10/22/2016 | Catch this: Cubs' catchers make HR history
In this year's National League playoffs, the Cubs' catchers exceeded all expectations at the plate, matching average with power. In fact, Chicago is the first team in history to have all three of its catchers hit a home run in the same postseason, helping to propel the Cubs to their first NL pennant since 1945.
10/22/2016 | No drought: Cubs put curse, Kersh to rest
Less than an hour after the Cubs had secured their first trip to the World Series since 1945, chairman Tom Ricketts, former pitcher Kerry Wood and Hall of Famer Billy Williams had a quiet moment in the clubhouse. They tapped their drinks together in a toast to a team that has a chance to do something that hasn't been done in more than 100 years.
10/22/2016 | For Merullo family, Cubs' World Series run 'beautiful'
The scar was his souvenir, the physical reminder of his professional height. And so, on the off chance it was fixing to fade, the old man used to pick at that thing on his left forearm, a habit that would have been disgusting if it weren't so oddly endearing.
10/22/2016 | Lester, Baez share MVP honors
Together, Jon Lester and Javier Baez hoisted the MVP trophy, having been named as co-recipients for their performances in this National League Championship Series that the Cubs closed out with a 5-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.
10/22/2016 | Start times set for World Series
Major League Baseball has announced the start times for the World Series, scheduled to begin Tuesday in Cleveland, where the Indians will face the Cubs.
10/22/2016 | Former Cubs Soriano, Wood on hand for Game 6
Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano played in Chicago long enough during his 16-year Major League career to understand the anxiety -- "angst," as manager Joe Maddon described it -- Cubs fans were experiencing in the hours leading up to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.
10/22/2016 | Cubs get to Kershaw early in NLCS clincher
As Wrigleyville teemed with anticipation about a potential historic night ahead, the Cubs gave the sellout crowd an early reason to cheer -- and relax -- by jumping on Clayton Kershaw for two first-inning runs in a 5-0 Game 6 victory in the National League Championship Series on Saturday night. With the win, the Cubs advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945.
10/22/2016 | Hendricks a rock star: G6 start legendary
The text arrived early Saturday, just as it does on the morning before each of the son's starts. John Hendricks scripts it to be simple -- "You don't want to clutter him" -- and positive, hoping it's a reminder that dad is watching and rooting and so very proud.
10/22/2016 | Schwarber to AFL; World Series a possibility?
On Monday, Kyle Schwarber went to Dallas for a six-month checkup on his left knee, which he injured in the third game of the regular season. The Cubs and the slugger were both surprised when he got the go-ahead to play games, which could mean that he'll be on the roster for the World Series.
10/22/2016 | NLCS Game 6 starting lineups: Dodgers vs. Cubs
The National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cubs resumes tonight at 8 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field. Chicago, leading the series, 3-2, would clinch a World Series berth with a victory.
10/22/2016 | The warmup: The scene before Game 6
With a spot in the World Series at stake, we're on the scene around Chicago and at Wrigley Field prior to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and Cubs to help get you fired up for tonight's game.
10/22/2016 | Cubs can clinch vs. Kershaw (8 ET, FS1)
If you're going to end a World Series drought, you might as well do it against a distinguished opponent. That's the chance that the Cubs have given themselves. They'll face Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night, with the Dodgers backed against the wall.
10/21/2016 | New approach against lefties big key for Hendricks
How did Kyle Hendricks manage to improve so much despite strikeout and walk totals that didn't really change? By making changes to handle his one big weakness: left-handed hitters.
10/21/2016 | Lucky No. 7? Cubs 0-6 since '45 in potential NLCS clinchers
The Cubs are one win away from claiming their first National League pennant in 71 years, but they've been in this position before, only to come up short.
10/21/2016 | Heyward should start Game 6 in right field
It took 4 hours, 16 minutes to play Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, and the time spent watching Jason Heyward bat must have seemed like a horror film for Cubs fans.
10/21/2016 | How to attack Kershaw? Cubs must be aggressive
How can the Cubs beat Clayton Kershaw? Easier said than done, but to start with, they'll need to be far more aggressive than they were in Game 2 of the NLCS, when they watched entirely too many first pitch strikes fly by.
10/21/2016 | Pitch perfect: Rest of NLCS could feature best
As the National League Championship Series shifts back to Chicago with the Cubs up, 3-2, four of the best pitchers in the league are set to start if the Dodgers manage to force a decisive Game 7.
10/21/2016 | Ross' storybook career nearing its end
Though he comes to bat while the words of Alphaville's "Forever Young" echo throughout Wrigley Field, David Ross understands there is no freezing time now.
10/21/2016 | 'Designated yo-yo' Zobrist an asset for Cubs
Early in his career, Ben Zobrist was what he calls the "designated yo-yo," bouncing from the Majors to the Minors as he tried to win a spot on the Rays. If it weren't for an offseason phone call from manager Joe Maddon telling him to show up at Spring Training with six different gloves, Zobrist might be sitting on the couch watching the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.
10/21/2016 | Cubs poised to finally end streak, reach WS
As an old Cubs fan (before a pitstop with the Big Red Machine after the family moved to Cincinnati during the late 1960s) we've been here before.
10/21/2016 | Gonzalez again at center of replays
When Adrian Gonzalez tried to jump-start a Dodgers rally late in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday, Javier Baez -- who else? -- was there to quash it. The Cubs' young second baseman came up with yet another postseason defensive gem in the Cubs' 8-4 win at Dodger Stadium.
10/21/2016 | DYK: Facts and figures from NLCS Game 5
Following back-to-back shutout losses, the Cubs rolled to their second straight win, 8-4, on Thursday night in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.
10/21/2016 | 'Fired-up' Lester stifles Dodgers' bats
The Dodgers danced on the basepaths behind him, feigned bunts in front of him, but, in the middle of it all, Jon Lester dismissed the distraction and promptly stared down the Dodgers to pitch the Cubs to within one win of the World Series.
10/21/2016 | Oct. 20 Lester, Baez, Russell postgame interview
A postgame interview with the Cubs' Jon Lester, Javier Baez and Addison Russell.
10/21/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Why didn't LA run?
Kiké Hernandez danced off first base in the first inning. He jumped, he bobbed, he shimmied, and he generally dared Cubs starter Jon Lester to do what everyone at Dodger Stadium knew Lester cannot consistently do. The left-hander's troubles throwing to the bases are so widely known that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was comfortable telling a room full of reporters before his team's 8-4 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series that the plan against Lester was to bunt and take huge leads on the basepaths in an effort to "get in his psyche a little bit."
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