The lack of a bullpen doomed the Chicago Cubs from the start of this series but the Mets hitting is what dominated this series to propel New York into the World Series.  The Mets outscored the Cubs 21-8, knocked in three more home runs and had an amazing .833 OPS to the Cubs .522.

The Mets were led by Daniel Murphy who htan amazing record six straight home runs in six consecutive games, setting an MLB record.  Murphy is the first player in major league history to produce at least eight hits and four homers in a postseason series that was four or fewer games in length.

“I can’t even explain Murphy,” Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said. “Murphy is on a different planet right now. He really is. The last at-bat, he’s looking for a changeup, and he hits a 97-mph fastball out. That’s where he’s at right now. It’s mind-boggling. It really is.”

The Mets now await the winners of the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays.  Now is the time to get your tickets and make sure you cheer on your New York Mets in the World Series

Classic Battle of Pitchers ends in Nats Victory

On a night when League Leader in Home Runs Bryce Harper notched his 18th of the season, this game came down to some stellar pitching.

Cubbie Jon Lester gave up two runs  (one earned) on seven hits to include a home run.  He also had two walks with ten strikeouts in seven innings.

“Max threw the ball just a little bit better than I did,” Lester said. “Obviously, we lost, and that’s not the ultimate goal, but if you’re a pitcher or just a purist of the game and like watching pitching matchups, that was fun tonight. That’s what it lived up to be.”

The Cubs begin a three game stand against the KC Royals today.  Affordable tickets and great seats are still available so get yours today and help support your Chicago Cubs!