Bullpen Implodes, Diamondbacks Crash the Cubs Party – Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 5

Game Twenty: Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 7 WP – Trevor Cahill (1-4) LP – Pedro Strop (0-2) Save – Addison Reed (4) The Cubs took a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning on Wednesday before the backend of the Cubs’ bullpen suffered a major meltdown and gave up five runs in the ninth. Everything that could […]

Cubs Hammel Out a Win Over the D-Backs – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 2

Game Nineteen: Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 2 WP – Jason Hammel (3-1) LP – Brandon McCarthy (0-4) Save – None Jason Hammel turned in another excellent outing and quality start on Tuesday night as the Cubs posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The Cubs scored eight of their nine runs on Tuesday night […]

Wrigley Continues to Be Reds Home Away from Home – Reds 8, Cubs 2

Game Seventeen: Cubs 2, Reds 8 WP – Homer Bailey (1-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-4) Save – None The Reds domination over the Cubs at Wrigley Field continued Sunday as Cincinnati beat the Cubs for the 17th time in 19 games (2-17) in their home park. The Reds scored all five of the runs […]

Same Old Story for Samardzija – Reds 4, Cubs 1

Game Fifteen: Cubs 1, Reds 4 WP – Alfredo Simon (2-1) LP – Jeff Samardzija (0-2) Save – Jonathan Broxton (2) The Cubs lost to the Reds for the 16th time in 17 games (1-16) at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. And once again, Jeff Samardzija took the loss after receiving no run support. The […]

Tanaka Strikes Out the Cubs – Yankees 3, Cubs 0

Game Thirteen: Cubs 0, Yankees 3 WP – Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) LP – Jason Hammel (2-1) Save – Shawn Kelley (4) The Cubs did absolutely nothing against Masahiro Tanaka in game one of the day-night doubleheader in The Bronx on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs managed three hits (two bunt singles) and were shutout for the […]

Samardzija Remains on the Blue Jays Radar and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Blue Jays are 7-6 after 13 games and are toward the top of a bunched up American League East. Alex Anthopoulos is still looking to add a starter to the top of his rotation. The Blue Jays’ staff is currently ranked sixth in the American League with a 3.61 ERA ( 1.31 WHIP) and […]

Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/12/14

Game Eleven – Cubs (4-6) vs. Cardinals (5-5) Game Time – 1:15pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844 Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 4.26/1.58/4.51) vs. Adam Wainwright (1-1, 1.29/1.00/2.24) It’s a quick turnaround for the Cubs after another late finish and extra […]

Jose Veras Out as Cubs Closer

Rick Renteria addressed his bullpen, and specifically the closer situation on Saturday morning. After Friday night’s game in which Jose Veras could not find the strike zone and was charged with his second blown save of the season, Renteria said he was going to stick with Veras as his closer. Rick Renteria changed his mind […]

Castillo Crushes the Cardinals – Cubs 6, Cardinals 3

Game Ten: Cubs 6, Cardinals 3 – 11 innings WP – Justin Grimm (1-0) LP – Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (1) Jeff Samardzija finally received some run support and was in line for the win after the Cubs scored two runs in the eighth inning. But Jose Veras blew his second save […]