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2017 Schedule
11-17

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs sent Rule 5 pick lefty Caleb Smith back to the Yankees today. With a healthy staff Smith became expendable. It means Brian Duensing and Mike Montgomery are the lefties in the bullpen to start the season. The Cubs also assigned Chris Dominguez and Jemile Weeks to minor league camp. Their roster stands at 27 as they'll likely carry an extra catcher (Corporan) until the weekend while a decision on Matt Szczur has to be made soon. He's out of minor league options.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Even after being assigned to minor league camp Cubs 2015 top pick Ian Happ continues to hit. He went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI against the Giants on Tuesday raising his spring average to .415 and OPS to 1.286. The Cubs have not ruled out a 2017 debut for Happ.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss how the team prepared the starters after such a short offseason, Arrieta gave up five hits but no walks on Tuesday against the Giants in his final tune up before the regular season begins.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the health status of Addison Russell (back). After talking with the training staff the Cubs are still confident he can start opening day.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Munenori Kawasaki after he was released on Tuesday.

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7hJayson Stark

Why the Cubs won't win the World Series

The Cubs won last year after more than a century of waiting. They aren't winning two in a row because, well, that's baseball.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Duck, Duck, Duck....

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell (back) is hopeful to play Wednesday or at lest Thur/Fri but missing opening day isn't completely out of the question if he isn't 100 percent. He's close but doesn't want to take any chances. Ben Zobrist (neck) is back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing a week.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs released Munenori Kawasaki giving him a chance to explore other opportunities. There's still a chance he returns to the organization.

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BBTN: Cards' Plans For Molina, Cubs' Kasper, Indians' Hamilton

Buster Olney talks to Keith Law about Jose Canseco joining the A's broadcast booth, the Cardinals' plans with Yadier Molina and more. Plus, some "Inside Heat" on the Cubs from broadcaster Len Kasper and a check-in on the Indians from PxP voice Tom Hamilton.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss how he feels heading into the regular season. He wrapped up his spring with 6 innings against the Indians where his stuff got better as the game went along. He says he's ready.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the progress of Jason Heyward this spring.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs option Eddie Butler, Rob Zastryzny to Triple-A. Ian Happ, John Andreoli and Taylor Davis assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs roster is 31 now. Happ, in particular, had a great spring training.

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1dJoe Peta

Predicting Cubs' 2017 record

Joe Peta thinks the Chicago Cubs, with a World Series title in hand, cruise through the regular season a bit and may not reach their Vegas win total of 95.5.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Wade Davis discuss his spring. He says his stuff is fine and he just needs to "lock in" over the coming days. His spring ERA is over 16.00.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

What you eat in Vegas doesn't always stay down in Vegas. Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks flew back this morning after a late Saturday night visit to Taco Bell didn't sit well with him. He gets the irony of being in a city with so many 5 star restaurants and getting fast food poisoning: "I felt awful."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist remain out with minor injuries. Today's quote on the lineup card comes from the esteemed philosopher, Anthony Rizzo.

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1dDavid Schoenfield

Are the standings becoming easier to predict?

In 2016, the Cubs went into the season, and playoffs, as clear favorites. And they actually won! Is baseball entering an era with fewer surprises?

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8083rd
Batting Average.25614th
On Base Percentage.3432nd
Slugging Percentage.42910th
Earned Run Average3.151st
Quality Starts100Tied-1st
WHIP1.111st
BAA.2121st

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