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Dallas Keuchel takes a serious shot at the Cubs

Dallas Keuchel takes a serious shot at the Cubs

The Cubs and Astros didn't play in the 2017 World Series like some predicted years ago, but the rivalry between the two teams may be hotter than ever.

Earlier this week, Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel was asked about the possibility of the Astros having a World Series hangover in 2018.

In his response, Keuchel put the North Siders on blast:

"We're not the Cubs," he said. "I firmly believe we have better players."

Whoa. 

That's some serious shade from a guy who hasn't even faced off against the Cubs since 2013. Where is all that hatred coming from?

The Cubs even sent the Astros pizza to congratulate them on the World Series championship last fall!

The Cubs and Astros don't face off in the 2018 regular season, but if the two teams fulfill expectations and meet in the World Series, you better believe Keuchel's comments will be brought back up.

It's not even mid-March and there's already some October bulletin board material for Joe Maddon's squad.

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Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

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Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, a team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.

Check out the entire podcast here: