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he Chicago Cubs are the focus of this podcast. Listen to perspective about roster changes, news updates and how the team looks to claim another title in 2018. Featuring David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and others.

he Chicago Cubs are the focus of this podcast. Listen to perspective about roster changes, news updates and how the team looks to claim another title in 2018. Featuring David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and others.
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he Chicago Cubs are the focus of this podcast. Listen to perspective about roster changes, news updates and how the team looks to claim another title in 2018. Featuring David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki and others.




Ep. 125: Bote-mania has not only taken over Chicago but he’s helped save the Cubs’ season

Tony Andracki, Kelly Crull, Matt Buckman, and Jon Graff break down a wild weekend set against the Nationals. We discuss David Bote becoming a household name, Cole Hamels continuing the stellar start to his Cubs career, and Kris Bryant finally feeling pain free. Plus once the 2016 MVP returns to the lineup, what does that mean for Bote’s playing time?


Ep. 124: Series with Padres shines light on Cubs’ biggest concerns

The Cubs were back in Chicago for a quick four-game homestand against one of the worst teams in the National League, but the North Siders only managed to win two of the games – barely. The series ended on a bad note with Anthony Rizzo getting in the face with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez, but the weekend in general shined a light on some of the biggest concerns surrounding this Cubs team. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the issues with Jon Lester, the Cubs bullpen and how badly...


Ep. 123: After a wild trade deadline, do the Cubs have enough to hold off division rivals?

The Cubs went out and added three pitchers to their staff before the trade deadline Tuesday while the Pirates and Brewers made waves at the last minute. With all that pitching in tow now, do the Cubs have enough to mitigate the recent rash of injuries and hold off both NL Central rivals? David Kaplan, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki break it down while also providing their picks for the most important Cubs player for the second half. Plus, Kaplan and Doug Glanville predict what Cole...


Ep. 122: A-Rod buries Darvish, the deadline, and Jon Lester’s twitter advice

Will Yu Darvish pitch again for the Cubs this season? Jon Graff, David Kaplan, and Doug Glanville discuss Darvish’s status going forward and respond to Alex Rodriguez’s critical comments on Yu during Sunday Night Baseball. Plus the guys talk about the final piece(s) the Cubs may add before the trade deadline passes and Jon Lester’s advice for athletes using twitter.


Ep. 121: Main takeaways from the 5-game Cubs-Cardinals series

Tony Andracki is joined by Phil Barnes, the senior editor of Vine Line, to break down the Cubs-Cardinals 5-game series at Wrigley Field that kicked off the second half of the 2018 MLB season. The main takeaways from the weekend included an up-close look at a Cubs starting rotation is still struggling to find their footing almost 2/3 of the way through the season. The Cubs lineup and bullpen continue to be the saving grace of the team with the NL's best record and run differential, but...


Ep. 120: Covering the MLB All-Star Game from the media’s perspective

NBC Sports Chicago’s own Kelly Crull and videographer Scott Changnon recalled what All-Star week in the nations capitol was like from their point of view.


Ep. 119: Are the Cubs World Series bound? Dan Plesac says yes!

Where does MLB Network's Dan Plesac place the Cubs in his current power rankings and what's the key to their World Series dreams? Plus, which three star athletes mix to make Javier Baez? The conductor of the Big Blue train is back for a mid-summer breakdown of the Northsiders with Luke Stuckmeyer on this edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast presented by Wintrust.


Ep. 118: Schwarber, Baez on night to remember at the Home Run Derby

Kelly Crull spoke with both Javy Baez and Kyle Schwarber after an electric and entertaining show they put on at the 2018 Home Run Derby in Washington, DC.


Ep. 117: Why there should be no concern about Kyle Schwarber in the HR Derby

David DeJesus, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss Kyle Schwarber’s bid for the Home Run Derby alongside teammate Javy Baez and explain why Cubs fans shouldn’t worry about the possible negative effects on either player’s swing. Will the Cubs have any tricks up their sleeves as Jon Lester and Willson Contreras watch their teammates swing for the fences? Plus, the crew discusses what they’d like to see from Baez and Schwarber next week and how to drum up more interest in the All-Star...


Ep. 116: The voice of the Smokies breaks down Kris Bryant’s rehab and return to Tennessee

Luke Stuckmeyer and Matt Buckman are joined by Mick Gillispie, the voice of the Tennessee Smokies, to discuss Kris Bryant’s rehab stint and his thoughts on Bryant not making his 2nd consecutive All Star game. He also provides a scouting report on some very interesting pitching prospects on the AA team including Monday’s winning pitcher, Matt Swarmer.


Ep. 115: The latest on Yu Darvish

David Kaplan, David DeJesus and Doug Glanville discuss what's next after Yu Darvish's latest setback.


Ep. 114: Should Javy Baez enter the Home Run Derby?

Doug Glanville, David DeJesus and Tony Andracki discuss whether or not Javy Baez should enter the Home Run Derby in D.C. next month. His swing is built for it and he oozes swag, but could the event cause him to slump or wear down as the Cubs enter the stretch run toward the postseason?


Ep. 113: The upside of Kris Bryant’s injury and what to expect from Yu Darvish in the short-term

Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs’ recent rash of injuries and what it means for the team moving forward. Is there a silver lining to Kris Bryant’s first career trip to the disabled list? Does Yu Darvish have a major mental hurdle to get over before he can return? Either way, it’s a good thing the season is only half over.


Ep. 112: Welcome to the Show - Duane Underwood JR. to debut vs NL Champs

David Kaplan and Matt Buckman are joined by Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register to get the full scouting report on Duane Underwood Jr. ahead of his Major League Debut in Los Angeles. Birch talks about Underwood’s early innings struggles, his rise to the big leagues, his stuff, and of course his command which has left him at times this season.


Ep. 111: 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, the team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall. Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or...


Ep. 110: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.


Ep. 109: Is it time to start worrying about the Cubs’ lack of power?

The Cubs head to St. Louis this weekend firmly in second place in the National League Central after dropping 2 of 3 to the Brewers in Milwaukee where they didn’t score a run for the final 18 innings. What’s going on with the offense? Is it time to start panicking about the lack of power? What more does Mike Montgomery need to do to stick in the rotation? Kelly Crull, Jon Graff and Tony Andracki discuss these topics plus a couple under-the-radar reasons why the series may have turned after...


Ep. 108: How are the Cubs approaching a big week ahead?

JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago and Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald look at an important week ahead for the Cubs with series in Milwaukee and St. Louis. They wonder if it really feels like the Cubs are a dozen games over .500 with 100 games left in the season.


Ep. 107: A blast from the past and a look into the future

Kelly Crull sits down with Jake Arrieta to discuss his emotions during his return to Wrigley Field. Jake talks about missing out on facing his former team and reuniting with all his buddies. Plus, Kelly chats with Brennen Davis, the Cubs' second round pick of the MLB draft.


Ep. 106: A fan’s guide to watching the new era of Cubs Baseball Part II

A discussion with NBC Sports Chicago Cubs content braintrust Jeff Nelson, Scott Changnon, Nate Poppen, Jon Graff and Tony Andracki on how to consume the rest of the Cubs’ 2018 season with increased expectations surrounding the team. Is the Cubs fanbase spoiled? Is it OK for fans to ride the daily roller coaster even if players and coaches don’t?