The Milwaukee Brewers are the losingest National League team to still be mathematically alive for the postseason, clinging to the very bottom rung of the Wild Card chase with just seven games to go. ESPN gives them just a 16 percent chance of edging into that final spot. It’s all do-or-die from here on in in Milwaukee.
The call that got John Lackey going was a really, really bad one. With the count 2-2 against Carlos Martinez in the top of the fifth inning, Lackey threw a breaking pitch that sailed right over the middle of the plate. Catcher Wilson Contreras did a bad job framing it up, but it was a strike. Even Martinez knew it was…
A spectacularly silly baserunning blunder is not necessarily the most Metsy way to get mathematically eliminated from postseason contention—it’s no “entire pitching staff mysteriously bursts into flames all at once” or anything—but it’s pretty damn close! And it’s how the Mets were eliminated tonight, falling to 63-83…
Sick of being swung through the air at high speeds and getting smashed against rushing white orbs, Ian Happ’s bat finally got a bit of revenge tonight, tripping up its owner as he tried to run out a grounder.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring since August 9. He has apparently spent some of that time in the DMs of former porn star Mia Khalifa, seemingly undeterred by the lack of encouraging response. But if the 25-year-old had still been unclear on whether Khalifa shared…
When Joe Maddon looked at his bullpen depth chart in the eighth inning of yesterday’s blowout against the Pirates, he somehow settled on recently acquired center fielder Leonys Martin.
The Cubs were meticulous in their destruction of the Pirates today, leaving Pittsburgh no hope in a bloodbath with a final score of 17-3. But before the game became a blowout, Chicago shortstop Javier Báez acted boldly to tie things up at two runs apiece in the second inning.
If there’s one thing baseball needs more of, it’s inside-the-park dingers. If there’s a second thing baseball needs more of, it’s mascots racing everyday jamokes around the warning track. But if there’s a third thing baseball needs more of, surely it is the triple play. The Phillies turned a delightful, confusing,…
The Cubs scored three in the 10th to beat the Blue Jays 6-5 and sweep the series, but I am mostly just here for Javy Baez’s super-sweet slide and pop-up for the winning run:
Cubs pitcher John Lackey is 38 years old and, going into last night’s game against the Reds, had never stolen a base. That changed in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Lackey hit a two-out single and then, somehow, stole second.
Is there a more exciting play in sports than a good inside-the-park dinger? Here is a very good one, from David Peralta in last night’s Cubs-Diamondbacks game:
Paul Goldschmidt was very, very mean to the Cubs Thursday.
The Cubs and Diamondbacks had to sit through several delays waiting for rain to pass tonight before Arizona could out-slug Chicago, 10-8. Here are the rain delay activities of the two bullpens, ranked:
Fourteen years after reaching for a foul ball, tipping it away from Moises Alou in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, and entrenching himself forever in the tortured mythos of Cubs fandom, Steve Bartman will receive a World Series ring.
The Chris Christie humiliation spiral continued today with the fully-inflated Violet Beauregarde-looking New Jersey governor getting right into the face of a Cubs fan at today’s Cubs-Brewers game in Milwaukee:
Hey, look at this ball boy laying out to make the sliding stop on a foul ball in today’s Brewers-Cubs tilt:
Fresh off being tagged by a record-tying number of dingers Thursday against the Nationals, the Milwaukee Brewers—losers in nine of their last 11 games—return home hoping to avoid a serious ass-kicking at the hands of the red-hot Chicago Cubs, who come into town leading the division for the first time since May.
Today Ice Cube continued the Wrigley Field tradition of rappers performing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” in an ear-splittingly bad manner. How bad was it, ma’am?
After a sluggish start to the summer, the Cubs are now riding a six-game winning streak that has them just one game back of first place in the NL Central. Cool! To celebrate, they’ve adopted a distinctly dorky performance to mark getting on base. Less cool!
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left today’s game against the Braves almost as soon as it started. Bryant slapped a first-inning double off R.A. Dickey, then tried to take third on a passed ball, although he was picked off by Tyler Flowers to end the inning. While sliding into third, his left hand got caught on Johan…