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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies preview, Thursday 9/16, 5:05 CT

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The Cubs go for the series win in Philadelphia.

Thursday notes:

THOSE HOME RUNS LAST NIGHT: Wednesday night marked the first time since August 24, 2018 vs. the Reds that the Cubs had two different home runs that either tied the game or gave them the lead in the eighth inning or later (Daniel Murphy and David Bote). Matt Duffy’s home run was his first ever go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later. SCHWINDY CITY UPDATE: Frank Schwindel has...

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Al Yellon

Cubs vs. Phillies Thursday 9/16 game threads

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If you’re looking for Thursday’s game threads, you have found the right location.

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Al Yellon

Cubs historical sleuthing: Roberto Clemente edition

Two Hall of Famers battle each other in this classic photo.

Wednesday was Roberto Clemente Day across baseball, and MLB will now honor the memory and legacy of the great Pirates Hall of Famer every September 15, a worthy tribute.

Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins tweeted this photo of Clemente batting against him:

We battled it out many times over our careers. One of the toughest hitters I faced and a great human being. Today on Roberto Clemente day, I join @mlb and celebrate the...

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Duane Pesice

A good look at Alfonso Rivas, from the University of Arizona to the Cubs

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The former Arizona Wildcat is a potential star.

People lately have been commenting on Alfonso Rivas’ easygoing demeanor, and also his line-drive stroke. The former Arizona Wildcat is doing well for himself, I’m pleased to see. He’s a potential star, in my eyes, and I don’t think I’m alone thinking that.

I can attest that he’s had both that presence and that easy stroke at least since 2017, when I first saw him play at the U of A. Saw...

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Thomas Smith

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 146

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Cubs lose a tough one

If you follow baseball long enough, you can just feel the cliché writing about it. I’m positive that as I write this, somewhere a sportswriter, very possibly even one of the Cubs beat writers, is writing that this was a game that neither team wanted to win. But that’s not really what we saw. The Cubs certainly didn’t come from behind twice in this one because they didn’t want it enough. Give these guys credit, they are...

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Dodgers' Chris Taylor and the Ben Zobrist contract

Taylor has also played second base, third base and all three outfield positions this year, meaning that he could conceivably be plugged into the lineup of any team in the league and move around to their area of greatest need.

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Al Yellon

Phillies 6, Cubs 5: A passed-ball walkoff

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That’s a creative way to lose after coming back twice from deficits.

The Chicago Cubs long ago cashed in any postseason hopes for 2021 and sold off their stars. The new guys went through a 12-game losing streak but had played much better recently and had become fun to watch.

This one, though, this 6-5 loss to the Phillies, pissed me off. To come back twice from deficits on late-inning home runs only to lose on a passed ball? Ugh.

Let’s go back...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks raises the steaks

#Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB news.

Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we have news for you. The Cubs and Phillies played the middle game of a three-game series Wednesday night in the city where they booed Santa Claus and the Cubs went to play. I prefer provolone on my cheesesteak.

To be Frank. pic.twitter.com/o60VRsQGvG

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 16, 2021

Frank Schwindel updated Cubs stats in 162 PA:

.367/.414/.693, 7.4 BB%, 14.8 K%, 191 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR

— Matt Clapp...

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Josh Timmers

BCB After Dark: Left out in the cold

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The hip spot for night owls, early-risers and Cubs fans abroad asks which AL East team is not making the playoffs

Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the not-so-exclusive night spot for night owls, early-risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. So glad you could stop by again tonight. We’ll waive the cover charge just for you. The hostess will take you to your table now. Bring your own beverage.

BCB After Dark is...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Johneshwy Fargas leads Iowa past Omaha, 6-5.

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Iowa dealt a huge blow to Omaha’s pennant hopes with a 6-5 win. South Bend and Myrtle Beach both lost.

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The Iowa Cubs escaped from the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-5.

Cory Abbott started and allowed a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. He only allowed one more hit in his five innings of work. Abbott’s final line was two runs on two hits over five innings. He struck out four and did not walk anyone,...

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Phillies, Wednesday 9/15, 6:05 CT

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Al Yellon

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Phillies, Wednesday 9/15, 6:05 CT

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Go get ‘em, Alec.

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies preview, Wednesday 9/15, 6:05 CT

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The Cubs go for two in a row over the Phillies.

Wednesday notes...

ROAD WARRIORS: The Cubs are 6-2 in their last eight road games since August 17 after going 5-21 in 26 road contests from June 25-August 16. In his last five road starts dating to July 2, Alec Mills has posted a 2.12 ERA (seven earned runs in 29? innings) with one home run allowed, eight walks and 25 strikeouts. That includes 8? shutout frames in his last start away from the Friendly...

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Al Yellon

Cubs vs. Phillies Wednesday 9/15 game threads

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Wednesday’s game threads? All right here.

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Tim Huwe

An updated look at the Cubs’ offseason 40-man roster

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Who should stay and who should go when the 2021 season is over?

Checking the Cubs’ 40-man roster for who belongs and who doesn’t is something I’m doing more of as the 2021 season comes to an end.

One of the really refreshing things to see is the number of entirely valid relievers who will be able to ride the Des Moines-to-Chicago (and back) shuttle in 2022. For too many years the number of players who couldn’t be returned to Des Moines (for...

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Thomas Smith

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 145

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The Cubs start a road trip on a winning note.

More than a season ago, Al and I made a couple of creative decisions with this feature. One of those was the poll about Player of the Game. We experimented with a Hero of the Game on wins and Goat of the Game on losses. I’m going to confess to really not liking the negativity that surrounds the Goat of the Game. Every now and then someone does something pretty boneheaded and it feels a little therapeutic to...

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Al Yellon

Cubs 6, Phillies 3: Patrick Wisdom ties a team home run record

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Move over, Kris Bryant.

I felt a bit of déjà vu Tuesday evening when Adrian Sampson served up a leadoff home run to Odubel Herrera. Sampson had given up two home runs in the first inning in his previous start last Tuesday against the Reds.

But just as he did in that Wrigley start last week, Sampson settled down and completed five pretty good innings. And, after the first 12 Cubs went down in order, a barrage of hits in the fifth produced a...

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Josh Timmers

Outside the Confines: Carrying on the legacy of a legend

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MLB takes time to honor the legacy of Roberto Clemente. Baseball has become an international game. Ryan Braun retires.

It’s Roberto Clemente Day in MLB today as baseball takes time out to honor one of the best outfielders of all time and definitely the greatest humanitarian in MLB history.

Each MLB team announced their nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player “who best represents the game of Baseball through...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, September 15

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A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. Plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Don’t be afraid to click the links for ‘inside baseball’ on...

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Josh Timmers

BCB After Dark: Coming to a close

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The cool spot for night owls, early-risers and Cubs fans abroad asks who you think will be the Cubs closer in 2022

Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the hidden hot spot for night owls, early-risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. I’m so glad you stopped in again this evening. The place just isn’t the same without you. Please let us take your hat and coat. There’s a lovely table in the second row for you. Bring your own beverage.

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