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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Thursday 9/21, 7:10 CT

Here. We. Go.

I don’t need to tell you of the importance of the next four games.

Here are some game notes:

The Cubs have won 20 of their last 30 road games dating to July 2 after starting the campaign 18-25 in their first 43 road contests. Overall, the team’s 38-35 road record is the best among N.L. Central division clubs (Milwaukee is second at 38-37). Prior to his Sept. 4 outing, Arrieta began this season’s “second half” with a 6-1 record and a 1.59 ERA (10 ER/56? IP) in nine...

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Al Yellon

Cubs open 4-game series vs. Brewers at Miller Park

Looking for Thursday’s game threads? You have come to the right place.

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Cubs gearing up for crucial series vs. Brewers

Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant look ahead to the Cubs' four-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Jay Leads Off, Schwarber in LF, Javy at 2B to Back Arrieta’s Return

That kid is back on the escalator! I guess that’s not funny if you’ve never seen Mallrats, but it’s the first thing I thought when I saw that Jon Jay was leading off once again. Jay has been significantly worse on the road this season and is actually worse against righties overall, but what do I know? I guess Jay does have a .328 OBP vs. righties on the road in the second half, which is up from .315 in the first half. Sorry for banging this drum so loudly, folks, but it’s got a beat...

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Cubs Quick Hits: Javier Baez Has Been NL’s Best Offensive SS Since Break

El Mago dazzled as the Cubs’ everyday shortstop in the second half. Moving to his left and right with ease and gracefully throwing rockets to across the diamond to Anthony Rizzo drew “oohs” and “ahhs.” But his offense has been a highlight as well. Javy Baez’s second-half wOBA is .351 (114 wRC+), a mark bettered by only Anthony Rizzo (.405) and Kris Bryant (.401) since the break. In fact, Javy’s wOBA is tied with the Mets’ Asdrubal Cabrera for tops among NL shortstops since...

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Al Yellon

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Brewers series preview

I don’t have to tell you how important this series is.

This series has had two games rescheduled for national TV purposes. Friday’s game, originally a 7:10 p.m. CT start, was moved back 35 minutes to 6:35 at ESPN’s request. Saturday was originally a 6:10 p.m. CT start, was moved to 12:05 when Fox-TV wanted to televise it.

As of this writing I have heard no complaints from the Brewers about these schedule changes. And quite honestly: I do not want to hear another complaint from the...

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Wade Davis is the big-game hunter Cubs need now - and maybe in the future

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The origin story of Wade Davis transforming into a dominant closer goes back several years ago and involves a black bear

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Thomas Smith

Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 151

Cubs lose but Brewers do too; Magic number 8

Realistically, the Cubs were highly unlikely to run the table over the last 19 games heading into the playoffs. It would have been fun to watch, but the probability of that kind of streak is infinitesimal and the Cleveland Indians just had that kind of streak. Given that a clunker was likely to happen at some point, I’m glad it happened against the Rays and not this weekend. Of course there are no guarantees that because there was a clunker last...

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The Cubs Have a New Type of Farmhand Coming in 2018

With this summer’s trades, the Cubs’ farm system is no longer what it once was. Evaluators now rank it in the bottom five of MLB farm systems. The main reason for inclusion in the low end of the MLB rankings is that the Cubs lack a player in any top 100 prospect list. While I […]

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Is Jon Lester Injured or Just Tired? Or Neither?

Jon Lester surrendered seven runs against a weak Tampa Bay offense Wednesday night, prompting questions about the normally consistent lefty’s health. After the poor outing, Lester emphasized that there are no health concerns. But sometimes players don’t want to admit they are injured, especially ones with the ultra-competitive, no-BS attitudes like the one Lester exhibits. Excuses are never made. I’ve heard it before… Thankfully, data doesn’t withhold the truth. There are instances...

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Al Yellon

Rays 8, Cubs 1: Jon Lester throws a stinker

No, not a “sinker.”

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Cubs were crushed by the Rays 8-1 Wednesday night and looked bad doing it, so before I get to the gory details, here’s a photo of a cute kitten:

Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Feel better now?

Well, maybe not. But I think we all need something to distract ourselves from the ugliness of Wednesday night’s loss.

This recap will be mercifully short. I was struck by the oddity of these postgame quotes from Joe...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks splits it up

Dizzy and Daffy, the Jon Jay leadoff thing, blue eggs, and other bullets

CUBS lose. They can start a new streak today with Jake Arrieta on the bump.

So cool to throw out tonight's ceremonial first pitch at the Trop. @RaysBaseball and @Cubs... two teams Pops loved so much. @CubsJoeMadd pic.twitter.com/wTzgSuHIqI

— Beau Zimmer (@Zimm10) September 21, 2017

“The sun don't shine on the same dog's ass all the time.” — Catfish Hunter

Thanks, Adam Frazier! Hoist the Jolly...

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What’s wrong with Jon Lester? And is there enough time for Cubs to fix it?

In a time where the Cubs need Jon Lester the most, he struggled mightily in a 8-1 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night, which left the Cubs searching for answers.

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays preview, Wednesday 9/20, 6:10 CT

The Cubs go for their eighth consecutive win.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Here are a few notes for tonight’s game:

Kyle Schwarber’s home run Tuesday night was his fourth as a DH this year. That ties the single-season Cubs DH homer record, set by Alfonso Soriano in 2012. The Cubs have 284 regular season victories since the start of the 2015 season, marking the winningest three-season span for the franchise in over 100 years, since the team won 287 regular season contests from 1910-12....

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