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2017 Schedule
92-70, 1st in NL Cent
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Arrieta ditches beard again

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is barely recognizable now that he's shaved his trademark beard. The offseason trimming has become a tradition for the impending free agent, who went with a smooth face following each of the previous two seasons as well.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Source confirms USA Today report that the Cubs will not exercise option on pitching coach Chris Bosio. As they begin the search for a new one, there are several intriguing candidates including former Rays coach Jim Hickey who worked with Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay. Former Red Sox pitching coach and manager John Farrell is currently unemployed while veteran pitching coach Mike Maddux -- brother of former Cub Greg Maddux -- would be interested, according to a source.

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Source: Cubs won't retain pitching coach Bosio

Chris Bosio, who has served as the Chicago Cubs pitching coach for the past six seasons, will not be brought back for the 2018 season, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

The Cubs' decision to can pitching coach Chris Bosio is a reminder he wasn't originally a Joe Maddon pick, coming in with Dale Sveum. Bosio should turn up somewhere else quickly, but with Mike Maddux also a coaching free agent, could we see a Maddux return to Wrigley?


BBTN: Dodgers cap off NLCS, ALCS excitement

Before hearing from Game 5 hero Enrique Hernandez (28:09), Buster Olney talks to Bob Nightengale (:56) and The Fireball Express (12:51) about the Dodgers' October run, how the Astros can extend the ALCS and more.


Kap's Cubs Corner: Chris Coghlan

David Kaplan talks with former Cub Chris Coghlan about his time in Chicago, the World Series win last year and being traded from the Cubs.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Watch the Dodgers celebrate.

ESPN's Stats & Info

North Side's bats went south this time

The Cubs' hitting in their five-game NLCS loss to the Dodgers was a far cry from the batting a year ago that helped them beat LA in six games.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

For the third straight year, Wrigley Field is home to the NLCS clincher. The 2017 Dodgers follow the 2016 Cubs and 2015 Mets in wrapping up the NL pennant in Chicago.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon: "The better team won over the course of these five games." He congratulated Dave Roberts and his staff.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate at Wrigley Field.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

The Los Angeles Dodgers advance to the World Series for the 5th time since 1977.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

What's been a forgone conclusion for most of the night at Wrigley Field is now official: The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series-bound after an 11-1 NLCS Game 5 thumping of the Cubs.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Clayton Kershaw's night is over after limiting the Cubs to one run in six innings. Despite a strong performance in a clinching moment, this won't be remembered as Kershaw's signature game thanks to the Game 5 offensive outburst from Los Angeles' lineup.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

This is a great list from ESPN Stats & Info. There have been six players in MLB history to have a two-homer game on the road at Wrigley Field. The first five were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Will Clark and Chipper Jones. Now, tonight, you can add the Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

For all of the talk about the Dodgers' patience at the plate, Enrique Hernandez has seen two pitches and belted both of them for home runs in NLCS Game 5.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

All you need to know about NLCS Game 5: Jose Quintana is out of the game before Clayton Kershaw has allowed a hit. It looks like it's going to be a long night for Cubs fans.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Dodgers were 77-2 this season when leading by three or more runs at any point of the game.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers jumped all over Jose Quintana tonight. After a double by Chris Taylor, an RBI single by Justin Turner and two more singles by Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig to start the third, Quintana is done. With L.A. up 3-0, the bases loaded, and with no outs, the win probability ticker at fangraphs.com now gives the Dodgers an 85 percent chance to win this one, even before accounting for the fact that Clayton Kershaw has worked two hitless innings and looks on top of his game. The Dodgers have never been closer to their first pennant since 1988.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.957th
Quality Starts77Tied-8th
Batting Average.25516th
On Base Percentage.3384th
Slugging Percentage.4377th