Getting crushed by the Cardinals wasn't just a series of unfortunate events -- it's a sign the Cubs' world is about to change.
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The Cubs lost their fifth straight one run game after blowing another ninth inning lead to lose to the Cardinals 3-2 on Sunday.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot by rallying past the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Sunday for their first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field in almost a century.
Kris Bryant left the Cubs' game Sunday against the Cardinals after rolling his right ankle at first base while trying to beat out a double play.
Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel gave up back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning of a 9-8 loss to the Cardinals. It was Chicago's fifth straight defeat.
Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong homered on Craig Kimbrel's first two pitches in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals handed the reeling Chicago Cubs their fifth straight loss with a wild 9-8 victory on Saturday.
Yadier Molina had three of St. Louis' four hits, including a two-run single, and the Cardinals held off the fading Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Friday.
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss Anthony Rizzo's unexpected return to the Cubs lineup as Chicago faces St. Louis in a crucial NL Central matchup (11:39). Plus, Buster compares Jack Flaherty to a Hall of Famer and Karl talks about Joe Maddon's personality clash with the Chicago front office. Jessica Mendoza also previews this weekend's Phillies/Indians series (33:40) and Rena Banena brings the Friday "Bleacher Tweets" and some love advice (45:12).
Just 10 days are left in the regular season, but five playoff spots are up for grabs. We look at the factors that will decide who's in and who's out of the October hunt.
The unexpected return of the heart and soul of Chicago's lineup could have provided a needed spark. But, once again, the Cubs fell flat as their playoff hopes begin to slip away.
Matt Carpenter homered in the 10th inning against Craig Kimbrel in the All-Star closer's return, and the St. Louis Cardinals regrouped after blowing a late lead to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Thursday night.
The Cubs scratched left-hander Cole Hamels from his scheduled start Friday, replacing him with Alec Mills for the 27-year-old's third start of the season.
Before an open and honest interview with former MLB pitcher Barry Zito (33:14), Buster talks to Tyler Kepner of The New York Times about Bruce Bochy's 2000th win, an emotional night for the Yastrzemski family and Giancarlo Stanton's return to the Yankees (14:44). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (28:18).
It doesn't get much better than two of baseball's bitter rivals squaring off with a playoff spot up for grabs. We look at the matchup from both sides.
Jose Iglesias had an RBI double in the 10th inning and five Cincinnati pitchers combined for a four-hitter as the Reds recorded their second straight win over the playoff-contending Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday night.
The Chicago Cubs were shut down by Sonny Gray and two relievers Tuesday night, falling 4-2 to the Cincinnati Reds in a loss that hurt their playoff positioning.
Yu Darvish recorded eight straight strikeouts during Tuesday night's game against the Reds, setting a Cubs record for most consecutive strikeouts within a single game.
For some, Dodgers-Yankees would be too big, and Rays-Brewers would be too small. So what potential Fall Classic clashes would be just right?
Not every contender wants their bench to help carry them to the postseason. But two stars down, the Cubs have little choice.
Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer and made a diving catch in left field, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be in a boot for 5-7 days and then will be evaluated to see if he can play again this season.