Cubs Curse will be lifted this year!
The Chicago Cubs (103-58, NL Central Champions) won the most games in their storied history since the 1910 season where they won 104 games. The Cubs will host the San Francisco Giants (87-75, 2nd NL West) in the NLDS beginning tonight at 8:15. Don’t expect Manager Joe Maddon to do much differently than he did in the regular season now that the playoffs are here.
“There’s nothing different to do right now except play the game,” Maddon said. “It’s about whether your pitcher pitches better, if we catch the ball. I don’t want us to do anything differently.”
The journey for the Giants was a bit rougher but the team believes they have a solid chance if they take advantage of every opportunity the Cubs give them.
“It’s a great feeling to move on,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “All you want is a shot. … Just a shot. You never know with these guys. As you know, they find a way.
“So we’re looking forward to the next series, and it’s good to be moving on, trust me, because we had to scratch and claw just to get to this point. But it’s all about persevering, and this club has done a great job of that.”
The game kicks off Friday at 8:15. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and get out to the ballpark and cheer on your Chicago Cubs!
Series with Brewers begins tonight
The Chicago Cubs (93-52, 1st NL Central) took two of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals (76-69, 2nd NL Central), the last of which was a 7-0 shutout at Busch Stadium. Now the hard work begins as the Cubs have the opportunity to close out the season and capture their first NL Central title in seven years in front of home fans tonight.
“It’s been the Cardinals’ division for so many years now,” Anthony Rizzo (who had a pair of home runs) said. “We’re going to really enjoy it when we do clinch tomorrow or whenever it happens. We’re not going to take it for granted.”
“They pitched really well against us this series,” Cardinals outfielder Brandon Mosssaid. “[Kyle] Hendricks came out and threw a one-hitter [on Monday]. Then Lester came out and threw eight shutout innings. Tip your hat and move on. Not everybody is going to be that good every day. Just move on and go into a really big series [in San Francisco] and hopefully do better than we did this series.”
“Everybody talked about [clinching] coming into St. Louis, and we had a chance,” Jon Lester said. “We have to focus on the baseball side when we show up to play. Obviously, it’s right there in front of us. We have to try to win [Thursday].”
With a win over the Brewers tonight (or a Giants win over the Cardinals), the Cubs can clinch the division outright so get out and grab your tickets to the game today. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
When Theo Epstein took over as President of Baseball Operations in 2011, he knew that it would take some time to rebuild the Cubs into a franchise that fans would be proud of. Fast forward three seasons and the former Executive of the Decade (from his time with the Boston Red Sox) is beginning to feel the frustration and heat from fans.
“We feel the same frustration,” Epstein said. “But I think I’d be really compromising the organization if we decided just because we were frustrated and people around us were frustrated that we would scrap the plan and try to add some things cosmetically to make it look better than it really is. There’s a really high bar we’re aiming for and we know we’re going to get there and it’s going to be sustainable.”
Be sure to get your tickets and support your Chicago Cubs as they try and win the NL Central in 2014.