But the lack of hitting and another wasted starting pitching performance were the stories for the Cubs as they await bullpen savior Craig Kimbrel.
Let’s face it, the Cubs-White Sox series is nowhere near as intense of a rivalry as it used to be.
Touted prospect Adbert Alzolay is still in play for a spot start in the next week or two as the Cubs look to give the starters extra rest.
"I understand fans who are upset about the deal," Cubs president Theo Epstein said. But the Cubs might not have been a playoff team the last two years without giving up top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease for Quintana.
Wrigley Field, long regarded as a hitters’ haven, is one of three parks in the National League and one of six in the majors with runs park factors below .820, as listed at ESPN.com.
But let the record show, when we got to "root, root, root," I did not sing "Cubbies." I held the microphone out to the crowd.
The Sox have circled the dates. The Cubs? They’re counting the days to when Craig Kimbrel, their recently signed All-Star closer, is ready to join the big club from Class AAA Iowa. To them, the Sox are the Mariners are the Marlins are the Giants. Not finger food exactly, but not an entrée.
The former Sox announcer said it’s great for fans but "sucks" for visiting teams.
The Cubs’ ninth-inning rally fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday that dropped them a game out of first place.
The Cubs might have to beat the Dodgers in October for a shot at the World Series, and they’ll almost certainly need another left-hander to do it.
Will Illinois’ new sports betting law open the door for in-stadium gambling in a pro league that treats gambling as its original sin?
The Cubs say they’re optimistic Hendricks’ soreness is a short-term issue and plan to cover his absence with as many as three spot starters.
The team called up right-hander Rowan Wick from Class AAA Iowa.
"That’s his cross to bear a little bit," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Darvish’s infamous Game 7 struggles at Dodger Stadium the last time he pitched there.
Paternity leave seems like a reasonable request nowadays, but until 2011 — when it was added to the collective-bargaining agreement — most MLB players opted out of taking it because it put their teams in a tough spot.
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The veteran Dodgers pitcher was the Cubs rookie on the mound when Michael Barrett punched A.J. Pierzynski during the most infamous moment in 22 years of Cubs-Sox interleague games.
Another loss to the Dodgers dropped the Cubs to 1-4 on a two-city trip through Colorado and L.A. — and 2-9 in their last 11 road games.
"I’m always open to hearing what they have to say," said Bryant, who has homered each of the first two nights of the Cubs’ four-game series against the Dodgers.
Kris Bryant understands pitching inside, but he has an issue with the Rockies’ young pitchers having "no clue where it’s going."
"There’s been some more definition to how he hopes this thing might go," team president Theo Epstein said.
Left-hander Tim Collins was recalled from Class AAA Iowa to join the Cubs’ bullpen.
Seven players total were hit by pitches in the three games, four on Wednesday. Kris Bryant got the day off after getting hit twice Tuesday.
The right-hander was carted off the field after getting hit on the right knee by a ball while playing catch.
The Cubs have lost the first two games of a daunting road trip with Cole Hamels scheduled for Wednesday’s series finale at Coors Field.
After losing his starting job to historic control problems last season, the $38 million right-hander has bounced back in a reduced role so far in 2019.
The Cubs have the third-best home record in baseball but can’t solve their road issues, losing for the ninth time in their last 12 road games.
Shock waves were felt from Boston to Chicago after Red Sox icon David Ortiz was shot Sunday night in the Dominican Republic.