The key moment on Sunday, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta said, was in the fifth inning. Rookie catcher Victor Caratini had given Arrieta a heads-up before it began, even though the right-hander was facing the D-backs’ 7-8-9 hitters. It didn’t help that Arrieta walked both Ketel Marte and Gregor Blanco to start the inning.
How will the Cubs deal without hot-hitting Willson Contreras in the lineup? Lately, they’ve turned to Kris Bryant.
Jake Arrieta and Zack Godley will square off Sunday in the final meeting of the regular season between the Cubs and D-backs. Godley emerged victorious over Arrieta when they dueled Aug. 2 at Wrigley Field.
Without the designated hitter at Cleveland last year, the Cubs wouldn’t have won the World Series, manager Joe Maddon has freely admitted.
J.D. Martinez’s RBI double off the right-field wall helped key a four-run rally as the D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Jon Lester and the Cubs at Chase Field.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he’s seen of Kris Bryant lately, but it’s been a struggle for the third baseman, who is dealing with a sprained little finger on his left hand that won’t go away.
Long before David Ross was a folk hero in Chicago, he was helping lead the Red Sox to a 2013 World Series championship.
When the Cubs acquired reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the focus was on the left-hander and how the bullpen got a boost. The Cubs didn’t know how important Avila would be until Friday.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has said repeatedly that his team needed to find ways to score runs without just relying on the long ball, and Friday night they heeded his call in an 8-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.
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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has a moderate right hamstring strain and was expected to be sidelined a minimum of four weeks, the team announced on Friday. Contreras was placed on the 10-day disabled list and Victor Caratini was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.