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Russell Becomes 3rd Cubs Shortstop to Reach 80 RBI in a Season

When Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell knocked one over the fence in the second inning of last Monday's game against the San Diego Padres, it made him just the third shortstop in franchise history to collect 80 RBI in a single season, per ESPN Stats & Info. The youngster joined Roy Smalley Jr. (in 1950) and Ernie Banks, who reached the total in each of his seven full seasons as Chicago's shortstop, per Baseball-Reference.com. Russell certainly has a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as Banks, but the 22-year-old is off to a good start in his ...

Addison Russell’s Rise Gives Cubs’ Rivals Yet Another Big Star to Fear

August 29, 2016 by Jacob Shafer · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs are the best team in baseball by almost every measure. They have the best record (82-47) and the best run differential (plus-217). They rank among MLB's top five in OPS (.777) and runs scored (655). They lead both leagues in ERA (3.12). They can hit. They can pitch. Their rivals have plenty of reasons to fear them. Now, there's another: Addison Russell, masher of baseballs. A first-round pick by the Oakland A's in 2012, Russell has flashed elite potential since his debut with Chicago last season. But over the past month-plus, the 22-year-old shortstop has elevated his game like a helium ...

MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds, Analysis

August 26, 2016 by OddsShark.com · Leave a Comment 

Two division leaders will clash at Chavez Ravine on Friday night when the Chicago Cubs visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a key three-game series. The Cubs had a day off Thursday and will play the seventh game of their nine-game West Coast road trip as a small -110 betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. Chicago is 4-2 in the first six games of the trip and will send Mike Montgomery (1-1, 2.77 ERA in the National League) to the mound looking for his second win in his second consecutive start for the team after arriving in ...

Kyle Hendricks Has Quietly Become Best Pitcher on MLB’s Best Team

August 23, 2016 by Seth Gruen · Leave a Comment 

Kyle Hendricks is like the frosting on a birthday cake. Peanut butter on toast. Hot fudge on a sundae. The Chicago Cub is the best starting pitcher on MLB's top team, which stood 78-45 through Sunday's action. Though the right-hander boasts an MLB-best 2.16 ERA, the Cubs would likely still be firmly in playoff position without him. Chicago is loaded with position players who were heralded as the organization's future when they were climbing the minor league ranks a few years ago. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell are just a few of those players who ...

Kris Bryant Faces Winding Road to Add MVP to His Growing Resume

August 19, 2016 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

Because the baseball gods decree that every season must feature an overly complicated debate about the "V" in "MVP," 2016 has given us the curious case of Kris Bryant. There's no need to be curious about Bryant's stardom. It's legit. The Chicago Cubs picked him No. 2 overall in 2013, and all he's done since then is emerge as a No. 1 prospect and last year's National League Rookie of the Year. For his next act, he has eyes on the NL Most Valuable Player Award. That's not inside information, mind you. It's more like a hunch, based on the reality that ...

How the Chicago Cubs Have Shaken off Slump to Fly Back to Top of MLB

August 17, 2016 by Seth Gruen · Leave a Comment 

CHICAGO — In sports, we're used to losses prompting overly emotional and one-word reactions. Not so for the Chicago Cubs under manager Joe Maddon. Sure, a baseball season is 162 games, but the sport still has its share of teams that allow a loss to linger. Maddon said he has been part of teams like that, so his objective when he joined Chicago in October 2014 was to keep emotions on an even keel. The Cubs limped to the All-Star break this season, losing nine of 11, but they recently won 11 straight games and 13 of 15 overall. "One of my main objectives with any ...

MLB Betting Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Odds, Analysis

August 11, 2016 by OddsShark.com · Leave a Comment 

The St. Louis Cardinals (60-54) and Chicago Cubs (71-41) are both coming off wins heading into the opener of a key four-game series between the National League Central rivals on Thursday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are listed as -170 home favorites (bet $170 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark after getting swept by the Cardinals in a three-game series at Wrigley in late June. Chicago, the clear NL pennant favorite, is a much different team now compared to then, though, riding a nine-game winning streak into this matchup. The Cubs started a skid of 15 losses in 21 ...

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