Inside the Cubs
Of all the oddities in the Cubs’ marathon win over the Rockies on Tuesday/Wednesday the strangest might have been the 13th-inning decision that led to catcher John Baker’s 16th-inning heroics. On deck in the bottom of the 13th inning, and looking at a possible chance to help win the game there, Baker was instead pulled
It took longer than any game in franchise history and so many players that a Cubs catcher got the victory pitching in relief. But when Starlin Castro finally drove a line-drive sacrifice fly to right field at just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning against Tyler Matzek, the Cubs celebrated a 4-3, 16-inning victory over
A week after designating Darwin Barney for assignment, the Cubs on Monday traded the Gold Glove second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Cubs recoup about $800,000 of Barney’s $2.3 million salary this year, while the Dodgers get two additional years of club control if they
As bad as the Cubs were expected to get after the July 4 trades of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics, things might actually be worse. They lost 13-3 to the San Diego Padres on Thursday, allowing nine runs during a hellish sixth inning. The Padres ended the night last in the
Edwin Jackson is pretty used to this sort of thing. On Thursday, CBS Sports reported that the Cubs are trying to trade Jackson, who is in the second year of a four-year, $52 million contract. But predictably, the Cubs are having trouble finding somebody to take Jackson, who left Thursday’s 13-3 loss to the San
The sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the San Diego Padres is perhaps the worst in recent Cubs history. But all things considered, it could have been worse. Starter Edwin Jackson left after five-plus innings with cramping in his right hand. The Cubs starter opened the inning with his first walk then gave up a
Rick Renteria and Greg Maddux weren’t together for even a full season. It was 2008 with the San Diego Padres, and Renteria was a first-year first-base coach and Maddux was in the last season of his career. But that didn’t stop the Cubs manager from getting the same strong impression many others have of the
The plan for rookie Arismendy Alcantara is for him to spend most of his time in center field the rest of the season. With the Cubs seemingly set in the middle of the diamond, they want to get Alcantara more used to the outfield and continue to build his versatility. But that doesn’t mean he’ll
As the Cubs approach the July 31 trade deadline they’ve already made their biggest splash. Dealing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics on July 4 for Addison Russell, Dan Straily, Billy McKinney and a player to be named later won’t be topped, and now the Cubs aren’t feeling urgency to do more.
Things were getting worse and worse for Mike Olt with the Cubs. He was hitless in his last seven games and 14 at-bats and his average plummeted to .139 with 84 strikeouts. Yes, his 12 homers were second on the team, but he only had 14 more hits besides the ones that left the ballpark.