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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
It's no secret that President Barack Obama is a diehard Chicago White Sox fan. He proclaims that fact loud and clear every opportunity he gets.
Most notably, Obama defied conventional wisdom and remained biased in a baseball sense by wearing a White Sox jacket to throw out the first pitch before the 2009 All-Star game in St. Louis.
Not surprisingly, that rubbed some people the wrong way, but it firmly established where his baseball loyalties lie.
Now though, with his White Sox nowhere near October for the seventh straight season, the President isn't hesitating to throw his support behind the White Sox crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs home-run barrage continued in their NLDS Game 4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, which catapulted them to their first NLCS since 2003.
After six different Cubs homered in a historic offensive performance during their Game 3 victory, the team connected for three more home runs on Tuesday as they overpowered and dispatched their longtime rivals.
The loudest and by far the grandest in its spectacle came off the bat of Kyle Schwarber. With the Cubs leading by a run in the seventh inning, Schwarber connected against Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, sending a moonshot to right field that actually landed on top of the Wrigley Field videoboard.Tue, Oct 13St. Louis4 - 6Chi CubsGame Recap
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Maybe "Back to the Future II" was right? The Chicago Cubs bats came alive Tuesday, giving the club a 6-4 win over the division-rival St. Louis Cardinals. With the win, the Cubs move on to the NLCS. It's the Cubs' first trip to the NLCS since 2003 and the first time they've ever clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. Boy, were the fans excited.
As expected, picking up the victory wasn't easy. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Stephen Piscotty home run in the first inning. In the second, the Cubs battled back. Jason Hammel helped his own cause, picking up an RBI single. Then, Javier Baez smashed a three-run homer, giving the team a 4-2 lead.
Not surprisingly, the Cardinals found a way to battle back. Tony Cruz doubled in a run in the sixth inning, lowering the team's deficit to just one run. With men on second and third, Brandon Moss lined a single into right. Jhonny Peralta scored, tying the game, but Jorge Soler nailed Cruz at the plate to end the inning.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Imagine you're a Chicago Cubs fan with tickets to Game 4 of the NLDS, hoping and wishing that the Cubs can win, wrap up the series with the St. Louis Cardinals and advance to the next round of the postseason.
You're in your bleacher seat with your beer, ready for the first inning. But then, on the fourth pitch of the game, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty hits a deep blast right at you. Not only does it clear the fence for a homer, but it destroys your beer.
No beer, a two-run deficit. And it was only the first inning!
Our condolences to this Cubs fan, whose excitement for a clincher — possibly the first playoff series ever to be won at Wrigley — was quickly washed back to reality.
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- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
CHICAGO — Two big names won't be in the starting lineups of Tuesday's NLDS Game 4 between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced that shortstop Addison Russell would not play in the game after injuring his hamstring on a triple in Monday's Game 3. Maddon said he did not have an update on the severity of the injury and that the team was doing more tests to determine Russell's availabilty for the rest of the playoffs.
Javier Baez, who replaced Russell on Monday, will play short and bat ninth for the Cubs. Baez committed a throwing error in Game 3 and bobbled another ball on an infield hit.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, will likely be without catcher Yadier Molina after he left Game 3 with a flareup of the injury to his right thumb that he suffered during the season. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Molina can catch, but cannot currently swing a bat.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The will-he-or-won't-he game involving Chase Utley and his suspension appeal appears to be over. MLB will reportedly hear Utley's case on Oct. 19, four days after the last-possible game of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. That means he'll be able to play for the rest of the NLDS.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has the scoop:
Source: Chase Utley's appeal hearing has been scheduled for next Monday (Oct. 19).
When Utley's two-game suspension was handed down Sunday night — for what MLB deemed an "illegal" take-out slide on Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada — there were rumors that the league would try to expedite the appeal hearing before Games 3 or 4 of the series in New York. Utley's camp (and the players' union) understandably balked at that.LiveLA Dodgers3 - 1NY MetsFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
A New York Mets fan left Dodger Stadium in critical condition Friday night, Los Angeles police say, after a parking lot fight between Dodgers and Mets fans following Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Authorities are still looking for the person or persons responsible. ABC-7 in L.A. has more details on what happened:
Witnesses said the New York Mets fan was punched and then fell, hitting his head. The fight happened in the stadium parking lot after the National League Division Series opener between the two teams. People rushed to help the victim and one person, Maria Cerecer, caught the scene on camera.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Manager Don Mattingly ended any potential drama about his NLDS Game 4 starter before Game 3 even started on Monday. Regardless of the outcome, he was giving the ball to Clayton Kershaw despite his ace being on three days rest.
As we learned on Monday, that start will come with the Dodgers season on the line after they dropped Game 3 by a 13-7 final.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
New York Mets fans wanted blood after their team's controversial loss in Game 2 of the NLDS. And they got it Monday. But it wasn't from Chase Utley. It was from the entire Los Angeles Dodgers' roster. The Mets pounded the Dodgers, winning 13-7 and taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
The Mets got a balanced supply of offense and a good-enough performance from ace Matt Harvey, as the Utley drama took a backseat to a good ol' baseball beatdown. The loss puts the Dodgers on the brink of elimination heading into Game 4 on Tuesday in New York.
• Yoenis Cespedes went big at Citi Field again. We'll start with the biggest first: His three-run homer in the fourth inning sealed the game for the Mets. It was a behemoth blast and it was one of three hits and three runs scored for Cespedes on the night. The homer is the one that earned him a curtain call, though.
- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
CHICAGO — Breaking their traditional doomsday stereotype, fans of the Chicago Cubs showed up to Monday’s Game 3 of the NLDS a confident bunch. The living tall tale known as Jake Arrieta was taking the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals. He’d been automatic enough all summer to allow fans to prematurely dream of a clinching scenario for the Cubs in Tuesday’s Game 4.
A few hours later, delirious Cubs fans left a Wrigley Field having sealed the opportunity to cheer their team into their first NLCS since 2003. But in an unexpected twist, the man who came in on a historic pitching tear (and has his bearded face on most of the bootleg shirts being sold outside the park) didn’t have much to do with it.
Though Arrieta was credited with the win and struck out nine batters in Chicago’s 8-6 victory, he looked mortal giving up four runs over 5 2/3 innings of work in windy conditions.
“He wasn’t as sharp as he normally is,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I saw that from the beginning.”