As the postseason inches ever-closer and the last divisional and wild card races sort themselves out, there will be a lot of updates about who’s in things and who’s out. We’re here to make following all of that easier with updates about the latest action around the league from now until the season ends. Sept. 21: Colorado is having some fun on Twitter about their current Wild Card situation — claiming to currently be fans of the Cubs and Reds. The Cubs because they played the Brewers on Thursday night and the Reds because they faced off against the Cardinals. Both teams that are hot on the Rockies’ tail in the NL Wild Card race. The Reds didn’t live up to their end of the bargain on Thursday
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:10 am
A bases-loaded walk forced in the go-ahead run for the Chicago Cubs. A tag held on to get a runner in the split-second that his foot lifted off the base erased the potential tying run for the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Joe Maddon’s team tightened its grip on the NL Central by excelling at the little things in another big game at Miller Park.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:07 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella drew a bases-loaded walk off All-Star closer Corey Knebel with one out in the 10th inning, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Friday night to tighten their grip on the NL Central.The
Posted: September 23, 2017, 4:19 am
MILWAUKEE – “Yeah, that really killed us, that sweep at Wrigley,” John Lackey said sarcastically late Friday night, dismissing a question about what’s happened to the Cubs since the Milwaukee Brewers made their statement against the defending World Series champs two weekends ago. “Come on, dude, it’s 162 games. Things happen.” The Cubs are 9-1 since then, but Lackey was in no mood to talk about this finishing kick in the National League Central race, probably because manager Joe Maddon gave him the quick hook in a Big Boy Game, pulling him with a runner on and no outs in the fifth inning. But that’s what’s happening here, the Cubs sprinting away from the Brewers and peaking at the right time.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 1:24 am
The pressure was on and Javier Baez delivered for the Chicago Cubs. Baez grounded a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Cubs widened their NL Central lead over Milwaukee, rallying past the Brewers 5-3 Thursday night. Chicago is now 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers after winning the opener of a four-game series.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:29 am
The Chicago Cubs took complete control of the National League (NL) Central with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers in MLB on Thursday. Kris Bryant’s two-run home run off reliever Oliver Drake in the top of the 10th inning provided the winning margin as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-3 in 10 innings. The loss could not have been more heartbreaking for the Brewers, who fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, then took the lead on an Eric Thames single in the eighth.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:31 am
Cubs executives bet on Jon Lester because they had so much inside information from their time together with the Boston Red Sox and believed he would age gracefully with his fluid left-handed delivery, imposing physical presence and competitive personality. The Cubs also went into it with their eyes wide open, knowing the history of nine-figure contracts for pitchers and how those megadeals usually lead to a crash. “I think it’s way too early to talk about that,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday at Miller Park, where Lester’s mysterious struggles overshadowed the beginning of a four-game showdown against the Milwaukee Brewers that could decide the National League Central race. The night before at Tropicana Field, Lester got rocked in an 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, leaving him with a 5.91 ERA in four September starts since coming off the disabled list.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:16 am
Jeremy Jeffress didn’t cover first, Wade Davis got out of a bases-loaded jam and Kris Bryant crushed a go-ahead 2-run homer in extra innings. The Cubs 5-3 victory in Milwaukee on Thursday night was more intense than advertised, and likely more wild than fans of either side would’ve liked. For 10 innings the Brewers and Cubs traded off pressure-filled moments as Milwaukee looked to gain on Chicago’s 3.5 game lead in the National League Central.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:53 am
CSN’s Tony Andracki and Jeff Nelson discuss the upcoming matchups and recent team meeting in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers. The Cubs are about to embark on their biggest regular-season series in at least the last decade, if not longer: A four-game set in Milwaukee against a Brewers team that is only 3.5 games back of the division leaders entering Thursday. Good news for the Cubs? They’re 4-2 at Miller Park this year with a 2.72 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 10.1 K/9. Bad news for the Cubs? They’re only 7-8 against the Brewers in 2017 as Ryan Braun has posted a 1.040 OPS and 12 RBI in 12 games against Chicago pitching. And things don’t calm down
Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:05 am
Jake Arrieta returns to the mound Thursday as the Chicago Cubs try to lock down the National League Central when they open a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. “He looked really good,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said afterward Arrieta’s side session. Arrieta (14-9, 3.48 ERA) has been a big reason for the Cubs’ turnaround, posting a 1.98 ERA in the second half.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:16 pm
BALTIMORE — Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East. They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, Mookie Betts had four RBIs and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games. Xander Bogaerts homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who remained three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East and reduced to four their magic number for clinching a playoff berth. Boston erased a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning and needed 10
Posted: September 21, 2017, 3:30 pm