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Kris Bryant Is the Youngest Cubs Player to Hit 3-Plus Home Runs in a Game

June 28, 2016 by Daily Facts · Leave a Comment 

Fact: On Monday, Kris Bryant became the youngest Chicago Cubs player since at least 1913* to hit three or more home runs in a game. *Available data only goes back to 1913. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: B/R InsightsRead more Chicago Cubs news on BleacherReport.com

Kris Bryant’s Epic 3-HR Game Shines Light on Leap from Phenom to Superstar

June 28, 2016 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

Kris Bryant was the College Player of the Year in 2013, the Minor League Player of the Year in 2014 and the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015. Clearly, the guy likes to outdo himself. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised about what he's doing in 2016. The Chicago Cubs entered Monday in a funk, having lost six out of seven. But their young third baseman helped them snap out of it in a big way with an 11-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Bryant went 5-for-5 with not one but two doubles and not one, ...

Kris Bryant vs. Reds: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

June 28, 2016 by Brian Marron · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is one of baseball's brightest young hitters, and he demolished Dan Straily and the Cincinnati Reds in an 11-8 Cubs victory Monday. Bryant finished 5-for-5 with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored, which etched his name into the baseball record book, per MLB's Twitter account: Normally, that would be plenty of run support for the Cubs and their major league-leading 2.83 team ERA. Yet Bryant still needed some help from his teammates. Ace Jake Arrieta pitched poorly, allowing five earned runs on four hits and five walks in five innings, but he still earned a ...

John Lackey Signing Has Made Huge Impact on Cubs’ Rotation Depth

June 24, 2016 by Seth Gruen · Leave a Comment 

CHICAGO — Even when John Lackey is bad, he is good. That's not to say the Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher is never off his game. But nearly every time the 37-year-old takes the mound, he is good enough to win regardless of the quality of his pitching repertoire. If that sounds too cryptic, think of it this way: When Lackey doesn't have his best stuff, he is still able to keep the Cubs in a game. Lackey is some version of baseball's Rumpelstiltskin. He can turn the most ominous-looking starts into gold. His two-year, $32 million contract is looking like a bargain, and ...

Cubs Starters on Pace for Lowest Combined ERA Since 1919

The Chicago Cubs starting rotation enters Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a cumulative 2.34 ERA, which would be the lowest combined mark by any team's starters since 1919, per MLB Stat of the Day. No starting rotation has finished a season with an ERA below 2.50 since 1981, when the Houston Astros rotation posted a 2.43 mark during a strike-shortened season, per Christopher Kamka of CSN Chicago.  Good health has been a large part of the equation, with Chicago using just five starters all season, as Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel have each started ...

Cubs Hold 2nd-Largest Division Lead on June 19 in Division Era

The Chicago Cubs enter Monday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 12.5-game lead in the National League Central, making them just one of four teams in the divisional era (since 1969) to hold a lead of 10 or more games by June 19, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info). The 2001 Seattle Mariners had a whopping 19.5-game lead in the AL West at the same point in the year, while the 1999 Cleveland Indians (11 games) and 1986 New York Mets (10) also boasted double-digit advantages over their nearest divisional competitors. The Cubs' huge margin becomes all ...

Dexter Fowler Injury: Updates on Cubs OF’s Hamstring and Return

June 19, 2016 by Matt Fitzgerald · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler left the field during Saturday's 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with right hamstring discomfort. He has been placed on the disabled list, and it is uncertain when he will return to action. Continue for updates. Fowler Lands on 15-Day DL Monday, June 20 The Cubs announced they placed Fowler on the disabled list retroactive to June 19 and brought pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. up to replace him on the roster. Latest on Severity of Fowler's Injury Sunday, June 19 Jesse Rogers of ESPN reported he's hearing that Fowler's injury "isn't serious" and the outfielder is "doing better today." Fowler's Injury Further Depletes ...

Top Cubs Prospect Ian Happ Strives for MLB Dream in Memory of Father

June 17, 2016 by Bill Speros · Leave a Comment 

SALEM, Va. — It's been a wondrous 53 weeks for 2015 Chicago Cubs first-round draft pick and Myrtle Beach Pelicans second baseman Ian Happ on the baseball diamond. Sunday delivers a poignant reminder of his greatest personal loss off it. It will be Happ's first Father's Day since the passing of his dad, Keith, who died in October at age 58 as a result of brain cancer. "It's going to be tough," Happ told B/R before a recent Pelicans road game against the Salem Red Sox. Next week, Happ, 21, will represent the Pelicans in Tuesday's Carolina/California All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, California. His ...

Joel Peralta to Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

June 10, 2016 by Alec Nathan · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs made a move to bolster their bullpen depth Thursday, when they agreed to terms on a minor league deal with 40-year-old Joel Peralta. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported Peralta is headed to the Windy City. The 12-year veteran's stint with the club will begin with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan confirmed the news.  The Los Angeles Dodgers declined Peralta's $2.5 million option for the 2016 season, but the Seattle Mariners inked him to a minor league deal that included an invitation to spring training. Peralta proceeded to make the Mariners' 40-man roster, but the team cut ...

Chris Coghlan to Cubs for Arismendy Alcantara: Latest Trade Details, Reaction

June 9, 2016 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

Roughly four months after trading him to the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago Cubs have brought back veteran utility man Chris Coghlan.  The A's announced on their official Twitter account Thursday that they traded Coghlan to the Cubs in exchange for Arismendy Alcantara.      Coghlan struggled in 51 games with the Athletics this year, posting a .146/.215/.272 slash line with five home runs. Going back to Chicago could be the best thing for the 30-year-old's career. He played with the Cubs from 2014 to 2015 and had the best two-year run of his career. He also played a career-high 148 games last year, ...

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