Jason Heyward's struggles at the plate haven't cost the Cubs yet this postseason, but they could soon. And that's reason enough for a change.
Lester among modern postseason greats
After allowing just one run in seven innings in Game 5 of the NLCS, Jon Lester's career postseason ERA is 2.50. ESPN Stats & Info notes it's the third-lowest in the wild-card era (since 1994) among pitchers with 10 playoff starts, surpassed by only Madison Bumgarner (2.11) and Curt Schilling (2.14).
Russell goes "back-to-back"
At 22 years, 271 days old, Addison Russell became the 2nd-youngest shortstop in postseason history to homer in consecutive games, with a long ball in Games 4 and 5 of the NLCS. The only one younger is the Dodgers' Corey Seager (22 years, 165 days old), who did it in the NLDS, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer
Series price at the Westgate for the Chicago Cubs before past four NLCS games: -160, +155, -170, -360
En octubre: Sin bullpen no hay paraíso
Tener relevistas eficaces ha pasado de ser un lujo a ser una necesidad para los equipos de Grandes Ligas, fundamentalmente para los que juegan en octubre en busca de un anillo de Serie Mundial. Leer
Kyle Hendricks quiere darle a Chicago el boleto a la SM
El derecho de 26 años tiene el deseo, las herramientas y la confianza para intentar darle a los Cachorros su primer pase a una Serie Mundial desde 1945. Leer
Kiper: Whitehair a long-term solution
The Bears have had a forgettable start to the season. But if there's a silver lining, it's that they may have found a solid interior offensive line presence for years to come in their second round pick. Kiper's rookie big board (Insider)
Dinwiddie among Bulls' final roster cuts
Chicago waived guard Spencer Dinwiddie on Friday, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The team also parted ways with forward J.J. Avila, guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and guard Thomas Walkup. The roster stands at 14.
Elderly Cubs fans like Gail Schuster, in the late innings of their lives, are starting to believe what was once unthinkable: their Lovable Losers playing in their first World Series since 1945.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick makes it clear that Brian Kelly will not be coaching for his job as the Fighting Irish resume play out of this weekend's bye.
With an 8-4 victory in Los Angeles Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs took a 3-2 NLCS lead over the LA Dodgers and now head back to Chicago just one...
The Dodgers clearly had a plan to rattle Cubs lefty Jon Lester on Thursday, but it seemed to backfire on them; plus the latest NLCS notes/links.
In NLCS Game 6, the Cubs will go to the closest thing to Greg Maddux since, well, Greg Maddux. What does the Hall of Famer think of Chicago's starter?
Buster Olney talks to Karl Ravech, Justin Havens & Raul Ibanez about how the Dodgers' attempt to get in the head of Jon Lester may have backfired, look ahead to Game 6 & more. Plus, a chat with Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt.
Buster Olney recaps the Cubs' critical Game 5 win over the Dodgers, Jon Lester's key performance on the mound and looks ahead to a stellar matchup in Game 6.
An early look at the quarterback candidates who might be available this offseason, either via free agency or trade.
Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee had only participated in walk-through practices before making his season debut Thursday in Green Bay.
Alabama will host top-40 recruits Baron Browning and LaBryan Ray for its huge showdown with Texas A&M. What are the chances the Tide land these ESPN 300 prospects?
Behind Addison Russell and Javier Baez, the Cubs took Game 5 and sent the NLCS back to Wrigley with a chance to clinch a Series berth.
Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer
$11,600: Price a fan paid for on StubHub for two front row seats next to Dodgers dugout for Game 6 at Wrigley on Saturday.
With a decision date in early December, Smith is quickly taking visits to his top schools, but has one finalist in mind.