Chicago Cubs

1st NL Central | 98-56
  • Batting Avg
    .256 AVG
  • Runs
    764 R
  • Earned Runs Avg
    3.11 ERA
  • Home Runs Allowed
    158 HR
  • Daniel Murphy shut down with left buttocks strain
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    Daniel Murphy shut down with left buttocks strain

    According to a report from Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com, the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy has been shut down by the team through the weekend series against the Pirates. An MRI revealed a “left buttocks strain” for the infielder, who injured his leg last weekend while sliding into second base on a double. Several days of rest hasn’t done wonders for Murphy’s leg, and now that he has a clear diagnosis, it gives the team some options going forward. One of those options is keeping Murphy available as a pinch-hitter, since the strain is supposed to primarily affect his ability to run the bases. The 31-year-old took two at-bats off the bench this week, going 0-for-2, though Zuckerman reported that

  • Video: Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran give signs from the dugout
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    Video: Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran give signs from the dugout

    The Rangers got a bit of a breather on Saturday after clinching the division lead during Friday night’s win. Naturally, it was also a prime opportunity for another of Adrian Beltre‘s well-documented antics, as he spent his off day directing the Rangers’ infield defense with a series of signs. Even with Carlos Beltran‘s help, no one, least of all those playing the infield, appeared to have any idea what Beltre’s gestures were intended to convey. You can add this to the list of in-game oddities Beltre has become so well-known for over the years, running the gamut from the way he kicked a ball over the foul line to his histrionics every time someone comes close to touching his head. If nothing else,

  • The Division races are boring, but that’s OK
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    The Division races are boring, but that’s OK

    Yesterday we talked about the possibility of the NL Wild Card race ending up in a three-way tie when the season ends. It probably won’t, but it could, and that’s exciting! Last night ESPN’s Jayson Stark doubled up on that madness and talked about the possibility of a six-way tie in the AL Wild Card. Even more unlikely, but again, excitement! The obvious reason we’re focusing on these implausible scenarios? There’s nothing else to really get excited about when it comes to this year’s pennant races. As we woke up this morning, here are your division leaders with the number of games by which they lead: AL EAST: Red Sox: 5.5 AL CENTRL: Indians: 7 AL WEST: Rangers: 9 NL EAST: Nationals: 8.5 NL CENTRAL