For the first time in more than a decade the Cubs don’t have a prospect on the industry top-100 lists. That fits the plan — if they make the playoffs.
Maddon said he does not believe he made illegal contact with umpire Ron Kulpa during an argument Wednesday night and is awaiting MLB’s verdict.
Lester pitched a 1-2-3 first inning before giving up nine runs in the second and leaving the mound with the trainer.
Maddon, who was ejected, called for MLB to look at how some umpiring decisions are being made in this age of replay challenges.
The Cubs hadn’t lost a Lackey start since June, entering Wednesday. He pitched six strong innings to lower his ERA since the break to 3.06.
A near-perfect ’16 season created expectations for more of the same among a young Cubs core. Bryant: “This is definitely not a perfect season for us.”
Someday the Cubs might start hitting with men in scoring position. Not this day. They went 1-for-9 and stranded 10 — five in the final two innings.
Russell’s plantar fasciitis injury, which could be related to an uncomfortable pair of new baseball shoes, could tax the infield depth into September.
The Cubs’ 7-2 victory Sunday against the D-backs put them back into sole possession of first place in the NL Central heading home from a 3-3 trip.
Umpire Mark Wegner told manager Joe Maddon on Sunday he made the wrong call when he called Ben Zobrist out on strikes to end the game Saturday.