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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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Jon Lester likely headed to DL after leaving Thursday’s game

Thursday got ugly early for the Chicago Cubs as they fell behind 9-0 to the Cincinnati Reds. Despite battling back to tie the game in the fifth, their bullpen allowed four runs as they fell 13-10. But that wasn't the worse news. Starter Jon Lester didn't last past the second inning, giving up seven earned runs. He left the game with left latissimus dorsi tightness and now the injury could cost him some sign ...

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VIDEO: Cubs go back-to-back-to-back in 4th inning

Thursday's game got off to a rough start for the Chicago Cubs. Starter Jon Lester couldn't get out of the second inning, giving up 7 earned runs. He was removed and the Cubs announced he was dealing with left lat tightness. The Cubs fell behind 9-0 but have begun chipping away at that Reds lead. In the fourth inning they did some serious damage. Kris Bryant led off the inning with a home run, then Anthony R ...

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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. https://twitter.com/CSNMooney/status/897241782613925891 Earlier this we ...

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VIDEO: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo go back-to-back

The Chicago Cubs are coming off a big series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, taking 2-of-3 in the desert over the weekend. They regained the NL Central Division lead by a game over the St. Louis Cardinals entering Monday's action against the Cincinnati Reds. With the team looking to go up 1.5 games over the Red Birds, they are off to a good start. Third baseman Kris Bryant has been on fire the last four ...

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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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John Lackey has been fantastic since All-Star Break

One of the biggest storylines for the Chicago Cubs entering the MLB All-Star Break was the poor starting pitching and specifically, John Lackey's struggles. The veteran gave up 24 home runs in the first half, leading all starters in baseball. But something clicked for him as the Cubs came out of the break hot. Lackey returned from the DL to make his first start after the break against the Atlanta Braves. De ...

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Willson Contreras leaves Wednesday’s Cubs game

The Chicago Cubs entered Wednesday's rubber game against the San Francisco Giants 1.5 games up in the NL Central. They managed just one run against starter Madison Bumgarner and watched the Giants break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning. But the biggest part of the game may have come in the eighth. Willson Contreras hit a ground ball for the third out of the inning and came up holding his hamstring running do ...

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Willson Contreras breaks record set by Miguel Cabrera

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has been on a tear since the MLB All-Star break. Contreras has hit nine home runs since the All-Star break, helping the Cubs regain the lead in the NL Central once again. He's hitting over .300 since the break and has 30-plus RBI's in that span. But on Sunday, he broke a record set by a future hall of famer. With his two home runs on Sunday Contreras has 33 through his ...

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Lock It In: Did Cubs, Four Others Secure Playoff Bids at Deadline?

We’ll call it a borderline bold statement. Following Monday’s trade deadline, the National League had five teams clinch their spot in the postseason. Who? The Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Nationals, and Rockies will be playing in October while the others head for vacation. Okay, the Cubs may be the only ones not feeling comfortable among those five in terms of division or wild card leads, but judging what C ...

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