10/4/2015 | McCutchen, Rizzo carry biggest bats into big game
The pitching matchup for the NL Wild Card Game is awesome. But every game needs a big hit, and the likeliest candidates to deliver on Wednesday night are the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo.
10/4/2015 | Cubs seek elusive trip to World Series
The Chicago Cubs once again have a chance to end their championship drought after claiming the National League's second Wild Card with a 97-65 record. They'll head to Pittsburgh for Wednesday's Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, live on TBS at 7 p.m. CT.
10/4/2015 | There's hope for big-winning Wild Cards
The Pirates won 98 games; the Cubs, 97. And they still didn't win the NL Central. But they should take heart in knowing that there is precedence of teams winning in the upper-90s and not winning the division, yet capturing the World Series.
10/4/2015 | Arrieta earns WC start with Cy-worthy year
Jake Arrieta, 29, may be the most interesting Cubs pitcher in the world, and not just because he likes kale and wearing tank tops. A few hours before winning his Major League-leading 22nd win on Friday in Milwaukee, he was just "dad," playing with his kids. But when he's on the mound, the right-hander known as "Snake" has some nasty stuff.
10/4/2015 | Cubs' 97-win season could be just the start
On Sunday, the 2015 Chicago Cubs won their 97th game. At this point, there is much more reason to focus on what they have accomplished, as opposed to what they have not. The Cubs held up their end of the bargain on Sunday, finishing the regular season with a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. But the Pittsburgh Pirates refused to cooperate, defeating Cincinnati, 4-0, to take the No. 1 National League Wild Card spot.
10/4/2015 | Cubs headed to Pittsburgh for WC Game
The top road team in the National League has to pack for at least one more trip. The Cubs are headed to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates on Wednesday in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, live on TBS at 7 p.m. CT.
10/4/2015 | Cubs streak into playoffs with 8 straight wins
The Cubs did their part to bring the postseason to Wrigley Field, riding a trio of first-inning runs to a 3-1 win over the Brewers in Sunday's regular season finale and a three-game series sweep. Then Anthony Rizzo & Co. retreated to the visitor's clubhouse at Miller Park to see where they'll go next.
10/4/2015 | NL Wild Card position-by-position: Cubs-Pirates
The Cubs and Pirates battled each other all season in the National League Central, and now comes their most important matchup yet, in the NL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Wednesday night. Who has the advantage at each position?
10/4/2015 | Maddon excited for significance of final day
Cubs manager Joe Maddon planned on scoreboard watching Sunday. Chicago began the day one game behind Pittsburgh in the National League Wild Card standings.
10/4/2015 | What's at stake in #Game162
Today we get a season finale like no other, and it is anything but regular. In a first-of-its-kind simultaneous set of cliffhangers, every team with uncertain postseason possibilities began playing at 3 p.m. ET, leading up to a flurry of dramatic walk-offs or precious final outs.
10/4/2015 | Cubs' bats unable to fire in the clutch
If the Cubs are to advance in the postseason, they're going to have to improve on situational hitting. Maybe they got the bad at-bats out of the way on Saturday night.
10/4/2015 | No superstitions for new, improved Cubs
Welcome to the new and improved Cubs culture. Manager Joe Maddon was the primary architect of this development.
10/3/2015 | Cubs try to grasp top Wild Card, home field in finale
Will the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser be staged at PNC Park or Wrigley Field? It all comes down to Sunday.
10/3/2015 | Cubs move to one back of Bucs for home field
The Cubs continued to put pressure on the Pirates, winning their 96th game on Saturday night with a 1-0 decision over the Brewers.
10/3/2015 | Bunting practice reinforces key fundamental
Prior to the Cubs' 161st game on Saturday, players and pitchers were working on their bunting. Manager Joe Maddon wanted to make the most out of their batting practice in preparation for Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser.
10/3/2015 | Arrieta records best second-half ERA in history
Earlier in the day, Jake Arrieta was simply "dad," buying his two kids warm jackets to handle the early autumn chill. Friday night, as he's done for the entire second half, the Cubs right-hander switched gears and became the most unhittable pitcher in Major League history.
10/3/2015 | 'A different cat,' Arrieta keeps purring in finale
Jake Arrieta finished his remarkable regular season in remarkable fashion on Friday night in Milwaukee, capping a second-half stretch for the ages -- and perhaps an NL Cy Young Award.
10/2/2015 | Cubs eye Wild Card position in final series with Brewers
The Brewers and Cubs continue their final regular-season series Saturday at Miller Park, with the Cubs' hopes of hosting the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at Wrigley Field still alive.
10/2/2015 | Schwarber adds right field to defensive options
Kyle Schwarber made his first start in right field Friday night, part of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's plan to see all of the options available for Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser against the Pirates.
10/1/2015 | Smart trade proves to be win-win for Cubs, Astros
There were bigger trades last winter, maybe even dozens of them. There were trades with much bigger implications. But was there a better trade than the one that the Astros and Cubs executed on Jan. 19?
10/1/2015 | Jackson heating up at just the right time
You never know who can be a hero in the postseason. For the Cubs the last two days, Austin Jackson has provided the runs needed, including hitting a three-run homer on Thursday in a 5-3 victory over the Reds.
10/1/2015 | Wild Card at Wrigley? Cubs gain on idle Bucs
The Cubs continued their bid to host the National League Wild Card Game by posting a soggy 5-3 win Thursday afternoon over the Reds, who lost their 12th in a row.
10/1/2015 | Hoyer, Cubs considering WC roster options
The Cubs will have discussions Sunday and Monday about finalizing the postseason roster for next Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, and they are trying hard not to overthink the process.
10/1/2015 | Maddon's 'team first' approach has sunk in with Cubs
When Theo Epstein joined the Cubs as president of baseball operations in October 2011, one of the first things he did was create a manual defining the "Cubs' Way" that outlined how they wanted to teach the game in the organization. This year, manager Joe Maddon's emphasis has been on elements that need to be added, such as checking one's ego at the door.
10/1/2015 | Facing Crew, Arrieta leads Cubs in WC home-field push
Heading in different directions when the weekend is done, the Cubs and Brewers will meet Friday at Miller Park for the start of the final three-game series of the season. Chicago has a date with the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, while fourth-place Milwaukee will disperse for its offseason.
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