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Javy Baez continues to bring excitement to Cubs fans

Javy Baez really can do it all. He showcased that on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays when he had a RBI bloop single, an awe-inspiring home run to put the game away late and a sliding defensive play that few infielders can make. One day later, it was more of the same from the man they call “El Mago.” Another RBI and a difficult adjustment to make another spectacular play in the field at the end of the g ...

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Inconsistency still plaguing the Chicago Cubs bullpen

Inconsistency has been the recent norm when it comes to the Cubs’ bullpen. While the starters have been strong since the All-Star Break, the relievers have caused a big more stress for Cubs fans. Thursday's loss against the Cincinnati Reds is a perfect example of the bullpen’s inconsistencies and general woes as of late. After Jon Lester started, got shelled and eventually injured, Mike Montgomery stepped i ...

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Addison Russell reportedly still far from returning

It’s been about two weeks since Addison Russell played a game for the Cubs, and there’s no end in sight for that trend. According to Comcast Sportsnet’s Patrick Mooney, there’s still no timeline for Russell’s return to the big-league club. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis on Aug. 4, retroactive to Aug. 2. Earlier this we ...

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Jake Arrieta has been the Cubs best pitcher of late

Jake Arrieta isn’t back to his 2015 Cy Young award-winning form. However, he’s in the midst of his best stretch in some time. The Chicago Cubs starters as a whole have been strong since the All-Star Break, but Arrieta has been the team’s true ace over the last month plus. He's been fantastic for the Cubs since the break, erasing those first half struggles as the team hopes to surge into the playoffs. https: ...

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Willson Contreras’ huge month boosts the Cubs in July

July was a strong month for the Chicago Cubs, specifically after the All-Star Break. The club put together a 16-8 record in the month, going 13-3 after the midsummer classic. While many factors had to come together for this run, Willson Contreras’ surge may be the single most important aspect of it. Contreras has been a contributor since his first day with the big league club hitting a big home run against ...

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Starting pitching has been the key to the Cubs’ hot streak

The Chicago Cubs have played some of their best baseball of the season since the All-Star Break, putting together an 8-2 record since the midsummer classic. One of the biggest reasons for the hot streak is the club’s starting pitching. In fact, those starters have been fantastic in this Cubs run out of the All-Star Break and are giving us flashbacks to last season. ...

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Jose Quintana shines in first start for Chicago Cubs

Three days after leaving the Chicago White Sox for the Cubs, Jose Quintana dominated the Baltimore Orioles in his first start with the North Siders on Sunday. Quintana went seven innings, allowing three hits and no runs with 12 strikeouts, picking up the victory. It was Quintana’s third 10+ strikeout appearance of the season, the most recent one coming in his final start with the White Sox on July 8. https: ...

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Adding Jose Quintana is a win-win situation for the Cubs

Without completely rehashing the litany of problems the Cubs have experienced this season, it’s generally accepted that it’s not the same team that dominated the regular season last year on the way to a World Series title, not even close. While the defense has regressed and the offense has gone M.I.A. an uncomfortable number of times, starting pitching has arguably been the club’s biggest weakness. This is ...

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Jon Jay adds necessary consistency off Cubs bench

An underrated part of a successful team is a reliable bench bat, who can fill in as a starter or be relied on to pitch hit in clutch situations. For this season’s Chicago Cubs, Jon Jay is filling that role and thriving in it. A free agent signing this offseason after one year in San Diego and six in St. Louis, Jay was expected immediately to be the Cubs’ fourth outfielder, backing up the planned starting tr ...

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Miguel Montero speaks about being DFA’d

Former Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, designated for assignment Wednesday morning after inflammatory comments about Jake Arrieta’s slow pitching delivery on Tuesday, made the rounds on Chicago sports talk radio after the news broke. Montero spoke to ESPN 1000’s Carmen and Jurko show, answering a flurry of questions about his comments, his time with the Cubs and potential clubhouse issues. When it came ...

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