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Game 69 Recap: Dodgers 4, Cubs 3

What You Need to Know: The afternoon after a thunderstorm and a power outage featured what should have been a sound victory over the Dodgers, as the bats hit in timely situations and the bullpen kept the thumpers in the L.A. lineup at bay. A disastrous ninth that can only be explained as bad managing and worse […]

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Game 61 Recap: Cubs 2, Pirates 0

What You Need to Know: It was the Jon Lester show at Wrigley, as the veteran lefty submitted his second straight start of seven innings and no runs. A leadoff hit by pitch of Kris Bryant and a misplayed Jason Heyward double led to two runs in the Cubs’ first, and that was all they would […]

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Game 56 Recap: Phillies 6, Cubs 1

What You Need to Know: This game felt off starting in the second inning. While Kyle Hendricks promptly retired the Phillies in order in the first, he walked Aaron Alther in the second and fell behind Nick Williams, making Williams comfortable enough in the box to turn on a pitch and deposit it in the right-field bleachers. […]

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Game 41 Recap: Cubs 8, Reds 1

What You Need to Know: One day after a washed out game in Atlanta, rain again threatened the Cubs’ efforts to squeeze in a ballgame in Cincinnati. A 90-minute delay finally gave way to the game’s first pitch, and the game was in the Cubs’ hands shortly thereafter. The bats made Homer Bailey look like, […]

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Game 32 Recap: Cubs 14, Marlins 2

What You Need to Know: For the first time in what seems like weeks [EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been weeks.], the Cubs brought their bats. In fact, the offense was humming. The Cubs clobbered a pair of two-run homers, a pair of three-run homers, and a two-run double, backing Marlins starter Jarlin García into a […]

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Game 24 Recap: Cubs 3, Brewers 0

What You Need to Know: With the sunny Wrigley afternoon belying the downright frigid conditions, José Quintana one-upped Yu Darvish’s Friday performance and held the Brewers to no runs on just two hits and a walk. Quintana added seven strikeouts and kept the Brewers at bay just long enough, with the Cubs scratching across a […]

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Game 23 Recap: Cubs 3, Brewers 2

What You Need to Know: On a cool, windy afternoon, Yu Darvish found his Cubs swagger. In six innings, Darvish allowed only an unearned run in the first—and that was the product of a miscue by the preternaturally sure-handed Jason Heyward. The righthander struck out eight and was backed by two first-inning runs of the […]

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Báez, the Unicorn, Emerges with Improved Approach

We are into week four of the regular season and Javy Báez remains near the top of the major-league offensive leaderboards. The “unicorn,” as former BP Wrigleyville editor Rian Watt once called him, is turning people’s heads once again, not only for his defense—but of course, that too—but for the prodigious power, intelligent baserunning, and […]