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Baseball history unpacked, August 26

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news

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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

Today in baseball history:


The SimCubs are 91-41. Ryan Yarbrough (15-4), Dan Winkler, and Craig Kimbrel combined for a three-hit shutout and Anthony Rizzo (34) and Kris Bryant (32,33,34) provided the offense. KB homered three times for the second time in three games and has thrust himself into the league-leader conversation and has to be viewed as a serious contender for another MVP, though in truth Christian Yelich is gonna be hard to catch. But 28 games remain and a lot can be done in that time.

Relievers Tyler Olson and Brandon Morrow have been recalled from Iowa. Jeremy Jeffress and Tanner Scott got back on the bus. Jon Lester was renewed for one season at 4.3m.

In today’s game, the Professor, Russell Johnson Kyle Hendricks (15-4, 2.82) will attempt to tutor lefty Caleb Smith (5-7, 4.37) with a lineup that looks toward next year, with Greg Jones taking a turn at leadoff, and Nico Hoerner occupying center field and hitting in the 2 hole where his contact game can be most effective. Rizzo will hit 3rd and left-fielder KB cleanup to take advantage of their power, with Willie C. and RF Happ following them, and Javy dropped down to the seventh spot to find his stroke. David Bote will fill the eight hole and occupy the hot corner.

The game will ‘air’ at 3 p.m. CT. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center. The season is winding down toward an exciting playoff round, with the players mostly decided. The Braves (83-49) lead the NL East by 10.5 games, with the Nationals (73-60) looking at a wild-card berth. The Cubs lead the Central by 15.5 games, with the Brewers (75-56) looking at the other wild-card spot. The Dodgers (81-53) have a stranglehold on the NL West, where only the Padres (65-67) are within shouting distance of .500.

The Rays (77-55) still have a puncher’s chance against the Yankees (81-51). The Indians are likely to win the AL Central crown but the White Sox (71-60) and the Twins (69-64) are still in the mix. The Astros (79-53) and the Angels (79-54) are in a dogfight for the top spot. Right now, the Twins are on the outside looking in.


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