Cubs open World Series in Cleveland

American League won All Star Game to open Fall Classic series

So the Chicago Cubs, who had the best record in Major League Baseball this season with a 103-58 mark, landing in the top 15 of MLB club records but behind their 1906 mark of 116 wins.  They broke their own home win record with 57 won games and now they look to break the curse that has kept them out of the World Series since 1945.  Between the Cubs and the Indians, they have waited a combined 176 years for this moment.

“Hopefully, they’ll be able to get this done,” Cubs manager Joe cubs-world-series-1Maddon said of his club, “and at that point, you can really reflect on everything and interact with the folks, and really try to get down to the root of all this. But in the meantime, man, I really anticipate and expect our guys to stay right in the moment.”

“I think that stuff is for fans,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said. “I think fans enjoy talking or commiserating, however you want to put it. But I don’t feel responsible for the fact that my dad couldn’t win. That was his fault. We’re going to have our hands full playing against the Cubs. And trying to go back and win for years, that doesn’t help.”

The game kicks off at 8 PM tonight at Progressive Field in Cleveland.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs in the 2016 Fall Classic!

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Cubs power past Dodgers

Game six set for tomorrow.

Heading into the sixth inning of the NLDS, the Cubs and Dodgers were all tied up.  Cubs pitcher Jon Lester struck out six, walked one and allowed a run on five hits in seven innings, leading the Cubs to an 8-4 win and a 3-2 series lead.

“It’s certainly a credit to [Pitcher Jon Lester],” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I thought that when we did get a little bit of cubs-6traffic, I thought that we put a little pressure on him. But he’s a great pitcher. He’s a great pitcher who competes and finds ways to get outs when he needs to. So we had some opportunities, but those guys got the hit when they needed.”

“It’d be foolish for us to get ahead of ourselves, because any time you think like that, it never goes the way you want it to,” the Cubs’ Kris Bryant said.  “We’ll be ready to go for Game 6.”

Game six kicks off tomorrow and taking the mound for the Cubs will be sending out RHP Kyle Hendrix (16-8, 2.13 ERA) to the mound while the Dodgers will start LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA).  Clayton and Kershaw faced off in Game two,  with Kershaw getting a rare 1-0 shutout against the Cubs.

Affordable tickets and great seats are still available for tomorrows game, so be sure to grab yours and get to the ballpark and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs into the Fall Classic!

Giants Vs Cubs in NLDS kickoff

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.

cubs-5There’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!

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Cubs blank Cardinals then head home

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.

cubs-4“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!

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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.

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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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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!

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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!

 

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Ramirez lifts Brewers past Cubbies

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.

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Cubs looking to sweep Pirates

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.

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