The right-hander's track record speaks for itself.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Derek Dietrich likes to admire his handiwork. Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster John Wehner made it clear he does not at all appreciate it. Wehner went on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan Morning Show ahead of Tuesday’s game at the Great American Ballpark and took the 29-year-old to task saying his grandfather, a former Pirates minor league coach, would be embarrassed of his grandson and be “rolling in his grave every time this guy hits a home run.”
Milwaukee is going to the LCS for the third time in their history
Rookie pitchers Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff are in, as are speedy outfielder Keon Broxton and September pinch-hit king Domingo Santana. Opening Day starter Chase Anderson is out, as are Zach Davies, Eric Thames and two of the Brewers' three lefty relievers, Xavier Cedeno and Dan Jennings. The Brewers made some surprising choices among the 11 pitchers and 14 position players on their National League Division Series roster ahead of Thursday's Game 1, after naming Woodruff as the "initial out-getter" in what amounts to a bullpen day to start the best-of-five series.
Baez embraced Arenado as part of a force-out
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wife. Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user — described by Melisa as a close friend — made the accusation that Russell had "hit" his wife. The post was later deleted. Russell denied the allegation and the two divorced.
Travis Shaw is likely to shift over to second base
Cole Hamels has struggled this season, but his track record and performance away from Texas make him a good, calculated risk for the Cubs.
he non-waiver trade deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday and Cubs President Theo Epstein said he believes the Cubs will make a deal. Here are some questions and answers regarding the team’s needs and the trading landscape. How did the Cubs get to this point with their pitching needs? The starting pitchers haven’t pitched deep into games with any regularity, thus causing stress on a bullpen that has been effective and resilient despite injuries to valuable late-inning specialists such as Brandon Morrow and Carl Edwards Jr.
Despite a late start, a long game and a hard-to-watch loss, the Cubs commanded a sizable Chicago-area TV audience through Game 3 of their National League Championship Series with the Dodgers. Driven by was faith, loyalty or utter disbelief, TBS’ telecast of the three-hour, 39-minute game Tuesday night, which didn’t get underway until after 8, continued to flicker in an average of 18.5 percent of area TV homes.
Carl Edwards Jr. admitted he was willing to allow one run if he could turn a double play after inheriting a scary situation Tuesday night. But Edwards turned in one of his most impressive performances of the season by striking out three consecutive batters and stranding the tying run at third base in the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to the Reds. “I was going to take that,” Edwards said of the possibility of giving up a run for two outs.
The New York Mets are continuing their post-trade deadline wheeling and dealing. On Saturday night, the Mets shipped infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later. Walker is the fourth veteran the Mets have traded away in recent weeks, joining Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, and Jay Bruce. All four will become free agents after the season.
The Cubs acquired lefty reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers in exchange for third baseman Jeimer Candelario and minor-league shortstop/third baseman Isaac Paredes, the teams announced on Monday. Wilson, 29, is in the midst of a great season for the Tigers. He took over as closer and has saved 13 games in 15 tries with a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 55 strikeouts against 16 walks in 40 1/3 innings.
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After the Nationals stole seven bases Tuesday night, Cubs catcher Miguel Montero pointed his frustration toward starter Jake Arrieta: "When you really look at it, the pitcher doesn't give me any time."
Ivan Nova pitched a three-hitter and the Pirates shut out the Marlins, 4-0, on Saturday night.
One diamond for each year of the drought
Yadier Molina pleaded ignorance to why a ball stuck to the middle of his chest protector in a strange occurrence in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Cardinals. "I got Velcro," Cubs manager Joe Maddon quipped after the Gold Glove catcher couldn't find Brett Cecil's wild pitch on a third strike that enabled Matt Szczur to reach first base and ignite the Cubs' game-winning rally in the seventh inning.
Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has been voted the National League MVP -- capping off a stellar season for the 24-year-old. Bryant received 29 of a possible 30 first-place votes; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy was the runner-up. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was third after he was the unanimous winner of the NL Rookie of the Year award on Monday.
Cubs fans will remember Ben Zobrist's 10th-inning double and the groundout that ended a curse, but many thrilling plays led up to those highlights.