Pitching
Earned Run Average 4.10 7th
Quality Starts 0 Tied-25th
WHIP 1.29 9th
BAA .250 10th
Batting
Runs 631 13th
Batting Average .252 15th
On Base Percentage .333 8th
Slugging Percentage .449 10th
2019 NL Central Standings
TEAM W L PCT STRK
St. Louis 68 58 .540 W1
Chicago 69 59 .539 L1
Milwaukee 65 62 .512 W1
Cincinnati 60 66 .476 W2
Pittsburgh 52 75 .409 L2
Injuries
  • RP
    Brandon Morrow (Elbow) 60-day IL (05/02)
  • RP
    Xavier Cedeno (Wrist) 60-day IL (05/22)
  • 2B
    Ben Zobrist (Personal) is out indefinitely
  • 2B
    Daniel Descalso (Ankle) 10-day IL (07/24)
  • RP
    Allen Webster (Arm) 60-day IL (05/11)
  • SP
    Kendall Graveman (Elbow) 60-day IL (03/25)
  • RP
    Tony Barnette (Shoulder) 60-day IL (03/25)
  • C
    Willson Contreras (Hamstring) 10-day IL (08/04)

Chicago Cubs News

  • @Cubs • 23m

    Cubs Insider: The Son Ranto Show "Natitude"

    Nationals fan Johnny Onomatopoeia joins the Son Ranto for a spirited preview of the Cubs and Nationals weekend series.

    Nationals fan Johnny Onomatopoeia joins the Son Ranto for a spirited preview of the Cubs and Nationals weekend series.

  • @Cubs • 2h

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Nationals 9, Cubs 3: You can't tell the players even WITH a scorecard

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    Just a few thoughts about the Cubs' 9-3 loss to the Nationals Friday afternoon, and then on to the bigger topic of the day, the awful Players Weekend uniforms worn by both teams.

    Anibal Sanchez is a good pitcher. He's never been quite this good, though, holding the Cubs to one hit and two walks over 8u2153 innings.
    Nicholas Castellanos prevented Sanchez from going into the ninth inning with a no-hitter with his fourth-inning single to left.
    Jon Lester... man, I don't know what's wrong with Jon.

    Just a few thoughts about the Cubs' 9-3 loss to the Nationals Friday afternoon, and then on to the bigger topic of the day, the awful Players Weekend uniforms worn by both teams.

    Anibal Sanchez is a good pitcher. He's never been quite this good, though, holding the Cubs to one hit and two walks over 8u2153 innings.
    Nicholas Castellanos prevented Sanchez from going into the ninth inning with a no-hitter with his fourth-inning single to left.
    Jon Lester... man, I don't know what's wrong with Jon.

  • @Cubs • 4h

    Cubs Insider: Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (8/23/19): Nationals 9, Cubs 3 - Lester Struggles in White-Out Game

    Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Giants, the welcomed the red-hot Nationals to Wrigley Field Friday for the first game of Players' Weekend. It was over almost before it started, as the high-powered Washington offense jumped all over Jon Lester en route to an easy win.

    Adam Eaton put his team ahead for good with a solo shot in the top of the 1st inning. A Trea Turner sacrifice fly increased the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd. By the time starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez's bunt single made the advantage 4-0 in the 4th, things were looking grim.

    Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Giants, the welcomed the red-hot Nationals to Wrigley Field Friday for the first game of Players' Weekend. It was over almost before it started, as the high-powered Washington offense jumped all over Jon Lester en route to an easy win.

    Adam Eaton put his team ahead for good with a solo shot in the top of the 1st inning. A Trea Turner sacrifice fly increased the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd. By the time starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez's bunt single made the advantage 4-0 in the 4th, things were looking grim.

  • @Cubs • 6h

    Cubs Insider: Watch: El Mago Makes Incredible Sliding Stop, Heads-Up Throw to Third

    Describing the athleticism and headiness required to make this play wouldn't do it justice, so we'll just let El Mago do what he does.

    Here's the play by Baez... pic.twitter.com/TACqfRq6ZW

    -- Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 23, 2019

    Describing the athleticism and headiness required to make this play wouldn't do it justice, so we'll just let El Mago do what he does.

    Here's the play by Baez... pic.twitter.com/TACqfRq6ZW

    -- Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 23, 2019

  • @Cubs • 7h
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  • @Cubs • 8h
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  • @Cubs • 8h

    The Cub Reporter (TCR): Cubs vs. Nationals: Series Thread (Game 128-130)

    The Nationals roll into the Windy City scrapping for a Wild Card spot. The Cubs have a dog fight going with St. Louis, who matched the Cubs with a win Thursday and trail by only half a game going into the series. (Add to that drama the excitement of players' weekend! Yipee!) See below for the daily match-ups.

    Game 128, Friday, August 23, 1:20pmCDT
    CHC: LHP Jon Lester (10-8, 4.23 ERA)
    WSH: RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 3.99 ERA)

    Lester pitched around a series of traffic jams last start. He managed six scoreless innings despite four hits and five walks and two errors by Bryant.

    The Nationals roll into the Windy City scrapping for a Wild Card spot. The Cubs have a dog fight going with St. Louis, who matched the Cubs with a win Thursday and trail by only half a game going into the series. (Add to that drama the excitement of players' weekend! Yipee!) See below for the daily match-ups.

    Game 128, Friday, August 23, 1:20pmCDT
    CHC: LHP Jon Lester (10-8, 4.23 ERA)
    WSH: RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 3.99 ERA)

    Lester pitched around a series of traffic jams last start. He managed six scoreless innings despite four hits and five walks and two errors by Bryant.

  • @Cubs • 11h

    Cubs Insider: Javy Baez Generating Much More Contact Despite Middling Results

    Javy Baez's offense has been league average over the last month (99 wRC+), causing many to worry about what's wrong with him. But in an unexpected twist, he's actually making noticeably more contact during that stretch.

    Javy's contact in his last 103 plate appearances is up to 76.8%, nearly 12 percentage points higher than his prior rate and half a point above the MLB average. That's right: Javy has been making more contact over the last month than most MLB hitters, which hasn't typically been true of his game.

    That obviously hasn't translated to better run production, though, as he has batted .

    Javy Baez's offense has been league average over the last month (99 wRC+), causing many to worry about what's wrong with him. But in an unexpected twist, he's actually making noticeably more contact during that stretch.

    Javy's contact in his last 103 plate appearances is up to 76.8%, nearly 12 percentage points higher than his prior rate and half a point above the MLB average. That's right: Javy has been making more contact over the last month than most MLB hitters, which hasn't typically been true of his game.

    That obviously hasn't translated to better run production, though, as he has batted .

  • @Cubs • 12h

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Chicago Cubs News: Cubs activate Pedro Strop off the IL, place Brandon Kintzler on IL

    Before the start of tonight's game with the Athletics, the Cubs announced that they have placed right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler on the injured list. Right-handed reliever Pedro Strop was activated off the IL to take Kintzler's place.

    Kintzler left last night's game complaining of "right pec discomfort." The Cubs decided to play it safe and put Kintzler on the IL The Cubs have stressed that this is "not a serious injury" but that they are being conservative.

    Pedro Strop last pitched on Friday, July 26 at Milwaukee.

    Before the start of tonight's game with the Athletics, the Cubs announced that they have placed right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler on the injured list. Right-handed reliever Pedro Strop was activated off the IL to take Kintzler's place.

    Kintzler left last night's game complaining of "right pec discomfort." The Cubs decided to play it safe and put Kintzler on the IL The Cubs have stressed that this is "not a serious injury" but that they are being conservative.

    Pedro Strop last pitched on Friday, July 26 at Milwaukee.

  • @Cubs • 13h
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  • @Cubs • 15h

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Baseball history unpacked, August 23

    ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball's past. Here's a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as is often found in the wild.

    Today in baseball history:

    1909 - It's a day for thievery as the Cubs steal home three times in a game at Boston, tying a major league mark.

    ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball's past. Here's a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as is often found in the wild.

    Today in baseball history:

    1909 - It's a day for thievery as the Cubs steal home three times in a game at Boston, tying a major league mark.

  • @Cubs • 16h

    Fansided: Chicago Cubs bullpen can be dominant without Brandon Morrow

    At this point in the 2019 season, former closer Brandon Morrow was merely going to be a luxury for the Chicago Cubs.

    Morrow, whom the Cubs signed to a two-year deal ahead of the 2018 season, last pitched on July 15, 2018. The 35-year-old hit the shelf last season with biceps inflammation, missing the entire second half of the season.

    Morrow underwent elbow surgery over the offseason and was expected to miss at least the first month of the 2019 season. Multiple setbacks in his rehab delayed that timeline, the latest of which seemingly closing the book on Morrow's Cubs career.

    At this point in the 2019 season, former closer Brandon Morrow was merely going to be a luxury for the Chicago Cubs.

    Morrow, whom the Cubs signed to a two-year deal ahead of the 2018 season, last pitched on July 15, 2018. The 35-year-old hit the shelf last season with biceps inflammation, missing the entire second half of the season.

    Morrow underwent elbow surgery over the offseason and was expected to miss at least the first month of the 2019 season. Multiple setbacks in his rehab delayed that timeline, the latest of which seemingly closing the book on Morrow's Cubs career.

  • @Cubs • 18h

    Cubs Insider: Kris Bryant Rocking Custom Cleats, Bat for Players' Weekend

    As he has done for previous Players' Weekends, Kris Bryant is once again partnering with three local Chicago street artists to customize adidas KB17 cleats and signature Chandler bats to raise awareness for spinal cord research.

    Wings For Life is a spinal cord research foundation and charity that KB has supported throughout his time in the majors. Spinal cord injury is near to him as his close friend Cory Hahn, a former All-American high school baseball player, was paralyzed sliding into second base in 2011 while a freshman at Arizona State University.

    The cleat and bat designs -- brought to life by Chicago artists AFROKILLA, ELLO and Blake Jones -- each tell a different story inspired by Bryant's childhood memories.

    As he has done for previous Players' Weekends, Kris Bryant is once again partnering with three local Chicago street artists to customize adidas KB17 cleats and signature Chandler bats to raise awareness for spinal cord research.

    Wings For Life is a spinal cord research foundation and charity that KB has supported throughout his time in the majors. Spinal cord injury is near to him as his close friend Cory Hahn, a former All-American high school baseball player, was paralyzed sliding into second base in 2011 while a freshman at Arizona State University.

    The cleat and bat designs -- brought to life by Chicago artists AFROKILLA, ELLO and Blake Jones -- each tell a different story inspired by Bryant's childhood memories.

  • @Cubs • 20h

    Bleed Cubbie Blue: Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 22

    Starter Matt Swarmer allowed a one-out single in the second inning. That would be the only hit the I-Cubs pitching staff would allow in this game. Swarmer got the win with six innings. He walked two and struck out six.

    Brad Wieck pitched two-thirds of an inning and then James Norwood pitched the next 1.1 innings. The save went to Dillon Maples, who retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out two.

    Phillip Evans doubled in the fourth inning and Robel Garcia singled him home for the only run of the game.

    Starter Matt Swarmer allowed a one-out single in the second inning. That would be the only hit the I-Cubs pitching staff would allow in this game. Swarmer got the win with six innings. He walked two and struck out six.

    Brad Wieck pitched two-thirds of an inning and then James Norwood pitched the next 1.1 innings. The save went to Dillon Maples, who retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out two.

    Phillip Evans doubled in the fourth inning and Robel Garcia singled him home for the only run of the game.

  • @Cubs • 22h

    VFTB: Nick the Stick

    Hey all, sorry about the absence and it's nice to know that I was missed, or if not missed, at least some of you showed some concern, even if just in fun.

    All is good. The main reason that I haven't been around is that I have been writing for the Iowa Hawkeye site, "Black Heart Gold Pants". So if there are any Hawkeye fans here, come on over. Another reason that I stopped writing is that very few of the posts stirred up much conversation. So it kind of felt like I was writing to myself and that seemed redundant with the voices already in my head.

    Hey all, sorry about the absence and it's nice to know that I was missed, or if not missed, at least some of you showed some concern, even if just in fun.

    All is good. The main reason that I haven't been around is that I have been writing for the Iowa Hawkeye site, "Black Heart Gold Pants". So if there are any Hawkeye fans here, come on over. Another reason that I stopped writing is that very few of the posts stirred up much conversation. So it kind of felt like I was writing to myself and that seemed redundant with the voices already in my head.

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