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Forgive me for my absence

This is the second year I really have let the majority of my followers down with daily or weekly updates with baseball. Perhaps I am not fully capable for sports journalism, but I know how to approach this better for the future. From now on, I will update you with limited updates on the Chicago Cubs.

This year was another struggle in a rebuild year. We have lost a great deal of key players to bring up our prospects. What still is the missing link for the Cubs is consistent pitching. Behind Jake Arrieta and Travis Wood, the rotation needs more structure; including the stability of a strong bullpen. Pitching wins championships people, it’s what we truly need. Our hitting looks more consistent. With Anthony Rizzo going back and forth leading in home runs with Giancarlo Stanton, the Cubs look to have promising hitting towards next season. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler look to be strong sluggers behind Rizzo, it will only be a matter of time before Kris Bryant joins them next season.

Being the doormat of the National League Central, the Cubs are not the worst team in baseball. As of today, the North Siders are 59-73 which can lead to the Cubs not having a 100 loss season this year; something Cubs fans can be happy about. With the season over since the All Star break, we are already saying it’s next year for the Cubs.

Looking forward towards the fall sports teams for Chicago. The Bulls have the second best line up in the East after the Cavs’ acquisition of Kevin Love, it looks like we are reigniting rivalry again. The Hawks gave Patrick Kane and captain Jonathon Toews new contracts to assure the team looks promising for the future. As for Da Bears, Jay Cutler looks like he has every weapon available with his brand new contract. Hopefully we look to give the NFC North hell this year.

It’s good to be back and I will return soon. GO CUBS GO! 

Hammel pulls only win in another series dropped to Milwaukee

There were two shutouts and a game that Milwaukee pulled away from, but the beating Jason Hammel put on the Brewers was one to watch for. Hammel lasted through seven innings with 4 hits and 8 strikeouts, not a single run was earned. Anthony Rizzo brought out the bat to homer twice in the top fourth and sixth, both times bringing home men on base for a 4-run lead. The Cubs beat the Brewers 8-0 on Saturday, but Milwaukee returned the favor the following day.

Currently, the Cubs have arrived home after a long road trip to host the New York Mets. Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.33) gets the first start of the series in Wrigley Field.

Samardzija earns first win of season, despite dropping series to Giants →

estobro:

I remember as clear as day when Jeff Samardzija threw a complete game on Memorial Day weekend last season. The Blackhawks just came back from behind in a series with the Red Wings after a shootout to advance to the next round, and Jeff had a huge game that day. It was memorable enough when he…

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Jun 3rd at 8PM / via: estobro / op: estobro / reblog / 3 notes

Cubs close tight one with Padres

After a hard loss the night before, the Cubs rose up to be victorious in a close game against the Padres. Travis Wood took the mound for the Cubbies and stood out like the stud he is. He lasted through seven innings and threw out 3 hits, 2 runs, and 3 strikeouts. Support for Wood began in the top of the fourth inning with a single by Nate Schierholtz to bring in Luis Valbuena. In the top of the sixth, Valbuena hit a solo shot, followed by a RBI single by Wood to bring in Schierholtz. Hector Rondon earned his 6th save of the season by putting up a perfect inning for the close. Cubs beat the Padres, 3-2.

The Cubs finish their series against the Padres and will try and go for the series win against the Padres. Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.91) will go to take the series in Petco Park. First pitch will be thrown at 4:10 PM (Eastern)

GO CUBS GO!

mlb:

Classic #MannyBeingManny.

mlb:

Classic #MannyBeingManny.

May 25th at 12PM / via: mlb / op: mlb / tagged: manny ramirez. boston red sox. / reblog / 202 notes
THIS JUST IN: Theo Epstein rekindles his relationship with Manny Ramirez and signs him to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. Although age has taken a tole on Ramirez, veteran skills would be appreciated aside from his PED history. Is this the turn the Cubs need this season? We will find out down the road.

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THIS JUST IN: Theo Epstein rekindles his relationship with Manny Ramirez and signs him to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. Although age has taken a tole on Ramirez, veteran skills would be appreciated aside from his PED history. Is this the turn the Cubs need this season? We will find out down the road.

Cubs get hammered back by Padres

There is one thing I took in as the Cubs started their late game against the Padres; they decided to wear their vintage 80’s uniforms that have haunted the Cubbies since the playoffs in 1984. Edwin Jackson was rocked for four innings and gave out 9 hits, 8 runs, and 3 strikeouts. The Cubs only forced one run on the Padres in the top of the seventh with a RBI single by Welington Castillo to bring home Luis Valbuena. Cubs lost to the Padres 1-11.

The Cubs will try to tune in their winning swagger with their fellow Blackhawks on the West Coast as well, as they continue their weekend series against the Padres. Travis Wood (4-4, 4.61) will have the start for the visiting team with the game starting at 10:10 PM (Eastern).

Cubs take Padres for first big road win

It seems that the spotlight has been on the Cubs ever since their proud owner had declared that renovations for Wrigley Field need to be carried out immediately. The Cubs started their first long road trip of the season against the San Diego Padres and came out victorious. Jake Arrieta was at the helm for the Cubs, lasting through six innings with 4 hits, 1 run, and 7 strikeouts. The Cubs were only behind by one run for the first 3 innings. By the top of the fourth, Anthony Rizzo got things going with a 2-run shot to bring in him and Junior Lake. The next inning, the Cubs went on a run by adding an RBI hit by Darwin Barney to bring in Nate Schierholtz, followed by Emilio Bonifacio hitting a single to bring in Barney, and lastly Lake hitting a double to bring in Bonifacio. It was interesting to watch the bullpen exchange hands with Arrieta, as manager Rick Renteria decided to put the game in Carlos Villanueva’s hands. Villanueva, who has been roughed up in his starts, closed the game in fashion lasting through three innings with only 3 hits and 3 strikeouts; earning his first save of the season. The Cubs beat the Padres 5-1 in the first game of the series.

The series continues this evening in a late game with the Cubs playing in Petco Park against the Sand Diego Padres. Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.98) will get the nod to start off the weekend, game time at 10:10 PM (Eastern).

WAY TO GO CUBS! KEEP IT GOING!

Len: Broken bat popup—-caught by Rizzo that’ll be…

Len: Anthony throw it to second.

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chicagocubs:

“It’s the right thing to do, it’s time to move forward,” says Tom Ricketts regarding the Wrigley Field restoration. Watch his full message to fans at www.wrigleyfield.com.

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chicagocubs:

“It’s the right thing to do, it’s time to move forward,” says Tom Ricketts regarding the Wrigley Field restoration. Watch his full message to fans at www.wrigleyfield.com.