10/10/2015 | Cubs tap into Soler power during Game 2 win
Give Manny Ramirez an assist with helping Jorge Soler get on track. A hitting consultant with the Cubs, Ramirez talked to Soler about staying in the zone and working good counts.
10/10/2015 | Cubs' bullpen up to task when called on early
Five months ago, Travis Wood was struggling in the Cubs' starting rotation. Trevor Cahill was pitching in relief for the Braves, the second of four organizations he has been with this year. On Saturday night, they became the bullpen bridge to closer Hector Rondon in a critical postseason game.
10/10/2015 | Hendricks hurt by HRs, but strong in between
Serving up a leadoff home run was not how Kyle Hendricks drew up his first postseason game, but the Cubs' right-hander collected himself. "That's not how you want to start," Hendricks said of Matt Carpenter's homer off a 1-2 pitch which gave the Cardinals a one-run lead before the Cubs pulled away for a 6-3 victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on Saturday.
10/10/2015 | Young Cubs, Maddon create good vibrations
Way back in Spring Training, in those carefree days under the Arizona sun, Joe Maddon first uttered the line that resonated around Busch Stadium early Saturday.
10/10/2015 | DYK: Hendricks enters record books in Game 2
The Cubs earned a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday at Busch Stadium, evening the National League Series at 1-1 heading into Monday's Game 3 in Chicago.
10/10/2015 | Just a 2nd: Cubs' big inning sinks Cards, ties DS
A few tweaks in the lineup, two badly timed St. Louis errors and a monster home run by Jorge Soler in Game 2 on Saturday at Busch Stadium helped propel the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals and even the National League Division Series at 1-1.
10/10/2015 | Spirit of 'Zim': Cubs use small ball in 5-run 2nd
Facing an early deficit in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Cardinals, the Cubs used a lot of small ball -- and one long ball from Jorge Soler -- to jump out to a commanding lead at Busch Stadium.
10/10/2015 | 'Worry' has no place in Maddon's procedure
Only eight teams out of 71 in Major League history have come back to win a postseason series after losing the first two games, which made Saturday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals critical and perhaps gave fans in Chicago reason to panic.
10/10/2015 | Deck stacked: Ace Arrieta to start at Wrigley
Jake Arrieta reprised the role of Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday night, almost single-handedly willing the Cubs to a National League Wild Card Game win in Pittsburgh the way Bumgarner did for the Giants a year ago. What followed for Bumgarner was an unprecedented run through October and a legendary push to the World Series. Arrieta's first encore will come on Monday at Wrigley Field, where he will start Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Cardinals -- with the series tied, 1-1, after the Cubs won Game 2, 6-3, on Saturday.
10/10/2015 | Cubs start Soler; Cards' Piscotty moves to OF
Austin Jackson and rookie Jorge Soler will start in the outfield and pitcher Kyle Hendricks is back in the No. 8 spot in the order for the Cubs on Saturday in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals and lefty Jaime Garcia (5:30 p.m. ET, TBS).
10/10/2015 | 3 Reasons Cubs will win World Series
These aren't your father's Cubs, or even the ones of your grandfather. Actually, since we're discussing a franchise that hasn't won the National League pennant in 70 years and a World Series championship since 1908, I'm guessing "great-grandfather" is appropriate for some folks.
10/10/2015 | Why did Cubs stick with Coghlan vs. lefty?
Chris Coghlan started Game 1 of the National League Division Series for the Cubs during their 4-0 loss to the Cardinals on Friday because of his track record against starter John Lackey. But in the eighth, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny pulled Lackey with one out so he wouldn't face Coghlan and called on lefty Kevin Siegrist.
10/9/2015 | Tale of the Tape: Hendricks vs. Garcia
The Cubs and Cardinals will test the depth of their rotations as the National League Division Series continues with Game 2 at Busch Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 CT (TBS). St. Louis has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
10/9/2015 | Cubs can't capitalize on rare scoring chances
Dexter Fowler came within a few feet of hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning, but the Cubs couldn't tack on any runs against John Lackey and the Cardinals, taking a 4-0 loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday.
10/9/2015 | Lester shows worth in Cubs playoff debut
The Cubs signed Jon Lester to pitch in games like this, to perform the way he did for seven innings Friday night at Busch Stadium.
10/9/2015 | Cards' challenge goes Cubs' way in 3rd inning
Jon Lester finished off a scoreless third inning and the Cardinals lost one of two challenges in their 4-0 victory over the Cubs following a close play at first base Friday night at Busch Stadium.
10/9/2015 | Bryant, Cubs look to break out vs. Cards in Game 2
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hasn't had many slumps in his short career. But the National League Rookie of the Year front-runner is in one now, and the Cardinals will look to frustrate him further on Saturday. Following John Lackey's strong performance in the NL Division Series opener, Jaime Garcia takes his turn for St. Louis in Game 2, scheduled for 4:37 p.m. CT on TBS. Kyle Hendricks gets the start for the Cubs.
10/9/2015 | Lackey, Cards shut out rival Cubs in Game 1
Facing their archrivals from Chicago for the first time in postseason history, the Cardinals, behind the experienced postseason arm of John Lackey and a late rookie power surge, nabbed a 4-0 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium on Friday to open their best-of-five National League Division Series.
10/9/2015 | Strop's struggles at Busch continue in Game 1
Before Friday night's game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he wouldn't hesitate to use Pedro Strop in the National League Division Series despite the right-hander's lack of success at Busch Stadium this season. Unfortunately, Strop's bad stretch continued during the Cubs' 4-0 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1.
10/9/2015 | Hendricks rides hot streak into Game 2 start
There was little question Jon Lester would be the Cubs' Game 1 starter in the National League Division Series. With Jake Arrieta on regular rest, there was no doubt he'd get the Game 3 nod. But who would the Cubs send to the mound Saturday in Game 2 (4:30 p.m. CT on TBS) against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium? The way Kyle Hendricks pitched in his last two starts provided the Cubs with an obvious answer.
10/9/2015 | Minors matters: Maddon reflects on early days
In 1984, Joe Maddon was offered a Minor League job managing the Angels' Class A team in Peoria, Ill., and he took it. The Cubs' skipper still has fond memories of his days there.
10/9/2015 | Molina returns for Cards; Bryant moves to third
The starting lineups for tonight's Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Cardinals have been posted. St. Louis' lineup includes seven-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who hasn't played since Sept. 20 because of a strained ligament in his left thumb.
10/9/2015 | Cubs go with 11 pitchers on Division Series roster
The Cubs will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players on their National League Division Series roster, which was revealed on Friday. The only change from the NL Wild Card Game roster is that pitcher Jason Hammel was added and outfielder Quintin Berry was removed.
10/9/2015 | Cubs-Cards rivalry enters uncharted territory
As dramatic as their late-season series as Wrigley Field was, the intrigue is just getting started for the Cubs and Cardinals.
10/8/2015 | Moments that will matter in NLDS Game 1
Jon Lester's last start of 2014 and his first start of 2015 exposed a potentially critical hole in the veteran left-hander's game and prompted a question that will inevitably follow him throughout the playoffs.
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