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
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.“
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!
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
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 Milwaukee Brewers secured their first series win this weekend after losing the initial game in the series 0-1. Last night, Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run in the second inning then wrapped up the game with a tie-breaking two run single in the eighth inning.
“I think we’re just getting healthy,” said Ramirez. “We got [center fielder Carlos Gomez] back, we’re starting to swing the bats better. We’ve had really good pitching, especially in this series. That’s the key. If you pitch good, you’re going to win some ballgames.
The Cubs hit the road for a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help support your Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs have been on a little bit of a roll as of late, beating the Reds in two games and matching the same against the Pirates with a chance to sweep tonight at home.
The 6-2 win last night was the 4th straight win for the Cubs and were led by Dexter Fowler and Travis Wood as the Cubbies scored six runs while sitting on two outs.
“I love two-out runs,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “They really hurt the other side badly. Conversely, when it happens to you, you’re constantly [thinking], ‘Can we make a better pitch right there? Did we call the right pitch right there? Did we execute the pitch right there?’ The two-strike knocks can really bum you out a little bit. When you get them, there’s nothing more glorious than that.”
The Cubs have the opportunity to sweep the Pirates tonight at 7:05. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get out to the ballpark and support your Chicago Cubs.
After taking two of three games against the Colorado Rockies last week, the Cubs have taken game one of three against the Cincinnati Reds, 6-7.
The Cubs rallied late once again, this time behind Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara, the latter delivering a walk off RBI Single with one out in the 10th inning.
“When you start doing things like this, you believe you can win late, and that’s really important,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s also really important to feel you can come from behind, which we’ve done two days in a row late. Those are two of the best things you can possibly get across to a young team. Yes, I’ve enjoyed it.”
The Chicago Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant is already ML ready according to his agent and the team. Bryant, who drove in 43-home runs while serving Double and Triple-A duty last season. Although there is talk of the Cubbies “hiding” Bryant until May or June, MLBPA director Tony Clark eluded that doing so takes away from the spirit of the game.
“We have always (believed) – and will continue to believe – that it’s in everyone’s best interests to have the best players playing at any particular time,” Clark said. “Any rules that are in place that some may be using against the spirit of how they may have been designed, we don’t believe (that’s) in anyone’s best interest – the fans, or anyone that loves our games, the players, or even the clubs for that matter. We will continue – as we always have – to monitor those types of scenarios and situations in the hopes that everybody does what’s best for the game.”
Although he has not played any ball since 2011, the Chicago Cubs have named 12-time All star and former slugger Manny Ramirez in to coach their triple A squad. Cubs President Theo Epstein said that the move was not a publicity stunt.
He’s extremely accountable,” Epstein told reporters. “Right now, he’s extremely honest, and he has a lot to offer in part because of what he went through. You never know in this world. But I think there’s a potential high impact here.
“If he can influence one player, make them a little bit calmer in the box, give them a little better approach to hitting, teach them something about how to approach the right-handed breaking ball the right way, if he can convince one player not to do PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs], if he can influence one player the right way and in a positive way, then it was worthwhile.”
The Cubs hope the move will help their young prospects.