Cubs starter Jon Lester has been a solid playoff pitcher, but he has a pronounced weakness at holding runners on first base.
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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says it's "not appropriate" to enforce pace-of-play rules as strictly during the postseason.
Game 1 in St. Louis is Friday, but Game 1 for the Cubs this postseason came in a winner-take-all wild-card contest Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
The Chicago Cubs manager made some unconventional decisions in the NL wild-card game that were reminiscent of a famous Connie Mack move in 1929.
The Cubs made one change from their wild-card roster, opting to add pitcher Jason Hammel and leave off pinch runner Quintin Berry,
The fun-loving, homer-swatting, fist-pumping Cubs are more than ready for this moment, as quickly as it has come. Now are the Cardinals ready for the Cubs?
ESPN Chalk's Vegas experts give their best bets for the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Mets will try to win their first playoff series in 15 years. The Dodgers hope to claim their first World Series in 27 seasons. As you may have heard, the Cubs haven't won it all since 1908. And meanwhile, Cardinals fans have been made to suffer the outrageous misfortune of a four-year championship drought.
Rays 3B Evan Longoria discusses the genius of Joe Maddon and the pressure of playing in a postseason environment. Plus, he makes Week 5 NFL picks with Mike Golic and Ian Fitzsimmons.
Cuban center field prospect Eddy Julio Martinez has agreed to terms with the Cubs, a source close to Martinez said. Martinez will receive a $3 million signing bonus, pending a physical.
Keith Law passes along a recent scouting report on Eddy Julio Martinez, who has agreed to terms with the Cubs, and other international free agents.
All five games in the Cubs-Cardinals series will either be played in the late afternoon or evening time slots.
Lester vs. Lackey in Game 1
The Cardinals will send 18-game winner John Lackey to the mound opposite Cubs southpaw Jon Lester in Friday's NLDS opener.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to start second-year right-hander Kyle Hendricks in Game 2 of their best-of-five NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday
Kris Bryant slugs his way to the top
Among rookies, Bryant led in RBIs by a wide margin and tied Joc Pederson in home runs. Expect 35-40 homers a season in his future, but he'll have to lower his strikeout rate to get there. Prospect award winners (Insider)
Tony Reali and the national panel cover Jake Arrieta being thrown at intentionally, the Louisville basketball scandal, how concerning the Matt Barnes/Derek Fisher fight should be and more.
Dan Le Batard, Papi and Bomani Jones discuss the Pirates-Cubs bench clearing game, the Dolphins firing the defensive coordinator, the Derek Fisher /Matt Barnes conflict and Frank Thomas joins the show.
Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer
Joe Maddon announced a little surprise in his rotation as 2nd yr player Kyle Hendricks will start Gm.2 of the NLDS in St.Louis. Jon Lester has gm 1, Jake Arrieta takes gm 3. Jason Hammel could be the gm 4 starter if he isn't used up in the bullpen before then.
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Anthony Rizzo has been one of the NL's best first basemen for a couple years now. But Kris Bryant is a rookie, and, up until last year, Jake Arrieta was mostly subpar. Do all three deserve early fantasy draft picks? Early top 25 in 2016 (Insider)
Sean Rodriguez tweeted an apology for his actions in Wednesday night's bench-clearing scuffle and added an apology to the cooler he pummeled in the Pittsburgh Pirates' dugout after his ejection.
Commissioner Rob Manfred says reseeding playoff teams after the wild-card games is "an idea worth talking about" but added that postseason changes are unlikely.
ESPN MLB analyst Dan Shulman shares his thoughts on Jake Arrieta's performance against the Pirates, the atmosphere in Toronto, the upcoming Cubs-Cardinals matchup, if the Royals are still the best team in the postseason and more.