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  • - The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone.
    - Joe will come up with more wacky dress-up ideas for the team to wear after they lose their next get-away game.
    - There is more clarity on Spencer Patton.
    - We play the Reds next. They aren't very good.
    - We'll have at least a 9 game lead after today.
    EDIT: - Contreras looks like the real deal.

    Other than that, not much -- nasty stretch. Two ugly losses in the last 4 games.
    Ugh -- give Lackey a 4-1 lead, you hope for better.

    billybucks 1 hour 36 min ago
  • Joe: "We lost. They beat us. Now where's my '09 Guigal Bordeaux glass...?

    The E-Man 2 hours 33 min ago
  • I forgot how rail thin skinny Carl Edwards Jr. Is - he threw some nasty stuff - hope that continues

    Eric S 2 hours 39 min ago
  • HAHAHA! I love it here! Brilliant...

    The E-Man 2 hours 42 min ago
  • "The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone."

    Brilliant. Maddon is a genius!

    Brick 2 hours 46 min ago
  • "Drink copiously but responsibly."

    Done and done. Thanks for that.

    Brick 2 hours 47 min ago
  • Oil Can Boyd now pitching for the Cubs

    Eric S 2 hours 56 min ago
  • It's a long season. There will be stretches like this. It's Saturday night. Drink copiously but responsibly.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 3 min ago
  • That valuable RBIGIDP.

    Brick 3 hours 3 min ago
  • Someone talk me down here.

    Brick 3 hours 17 min ago
  • I remember AZ PHIL talking about Bour's power during the Hendry era.

    The E-Man 3 hours 45 min ago
  • Time to scrap the scouting report on Justin Bour and get a new one. Sheesh.

    billybucks 3 hours 47 min ago
  • Contreras seems pretty adamant he'll play anywhere Madden wants him to so as long as he stays hot and with all the injuries it'll be pretty nice to have yet another bat Madden can move around.

    As far as him catching one of the things I noticed during the Lackey start is he seemed afraid to go out to the mound to talk to Lackey when he was struggling. I heard a Lester interview this week where he said one of the great things about Ross is he knows how to push Lester until he's close to getting punched without getting there, and Lester said that helps him a lot. Hammel sent a tweet a few weeks back cracking a joke about sending Ross to the All Star game so he can yell at other pitchers. Montero has been sucking in a lot of things this year but I can also tell he has no problems going out to the mound to get on to a pitcher if they are sucking and I'm sure he does that in the background too and those kind of mound visits seem to usually help get a pitcher back on track. I bet it's really hard for a young catcher to come up and learn to have that sort of dynamic with someone like Lackey so I think it's a good thing if he catches Hendricks and Hammel a bit more than he does Lackey until he gets comfortable with the hard ass aspect of managing a pitching staff.

    johann 6 hours 46 min ago
  • Rizzo in, Zobrist out, Willson in LF, Montero back and Almora batting 9th ... let's score some runs

    Eric S 8 hours 13 min ago
  • Time for Mr. Oh to get some save chances.

    Newport 8 hours 29 min ago
  • Rosenthal does it again! Comes in with a 3-1 lead in the 9th -- double, BB, HR...ballgame.

    Very nice win last nice -- could have caved in after the bottom of the first. It would be OK if guys stopped getting hurt, and if SF would lose a few.

    billybucks 11 hours 28 min ago
  • Awesome. It wasn't long ago that he was kind of the best prospect coming through the system.

    Old and Blue 13 hours 23 min ago
  • QuietMan 1 day 35 min ago
  • Javy's grunge dive into the stands for the popup was awesome - the hitting into the double play not so much

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago
  • Third time I've tried to post this (forgive me if it winds up appearing three times)

    Junior Lake, batting 9th and playing RF for the Blue Jays...

    Transmission 1 day 1 hour ago
  • *That was a fun HALF inning.

    Brick 1 day 2 hours ago
  • this game is no longer awesome.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago
  • he did...it was awesome.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago
  • I'm pretty sure that Len called Bryant's home run a Brexit.

    Old and Blue 1 day 2 hours ago
  • everyone but heyward with a hit and a 3 run lead with coghlan on 3rd through 5 batters. hell yeah.

    okay, this is just silly. 19 pitches in, 1 out, 4 runs in, men on 1st and 2nd...hendricks up to bunt.

    ...and almora contributes the final out. that was a fun inning.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago
  • this game is awesome already.

    also, there's a lot of cubs fans in the park tonight.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago
  • Clearly, Joe Maddon is a Lineup Wizzard.

    Transmission 1 day 2 hours ago
  • "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday."

    crunch 1 day 4 hours ago
  • Maddon shore isn't afraid to bat a rookie 4th in the order.

    Old and Blue 1 day 5 hours ago
  • how many pairs of dice did dusty leave hidden around the park when he left the cubs?

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago
  • Line-up shakeup, going all-2015 with pitcher batting 8th, Bryant 2nd

    J-Hey, Bryant 1B, Zobrist, Willson, Coghlan, Baez 3B, Russell, Hendricks, Almora

    Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago
  • The Cubs are currently down Schwarber, Fowler, Soler, and Rizzo and Montero appear to be day-to-day. Maybe not surprising that they are struggling a bit as they rely more than expected on Baez, Russell, Almora, Contreras, and Szczur to provide offensive value.

    Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago
  • Joe: "I loved the way we brought it today, man. We'll take this every night and win a lot of ballgames like that. Losing 4 in a row...that's nothin'."

    The E-Man 1 day 23 hours ago
  • 9 runs in 4 games. Zobrist slumping. Russell having a tough time. Almora not a contact guy. They miss Fowler big time.

    Bring the A-Team back.

    The E-Man 1 day 23 hours ago
  • poop.

    4 losses in a row for the 1st time this season.

    crunch 2 days 3 min ago
  • DRAMA!

    crunch 2 days 9 min ago
  • RIP 2016 cubs.

    i'll never forget clayton richard throwing that 1 inning that didn't suck.

    see you guys next season.

    crunch 2 days 15 min ago
  • Yeesh. Shut down innings a thing of the past for the Cubbies

    Not the best of nights for Russell - should of nailed Stanton at second on Ross's throw but mishandles it ... so of course Stanton comes around and scores as well

    Eric S 2 days 18 min ago
  • Guys, I've decided to focus on the first awesome two and a half months instead of this disastrous end to the season. Remember Arrieta's no-no, Contreras's first-ever-pitch HR, all the amazing defensive gems by Baez?

    We'll get 'em next year!

    Brick 2 days 18 min ago
  • David Fuckin Ross!!!

    That Baez almost-out defensive play was bonkers.

    Rob G. 2 days 48 min ago
  • 1- brilliant
    2- if miami was a team with decent runners i'd be more scared...or if they get guys on 1st and 2nd with less than 2 outs
    3- yes...he could use a roid re-up

    wow...miami's running game is even weaker than i thought. stolen bases is a lazy way to gauge running quality, but tonight's lineup has 7 SBs on the year and it's only 2 guys. they have 19 total SB and 6 of those are d.gordon...and 6 are ichiro. only 4 guys on the roster all season have successfully stolen a base and 1 is suspended.

    crunch 2 days 2 hours ago
  • Just brainstorming:
    1) If Cubs are going to play a catcher at 1B, why not just gear him up and call it second home plate and see if they can trick Lester into throwing there every now and again.
    2) Between Lester on the mound, and a catcher at 1B, bunting might be lucrative for the Marlins.
    3) Barry Bonds looks deflated. I mean physically.

    Jackstraw 2 days 2 hours ago
  • Smokies lineup sure could use the help. Promotions of Candalario and Zagunis to Iowa crippled the offense - McKinney's continued power outage not helping things.

    Eric S 2 days 2 hours ago
  • wow happ...i thought they'd "go slow" with his development because of the lack of need and giving him time to try to stick at 2nd. neat.

    he turns 22 in a couple months.

    crunch 2 days 3 hours ago
  • E-MAN: The Top 5 Cubs SP prospects right now are (alphabetical):
    Jose Albertos 
    Dylan Cease 
    Trevor Clifton
    Bryan Hudson
    Duane Underwood Jr

    Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago
  • Joe Nathan has been sent to Tenn. on a rehab assignment. Ian Happ has been promoted to Tenn.

    Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago
  • AZ PHIL: Albertos is only 17!!? Not 18 until November, apparently. Julio Urias will be 20 this summer. I can assume that - since he is from Reynosa, MX (Broncos de Reynosa is the Club - apparently Kyle Farnsworth has prev been on their roster), and Urias' Diablos Rojos del Mexico were in the same league - that they know one another.

    If Albertos pans out, it could be a huge coup for the Cubs, as Urias is for the Dodgers. The team certainly needs some impact arms in a big way, as I am not feeling so happy-face over Underwood and Pierce Johnson - or ANY Iowa Cubs starter except perhaps Ryan Williams.

    The E-Man 2 days 5 hours ago
  • Willson batting cleanup and playing first base tonight. Has played catcher all season so far.

    Eric S 2 days 5 hours ago
  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't seen enough of Michael Cruz to say one way or the other, but he received the electric stuff Jose Albertos was throwing without any problems. (It was by far the best outing Albertos has had as a pro as far as command is concerned, going back to post-2015 Instructs, 2016 Minor League Camp, and EXST).

    Cruz wasn't challenged by any D'backs base runners (because there were only three through the first eight innings, and none of them tried to steal), but FWIW, he did make some really lousy (Miguel Montero-like) throws to 2nd base after pre-inning pitcher warm-ups. 

    Cruz will certainly get some intense instruction/evaluation at post-season Instructs, and his future as a catcher will be more-clear after that. I'm sure the Cubs very much want Cruz to remain a catcher if at all possible. 

    As a hitter, just prior to the 8th inning RBI double off the right-centerfield fence, Cruz hit a long fly down the RF line that had home run distance but hooked foul at the last second. I've seen him take BP a few times, too, and he has legit raw HR power. A LH hitting catcher with HR power would be really nice to have. 

    Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago
  • "Tommy Birch [email protected]

    Hearing that Iowa native Tyler Peyton is supposed to be in Arizona this week to undergo a physical. If all goes well, will sign with #Cubs."

    29th round pick.

    crunch 2 days 6 hours ago

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