Cubs Related: A Chicago Cubs Podcast

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Cubs Related is a Chicago Cubs podcast hosted by Brendan Miller and Corey Freedman, featuring analysis, news, and series recaps and previews. The twice-a-week show is unaffiliated with MLB and the Chicago Cubs.
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2019-05-24 06:59
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2019-05-24 05:40
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Albert Almora Heats Up, Javy Walks It Off, Rizzo Hits The D,

Topics include: - Jake Arrieta's return to Wrigley Field - Javy Báez's walk-off hit - Yu Darvish's solid outing - Kyle Schwarber's success at leadoff - Albert Almora's hot stretch
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Kris Bryant's Statement Game, Schwarber Leading Off, Second Base Situation, & The Bullpen

Topics include: - Kris Bryant's three-homer​ game - Kyle Schwarber's role as a leadoff man - David Bote, Addison Russell, and Daniel Descalso at second base - Steve Cishek and the bullpen - Philadelphia Phillies series preview (Jake Arrieta Monday nigh...
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Yu Darvish Impresses By Striking Out Eleven, Joe Maddon Trying New Leadoff Hitters

Topics include: - Yu Darvish's 11 strikeout outing against the Reds - Kyle Hendricks' third consecutive spectacular start - Jason Heyward's slump - Cubs leadoff spot - Kyle Schwarber's recent patience - Upcoming series against the Washington Nationals
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Clutch Jon Lester Wins Brewers Series, Kris Bryant Remains Hot

Topics include: - Cubs/Brewers and Cubs/Cardinals rivalries - Jon Lester's MLB best ERA and another clutch performance - Kris Bryant's hot stretch - Appreciation for Willson Contreras Use promo code CUBSRELATED for $10 off your Seat Geek purchase.
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Bryzzo On Fire, Cubs Win 10 Of Last 11 Games

Topics include Kris Bryant Anthony Rizzo's scorching stretch, injury updates to Pedro Strop and Mike Montgomery, Yu Darvish, and other roster moves.
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Say Hello to the First Place Cubs, Cardinals Swept at Wrigley

This is one of those episodes, folks. The Cubs just swept the Cardinals. Corey and Brendan touch on every topic related to the Cardinals smackdown (e.g., Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, and the bullpen.
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Cubs Offense Powers Up, Sweep Mariners

Topics include the scorching Cubs offense -- Willson Contreras, Javy Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber, in particular,​ are highlighted -- and the upcoming series at Wrigley Field where the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinal...
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Kris Bryant and David Bote Power Cubs Past D'Backs, Finish With 15-Inning Thriller

Topics include Kris Bryant and David Bote's scorching series in the desert and Tyler Chatwood's heroic efforts to seal off a series victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. $10 OFF your SeatGeek purchase for any event (e.g., sports games, concerts, e...
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Javy Báez Keeps Improving, Jason Heyward Still Blasting Homers, & Cubs Take Series Against Dodgers

Topics include Javy Báez's hot start to the season (on pace for +55 homers), Jason Heyward's encouraging stretch, and highlights from the Cubs' series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Bote's Walk-Off Winner, Vintage Hendricks, & Lester/Morrow Injury Updates

Topics include a live reaction to David Bote walking the Cubs off, discussion about Kyle Hendricks' vintage outing against the DBacks, and injury updates for Brandon Morrow and Jon Lester.
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Cole Hamels and Jose Quintana Brilliant Again as Cubs Sweep Marlins

Topics include Jose Quintana's top-tier whiff rate, Cole Hamels' exceptional command, Javy Baez's hot stretch, and Willson Contreras' league-best power numbers.
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State of the Cubs Bullpen, Willson Contreras Mashing, Bryant's Slump

Evan Altman of joins Corey and Brendan to discuss the state of the Cubs bullpen (i.e., possible solutions and source of problems), Willson Contreras' hot stretch, and Kris Bryant's​ slump.
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Jason Heyward's Bat On Fire, Jon Lester To 10-Day IL, & Cubs Pitching Trending In Right Direction

Topics include Jason Heyward's hot start to the 2019 season, Victor Caratini's hand injury, and the lower portion of the batting order doing damage. Use promo code CUBSRELATED for $10 off your SeatGeek purchase -- sports events, concerts, whatever ev...
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Carl Edwards Jr.'s Demotion & Mike Montgomery's Injury Brings Bullpen Reinforcements, Cubs Lose Another Series to Milwaukee

Topics include Carl Edwards Jr.'s demotion and Mike Montgomery's injury that brought Allen Webster and Kyle Ryan to the bigs. Corey and Brendan also talk about the series loss to the Milwaukee Brewers just ahead of Opening Day at Wrigley Field. Use pr...
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'Urgent' Cubs Lose Fifth Straight, Bullpen In Flames

Topics include the Cubs disastrous 1-5 start, lack of a bullpen, encouraging offensive trends, and our level of confidence for the rest of the season.
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Cubs Bullpen Struggles As Offense Surges In The Opening Series

Topics include the Rangers series recap, a breakdown of the Cubs offense in its first three games, bullpen struggles, and a preview of the upcoming Braves series.
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Happy Chicago Cubs Opening Day, Season Preview Finale

It's back, folks. Topics include a complete Chicago Cubs series preview of the Texas Rangers series, trends that Corey and Brendan are monitoring, final roster spots, and bold predictions.
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Chicago Cubs Season Preview Part One, Bleacher Nation's Michael Cerami Joins Episode

Michael Cerami of Bleacher Nation joins Brendan and Corey to preview the 2019 season. Topics include Ian Happ's demotion, predictions for the 2019 season, thoughts on the 2018-2019 offseason, Javy Baez's projections, Kyle Schwarber's improvements, and ...
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Looking Ahead to Extending Cubs Players, Pitching Injury Updates

Topics include extensions for young Cubs players, Darvish's blister, and injury updates to the bullpen.
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Albert Almora and David Bote Continue Encouraging Springs, Morrow & Strop's Injury Updates Are Positive

Topics include Albert Almora and David Bote's encouraging start to Spring Training -- and more importantly what their roles could look like if they have successful starts this season -- as well as updates of Brandon Morrow and Pedro Strop's injuries.
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Cubs Bullpen Faces Setbacks Two Weeks Before Opening Day

Topics include Pedro Strop's minor hamstring injury and the rest of the Chicago Cubs bullpen now that a few others have experienced setbacks.
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Willson Contreras' Spring Power, Nico Hoerner Impressive Spring, & David Bote's Role

Topics include Willson Contreras' powerful Spring Training, Nico Hoerner's impressive stretch with the big-league club, and David Bote's role when Addison Russell returns from suspension.
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Tyler Chatwood, Dillon Maples, & Carl Edwards Jr. Keep Throwing Strikes, Jon Lester Named Opening Day Starter

Topics include the back of the bullpen -- specifically Tyler Chatwood, Dillon Maples, and Carl Edwards Jr. -- the opening day rotation, and encouraging trends from this week in Spring Training.
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Starting Rotation's Spring Debut Recap, Willson Contreras' Framing Improvements, & Darvish's 97 MPH Heat Is Back

Topics include Yu Darvish's optimism about his first two Spring Training Starts, the recap of the starting rotation spring debuts, and the offense's strong start.
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25.02.2019 Beat Writer Jordan Bastian Talks Spring Training Impressions From First Week beat writer Jordan Bastian joins the episode to talk about his thoughts from the first week of Spring training. Joe Maddon's "millennial" attitude, Anthony Iapoce's batting drills, and Kris Bryant's "revenge tour" are discussed.
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Baseball Is Back: First Impressions from Spring Training & PECOTA 80-Win Projection

Topics include first impressions from Spring Training (e.g., David Bote, Yu Darvish, etc.), Jon Lester's leadership role, and the PECOTA projections.
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How Proposed Rule Changes Affect Cubs, Pitchers/Catchers Report On Feb 13

Topics include the proposed rule changes (pitch clock, NL DH, etc.) and pitchers/catchers reporting to Mesa on February 13.
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Cubs Continue to Add Bullpen Depth, Darvish's Rehab Is Progressing

Topics include the Cubs minor bullpen additions, Yu Darvish's health, and disrespect towards Rizzo.
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Cubs Prospects Getting Recognition and Brad Brach, George Kontos, & Junichi Tazawa Signed

Topics include the recent signings of Brad Brach, George Kontos, and Junichi Tazawa -- how they fit in the bullpen -- and the state of the Cubs farm system now that many prospects are getting recognition.
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Theo Epstein 'Has Never Worked Harder' Than This Offseason, Tom Ricketts Addresses Questions About Cubs Payroll

Topics include Theo Epstein and Tom Rickett's answers to payroll questions at Cubs con and why there's still so much to be excited about going into Spring Training.
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David Bote Targeted by Padres, Cubs Settle All Arbitration Salaries

Topics include the recent rumor connecting David Bote to the Padres and all arb-eligible​ players agreeing to deals.
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Theo Says Biggest Improvements Likely Internal, Happy Birthday to Lester and Bryant

Topics include Theo's recent interview with 670 The Score and wishing a happy, healthy birthday to Jon Lester and Kris Bryant.
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Reminiscing on 2018's Best Moments, Rizzo Gets Married (Evan Altman Joins Episode)

Evan Altman, the boss of, joins Brendan and Corey to look back on the 2018 season and share some of their favorite moments. They also talk Tony Rizzo's wedding and update on the current state of the offseason.
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Cubs 'More Likely' To Land Harper Than Dodgers, Is Cubs Tone Too Negative Right Now?

Topics include the recent reports connecting the Cubs to Bryce Harper, the reasons to be excited about not just 2019 but the next three years as well, and ranking the top homers from the 2016 season.
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David Ross And Mark DeRosa As Candidates For Bench Coach, Kris Bryant's "Assassin" Focus Is Really Encouraging

Topics include David Ross and Mark DeRosa's candidacy​ for the new Cubs bench coach vacancy, as well as the report that Kris Bryant's offseason regime sounds like his shoulder injury is a thing of the past.
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Reports Suggest Cubs Won't Trade Kyle Schwarber, Winter Meetings Launch Bryce Harper Sweepstakes

Topics include the recent reports that Kyle Schwarber is not available and that the Cubs are "in" on Bryce Harper.
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Reports Suggest Cubs Connected to JT Realmuto, Might Move On From Willson Contreras

Topics include the rumor of JT Realmuto and Willson Contreras' future.
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Pitching Coach Jim Hickey Steps Down, Two Replacement Candidates Named

Topics include Jim Hickey stepping down, the ​potential replacements, and free agent salary projections.
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Cubs "In Mix" For Bryce Harper, Javy Finishes Second in MVP Voting

Topics include the recent report that the Cubs are in the mix for Bryce Harper, and Jon Lester finishes 4th in Cy Young voting and Javy Baez finishes 2nd in MVP voting.
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Nonsensical Kris Bryant Trade Rumors, Jim Hickey Might Be Out, Joe Maddon's Future Uncertain

Topics include the ridiculous, nonsensical trade rumors surrounding Kris Bryant, Jim Hickey's possible departure, and Joe Maddon's contract not being extended.
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Reports Suggest Cubs Are Financially Handcuffed, Won't Sign Harper or Machado

Topics include the numerous reports that the Cubs don't have the money to land Harper or Machado.
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The Offseason Begins, Cubs Likely to Surpass '19 Luxury Tax

Topics include the 2019 Cubs payroll, which is likely to be higher than the luxury tax threshold.
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Cubs Replace Chili Davis With Anthony Iapoce, Joe Maddon Wants an Extension & His Agent Confident It'll Be Signed

Topics include the new Cubs hitting coach Anthony Iapoce and Joe Maddon's agent emphasizing Maddon wants an extension.
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Cubs Top Prospect Dakota Mekkes Interview

Cubs top prospect Dakota Mekkes talks with's Evan Altman about the big pitcher's future, mindset, and successful year with AA and AAA.
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Chili Davis Fired, And What That Could Mean for Offseason Plans

Topics include the firing of Chili Davis and where that positions the Cubs for the offseason.
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Theo Epstein Says Cubs Lacked Urgency, Offseason Begins Early

Topics include the Cubs Wild Card Game loss to the Colorado Rockies, post-mortem reactions, and Theo Epstein's season-ending press conference in which he said the Cubs lacked urgency for 162 games.
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Ouch, Onto The Wild Card Game

The Cubs are in the Wild Card Game. This is a ​reality.
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Game 163 For The Division

It's one topic: Game 163 for the NL Central crown. Let's go.
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Cubs Clinch 4th Straight Postseason Birth, But Division Title TBD in Final Three Games

Topics include the huge deal that is the Cubs fourth straight trip to the playoffs, Jon Lester's legend, encouraging player trends, and the upcoming division-deciding series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Addison Russell's Leave Of Absence, Kyle Hendricks Looking Like 2016 Form

Topics include Addison Russell's leave of absence, Kyle Hendricks' vintage performances, and the last week of the regular season.
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