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2019 Schedule
53-44, 1st in NL Cent

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Lee Smith said in our pre-HoF induction interview Fri. that opposing hitters "knew I had pinpoint control. If I threw a ball right on the corner, I could expand the strike zone a little bit, and you start doing that, you're going to get borderline pitches, so you can let the hitter get himself out." Smith said his repertoire was a two-seamer, a four-seamer and a slider. "I started throwing a forkball at the end, but it was really a cutter — and Harry Caray called it a slider, so I wasn't going to argue with him." Smith also said his customary slow walk in from the bullpen was calculated, to make hitters wait, think and guess at what first pitch they'd face.

Rizzo hits grand slam to left (0:24)
Cubs take lead in the 8th off an error (0:34)

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Pitcher Ernie Broglio, who died this week at age 83, was the man St. Louis famously traded to the Cubs for outfielder Lou Brock in a deal some call the best/worst of all-time. In our 2011 Baseball Tonight interview (https://www.espn.com/mlb/columns/story?id=6053505), Broglio asserted for the first time that St. L. had kept secret from Chi. that he was being treated for an injured elbow. "I think the Cardinals knew a lot -- a lot more than what I knew of the injury," Broglio said. "So that's why I think they decided that they send the bad arm problem, get rid of him." The Cards soared and Brock was a Hall of Famer, while Broglio struggled - but they became buddies.

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3dJesse Rogers

Darvish wins at Wrigley for first time with Cubs

Yu Darvish now has thrown back-to-back gems for the Cubs, with Wednesday's helping him to his first win at Wrigley Field since he signed with Chicago two years ago.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Yu Darvish discuss getting his first win at Wrigley Field as a Cub.

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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died Tue. at 99, was a lifelong Cubs fan who said his first two trips to Wrigley Field were for Game 1 of the 1929 World Series (a 3-1 loss to the A's) and Game 3 in ‘32 — he said he thought Babe Ruth DID call his shot on his mythical home run that day (the Yankees won 7-5 on 2 HRs each by Ruth & Lou Gehrig). In 2005, he threw a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley that he called "the highlight of my career." And he attended a Cubs World Series game in 2016. Another sports connection: in 2001, Stevens delivered the 7-2 majority opinion that resulted in Casey Martin being allowed to use a cart in a PGA tournament, because of a disability — he said the tour's walking rule was "at best peripheral" and "not an indispensable feature" of golf at any level.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Schwarber discuss hitting his first walk off homer against his childhood team.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch catcher Martin Maldonado discuss his trade from KC to the Cubs. He's starting for his new team tonight.

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5dCraig Edwards

The key second-half player for all 30 teams

Whether it's a star who needs to step up or a prospect to watch the rest of the way, every team has someone who could define their season.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch lefty Mike Montgomery discuss getting the save for the Cubs in the 2016 World Series.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein, on the one trade deadline this year: “You have to anticipate where you might be vulnerable to an injury and try to build that depth up in advance…knowing there is no escape valve in August. You really have to do all your work this month.”

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs495
Batting Average.255
On Base Percentage.337
Slugging Percentage.456
Earned Run Average4.04
Quality Starts46
WHIP1.31
BAA.249