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Al Yellon

Jose Quintana’s struggles as a Cub are almost exclusively because of Wrigley Field

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Now, that’s a bold headline. But I have numbers to back up this claim.

When the Cubs acquired Jose Quintana in 2017, he had been one of the most consistent starters in the American League for the five previous seasons.

He threw 200+ innings in four of those five seasons, and didn’t in the fifth because that was his rookie season when he made his debut in May 2012.

His ERAs ranged from 3.20 to 3.76 in his White Sox years from 2012-16. His WHIP was again in a...

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Al Yellon

Today in 1969 Cubs history: Ken Holtzman throws a no-hitter

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It was one of the best days of the year.

Ken Holtzman was pitching in the big leagues for the Cubs at age 19. The next year, 1966, he matched up against Sandy Koufax in what was billed as “The Battle of the Jewish Lefties” and nearly no-hit the pennant-winning Dodgers on September 25, allowing just one walk and facing the minimum through eight innings, settling for a 2-1, two-hit complete-game win.

He threw a couple of two-hitters in 1968 and another one in early...

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Al Yellon

Cubs announce 2020 spring training schedule

Al Yellon

Time to make your plans for Mesa next year!

Last week, Major League Baseball, the Cubs and other teams had their earliest-ever release of the following year’s schedule.

With the release of the 2020 spring training schedule in August, that gives you plenty of time to plan a trip to the Valley of the Sun to see the Cubs play spring games next year. Next spring will feature the earliest-ever beginning to the schedule, Saturday, February 22. All told, there will be 17 home games...

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Thomas Smith

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 124

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Cubs win second straight 7-1; close out trip 4-6

And so the trip ends on a high note. Technically, the Cubs finally win a road series. This one is a little odd, given two different sites for the games. At this point, we’ll all certainly take it. The Cubs finally win a road series for the first time in three months. Of course, that comes against the coldest team in the N.L. Baby steps.

Jose Quintana had a very nice start and that makes four good starts in a...

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Joe Maddon jokes about ceremonial first pitch struggles at LLWS

It took Joe Maddon multiple attempts to ultimately deliver a decent ceremonial first pitch at the Little League World Series over the weekend, but at least the manager had a good sense of humor about his struggles. Ahead of a showdown between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday night, Maddon was tasked with first-pitch duties before a match-up between Hawaii and New Jersey at the LLWS. Maddon needed not one, not two but three tries to finally keep the...

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Al Yellon

Cubs 7, Pirates 1: A big-league performance in the Little League Classic

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That’s how the Cubs can, should, and hopefully will play every day from here on out.

Joe Maddon has coined a lot of pithy and worthwhile sayings in his time as manager of the Cubs. One of them, a mantra for his ballplayers to live by, is: “Don’t let the pressure exceed the pleasure.”

This looks like pleasure for Anthony Rizzo, doesn’t it?

Enjoy this video of @ARizzo44 living his best life and sliding down a hill at the Little League World Series....

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Josh Timmers

MLB Bullets always runs it out

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Ronald Acuna Jr. got benched for not hustling, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a big deal. There’s a lot of great, young hitters in the game today. Relief pitching is a mess. Chris Davis met a young fan who inspired him.

I’m a pretty great writer. For example, you may not know that I wrote Catch-22, Infinite Jest and Fight Club. Don’t believe me? Just re-read that second sentence again. I can promise you I wrote every one of those words....

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Baseball history unpacked, August 19

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Eddies in the news, and other stories

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Pelicans sweep doubleheader from Red Sox

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The Pelicans sweep a doubleheader. South Bend takes another step to a playoff spot. Eugene wins too.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were swept by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 14-2.

Adbert Alzolay started and took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits over just four innings. Three of the seven hits were solo home runs. Alzolay walked one and struck out four.

The Redbirds hit five home runs against Iowa pitching in this game.

Daniel...

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread 3: Cubs vs. Pirates, Sunday 8/18, 6:10 CT

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Overflow thread 2: Cubs vs. Pirates, Sunday 8/18, 6:10 CT

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread 1: Cubs vs. Pirates, Sunday 8/18, 6:10 CT

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Al Yellon

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Pirates, Sunday 8/18, 6:10 CT

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Go get ‘em, Jose.

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Cubs activate Craig Kimbrel

The Cubs have activated closer Craig Kimbrel from the 10-day injured list, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. He will replace Duane Underwood Jr., who has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa, on the active roster. Kimbrel landed on the injured list with right knee inflammation, which has held him out of action for the Cubs since August 3. Since joining the Cubs, he’s gotten into 14 games with shaky results. He holds a 5.68 ERA, though that mark is certainly volatile, with Kimbrel having...

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Sunday 8/18, 6:10 CT

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The Cubs go for a road series win — in a neutral site!

ICYMI, a brief history of Cubs neutral-site games is here.

Today’s roster moves: Here.

Notes:

CUBS IN LITTLE LEAGUE: The Cubs roster features these notable Little League Baseball alumni: Kris Bryant (Peccole LL in Las Vegas), Steve Cishek (Falmouth, Mass. LL), Jonathan Lucroy (Eustis, Fla. LL), Jose Quintana (Arjona, Colombia LL), Anthony Rizzo (Parkland, Fla. LL) and manager Joe Maddon...

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Al Yellon

Cubs, Pirates play Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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Sunday’s game threads are all in this StoryStream.

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Sara Sanchez

Cubs Sunday Night Baseball Bingo is back!

New and improved for the Little League Classic

Hitterish, missing a play during an interview, randomly bringing up the Red Sox and Yankees...Yep, you guessed it, the Cubs are back on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, but this time is unique. They are playing in the Little League Classic, so we’ve updated the Bleed Cubbie Blue Bingo game accordingly.

You can download your cards below and as always I’ll be calling the board in the game thread and via the Cuppa Cubbie Blue Twitter account, so if...

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Al Yellon

Cubs roster move: Craig Kimbrel activated from injured list, Duane Underwood Jr. to Iowa

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs have their closer back, and have an added 26th player for tonight’s game.

Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel was placed on the injured list 13 days ago (retroactive to August 4) with a minor issue with his right knee.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that this could have cost the Cubs two games, the games last week in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh where they entered the ninth inning with leads.

Thus this is very good news:

Official: Cubs activated closer Craig...

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Al Yellon

A brief history of Cubs neutral-site games

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At least one of them was historic.

Tonight’s Cubs/Pirates Little League Classic will be played at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field (its official name) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This park dates to 1926 and is the home of the Williamsport Crosscutters of the short-season NY-Penn League.

The Cubs/Pirates game Sunday night is officially a neutral-site game, even though it’s only 200 miles from Pittsburgh. Per...

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