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The Cubs have won 69 games and lost 50. They didn’t win their 69th game in 2017 until game 129 on August 27, when they were 69-60.Tonight is the first game of a stretch where the Cubs will play 17 of their next 24 games on the road through September 9. This six-game trip will be followed by a seven-

BLEED CUBBIE BLUE - 2018-08-16 21:00:02

Cubs call for action from MLB/umpires as frustration continues to bubble up

Joe Maddon was eventually relieved of his duties for the day as well and it marked another tally in the back-and-forth between the Cubs and umpires this season. And, naturally, Zobrist's comments added to the ongoing debate over whether or not MLB should use a strike zone called by computers instead

NBC SPORTS - 2018-08-15 19:01:34

Chicago Cubs: Are the St. Louis Cardinals again the Cubs’ biggest threat?

As the season comes down to the final eight weeks, the Chicago Cubs still find themselves in a tight race. Everyone has worried about the Milwaukee Brewers but don’t look now – here come the St. Louis Cardinals.Around four weeks ago, it seemed like the NL Central race would come down to the Chicago

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Cubs unsure if Drew Smyly will be an option down the stretch

Latest Cubs TalkCubs unsure if Drew Smyly will be an option down the stretchPodcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation f...Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

NBC SPORTS - 2018-08-16 20:06:02

Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

But since the All Star break, the Cubs had put together a -28 run differential on their way to a middling second half record, so the hope is that a big win over a division rival in a close race is the catalyst for the production the Cubs are looking for.

NBC SPORTS - 2018-08-16 01:02:24

Chicago Cubs: The scheduling tsunami of games is here

This has loomed in theChicago Cubsschedule since the start of the season. Like the beginning of a tsunami, throughout the spring and early summer, it was a distant aberration on the horizon. Now it’s here and looming larger than ever.

CUBBIESCRIB.COM - 2018-08-16 15:00:59

Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 14

Ben Hechtgave up a three-run home run in the top of the tenth inning to take the loss. Hecht allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk in one inning of work. He struck out one.

BLEED CUBBIE BLUE - 2018-08-15 05:07:20

Cubs add speed to their bench in Terrance Gore

Most career stolen bases without a hit, MLB history31 Herb Washington21 Terrance Gore4 Mel Stocker3 Darrell Woodard#Cubs— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka)August 15, 2018

NBC SPORTS - 2018-08-15 20:16:41

State of the Cubs: What is the identity of this 2018 team?

Maybe they are just a team with an underachieving rotation, an inconsistent offense, a bullpen that is fantastic when rested and an elite defense.Yet they maintain there's more in the tank and with a roster this talented and track records this extensive, it's easy to believe them.

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Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

But since the All Star break, the Cubs had put together a -28 run differential on their way to a middling second half record, so the hope is that a big win over a division rival in a close race is the catalyst for the production the Cubs are looking for.

NBC SPORTS - 2018-08-16 00:48:12

Zobrist ejected after lobbying for robot umps

"I basically said, 'That's why we want an electronic strike zone,'" Zobrist explained afterward. "That's what obviously got me tossed. I'm not going to lie. I think he was going toss me anyway, before I said that, just because I wouldn't go away."

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Inside the mental process of David Bote, the Cubs' latest folk hero

After not finding his name in the lineup Tuesday during the Cubs' 7-0 loss at the hands of the Brewers, Bote was back in there Wednesday afternoon, hitting in the three-hole.

NBC SPORTS - 2018-08-15 20:18:54

Chicago Cubs: Examining the wave of potential September call-ups

The battle for division supremacy is in full swing as we are just two weeks away from the final month. With September comes the potential for call-ups. The Chicago Cubs could use some depth. It is just a matter of who it could be.Each season teams find themselves bringing sure guys up from the dregs

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Cubs feel Yu Darvish is 'on a mission' to return and provide boost in pennant race

Maybe they are just a team with an underachieving rotation, an inconsistent offense, a bullpen that is fantastic when rested and an elite defense.Yet they maintain there's more in the tank and with a roster this talented and track records this extensive, it's easy to believe them.

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Podcast: Bote-mania has not only taken over Chicago but he’s helped save the Cubs’ season

Tony Andracki, Kelly Crull, Matt Buckman and Jon Graff break down a wild weekend set against the Nationals.

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Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs: GameThread 118 of 162

Run-Until-He's-Tagged, Tape-Measure-Testing, Laser-Throwing, Eyeblack-Oozing, Baseball Cyborg" (akaBryce Harper) - CF

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Rizzo hosts annual camp

“Seeing the kid’s smiles on their faces, it’s a lot of fun. You see them all interacting and it shows how good procamps are and being a part of this atmosphere, to be a part of it, it’s pretty cool.”

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Chicago Cubs: A chat with Eduardo Perez ahead of Sunday Night Baseball

In Friday’s opener, Nationals starterJeremy Hellicksoncarried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Cubs bats then roared to life late, picking up the win. On Saturday, a Washington offense led byRyan Zimmermann put a hurting onJon Lester, sending him to yet another lopsided second half loss.

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Wire Taps: Nationals, Cubs’ rubber match on ESPN; Ryan Zimmerman has big day; Stephen Strasburg update

Stephen Strasburg took another step towards returning from the latest DL stint, for a cervical nerve impingement in his neck, throwing a 64-pitch bullpen session he told Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez ended up going well.

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Chicago Cubs: ‘Everybody In’ is more than a catch phrase

Two years after winning it all, the Chicago Cubs organization chose the phrase “Everybody In” to epitomize their 2018 season. It’s working.Everybody In. Two simple words, but what does the Chicago Cubs’ 2018 motto really “mean”? Does it resonate with the casual fan? Does it truly speak to “Cubs Nat

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