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  • Arrieta embraces being black hat on road

    Jake Arrieta is so confident, he'll probably wear black on Wednesday. More »

  • Cubs players trust in unconventional Maddon

    All Starlin Castro wanted was a chance to win a spot in the starting lineup again, and Joe Maddon gave him that. All Jason Hammel needed was to pitch deeper in games, and Maddon explained his thinking. All Cubs fans craved was a winner, and Maddon guided the team to the postseason for the first time since 2008. More »

  • Open GIF basket before Cubs-Bucs contest

    The Cubs and Pirates meet in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. As we prepare for this intriguing matchup, which can be seen on TBS, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs. More »

  • Arrieta ready to carry Cubs on his shoulders

    There are some shots that you should never call. The expectations are too great, the odds too long. Jake Arrieta rolling through October, carrying the Cubs to a World Series title on his broad shoulders, is one of those triple bank shots to sink the eight ball, with everyone in the room watching. He might be able to pull it off, but it's unfair -- borderline insane -- to expect it. More »

  • Russell turning heads in field since young age

    When Cubs manager Joe Maddon first saw Addison Russell, he was impressed by the infielder's solid fundamentals. Karl Jernigan takes pride in that. He recalls all the grounders he hit to the young shortstop, starting when Russell was 9 years old. More »

  • Statcast breaks down NL Wild Card matchup

    Only one win separated the Cubs and Pirates in the standings this year, providing little clarity as to which team has the upper-hand entering Wednesday's winner-take-all clash. By using Statcast™, however, the matchup in the National League Wild Card Game can at least be evaluated in a way like never before. More »

  • 4 Cubs nominated for Esurance MLB Awards

    Is the Cubs' Kris Bryant the top rookie in the Major Leagues, or is it teammate Kyle Schwarber? More »

  • Defense to likely dictate Cubs' WC lineup

    Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't want to reveal his lineup for Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game because he didn't want to give the Pirates any edge. But judging by batting practice on Tuesday, the Cubs could have rookies Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber at the corner outfield spots. More »

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