2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
91-65, 1st in NL Cent
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2h

Maddon: Russell's return wouldn't be distraction

If Addison Russell plays again for the Cubs this season, Chicago manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that it won't be a distraction for the team. Russell was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball last week.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedro Strop (hamstring) hasn't thrown off a mound yet but Joe Maddon says he's doing better: “He's trending in the right direction. I have not heard anything negative and he keeps telling me how great he feels.”

0:30

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Storm about to come through Wrigley Field. Flags picked up some steam.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward, on any angst that the Cubs lead is down to 1.5 in the division: "I just want to point out, we have the best record in the NL and we haven't clinched yet. That shows you how good our division is. That shows you how good this league is. It's time to pay respect to how good these other teams have been playing baseball."

1:00

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the Cubs lack of offense on Monday despite pitcher Cole Hamels going deep in a 5-1 loss to the Pirates.

22h

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1.

Jameson Taillon outpitched Cole Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates made the Chicago Cubs wait at least another day to clinch a postseason spot with a 5-1 victory on Monday night.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs extended their own record streak of scoring a single run — all via HR — against an opponent to five games as they lost 5-1 to the Pirates, This time their solo blast came from pitcher Cole Hamels who hit his second career long ball. The Cubs scored one run in all 4 games last time they played Pittsburgh and now open this series doing the same.

Hamels crushes a solo homer (0:30)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Hamels is trending the wrong way in regards to the long ball. Over his first 7 starts as a Cub he didn't give up a single home run. Now he's given up at least one in his last 4 outings, including a first inning blast tonight to Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After today's game, Kris Bryant reiterated that his shoulder is fine. He indicated recently that he feels a little bit like he's in spring training mode considering how much time he missed being on the DL. He repeated that again today as Joe Maddon gave him the day off as much for that as he did for the shoulder: “I don't want to say I'm feeling something (in his shoulder) . I'm just tired from playing, you know?” Bryant said.

1:09

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Schwarber discuss hitting a HR off a lefty on Sunday — though his interview is interrupted by Tigers Woods on the clubhouse tv.

2d

Schwarber homers as Cubs beat White Sox 6-1

Kyle Schwarber homered and drove in two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the crosstown White Sox 6-1 on Sunday to lower their magic number for clinching the NL Central title to five.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs reduced their magic number to clinch the NL central to 5 behind a 6-1 win over the White Sox. Kyle Hendricks had another strong outing, pitching into the 8th inning before tiring. The Cubs will host Pittsburgh and St. Louis over the next 7 days as they look to clinch their 3rd consecutive division title.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist is 3 for 3 today so far, raising his batting average to .316 on the season. He said recently he would love to hit over .300 as he's never done it in his career. The closest he came was in 2009 when he hit .297. He's 37 year old.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant won't start on Sunday against lefty Carlos Rodon due to 'fatigue' in his left shoulder. Joe Maddon stressed the shoulder wasn't sore but Bryant is feeling a loss of "strength." It's been a nagging injury for most of the season for the former MVP: "We knew we would have to be proactive about giving him rest. It just so happened he needed it today," Maddon said.

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2d

Cubs sit 3B Bryant with shoulder fatigue

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was sidelined Sunday for the team's 6-1 win over the White Sox with shoulder fatigue. A sore shoulder caused him to miss six weeks earlier in the season.

2:08

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss the Cubs 8-3 win over the White Sox, reducing their magic number to 6.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.674th
Quality Starts7817th
WHIP1.3118th
BAA.24010th
Runs73110th
Batting Average.2592nd
On Base Percentage.3342nd
Slugging Percentage.41214th