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Shane Victorino Released: Latest Comments and Reaction

May 23, 2016 by Brian Marron · Leave a Comment 

Shane Victorino's MLB career looks to be in serious jeopardy, as the Chicago Cubs released the 35-year-old outfielder Monday. Victorino never made it to the majors this season. He was in Triple-A Iowa at the time of his release, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times: Victorino signed with the club on February 26 in hopes of winning one more championship before the sun set on his career, which he told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat at the time of the signing. "It's not about playing time, it's not about where things are, it's about winning," Victorino said. "Obviously, for me, I have to win my job on ...

Dream Team: A Week with Cubs’ Modern Family Reveals Unmatched Off-Field Bond

May 23, 2016 by Scott Miller · Leave a Comment 

CHICAGO — "Antonio!" Anthony Rizzo, padding across the carpet in the Chicago Cubs' home clubhouse three hours before game time, grins as he moves toward Grandpa Rossy, whose suddenly thick Italian accent works nicely with his graying beard and warm smile. "Antonio!" They embrace. This is their daily greeting. David Ross, 39, retiring after this year and the glue of a team tighter than the Wrigley Field seats, stresses the importance of saying hello to everybody each day. "You've gotta invest in people, right?" Ross says. "You're not going to be very good if you don't invest in human beings. I think that's really ...

Jason Heyward Injury: Updates on Cubs Star’s Ribs and Return

May 21, 2016 by Joseph Zucker · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward suffered an injury to his right torso and abdominal region against the San Francisco Giants on May 20. Heyward spread out to make a diving catch, landed hard on his shoulder and then made contact with the wall, staying down and rolling in pain while clutching his side.  However, he has been cleared to return to the lineup.  Continue for updates. Maddon Comments on Heyward's Playing Status  Tuesday, May 24  Joe Maddon said Heyward will return against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago. Heyward Comments on Injury Monday, May 23 Heyward admitted to "dull soreness" on his side, but remained optimistic, per Carrie ...

MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Odds, Analysis

May 20, 2016 by OddsShark.com · Leave a Comment 

No team is playing better baseball right now than the San Francisco Giants (25-18), who have won eight games in a row, allowing three runs or fewer in their last seven and only one run in four straight. Regardless, the visiting Chicago Cubs (28-11) are listed as -200 betting favorites (wager $200 to win $100) for Friday’s series opener at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark behind unbeaten ace Jake Arrieta (7-0, 1.29 ERA). The Giants and Cubs were the two preseason favorites to win the National League pennant. After a slow start, San Francisco is finally living up to those high expectations, ...

Joe Nathan to Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

May 17, 2016 by Tim Daniels · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs reached an agreement Tuesday with veteran relief pitcher Joe Nathan on a major league contract for the rest of the 2016 season. The Cubs officially announced the signing and confirmed Nathan would be placed on the 60-day disabled list as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery performed in April 2015. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported the deal includes a team option for 2017 that can turn into a mutual option based on performance. Heyman added Nathan can make up to $2.4 million in incentives this season and up to $4.6 million next season.  It's a ...

Jake Arrieta Discusses Potential Contract Extension, Value of Starting Pitching

May 11, 2016 by Joe Pantorno · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has been the hottest pitcher on the planet since the beginning of last season.  Once a little-known back-end starter with the Baltimore Orioles, Arrieta was dealt in 2013 to Chicago, where he transformed into a Cy Young Award winner and one of the most unhittable pitchers the game has seen in this millennium. Arrieta is signed with the Cubs only through 2017, though, and is making $10.7 million this season preceding a year of arbitration, per Spotrac. That means he is poised to make some big bucks, whether it be through a long-term contact extension with the ...

5 Keys to the Chicago Cubs Getting on a Track to the World Series

May 10, 2016 by Karl Buscheck · Leave a Comment 

It's no secret how the Chicago Cubs have raced out to the best record in the majors. The National League Central club, who OddsShark.com pegs as the early Fall Classic favorites, has scored the most runs in baseball and given up the fewest. Thanks to that potent offense and stingy pitching staff, the Cubs own a 24-6 mark after sweeping aside the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. As ESPN's Baseball Tonight noted via Twitter, the last time the Cubs owned such a record was 1907, when the team won the World Series. So, just what exactly does this year's squad need to match ...

Cubs Become 10th MLB Team to Win 24 of 1st 30 Games in a Season

The Chicago Cubs improved to 24-6 with Sunday's 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals in 13 innings, becoming the first team since the 1984 Detroit Tigers (26-4) to win 24 or more of its first 30 games in a season, per MLB Stat of the Day. Only the 10th team in MLB history to start 24-6 or better, the Cubs boast an astounding plus-102 run differential, leading all of the majors in both runs scored (184) and allowed (82). They already have a commanding lead in the National League Central, sitting 7.5 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14) and nine clear ...

Cubs Affirm Status as MLB Favorites with Impressive Sweep of Nationals

May 9, 2016 by Jacob Shafer · Leave a Comment 

They don't hand out trophies in early May. No one understands that truism better than the average Chicago Cubs fan. A 107-year-and-counting championship drought is bound to feature more than a few hot starts. But after finishing a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals in dramatic fashion with a 4-3, 13-inning victory Sunday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs solidified their status as the best team in baseball. Sunday's win, which came on a walk-off home run by Javier Baez, moved Chicago to 24-6. That's the Cubs' best 30-game start since 1907, when they won the first of two consecutive titles, as SportsCenter highlighted: That ...

Cubs Become 2nd-Fastest Team to Reach +100 Run Differential

With Saturday's 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals, the 2016 Chicago Cubs became the second-fastest major league team (since at least 1900) to reach a run differential of plus-100, per Sportsnet Stats. The Cubs needed just 29 games to get to the century mark, trailing only a 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates club that got to plus-100 in its 26th game en route to finishing with a 103-36-3 record. That Pirates team easily won the National League, but it didn't have an opportunity to play in the World Series, which was first contested the following year. The Pirates lost to the Boston Red Sox (then ...

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