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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:30:00 EDTHammel, who took the 10-4 loss on Saturday in an abbreviated start at Wrigley Field, may find himself as the odd man out when manager Joe Maddon sets the rotation for the National League Division Series. But the Cubs' manager said "the greater body of work" matters more than one poor start.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:41:13 EDTThe Cubs are back in the postseason as the National League Central champs. Celebrate now with gear from the MLB.com Shop.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:20:00 EDTJust when the Cardinals needed a win to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race, it was Alex Reyes' turn to pitch. Stephen Piscotty smacked a solo home run and Yadier Molina drove in four runs to back Reyes and power the Cardinals to a 10-4 victory on Saturday at Wrigley Field over the Cubs and slow their drive for 100 wins.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:08:07 EDTKris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester are vying for baseball's top honors in the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards. Vote now to help your Cubs win big.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:15:00 EDTThe Cubs secured home-field advantage through the National League Championship Series after the Pirates' walk-off victory over the Nationals on Friday night. That was one of manager Joe Maddon's goals for the season. The other is to reach 100 wins.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:20:00 EDTBefore preparations begin for the postseason, Wrigley Field will play host to one final regular-season game with Sunday's nationally televised matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals. It will be the division rivals' last scheduled meeting of the season, but perhaps also a prelude for what might come in October.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:55:22 EDTThe Cubs have sat atop the National League standings for much of the season, and on Friday that status became official.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:30:24 EDTJake Arrieta struck out 10 over seven innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, dealing another blow to St. Louis' Wild-Card hopes while Chicago locked up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:17:46 EDTWho do the Cubs have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Chicago's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:55:00 EDTBefore Friday afternoon's contest at Wrigley Field, Miguel Montero asked Jake Arrieta to "pick up the tempo." Arrieta executed, striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:10:00 EDTDavid Ross is the ringleader on the Cubs, and he prides himself on knowing everything that's going on, but the veteran catcher was totally surprised on Friday when teammates honored him pregame as part of a year-long retirement ceremony.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:00:00 EDTManager Joe Maddon and the front office began preliminary meetings regarding the postseason roster, and the Cubs have created different scenarios depending on who they may play in the National League Division Series, which starts Oct. 7.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:40:00 EDTEloy Jimenez, the Cubs' organization's Minor League Player of the Year, and Trevor Clifton, 21, the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, were honored pregame on Friday at Wrigley Field.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:20:40 EDTHow did the Cubs win the National League Central? Good pitching, defense, having two NL Most Valuable Player Award candidates in Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant and some wizardry by manager Joe Maddon certainly helped. Here are five moments during the season that contributed to the Cubs' first division title since 2008.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:00:21 EDTLed by Miguel Montero's three hits and three RBIs, a three-game series sweep came without much difficulty as the Cubs claimed their 97th victory -- 9-2 over the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:08:46 EDTNothing personal. But the Cardinals should know that it doesn't matter that the Cubs clinched the National League Central title a week ago. There will be two teams trying their hardest to win games at Wrigley Field this weekend.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:40:21 EDTHad it been a different situation, John Lackey would've trotted out to pitch the eighth inning of the Cubs' 9-2 win against the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EDTSome get it done with pure heat. Some dazzle with cartoonish curveballs. Some are so dialed in with command that they'd seemingly be able to paint the corners of the strike zone while blindfolded.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:10:16 EDTIt will be business as usual this weekend against the Cardinals, but things might get a little different with the Cubs' lineup next week, when they hit the road for seven games to finish the regular season.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:50 EDTBabe Ruth once said of hitting, "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it."
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:10:19 EDTIf Cubs left-hander Jon Lester had a vote for the National League Cy Young Award, he wouldn't cast it for himself. Lester, who leads the NL with 18 wins, said he'd vote for teammate Kyle Hendricks, who leads the Majors with a 2.06 ERA.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:14:27 EDTThe postseason is two weeks away, and even though the National League Central-champion Cubs are waiting for other teams to get in, pitcher Jon Lester's foot is nowhere close to lifting off the gas. Not only did Lester pitch seven robust innings to pick up his NL-high 18th win, he provided the game's first run with a rocket of an RBI double in a 6-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:34:45 EDTAfter starting pitcher Jon Lester drilled a line-drive double to right-center field in the second inning of the Cubs' 6-1 win Tuesday night against the Reds at Wrigley Field, catcher David Ross scored the game's first run from first base. As the 39-year-old catcher rounded third, he was beginning to slow down and breathe heavily.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:30:59 EDTWhen the Cubs begin the 2016 postseason, they will do so within the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:30:22 EDTAs hard as this might be to believe, the Cubs have a secret weapon on their side as they head toward the postseason. It's John Lackey. Specifically, Lackey's slider.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:18:08 EDTAs the Cubs spend the next two weeks preparing themselves for the postseason, the National League Central champions were given a chance to inch closer to their 100th win against a Reds team they've had their way with most of this season. By erupting for three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, Chicago emerged with the 5-2 victory at Wrigley Field on Monday night.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 01:55:05 EDTManager Joe Maddon doesn't want Jason Hammel thinking each remaining start is an audition for a spot on the Cubs' postseason roster.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:33:24 EDTThe Cubs have advance scouts watching potential playoff opponents and will officially begin preparing for the postseason with organizational meetings Tuesday.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:33:43 EDTThey are the reason we buy tickets. They hit for average and power, they run, they throw, they defend and they thrill, night after night.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:40:28 EDTA year ago, Kyle Hendricks would have given up two runs in the second inning and most likely would have struggled to get back on track. On Sunday, the Cubs right-hander showed how far he's come as a pitcher, even if he didn't get the win.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:05:08 EDTVoting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide the annual Esurance MLB Awards, recognizing 20 suspenseful categories and starting right now with Best Major Leaguer, Best Hitter, Best Pitcher and Best Rookie.