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Theo Epstein: Joe Maddon has taken enough heat, don’t blame NLCS on Cubs manager

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:15:13 GMT

The second-guessing of Joe Maddon jumped the shark when someone questioned why the manager didn't pinch-hit for Kyle Hendricks – with two outs in the fourth inning of a 2-1 game the Cubs would lose by five runs to a Los Angeles Dodgers team at 110 wins and counting this year. Maddon makes himself a target when he shows up to a Dodger Stadium press conference in a hipster jean jacket, gets ejected from two of the first four National League Championship Series games, likens the Buster Posey Rule to the Chicago soda tax, lectures the media about the dangers of dry-humping and threatens to "come running out of the clubhouse in my jockstrap" if Curtis Granderson hits a disputed home run instead of swinging at strike four. You won't have Maddon to kick around anymore, because Thursday night's ugly 11-1 Game 5 loss ended the 2017 season and turned out the lights at Wrigley Field, the Dodgers advancing to their first World Series since 1988 and looking a lot like the 2016 Cubs.

Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:24:38 GMT

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time

Cubs' Maddon tossed again in NLCS; ump admits he missed call

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:29:09 GMT

Cubs manager Joe Maddon turned out to be right. Chicago reliever Wade Davis struck out Curtis Granderson on the next pitch after the disputed call and the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 to avoid a sweep. Maddon lost his argument in the eighth inning over what was originally ruled a swinging strikeout of Granderson.

Grandpa Rossy and the 5 biggest things from Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 4

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:11:42 GMT

Making what is almost assuredly his last start in a Cubs uniform and at Wrigley Field, Jake Arrieta was masterful, navigating a relentless Dodgers lineup and giving the Cubs a much-needed deep outing, tossing 6.2 innings. Arrieta tied the Cubs all-time postseason record with his fifth playoff victory Wednesday night. Arrieta had his ups and downs Wednesday night, but he did plenty to remind Cubs fans of all he's done in blue pinstripes the last five seasons.

Umpire Admits He Was 'Dead Wrong' On Overturned Call

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:24:57 GMT

The home plate umpire in Game 4 of the NLCS admitted it was a mistake to overturn a call that led to Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden getting ejected for the second time in the series.

Along comes Clayton Kershaw with a shot to finish the Cubs

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:31:40 GMT

Along comes Clayton Kershaw. Some 20 minutes after the Los Angeles Dodgers had lost Game 4 of the National League Championship Series 3-2 Wednesday night, in essence passing the ball to him, he cast a soft countenance. “Sleep,” Kershaw said with a smile at his son.

Cubs plotting their path for a comeback: 'We're not ready to go home'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:27:34 GMT

To realize the nearly impossible, the Cubs believe they can't get too far ahead of themselves. The Cubs' chances of repeating as World Series champions are technically alive courtesy of a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. "You can't think about the big picture in these games," Rizzo said.

Umpire admits he was 'dead wrong' in Game 4 call that went against Cubs

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:49:04 GMT

Wolf was in the middle of another fiery Joe Maddon ejection after the Cubs manager frantically objected to an appeal ruling on the field. If you missed the moment: It appeared that Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson struck out in the eighth inning.

Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 4: The beginning of the end

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:48:47 GMT

It's not just the Cubs offense that's been slumping: I've gone 0-for-3 in predictions for each game of the NLCS thus far. Based on the last four days, it would be easy to pick the Cubs to lose and that's what I would do, but I've been wrong the first three games, so what do I know? The Cubs have absolutely nothing to lose right now and they've procastinated all season, playing their best baseball only when they've been backed into a corner.

The Dodgers' success is about more than just the money

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:34:53 GMT

In the minutes following the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Game 5 win over the Chicago Cubs, you could feel the narrative forming on social media. “The Dodgers are only in the World Series because of their payroll. If you don’t believe us, search for “Dodgers” and “payroll” on Twitter and marvel at the takes if you dare.

If MLB Considers Expansion, What Would a 32-Team League Look Like?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:15:04 GMT

Against the backdrop of the current postseason excitement, talk of the first Major League Baseball expansion since 1998 is in the air thanks to a recent Baseball America report. Written by Spink Award winner Tracy Ringolsby, the report describes "a building consensus" within the industry that a 32-team configuration is inevitable, with Portland likely to be one of the sites for a new team. In the report, Ringolsby presented his own proposal, one that includes a radical realignment, a longer postseason and a 156-game schedule.

Dodgers beat Cubs in Game Five to reach World Series

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:33:32 GMT

Los Angeles outfielder Enrique Hernandez struck three home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning, and drove in seven runs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Los Angeles will meet either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in the World Series, which starts in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

In another huge playoff moment, Wade Davis stays cool while everything else around Cubs goes crazy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:43:36 GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still in command of this National League Championship Series, but the Cubs won't go quietly into the offseason, unleashing All-Star closer Wade Davis for the final two innings of a 3-2 thriller that kept them alive for at least another night. The Cubs can worry about the daunting task of winning three more elimination games in the morning. Once Davis forced Cody Bellinger into the double-play groundball that left Justin Turner stranded in the on-deck circle and this one ended at 11:16 p.m., he pulled at his right sleeve and buttoned the top of his jersey while waiting for the Cubs to start the high-five line.

Turner, Taylor repay Dodger patience by sharing NLCS MVP

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:08:43 GMT

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor shared MVP honors in the NL Championship Series, repaying a Dodgers organization willing to roll the dice on players whose big league careers were stalled. In Turner's case, it was then-bench coach Tim Wallach who rediscovered him playing in a Cal State-Fullerton alumni baseball game four years ago, after his career appeared all but over. In Taylor's case, it was Los Angeles' willingness to gamble that an offseason of grueling workouts would enable the young utilityman to rebuild his swing in a matter of months.

Cubs must beat Dodgers in Game 5 to send NLCS back to LA

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:17:57 GMT

It's not over yet! Only one team in the history of Major League Baseball has come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. Could the Chicago Cubs be the second?

Keep track of the MLB postseason, one game at a time

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:29:25 GMT

The 2017 MLB playoffs are here, with 10 teams providing us several storylines to watch this October, from the wild card games all the way through the World Series. We had three 100-win teams — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and Houston Astros — for just the sixth time in major league history and the first time since 2003. There were a trio of great turnaround stories as well. The Minnesota Twins had the worst record in baseball in 2016 with 103 losses, but this year they’re in the postseason as the second American League Wild Card, the first team ever to make the playoffs one year after losing 100 games. In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks rebounded from a 93-loss campaign

Are Cubs feeling drained? The clubhouse is divided

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:07:18 GMT

For the second straight week, Kyle Schwarber halted his postgame media scrum to get something off his chest. Standing at his locker - the same spot he stood exactly a week prior - the Cubs slugger got about as forceful as he's ever been with the cameras rolling. Are the Cubs drained right now?

MLB, Fox Are 2 Wins Away From Dream LA v NY World Series

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:26:47 GMT

Major League Baseball and Fox Sports are two wins away from having a dream New York-Los Angeles World Series, something that hasn’t happened since 1981. The New York Yankees can punch their ticket to the Fall Classic Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. The L.A. Dodgers have a chance to do the same tonight at 8:08 p.m. ET on TBS.

Baez homers twice, Cubs edge Dodgers to avoid MLB playoffs sweep

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:09:34 GMT

Javier Baez blasted two home runs and the defending champion Chicago Cubs avoid being swept out of the Major League Baseball playoffs Wednesday by edging the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. The Dodgers still lead the best-of-seven National League Championship Series 3-1 and could advance to their first World Series since 1988 with a victory in Thursday's game five. The Cubs-Dodgers winner will play either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in the World Series starting Tuesday.

The Cubs won an NLCS game, but now they have to do it 3 more times

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:21:08 GMT

The Cubs avoided being swept in the NLCS for the second time in three years with a Game 4 victory over the Dodgers. As of right now, that's all they've accomplished: being down 3-0 is the hardest road in MLB's postseason, and as of now the Cubs have merely taken their first few steps. Clayton Kershaw stands in their way in Game 5 in a rematch of Game 1, as Jose Quintana takes the mound for the Cubs at 8:08 p.m. ET. What's different this time around, besides being down three games to one and still on the brink of elimination, is that the Cubs are unlikely to have Wade Davis around to help them after he threw 44 pitches in Game 4. No Davis is no small thing: it's not a coincidence that the one

Five crazy stats that explain just how much the Dodgers dominated the NLCS

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:29:37 GMT

The National League Championship Series was supposed to feature two evenly-matched clubs going all-out in a brutal fight to see who went to the World Series. Instead, it was a lopsided affair in which the Los Angeles Dodgers stomped all over the Chicago Cubs. Game 5 encapsulated that pretty well, as Dodgers outfielder Kiké Hernandez became the unlikely hero with an incredible three home runs during the contest.

NLCS Game 5: After 29 years, Dodgers are returning to World Series

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:16:56 GMT

After 29 years and an untold number of replays of the astonishing home run that was their last real highlight, the Los Angeles Dodgers have returned to the World Series. On a mild Thursday night at Wrigley Field, the Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, to win the best-of-seven National League Championship Series in five games. The Dodgers led Thursday night by 7-0 after three innings, and just as the Cubs had begun to convince themselves they might inch back into a series the Dodgers had once led, three games to none.

Bill Murray Helps Couple Announce Pregnancy News

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:51:16 GMT

You’re gonna be grandparents,” Murray says in the video. The couple was sitting next to Murray behind home plate during a Chicago Cubs baseball game on 9 October. “After the Cubs win I told Bill I needed him to make our pregnancy announcement.

Cubs lose 11-1 in Game 5 of NLCS; Dodgers advance to World Series

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:43:02 GMT

The Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, and the Dodgers advanced to the World Series.

Justin Turner's postseason dominance has surpassed Babe Ruth's in one category

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:10:36 GMT

Justin Turner and his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates didn’t have much to celebrate on Wednesday night. With a chance to earn their first trip to the World Series since 1988 within reach, they fell to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

LeBron James & Cavs’ NBA Doubleheader Season Opener Soars Almost 100% Over 2016 – Update

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:50:55 GMT

UPDATE, 1:50 PM: The final scores on the court last night saw ex-champs the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets win the doubleheader games of the NBA season opener but now we have the other score, so to speak. Winning the night on cable for TNT, the Cavs’ victory over the Boston Celtics and the Rockets triumph over current champs the Golden State Warriors snagged an average of 4.9 million viewers. Or to put in the true dunk context, that’s a whooping 53% over the 3.2 million that the 2016 season doubleheader opener of October 25 last year delivered.

Cubs avoid sweep, top Dodgers 3-2 to cut NLCS deficit to 3-1

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:03:02 GMT

Javier Baez sensed he was ready to bust out of his slump and give the Chicago Cubs the lift they needed. Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. ''We have to be much more offensive,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

Dodgers Clinch World Series Berth; Can Yankees Complete Major TV Market Sweep?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:16:09 GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first trip to the World Series in 29 years tonight with an 11-1 victory over the defending champion Chicago Cubs to win the National League Championship Series. Dodgers outfielder Kike Hernandez hit three home runs in the victory, the first Dodger to do so in a championship game. The last time the Dodgers make the World Series was 1988, when they beat the Oakland A’s for the franchise’s sixth world championship.

NLCS Game 4: Joe Maddon and the Cubs fight back to avoid sweep

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:36:06 GMT

Depending on the person, the defending champion Chicago Cubs either looked tired, listless, disinterested, resigned or any combination thereof. The result: A 3-2 victory that forced a Game 5 on Thursday night and marked the fifth straight Cubs win while facing elimination, dating back to Game 5 of last year’s World Series. Doing something similar against the Dodgers remains a longshot as Los Angeles holds the pitching advantage over the last three games that the Cubs held over the Indians last fall.

Eddie Olczyk delivers motivational message to Cubs fans

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:17:45 GMT

Eddie Olczyk had a special message for the Cubbie faithful ahead of Game 5 of the NLCS.  The Blackhawks' color commentator passed along an inspiring message that was played on the Wrigley Field jumbotron right before first pitch:.@NHLBlackhawks broadcaster

NLCS Game 4: Cubs stay alive vs. Dodgers to force a Game 5

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:18:27 GMT

Javier Baez celebrates his fifth-inning home run against the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS. CHICAGO – Javier Baez, hitless in the postseason, homered twice Wednesday night and the Chicago Cubs lived to play another day, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the National League championship series. The Dodgers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one.

Wood gives up 3 homers as Dodgers lose 3-2 to Cubs in NLCS

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:58:40 GMT

Alex Wood finally returned to the mound Wednesday night. A familiar problem followed him all the way to Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. Wood surrendered three homers in his first start in three weeks, and the Los Angeles Dodgers lost for the first time in this year's playoffs, falling 3-2 to Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs beat Dodgers 3-2 in NLCS Game 4, force Game 5

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:39:15 GMT

The Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at home in Wrigley Field Wednesday, forcing a Game 5 Thursday. The Dodgers lead the Cubs 3-1 in the series.

Ump Admits He Was 'Dead Wrong' On Overturned Call

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:25:24 GMT

The home plate umpire in Game 4 of the NLCS admiited it was a mistake to overturn a call that led to Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden getting ejected for the second time in the series. In the top of the eighth inning, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson swung at a pitch from Cubs reliever Wade Davis that ended up bouncing in front of catcher Willson Contreras. After umpired Jim Wolf said Granderson was out, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts came out to protest that Granderson made contact with the ball, but television replays appeared to show otherwise.

Maddon on staving off elimination: Cubs have to start hitting ball

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:39:57 GMT

Joe Maddon knows reigning MLB World Series champions the Chicago Cubs must start hitting the ball if they are to avoid elimination from the National League Championship Series. The Cubs face the prospect of a sweep at Wrigley Field on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers lead 3-0. Chicago have scored just four runs in three games this series.

Dodgers close in on World Series with 6-1 win over Cubs

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:28:02 GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a tough lineup, a talented pitching staff and a manager making all the right moves. Yu Darvish pitched sparkling ball into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Andre Ethier also went deep and Taylor added an RBI triple in the fifth as Los Angeles improved to 6-0 in this postseason, setting a franchise record for consecutive playoff wins.

NLCS Game 5: Clayton Kershaw a step closer to the one thing he's missing

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:40:04 GMT

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw celebrate after Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series.

How to Watch Dodgers vs. Cubs NLCS Game 5: Live Stream, TV Channel, Time

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:00:54 GMT

The Chicago Cubs have another chance to extend their season when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs staved off elimination by winning Game 4 by a score of 3–2. Joe Madden was ejected

Dodgers' Roberts all too familiar with historic 3-0 comebacks

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:54:16 GMT

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is not too scared of the Chicago Cubs completing a great escape in the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers are poised to reach the MLB World Series, leading the reigning champions 3-0 heading into Wednesday's game four. If there is anyone who knows something about being in a 3-0 hole in a postseason series it would be Roberts, who was a member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that was down 3-0 to the New York Yankees and came back to win the American League Championship Series in seven games.

Cubs 108-year curse was 'like a bad business culture'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:03:00 GMT

The Cubs won the World Series last year, ending a 108-year curse. Yahoo Finance’s Dan Roberts talks with Rich Cohen, author of ’Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse’ about how the team’s historic win changed baseball.