Jon Lester has won three World Series, started 339 games, is a four-time All-Star and has 2,000 career strikeouts. On Sunday afternoon, the 33-year-old Cubs lefty will face the Nationals and Erick Fedde, a 24-year-old who’s thrown 87 Major League pitches.
Without Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer or Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals turned to journeyman Edwin Jackson on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Cubs roughed up the 33-year-old right-hander with a four-run first inning, and Willson Contreras added a two-run homer in the sixth to post a 7-4 win over the Nationals and snap a three-game […]
Willson Contreras was OK playing left field on Saturday. The catcher just wants to be in the Cubs’ lineup.
Edwin Jackson will make his first start at Wrigley Field since 2014 on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the three-game set between the Nats and the Cubs. Chicago will counter with John Lackey.
It felt like October on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, and not just because of the unseasonably cool 63-degree game-time temperature. This was Game 1 of a three-game series between the Nationals and Cubs, and a possible National League Division Series preview. Daniel Murphy took care of matters, hitting a pair of home runs to […]
After missing Thursday’s series finale against the D-backs, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, retroactive to Wednesday, with a right foot strain.
Alex Avila was impressive in his Cubs debut working with Jake Arrieta, and manager Joe Maddon said Thursday he will likely start the veteran catcher based more on the opposing-starter matchup, not necessarily pairing him with a specific pitcher.
With each passing day in the second half, as the Nationals still own a commanding lead in the National League East and the Cubs have surged out of the All-Star break to take command of the NL Central, it seems that these two teams are destined to meet in the NL Division Series. So this […]
For a little while there, it looked like this weekend’s series would be capped by a Sunday conclusion worthy of a deciding Game 5 in the upcoming National League Division Series.
Willson Contreras came through on several occasions — tallying the first six-RBI game of his career and the first such game by any Cubs player this season — but he still found himself worn down during the third rain delay of what would be a 6 1/2-hour slugfest.
Paul Goldschmidt won the home run derby between him and Willson Contreras on Thursday. Both drove in six runs, but the D-backs slugger belted three homers, including a tie-breaking solo shot with one out in the ninth inning, to power Arizona to a 10-8 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.