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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: South Bend beats Lake County, 4-3

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South Bend sneaks past Lake County. The Smokies blow a golden opportunity.

The Cubs signed right-hander Antonio Santos to a minor-league contract. Santos pitched for the Rockies in 2020 and 2021. He most-recently pitched for Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican League. Santos has been assigned to the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.

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The Iowa Cubs lost to Indianapolis (Pirates), 5-2.

Dan Straily gave the I-Cubs a great start,...

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Al Yellon

Mets 11, Cubs 1: All you can do is laugh

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... because this game was really no fun at all.

You know, I could just say the Cubs lost to the Mets 11-1 on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field and leave things at that, just continue and look at tomorrow’s game.

However, there are a few things worth mentioning here and then we’ll just, as Kyle Hendricks has been quoted, “flush this one and move on.”

From BCB’s JohnW53:

Every Cubs starter since 1901 who has given up double-digit runs...

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Mets blast Shota Imanaga, Cubs in 11-1 win

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run in the first inning to power another outburst by the red-hot New York Mets, who cruised to an 11-1 win over the host Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game series Friday afternoon.

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Mets, Friday 6/21, 1:20 CT

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Al Yellon

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Mets, Friday 6/21, 1:20 CT

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Go get ‘em, Sh?ta.

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets preview, Friday 6/21, 1:20 CT

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The Cubs open a three-game series against the visitors from New York.

Friday notes...

STREAKING: The Cubs have not won more than two consecutive games since they won a fourth straight at Boston on April 26. That was eight weeks and 49 games ago. Since then, each of the 29 other MLB teams has begun at least one winning streak of three games or more — 79 streaks in all. The Dodgers, Orioles, Phillies and Yankees have had five apiece; the Guardians,...

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Al Yellon

Cubs vs. Mets Friday 6/21 game threads

If you seek Friday’s game threads, look no further.

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Al Yellon

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Mets series preview

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The Cubs host a team that’s been hot lately.

The Mets expected to contend when the 2024 season began. Like the Cubs, they got off to a pretty good start and were 12-9 in late April, then followed with a 10-24 stretch. But they have been hot lately, though they lost Wednesday at Texas, ending a seven-game winning streak.

For more on the Mets, here’s Chris McShane, managing editor of our SB Nation Mets site Amazin’ Avenue.

What a difference the past few...

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Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitcher Streaming Options: June 24-30

Streaming starting pitchers is a common strategy that often leads to success in fantasy baseball. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the idea is simply to pick up a “lesser” pitcher for an inviting matchup or two that is soon to come.

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Ashley MacLennan

Outside The Confines: The Rickwood Field game brings history to the spotlight

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Baseball remembers Willie Mays and other Negro League legends.

The two big stories of the latter half of the week go hand in hand, with the Rickwood Field game happening on Thursday, just after the passing of the iconic Willie Mays late Tuesday. The memory of Mays and also remembering Negro Leagues legends of the past is a huge part of why the Rickwood game matters.

Here are some highlights from the pre-game.

An emotional...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, June 21

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A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday to the Red Baron. Jim Bunning’s perfect game, and other stories.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Smokies stop M-Braves, 4-3

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The Smokies win a wild one to get to within a game of first. Iowa wins on Ballesteros’ home run.

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The Iowa Cubs blanked Indianapolis (Pirates), 1-0.

In his first game for Iowa, starter Trey Supak twirled six scoreless innings, allowing five hits. Supak walked one and struck out one.

Ethan Roberts pitched the next 1.2 innings and retired all five batters he faced, striking out three of them.

Hunter Bigge...

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Sara Sanchez

The Cubs’ Yan Gomes era at catcher is over

Yan Gomes in the batter’s box against Cincinnati | Photo by Jeff Dean/Getty Images

But the Cubs are still woefully lacking at the position.

The Cubs took two of three games from the San Francisco Giants earlier this week for their first series win since they swept the White Sox in a two-game set June 4-5. It’s been a rough road for the team since May began. Injury after injury has fallen upon an already beleaguered bullpen and the offense has struggled to get going in a sustained...

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One Position Emerges As the Top Priority for the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are improving defensively but one hole remains to be filled, so the search for depth at catcher begins in earnest. While his progress overall is uneven, Christopher Morel continues to improve defensively.

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Al Yellon

A few words on MLB playoff teams that have had a bad stretch during their seasons

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The Cubs have played poorly for several weeks. But they can still come back and make the postseason.

The Cubs began this season well, going 17-9 and inhabiting second place in the NL Central 26 games into the season, after defeating the Red Sox in Boston April 26.

Though they managed a few days in first place after that, they then lost 30 of their next 47 games through Monday’s loss to the Giants, going from that 17-9 mark to 34-39 and dropping to...

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Al Yellon

MLB is likely never going to go to a fully automated ball-and-strike system

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... but the challenge system is being expanded and could eventually come to the major leagues.

Many baseball fans have been clamoring for a fully automated ball-and-strike call system in MLB.

And such a system has been tried out in the minor leagues, alongside a “challenge” system, where teams start with three ball/strike challenges and can have more if they keep challenging correctly.

Per this article by Jayson Stark in The Athletic, Triple-A leagues are soon to drop...

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Thomas Smith

2024 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 75

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The Cubs hold on for a 6-5 win.

This win was much less jarring than Tuesday’s. On Tuesday, the Cubs offense didn’t kick in until late, but the bullpen coasted to an easy victory once they did. In this one, the offense arrived a little earlier. But the bullpen did their best to give away the lead. What could have been another easy victory ended up being a nail biter and going down to the last batter.

The disconcerting...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks’ ledger domain

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#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news, notes, and commentary, four days a week, rain or shine. Was it magic? Has the season turned around, just like that? Inquiring minds want to know!

WELCOME to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. No artificial...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: James Triantos leads Tennessee past Mississippi, 5-2

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The Smokies shut down Mississippi. The Pelicans split a doubleheader.

Catcher Caleb Knight was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A South Bend.

Catcher David Avitia went from Iowa to High-A South Bend.

Right-hander Carlo Reyes was promoted from South Bend to Double-A Tennessee.

Right-hander Will Frisch was activated off the 60-day injured list. He joins Low-A Myrtle Beach.

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The Iowa Cubs were shut out by Indianapolis...

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Cubs DFA C Yan Gomes, sign Tomas Nido

The Chicago Cubs will have a new look behind the plate after designating Yan Gomes for assignment and signing fellow catcher Tomas Nido to a major league deal on Wednesday.

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