The Cubs wrapped up the 2015 regular season with three wins in Milwaukee as Joe Maddon prepared his team for the post-season. The Cubs went into play Sunday with a chance to host the Wild Card game but it was not meant to be and the one-game playoff will be at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The Cubs finished the regular season riding an eight-game winning streak for the first time in modern day franchise history. The 1884 Chicago White Stockings ended its season winning nine games in a row.
The 2015 Chicago Cubs went 97-65, the most wins in a single-season since 2008 (97-64). The 1945 National League Champion Chicago Cubs (98-56) are the only team in the last 80 years of the franchise to win more games.
The Cubs finished with the third best record in baseball and would have won the pennant in the five other divisions. The Cubs were 49-32 at Wrigley this season and 48-33 on the road, the most road wins for the franchise since 1945.
Jake Arrieta posted his 22nd win of the season on Friday night and completed his historic second half with another shutout performance. Arrieta’s ridiculous season was broken down on Saturday with stat after stat and a bunch of numbers.
Anthony Rizzo surpassed the 100 RBI mark on Sunday with his two-run single in the first inning. Rizzo ended the season with 101 RBI. Rizzo became just the fourth left-handed hitter in franchise history with 30 home runs and 100 RBI in a single-season joining Fred McGriff (2002), Billy Williams (1965, 1970, 1972) and Bill Nicholson (1944).
Catching Up On the Cubs Rumors
With baseball’s regular season coming to an end, teams have started shifting gears and preparing for the off-season. And with the off-season comes rumors.
The Cubs are expected to add at least two starting pitchers this winter. The front office could either pay the Price for a free agent or make a trade or two. The Cubs may have a spot in center field to fill and Joe Maddon’s favorite utility player will be on the market.
For an update from the rumor mill, click on the link.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Preparing for the Post-Season and Other News and Notes
Before the Cubs started the last series of the regular season at Wrigley North, Joe Maddon talked to the beat writers about the team’s plan for the Wild Card Game.
Jason Hammel made his case for starting a game in the NLDS if the Cubs make it past the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo has had one heck of a season. Kris Bryant and Jake Arrieta were named finalists for year-end awards.
Report includes all of the news, notes and a bunch of links, plus This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Gleyber Torres Tops Baseball America’s Midwest League Prospect Ranking
The Cubs have a deep farm system even with the promotions to the big leagues this year. Gleyber Torres is the top prospect in the organization and the national media is paying attention.
The 18-year old shortstop created quite the buzz this season.
Ian Happ also made the cut and according to Baseball America was one of the top prospects in the Midwest League this past year.
Twenty-Two Wins for Arrieta, Thirty Over for the Cubs – Cubs 6, Brewers 1
The Cubs started the weekend series at Wrigley North with a victory over the Brewers. Jake Arrieta completed his historic second half with six shutout innings in what was a tune-up for the NL Wild Card Game.
Anthony Rizzo had a big night, drove in three runs and hit a home run. Starlin Castro and Addison Russell had four doubles and the Cubs improved to 30 games over .500.
The Daily CCO: ESPN Tabs Addison Russell Defensive Player of the Month and Other Cubs News
Addison Russell has played Gold Glove defense at two positions this season, second base and shortstop. Russell ranked fourth in defensive runs saved at shortstop and second base this year. And ESPN named Russell its Defensive Player of the Month for September.
Joe Maddon moved to Kyle Schwarber to right field to prep for a possible start in right at PNC in the Wild Card Game.
Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant were close to reaching the century mark in RBI and the Cubs’ staff set a new strikeout record.
Report includes a large amount of news, notes and links along with This Day in Cubs History.
Jake Arrieta’s Ridiculously Good, Historic Season
Jake Arrieta recorded win No. 22 on Friday night and in the process entered his name in the record book in more places. Arrieta had the best second half in the history of the game.
For stat-heads, this report is for you. Arrieta’s season is broken down by month, pre- and post-break and where he stands among the greats in Cubs History.
Cubs Scratch Out Seventh Straight Win – Cubs 1, Brewers 0
Kyle Hendricks put together his best outing of the season, according to Joe Maddon. Hendricks took a perfect game into the sixth, gave up a hit, completed the inning and turned it over to the bullpen. The Cubs kept the pressure on the Pirates for home field in the NL Wild Card.
Chris Coghlan and Addison Russell combined on the only run in the Cubs’ 96th victory of the season.
The Daily CCO: Wild Card Game Still Possible at Wrigley and Other Cubs News
The Cubs won Saturday night. The Pirates lost Saturday night. And Game 162 had meaning. Joe Maddon shifted gears for Sunday after the Reds beat the Pirates. The Cubs had a shot at hosting the NL Wild Card on the last day of the regular season.
Kyle Hendricks finished his season strong. Travis Wood has pitched well out of the bullpen. And Jason Motte took off for Arizona just in case. Plus, a Wrigleyville Bar changed its name for the Cubs’ post-season run.
Report includes all of the news, notes and links plus This Day in Cubs History.
Ninety-Seven Wins – Cubs 3, Brewers 1
The Cubs wrapped up the regular season with their eighth victory in a row. The Cubs did their part and completed the sweep in Milwaukee. The Cubs kept the pressure on the Pirates to beat the Reds. Pittsburgh shutout Cincinnati and will host the Cubs in the NL Wild Card.
Dan Haren said he is retiring, and if he doesn’t change his mind, Haren won his last big league start. The bullpen did their job and Anthony Rizzo reached a milestone of the final day of the regular season.