“We ended up proving a lot of people wrong — and that’s a little satisfying,” Kris Bryant said. “A satisfying piece to take into [next] season.”
Jose Quintana takes a 1.59 ERA into Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday as the Cubs try to avoid being eliminated by the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw
Wife is OK, according to agent; condition factored into Cubs delay in naming Game 1 starter
The Cubs weren’t even ready Friday to name a Game 1 starter for Saturday (Jose Quintana or John Lackey), but they say they’re ready for the NLCS.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon suggested Jon Lester is his first choice to start Game 2 on Sunday, and the Cubs might swap a bullpen arm or two for the NLCS.
Energy, tension in Game 3 victory Monday against Nationals recalls Game 5 of World Series last season against Indians.
After giving up an unearned run, the Cubs tied it in the seventh and won Game 3 of the NLDS 2-1 on a bloop single in the eighth by Anthony Rizzo.
Jon Jay, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward will take their cuts from the left side against two-time Cy winner Max Scherzer.
On eve of first playoff start, Jose Quintana was excited but not consumed by pressure. “The guy is totally prepared for this moment,’ Joe Maddon said
Maybe the Cubs would have staggered to the finish line in first place without Quintana, but they’d have no shot to win another World Series.
October has come early for the Cubs, who say they have a playoff mindset right now. They’ve won 10 of 12 to reach the brink of the division title.
Jose Quintana struck out 10 and earned the shutout, and nthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece.
Russell, who has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, says he might play this weekend against the Cardinals.
The lefty dueled Pirates ace Gerrit Cole for six scoreless in a 1-0 victory, but his October status is uncertain if the rotation is at full strength.
Quintana had a slow start and a strong finish as the Cubs swept the Pirates on a day the Cards surrendered to leave the NL Central a two-team race.