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cubs bullish on new bullpen location


the doors leading to the entrance of the bullpen under the wrigley field bleachers were changed recently to allow more crowd noise inside. and that suited bullpen coach lester strode and his relievers just fine. in fact, the cubs have been pleased with their new bullpen after being relocated from...






cubs' bullpen faces unfamiliar struggles in 9-8 win over orioles


the cubs escaped what would have been an embarrassing outcome friday night, as addison russell's home run in the ninth inning was the difference in a 9-8 win over the orioles. much of the anxiety prior to russell's homer was the lack of the control by a cubs bullpen that posted a 3.26 era in the...






cubs sign pedro strop to extension, adding long-term stability to bullpen


while the cubs face the prospect of losing at least 40 percent of their rotation for 2018, they haven't overlooked stabilizing their bullpen for the future. when they signed pedro strop to an extension through 2018 with an option friday, the cubs addressed one free agent question and now can shift...






cubs are back in oh-so-familiar territory, the land of mediocrity


now, this is more like it. this feels right. the cubs are … well, the cubs are the cubs. we know these guys. we know the four-inning starter, the befuddled outfielder, the inadequate infielder, the confused manager, the stranded baserunner. we have seen the bullpen, always too soon, turn the other...






cubs' bats, bullpen fail to deliver as pirates complete sweep


what remained of the 39,422 at wrigley field on sunday sarcastically saluted justin grimm in the ninth inning as he removed his cap, wiped his brow and headed toward the dugout after another bullpen disaster. for the third game in a row — this one a 6-1 loss to the pirates — cubs relievers were...






cubs' bats, bullpen fail to deliver as pirates complete sweep


what remained of the 39,422 at wrigley field on sunday sarcastically saluted justin grimm in the ninth inning as he removed his cap, wiped his brow and headed toward the dugout after another bullpen disaster.for the third game in a row — this one a 6-1 loss to the pirates — cubs relievers were...






cubs curious about effects of bullpen switch


due to the pre-game rain at wrigley field, the cubs players didn’t get a chance to become accustomed to the new field conditions, which include less foul territory down the lines where the bullpens used to exist. the lack of a bullpen on the field wasn’t a problem for ben zobrist, he theorized,...






cubs must adjust to bullpen relocation at wrigley field


the cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster- and location-wise. aroldis chapman and travis wood are out, wade davis and koji uehara are in and the actual bullpens at wrigley field have been moved under the bleachers, where pitchers will be out of sight — though...






cubs forced to adjust to bullpen relocation at wrigley field


the cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster-wise and location-wise. aroldis chapman and travis wood are out, wade davis and koji uehara are in, and the actual bullpens at wrigley field have been moved to underneath the bleachers, where the pitchers will be out...






cubs q&a: bullpen woes, willson contreras, kyle schwarber, ben zobrist


the tribune's mark gonzales answers readers' cubs questions about willson contreras' development, the status of the bullpen and the future of hitting coach john mallee. i’ve been very impressed with willson contreras' techniques, especially his blocking, his pitch framing, and his energy behind...






cubs' carl edwards jr. on dance-off with brewers bullpen: 'something to pass tim


carl edwards jr. crowned himself the best dancer in the cubs bullpen. "by far," the right-hander said before sunday's win against the brewers. "i grew up dancing." edwards showed off some of his repertoire — most notably "the worm" — friday during a 1-hour, 59-minute rain delay at wrigley field....






cubs' carl edwards on dance-off with brewers bullpen: 'something to pass time'


carl edwards jr. crowned himself the best dancer in the cubs bullpen. “by far,” the right-hander said. “i grew up dancing.” edwards showed off some of his repertoire – most notably “the worm”– friday during a 1-hour, 59-minute rain delay at wrigley field. during the delay, an impromptu dance-off...






brett gardner's 9th inning homer dooms cubs in 3-2 loss to yankees


friday was a day of rest for some of the weary arms in the cubs' bullpen, in particular closer wade davis. the trusty right-hander made three appearances in the previous three games and left cubs manager joe maddon no choice but to turn to former closer hector rondon in the ninth inning against...






after crazy win, cubs' next obstacle is max scherzer


monday’s series opener between the cubs and nationals lived up to the hype with great plays, big moments and dueling bullpen implosions in the ninth inning. the cubs wound up with a crazy 5-4 win when wade davis struck out ryan zimmerman in the ninth after a wild pitch pulled the nationals to within...






sunday's recap: pirates 6, cubs 1


pirates 6, cubs 1 after jon lester pitched seven scoreless innings and tommy lastella hit an rbi double in the seventh to break a scoreless tie, the cubs bullpen fell apart again sunday. the result was a 6-1 loss and a sweep of the three-game series at wrigley field for the pirates. koji uehara,...






max scherzer and nationals zoom past cubs 6-1 to even up series


when max scherzer turns the game over to the nationals' bullpen, it's like handing the keys to your shiny new bmw to your 16-year-old son. the game's most unhittable starter somehow is saddled with the league's most porous bullpen, so the obvious strategy going into any game is to keep it close,...






max scherzer and nationals zoom past cubs 6-1 to even up series


when max scherzer turns the game over to the nationals' bullpen, it's like handing the keys to your shiny, new bmw to your 16-year-old son. the game's most unhittable starter somehow is saddled with the league's most porous bullpen, so the obvious strategy going into any game is to keep it close,...






rockies win 6th straight as bullpen shuts down cubs


friday afternoon at wrigley field, the rockies used six stellar innings of relief pitching, a pair of two-run homers from ryan hanigan and charlie blackmon and a clutch rbi single from nolan arenado to beat the cubs 5-3.






rockies win 6 straight as bullpen shuts down cubs


friday afternoon at wrigley field, the rockies used six stellar innings of relief pitching, a pair of two-run homers from ryan hanigan and charlie blackmon and a clutch rbi single from nolan arenado to beat the cubs 5-3.






cubs' bullpen shaping into form


manager joe maddon estimated it would take about one month to figure out the best spots to use the chicago cubs' relievers. but their gradual effectiveness after a slow start has given maddon plenty of options.  that's been evident recently, especially after koji uehara, hector rondon and wade...






national league preview: who will challenge the cubs in 2017?


the team with the best shot at preventing a cubs repeat may be the one that had a great chance at beating them in last year's nl division series. the only thing the 2016 giants lacked was a lockdown bullpen, as evidenced by the five relievers who combined to blow a three-run, ninth-inning lead...






y’all should check out some potential cubs trade targets


when you’re the cubs and you have rotation and bullpen questions in a season that is all about repeating, then it’s never too early to pick apart dying baseball teams, trying to find some carrion to feed the world series appetite. many people, of course, will be watching white sox trade chip jose...






joe maddon wants cubs relievers ready for any situation


hector rondon stepped aside last july when the cubs brought in closer aroldis chapman, and the addition of veteran koji uehara is another sign that roles in the bullpen will be as fluid as they've ever been under manager joe maddon. "we've got a lot of talent and are deep and will be ready for...






cubs' bullpen holds off red sox, extends scoreless streak to 16 innings


manager joe maddon estimated it would take about one month to figure out the best spots to use the cubs' relievers. but their gradual effectiveness after a slow start has given maddon plenty of options.  that's been evident recently, especially after koji uehara, hector rondon and wade davis pitched...






fans weigh in on wrigley field's changes


sitting by the bullpen at wrigley field several years ago, a young fan's nintendo ds binge was interrupted when former cubs pitcher carlos marmol walked over, gave the boy a baseball and told himto watch the game. cyndie stiller knew then that her son jake would become a lifelong cubs fan. now...






kyle schwarber displays cautious style catching first bullpen session


after catching his first bullpen session friday, kyle schwarber took off his gear before raising his fist and joked, "i made it," to catching instructor tim cossins. schwarber was eager to perform more work, but the cubs simply were encouraged after their prized young slugger caught john lackey...






fans weigh in on wrigley field's changes — and room for growth (more for kids?)


sitting by the bullpen at wrigley field several years ago, a young fan's nintendo ds binge was interrupted when former cubs pitcher carlos marmol walked over, gave the boy a baseball and told himto watch the game. cyndie stiller knew then that her son jake would become a lifelong cubs fan. now...






cubs place jason heyward on dl, opt for nine-man bullpen


the cubs took the safe route monday night by placing outfielder jason heyward on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to saturday. the move means heyward, who suffered a sprained finger on his right hand, will miss this weekend's series in st. louis but will be eligible to return for a 10-game...






mike montgomery, john lackey, brett anderson like shape of cubs' pitching staff


mike montgomery didn’t view his versatility as working against him in the cubs’ decision to place him in the bullpen to start the regular season. and john lackey didn’t mind that he was named to start the third game at st. louis. as for brett anderson, the cubs’ left-hander isn’t taking his new...






mike montgomery continues to build case for spot in cubs' starting rotation


mike montgomery’s lone hanging changeup saddled him with a loss friday night during a 5-0 defeat at the reds, but the left-hander still presents an intriguing situation for the cubs. montgomery threw a season-high 6 2/3 innings in his fifth start since being dispatched from the bullpen. manager...






giants reliever george kontos had to escape cubs’ victory parade


suddenly the most senior holdover in the giants bullpen, george kontos grew up dreaming of a day when the cubs would win the world series -- and escaped to play golf on the day the victory parade rumbled through chicago






alex wood set to start in rich hill's place for dodgers on monday against cubs


the two pitchers left the dugout and walked into the coors field outfield. rich hill settled in left field to play catch. alex wood ventured into the right-center alley in front of the bullpen. wood was throwing a bullpen session because of the blister on hill’s left middle finger, the one he was...






travis wood walks down memory lane with cubs


travis wood said he would wear his world series ring only for special occasions, but returning to wrigley field brought back fond memories for the former cubs left-hander. “last year was one to remember, for sure,” wood said monday after checking out the new bullpen under the left field stands...






mariners shouldn’t be scrambling to fill out their bullpen in 2017


with edwin diaz in the closer role and several returning relievers, the mariners bullpen should have some stability in the bullpen to start the season.






cubs' bench production, eight-man bullpen eases decision to option tommy la stel


the simple transaction of sending left-handed hitting infielder tommy la stella to triple-a iowa gradually became even easier by the bench production of jon jay and miguel montero. the chicago cubs expect la stella, who was 1-for-4 as a pinch-hitter, to be available for saturday night’s game at...