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  • Powell: Whether they’ll admit it or not, the Cubs look drained; Down 0-3 in NLCS

    By Kevin Powell WRIGLEY FIELD – Welp, the Cubs are in trouble, to say the least. Kyle Schwarber hit a solo homer in the first inning and then just about nothing went right in the Cubs, 6-1, Game 3 loss to the Dodgers. “Of course we expected more,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “The Dodgers have pitched well. Surprised, it’s somewhat surprising. I don’t want to use the word disappointing. Our guys are working really hard. They’ve pitched well. Hit […]

  • Powell: Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 3 Preview; How will Joe Maddon Handle the Bullpen?

    By Kevin Powell WRIGLEY FIELD – All the talk the past couple days has been about Joe Maddon’s use of the bullpen. Particularly his decision in Game 2 to not call for Wade Davis in the ninth inning of a tied game. Instead, he went with John Lackey, who gave up the walk-off homer to Justin Turner. “I really hope that you all understand that social media doesn’t count at all,” Maddon said on Monday. “Twitter doesn’t count at all. […]

  • Powell: Cubs Losing the Battle of Bullpens; Down 0-2 in NLCS

    By Kevin Powell LOS ANGELES – In a battle of bullpens, the Cubs are losing. The NLCS has essentially come down to which pen out-performs the other. And through the first two games, the Dodgers relievers have been outstanding. “They’re good, but we’re good, too,” Addison Russell said after his teams, 4-1, loss in Game 2. The Cubs offense is good, but it hasn’t been productive in the early going of this NLCS rematch. The heart of the Cubs lineup […]

  • Powell: Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 2 Preview

    LOS ANGELES – Bullpen issues and cold bats are the Cubs’ problems right now. The offense has scored three runs or less in five of six playoff games, and other than Wade Davis, Joe Maddon doesn’t really have anyone in the pen he can rely on. But don’t expect Maddon to second-guess his decisions, particularly using Hector Rodon in Game 1, despite not pitching in two weeks. “That was Rondon’s spot. It’s going to happen again, and you’re going to […]

  • Powell: ‘Weird” Home Plate Rule Highlights Cubs 5-2 Loss in Game 1 of NLCS

    By Kevin Powell LOS ANGELES — For a while, the main story line from the Cubs Game 1, 5-2, loss to the Dodgers was Jose Quintana out-pitching Clayton Kershaw. But Quintana was pulled after the fifth with the score tied 2-2. And then seventh inning arrived. “That was a beautifully done Major League Baseball play all the way around,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the controversial home plate ruling that didn’t go his club’s way. “That gets interpreted kind […]

  • Video: Jon Lester on his Game 2 start, Corey Seager injury

    Cubs pitcher Jon Lester talks to the media before Game 1 of the 2017 NLCS about his Game 2 start and Corey Seager’s back injury that will leave him off the Dodgers’ roster.  

  • Photos: Cubs in L.A. for 2017 NLCS

    Kevin Powell is traveling with the Chicago Cubs as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 National League Championship Series.

  • Video: Joe Maddon talks about the Cubs flight to Los Angeles

    Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about the team’s flight to Los Angeles for the NLCS, which was diverted to Albuquerque after a family member fell ill.

  • Powell: Cubs Continue to Find Ways to Win; Pull off 9-8 Victory in ‘Nutty’ Game 5

    WASHINGTON – Remember when the Cubs used to do what the Nationals did Thursday night? They used to be the ones to shoot themselves in the foot in the biggest moments. But not the Joe Maddon-era Cubs, they find ways to win games – not lose them. “You feel great and it’s euphoric,” Maddon said after advancing to a third straight National League Championship Series. To the Nationals credit, they did almost overcome some major mistakes. They battled. They desperately […]

  • Powell: Strasburg Flips the Script; Nats Blank Cubs 5-0 to Force Game 5

    By Kevin Powell WRIGLEY FIELD – It took less than 24 hours for the Stephen Strasburg narrative to flip. As fans were wearing mold masks in Wrigley, the righty was putting together an unforgettable dominant performance — a two-hit, 12-strikeout gem that propelled the Nationals to a 5-0 win over the Cubs on a cold and rainy day on the North Side. “He’s pitching absolutely at the top of his game right now,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That is […]