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The 2019 Chicago Cubs season is the 148th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 144th in the National League and the Cubs' 104th season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are managed by Joe Maddon,[1] in his fifth year as Cubs manager, and play their home games at Wrigley Field as members of Major League Baseball's National League Central Division.

2019 Chicago Cubs
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Owner(s)Tom Ricketts
General manager(s)Jed Hoyer
Manager(s)Joe Maddon
President of Baseball OperationsTheo Epstein
Local televisionNBC Sports Chicago
NBC Sports Chicago Plus
WGN-TV
WLS-TV
(Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
Local radioWSCR
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Zach Zaidman)
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The Cubs began their season at the Texas Rangers on March 28[2] and will end their season at the St. Louis Cardinals on September 29.[3]

Contents

Television broadcastsEdit

The 2019 season marks the last full year of Cubs' television broadcasts on WGN-TV, the FTA broadcaster for over 71 straight years beginning in 1948.[4] It was announced that, effective from the spring training season of 2020, the Cubs will be moving to a new regional cable TV channel, the Marquee Sports Network, making them the fourth team overall to have their own cable station.[5][6] WLS-TV Channel 7, the team's secondary over-the-air broadcaster, will take over the free-to-air broadcasts of Cubs games from the 2020 season if it renews its current contract.[7] It will be also the final season to be aired over NBC Sports Chicago.[8][9]

OffseasonEdit

TransactionsEdit

October 2018Edit

October 12 Did not renew the contract of hitting coach Chili Davis.[10]
October 15 Named Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach.[11]
October 29 LHP Jaime García, LHP Justin Wilson, RHP Jesse Chavez, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Jorge de la Rosa, and 2B Daniel Murphy elected free agency.[12]
October 31 Claimed LHP Jerry Vasto off waivers from Kansas City Royals.[13]

Source[14]

November 2018Edit

November 1 Claimed RF Johnny Field off waivers from Minnesota Twins.[15] Signed free agents Darling Grullon (RHP), Edwin Castillo (SS), and Orlando Guzman (OF) to a minor league contract.[15]
November 2 Activated RF Mark Zagunis, RHP Justin Hancock, RHP Brandon Morrow, and RHP Yu Darvish from 60-day disabled list.[15] Assigned SS Mike Freeman and CF Terrance Gore outright to Iowa Cubs.[15] Traded LHP Drew Smyly and a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers in exchange for player to be named later.[16] Claimed SS Jack Reinheimer off waivers from New York Mets.[17] Exercised their 2019 option on LHP Cole Hamels
November 3 Assistant Hitting Coach Andy Haines departed the Cubs organization to become the Hitting Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.[18]
November 20 Announced the resignation of pitching coach Jim Hickey. Selected the contract of LHP Justin Steele from Tennessee. Claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. Announced INF Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by Texas. Assigned OF Johnny Field and LHP Jerry Vasto outright to Iowa.
November 29 Agreed to terms with LHP Kyle Ryan on a one-year contract.
November 30 Failed to tender 2019 contracts to INF Ronald Torreyes, RHPs Justin Hancock, and Allen Webster.

Source[19]

December 2018Edit

December 6 Named Tommy Hottovy pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge assistant hitting coach, and Chris Denorfia quality assurance coach.[20]
December 18 Agreed to terms with INF Daniel Descalso on a two-year contract.
December 23 Agreed to terms with RHP Kendall Graveman on a one-year contract.

Source[21]

January 2019Edit

January 2 Named Mark Loretta bench coach and Bob Tewksbury coordinator, mental skills.
January 11 Agreed to terms with SS Addison Russell, 3B Kris Bryant, 2B Javier Baez, OF Kyle Schwarber, LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Kyle Hendricks, and RHP Carl Edwards Jr. on one-year contracts.
January 14 Named Craig Breslow director of strategic initiatives for baseball operations.
January 16 Claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.
January 22 Named Adam Beard director of high performance.

Source[22]

February 2019Edit

February 1 Agreed to terms with RHP Tony Barnette on a one-year contract. Sent LHP Ian Clarkin outright to Iowa.
February 6 Agreed to terms with RHPs Christian Bergman, George Kontos, Carlos Ramirez, Colin Rea, Junichi Tazawa and Rob Scahill; LHP Mike Zagurski; INFs Cristhian Adames and Phillip Evans; OFs Jim Adduci and Evan Marzilli; and C Francisco Arcia on minor league contracts.
February 11 Agreed to terms with RHP Brad Brach on a one-year contract.

Source[22]

March 2019Edit

March 1 RHP Jose Rosario assigned to Chicago Cubs.
March 2 C Miguel Amaya assigned to Chicago Cubs.
March 5 SS Nico Hoerner assigned to Chicago Cubs.
March 8 LF Zach Borenstein assigned to Chicago Cubs. Kansas City Royals traded CF Donnie Dewees to Chicago Cubs for RHP Stephen Ridings. Released RHP Rob Scahill.
March 9 CF Connor Myers, 2B Levi Jordan, RF Roberto Caro, and SS Rafael Narea assigned to Chicago Cubs. Optioned LHP Justin Steele and RHP Oscar De La Cruz to Tennessee Smokies. Optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay and RHP Jen-Ho Tseng to Iowa Cubs.
March 15 Optioned RHP Duane Underwood Jr., RHP James Norwood, and RHP Rowan Wick to Iowa Cubs. Signed free agent OF Felix Stevens to a minor league contract.
March 18 Released RHP Marion Meza.
March 19 OF Cole Roederer and RHP Thomas Hatch assigned to Chicago Cubs
March 20 Released RHP Christian Bergman.
March 22 Option RHP Alec Mills to Iowa Cubs. Signed free agent CF Cirstian More and RHP Jonathan Alvarez to minor league contracts.
March 23 SS Luis Vazquez and RHP Ryan Williams assigned to Chicago Cubs. Released LHP Mike Zagurski, RHP Jose Rosario, SS Ryan Court, and CF Evan Marzilli.
March 24 Designated LHP Brian Duensing for assignment. Optioned Dillon Maples, Ian Happ. Tim Collins, RHP Alec Mills, and Taylor Davis to Iowa Cubs. Released RHP Junichi Tazawa. Signed free agent LHP Tim Collins.
March 26 Optioned Kyle Ryan to Iowa Cubs.
March 28 Placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the 10-day injured list retroactive to March 25, 2019. Placed LHP Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day injured list retroactive to March 25, 2019. Placed RHP Tony Barnette on the 10-day injured list retroactive to March 25, 2019. Sent LHP Brian Duensing outright to Iowa Cubs.

Source[23]

Regular SeasonEdit

Game logEdit

2019 regular season game log: 8–9 (.471) (Home: 3–2; Away: 5–7)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Season standingsEdit

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 12 7 0.632 7–3 5–4
Pittsburgh Pirates 10 6 0.625 ½ 4–2 6–4
St. Louis Cardinals 10 8 0.556 5–2 5–6
Chicago Cubs 8 9 0.471 3 3–2 5–7
Cincinnati Reds 5 12 0.294 6 5–5 0–7


Division Leaders W L Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 10 6 0.625
Los Angeles Dodgers 13 8 0.619
Philadelphia Phillies 11 7 0.611


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Milwaukee Brewers 12 8 0.600 +1
New York Mets 10 8 0.556
St. Louis Cardinals 10 8 0.556
San Diego Padres 11 9 0.550
Washington Nationals 9 8 0.529 ½
Arizona Diamondbacks 10 9 0.526 ½
Atlanta Braves 9 9 0.500 1
Chicago Cubs 8 9 0.471
San Francisco Giants 8 12 0.400 3
Colorado Rockies 7 12 0.368
Cincinnati Reds 6 12 0.333 4
Miami Marlins 4 15 0.211


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2019 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2
Atlanta 0–3 3–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chicago 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3
Cincinnati 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–3 3–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–5 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0
Colorado 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–2
Los Angeles 3–1 0–0 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–4 0–0 0–0
Miami 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Milwaukee 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–2 0–0 0–3
New York 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 1–1
Philadelphia 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–1
Pittsburgh 0–0 0–0 1–2 5–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 2–0
San Diego 4–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–2 2–1 0–0 0–0
San Francisco 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–5 0–0 1–2 1–2
St. Louis 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 0–0 2–5 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0
Washington 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 3–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0

Updated with the results of all games through April 18, 2019.


Opening Day startersEdit

Name Pos.
Albert Almora, Jr. CF
Kris Bryant 3B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Javier Baez SS
Willson Contreras C
David Bote 2B
Ben Zobrist DH
Jason Heyward RF
Mark Zagunis LF
Jon Lester SP

Season summaryEdit

MarchEdit

  • March 9 – The Cubs announced Jon Lester will be the opening day starter on March 28 against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.[24]
  • March 28 – On Opening Day, Javier Báez hit two home runs and drove in four runs and the Cubs easily defeated the Rangers 12–4. Jon Lester allowed two runs in six innings of work. Kris Bryant also homered and drove in three runs in the easy win.[25]
  • March 30 – Following a scheduled off day, the Cubs jumped out early on the Rangers and led 3–0 after the first. Yu Darvish struggled and only pitched 2.2 innings while walking seven and giving up three runs. José Quintana, slated as the fifth starter in the Cubs rotation, relieved and pitched four innings while allowing two runs. Kyle Schwarber homered and had three hits as did Willson Contreras. However, Carl Edwards Jr. walked two and gave up a three-run homer in the eighth as the Cubs lost 8–6.[26]
  • March 31 – In game three against the Rangers, Cole Hamels gave up five runs in five innings of work including a grand slam to Delino Desheilds Jr. The Cub bullpen also gave up five runs. The Cub offense continued its hot start as Anthony Rizzo and Schwarber each homered. Trailing 10–9 in the eighth, Daniel Descalso then drove in Báez to tie it, but Pedro Strop threw a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to allow the winning run to score as the Cubs lost 11–10.[27] Despite scoring 28 runs in the three-game series, the Cubs left Texas with a 1–2 record.

AprilEdit

  • April 1Kyle Hendricks started for the Cubs as they visited the Atlanta Braves at Sun Trust Park. The Cubs committed six errors in the game and were blown out 8–0, falling to 1–3 on the season.[28]
  • April 3 – Following a scheduled off day, Jon Lester pitched six innings while allowing only two runs. He left with a 4–2 lead on the strength of a Willson Contreras two-run homer. However, the Cub bullpen imploded again as Steve Cishek walked the first three batters in the eighth and Randy Rosario gave up a bases-clearing double to give the Braves a 5–4 lead. The Cubs would go on to lose 6–4.[29]
  • April 4 – Cubs pitching continued to struggle as the Braves jumped out to 9–0 lead against Yu Darvish and several relievers. The Cubs managed to score four runs in the ninth as Rizzo and Báez hit back-to-back home runs, but it was not enough as the Cubs lost their fifth straight game 9–4.[30]
  • April 5 – The Milwaukee Brewers outslugged the Cubs in their first clash of the season. Down 13-5 the Cubs again made a late inning rally but fell short and lost 13-10. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana lasted only 3 innings and took the loss.
  • April 6Jason Heyward had his first multi-homer game as a Cub and Cole Hamels pitched six innings as the Cubs took an early 7–2 lead. A seven-run inning for the Cubs gave the Cub bullpen the cushion it needed as it continued to struggle, giving up six runs in four innings. Báez and Victor Caratini homered for the Cubs in the 14–8 win over the Brewers.[31]
  • April 7 – Kyle Hendricks lasted only four innings and gave up all four Milwaukee runs in Chicago's seventh loss of the season. Willson Contreras hit his third home run of the season, but the Cubs could manage only two runs in the 4–2 loss.[32]
  • April 8 – The Cubs returned home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates for opening day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs jumped to an early lead following three errors by Pirate shortstop Kevin Newman in the third inning. Kyle Schwarber homered for the Cubs in the 10–0 win. Jon Lester left the game after pitching three-plus innings with a hamstring issue and the Cub bullpen held the Pirates scoreless for six innings.[33]
  • April 10 – Yu Darvish allowed five runs in 5.1 innings of work, but the Cub offense struggled with the frigid weather conditions, managing only two runs on six hits. The 5–2 loss to the Pirates dropped the Cubs to 3–8 on the season.[34]
  • April 11 – Starter Jose Quintana pitched into the seventh inning with 11 strikeouts and gave up just four hits in the Cubs win 2–0 over the Pirates. Pedro Strop got his first save. Descalso and Caratini each had two hits and an RBI.[35]
  • April 12 – The Cubs scored three runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Mike Trout-less Los Angeles Angels 5–1. Hamels secured his second win by pitching well. Rizzo hit a first inning two run homer, Contreras hit two solo home runs, and David Bote also homered in the win[36]
  • April 13 – A late inning rally fell short as the Angels beat the Cubs 6–5. Báez hit three doubles but four walks by Cub relievers allowed two runs to score in the top of the sixth inning. A Mark Zagunis pinch-hit single scored two runs in the eight inning to narrow the lead. A ninth inning Angel error led to another Cub run but, with runners at second and third, Contreras struck out. A check-swing third strike call on Schwarber ended the game as the Cubs lost 6–5. The Cubs record fell to 5–9. [37]
  • April 15 – After the prior day's game being postponed due to snow, the Cubs traveled to Miami to face the Marlins. With the Cubs scoring three runs in the first inning, Yu Darvish pitched into the fifth inning allowing only two runs and striking out eight. Báez hit his 100th double, Contreras hits his sixth home run of the season, and the bullpen pitched well for a 7–2 victory.[38]
  • April 16 – Quintana again pitched into the seventh inning and Báez had his third three-hit game in a row including his fifth homer of the season. Descalso, Bote, and Ben Zobrist drove in the other runs in the 4–0 shutout of the Marlins.[39]
  • April 17 – Cole Hamels improved to 3–0 on the season, pitching seven innings while allowing three hits and striking out eight. Descalso continued his productive start with three RBI's. Heyward drove in a run and Báez drove in two with a double and his sixth home run on the season. The 6–0 victory was a sweep of the Marlins and improved the Cubs' record to 8–9.

TransactionsEdit

MarchEdit

March 29 Assigned LHP Brian Duensing outright to Iowa.[40]

AprilEdit

April 3 Agreed to terms with INF David Bote on a five-year contract for 2020–24.[41]
April 6 Designated RHP Jen-Ho Tseng for assignment. Placed LHP Mike Montgomery on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 5. Optioned RHP Carl Edwards Jr. to Iowa. Recalled LHP Kyle Ryan from Iowa. Selected the contract of RHP Allen Webster from Iowa.[42]
April 10 Placed Jon Lester on 10-day IL (hamstring) retroactive to April 9. Recalled LHP Tim Collins from Iowa.[43]

RosterEdit

Chicago Cubs roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

  • None

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day injured list

Restricted list

25 active, 15 inactive

  7- or 10-day injured list
  Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated April 12, 2019
TransactionsDepth chart

All MLB rosters


Achievements and recordsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

BattingEdit

(Through April 9, 2019)

Players in bold are on the active roster.

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases; BB = Walks; K = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage;

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG TB
Albert Almora Jr. 10 32 4 7 0 0 0 4 1 2 8 .219 .265 .219 7
Javier Báez 10 44 9 12 0 0 4 9 2 3 17 .273 .319 .545 24
David Bote 9 18 3 6 2 0 0 3 0 1 3 .333 .400 .444 8
Kris Bryant 10 43 6 10 4 0 1 6 0 4 12 .233 .313 .395 17
Victor Caratini 5 11 4 6 1 0 1 4 0 3 3 .545 .643 .909 10
Willson Contreras 9 26 7 8 2 0 3 7 0 6 8 .308 .455 .731 19
Yu Darvish 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0
Daniel Descalso 9 26 7 9 2 0 1 4 0 3 4 .346 .414 .538 14
Cole Hamels 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0
Kyle Hendricks 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 0
Jason Heyward 9 31 9 10 0 0 3 8 2 6 4 .323 .421 .613 19
Jon Lester 3 3 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 .667 .800 1.000 3
Anthony Rizzo 10 38 9 9 1 0 2 8 0 7 9 .237 .383 .421 16
Kyle Schwarber 10 36 7 9 1 0 3 6 0 4 7 .250 .325 .528 19
Mark Zagunis 7 14 1 5 3 0 0 2 0 0 4 .357 .357 .571 8
Ben Zobrist 9 31 5 11 0 0 0 4 0 7 4 .355 .474 .355 11

PitchingEdit

(Through April 5, 2019)

Players in bold are on the active roster.

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB K
Brad Brach 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 2.2 1 0 0 5 1
Tyler Chatwood 0 0 9.82 2 0 0 3.2 5 4 4 2 2
Steve Cishek 0 1 16.20 3 0 0 1.2 1 3 3 3 4
Yu Darvish 0 1 8.10 2 2 0 6.2 7 6 6 11 6
Carl Edwards Jr. 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 5.0 6 5 5 5 1
Cole Hamels 0 0 9.00 1 1 0 5.0 6 5 5 3 4
Kyle Hendricks 0 1 4.15 1 1 0 4.1 10 7 2 3 4
Brandon Kintzler 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 2.2 0 0 0 0 4
Jon Lester 1 0 3.00 2 2 0 12.0 10 4 4 5 10
Mike Montgomery 0 0 20.25 4 0 0 2.2 8 6 6 5 10
José Quintana 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 4.0 5 2 0 3 8
Randy Rosario 0 0 4.50 3 0 0 2.0 3 2 1 0 4
Pedro Strop 0 1 18.00 2 0 0 1.0 2 2 2 0 0

Farm systemEdit

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