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The Chicago Cubs don’t need a traditional closer to have a successful bullpen

For the first time in several years, the Chicago Cubs do not have a well-established closer going into the season. Hector Rondon was lights out for most of 2015 and into 2016, Aroldis Chapman took over down the stretch for the title team in 2016 and last year Wade Davis was the closer from the moment he was signed. This year, there isn’t that obvious, go-to option. Frankly, that shouldn’t be considered a bi ...

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Yu Darvish addition solidifies Cubs rotation as one of baseball’s best

The Chicago Cubs finally added a marquee starting pitcher when they acquired free agent Yu Darvish on Saturday afternoon. With Darvish in the fold, Chicago can roll out one of the most formidable rotations in all of baseball this season. We know Darvish is good, but what makes him a special asset? Darvish’s arsenal is huge, throwing as many as seven different pitches. The key is that each one is effective, ...

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Milwaukee Brewers’ additions show they’re making a run at the Chicago Cubs

Last season, the Chicago Cubs were the team to beat in the NL Central and the Milwaukee Brewers were one of the teams chasing them. This season, the Brewers may be less of a tagalong in the division race and more of a direct threat to the Cubs. Milwaukee made a pair of major moves for outfielders on Thursday night. First, the Brewers dealt a bevy of prospects to the Miami Marlins for Christian Yelich. Withi ...

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Chicago Cubs need Tyler Chatwood to prove he can be consistently effective

The pitching market, like the free agent market overall, has been more stagnant than usual this offseason. With Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb all still on the market, the Cubs signing Tyler Chatwood remains the biggest transaction for a starter this winter. Chatwood hasn’t had the success and doesn’t have the pedigree of the three top starting free agents. However, with minimized pressure as the fi ...

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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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