2019 Chicago Cubs season
|2019 Chicago Cubs|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Jed Hoyer|
|President of Baseball Operations||Theo Epstein|
|Local television||NBC Sports Chicago|
NBC Sports Chicago Plus
(Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Zach Zaidman)
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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, 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.
- 1 Television broadcasts
- 2 Offseason
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Roster
- 5 Achievements and records
- 6 Statistics
- 7 Farm system
- 8 Major League Baseball draft
- 9 Sources
- 10 External links
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. 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. 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. It will be also the final season to be aired over NBC Sports Chicago.
|October 12||Did not renew the contract of hitting coach Chili Davis.|
|October 15||Named Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach.|
|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.|
|October 31||Claimed LHP Jerry Vasto off waivers from Kansas City Royals.|
|November 1||Claimed RF Johnny Field off waivers from Minnesota Twins. Signed free agents Darling Grullon (RHP), Edwin Castillo (SS), and Orlando Guzman (OF) to a minor league contract.|
|November 2||Activated RF Mark Zagunis, RHP Justin Hancock, RHP Brandon Morrow, and RHP Yu Darvish from 60-day disabled list. Assigned SS Mike Freeman and CF Terrance Gore outright to Iowa Cubs. Traded LHP Drew Smyly and a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers in exchange for player to be named later. Claimed SS Jack Reinheimer off waivers from New York Mets. 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.|
|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.|
|December 6||Named Tommy Hottovy pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge assistant hitting coach, and Chris Denorfia quality assurance coach.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|2019 regular season game log: 50–43 (.538) (Home: 32–16; Away: 18–27)|
March: 1–2 (.333) (Home: 0–0; Away: 1–2)
April: 14–10 (.583) (Home: 7–4; Away: 7–6)
May: 16–12 (.571) (Home: 11–6; Away: 5–6)
June: 14–15 (.483) (Home: 11–6; Away: 3–9)
July: 5–4 (.556) (Home: 3–0; Away: 2–4)
August: 0–0 (–) (Home: 0–0; Away: 0–0)
September: 0–0 (–) (Home: 0–0; Away: 0–0)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Cubs team member
|National League Central||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|St. Louis Cardinals||46||45||0.505||3||26–19||20–26|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||62||33||0.653|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|St. Louis Cardinals||46||45||0.505||1|
|San Diego Padres||45||48||0.484||3|
|San Francisco Giants||43||49||0.467||4½|
|New York Mets||42||51||0.452||6|
Record vs. opponents
2019 National League Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Updated with the results of all games through July 14, 2019.
Opening Day starters
|Albert Almora, Jr.||CF|
- March 9 – The Cubs announced Jon Lester will be the opening day starter on March 28 against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Despite scoring 28 runs in the three-game series, the Cubs left Texas with a 1–2 record.
- April 1 – Kyle 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.
- 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.
- 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 Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez hit back-to-back home runs, but it was not enough as the Cubs lost their fifth straight game 9–4.
- April 5 – The Milwaukee Brewers out-slugged the Cubs in their first clash of the season. Down 13–5, the Cubs rallied, but fell short losing 13–10. Starting pitcher José Quintana lasted only three innings in the loss.
- April 6 – Jason 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. Javier Báez and Victor Caratini homered for the Cubs in the 14–8 win over the Brewers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- April 11 – Starter José 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. Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini each had two hits and an RBI.
- 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. Cole Hamels secured his second win by pitching well. Anthony Rizzo hit a first inning two run homer, Willson Contreras added two solo home runs, and David Bote also homered in the win
- April 13 – A late inning rally fell short as the Angels beat the Cubs 6–5. Javier 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, Willson Contreras struck out. A check-swing third strike call on Kyle Schwarber ended the game as the Cubs lost 6–5. The Cubs record fell to 5–9. 
- 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. Javier Báez hit his 100th double, WillsonContreras hits his sixth home run of the season, and the bullpen pitched well for a 7–2 victory.
- April 16 – José Quintana pitched into the seventh inning and Javier Báez had his third three-hit game in a row including his fifth homer of the season. Daniel Descalso, David Bote, and Ben Zobrist drove in the other runs in the 4–0 shutout of the Marlins.
- April 17 – Cole Hamels improved to 3–0 on the season, pitching seven innings while allowing three hits and striking out eight. Daniel Descalso continued his productive start with three RBI's. Jason Heyward drove in a run and Javier 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.
- April 19 – After an off day, the Cubs returned home to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kyle Hendricks pitched seven shutout innings while striking out 11 as the pitching staff continued its streak of good performances. Kris Bryant doubled in two runs in the second and scored a run as the Cubs won easily 5–1. The win returned the Cubs to the .500 mark on the season.
- April 20 – Yu Darvish gave up three runs on five hits and walked three while the Cub bullpen also allowed three runs. The Cub offense was shut down by D-backs' start Zack Greinke and the Cubs lost 6–0, ending their four-game winning streak.
- April 21 – Starting for the first time on the season, Tyler Chatwood pitched six scoreless innings and only walked two batters. Javier Báez tripled in a run in the sixth to give the Cubs a 1–0 lead. However, Pedro Strop gave up a solo home run in the ninth to blow his first save of the season. Báez then led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on an error setting up David Bote's game-winning single as the Cubs won 2–1. The win again moved the Cubs to the .500 mark on the season.
- April 23 – After another off day, the Cubs returned home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. José Quintana continued his streak of good starts, pitching seven innings while only allowing two runs. Willson Contreras drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the first to give the Cubs an early lead. Anthony Rizzo hit a two run homer and Javier Báez homered as well as the Cubs beat the Dodgers 7–2. The win moved the Cubs to one game above .500 for the first time since opening day.
- April 24 – With Cole Hamels on the mound, the Cubs fell behind 3–0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning against the Dodgers. Javier Báez then connected on a three-run home run to tie the game at three. Three batters later, Jason Heyward hit his fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot to give the Cubs the 6–3 lead. Steve Cishek allowed a three-run homer in the eighth, but Pedro Strop notched the save as the Cubs won 7–6. The win moved the Cubs to a season-high two games over .500.
- April 25 – Jon Lester returned from the IL and pitched five innings while allowing only one unearned run on an error by Javier Báez. The Cub bullpen allowed another run to score and the Cubs trailed the Dodgers 2–0 going in to the ninth. Albert Almora Jr. homered with two outs in the ninth, but it was not enough as the Cubs fell 2–1.
- April 26 – The Cubs next traveled to Arizona to face the D-Backs. In the first game of the series, Kyle Hendricks gave up seven runs in five innings of work as the Cubs lost 8–3. Kris Byrant and Javier Báez both homered in the loss as the Cubs returned to .500 on the season.
- April 27 – A day later, Yu Darvish pitched six innings while allowing only one run. David Bote hit two home runs and drove in five while Anthony Rizzo also homered as the Cubs routed the Diamondbacks 9–1.
- April 28 – José Quintana was staked to an early 3–0 Cub lead behind home runs by Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras. However, Quintana surrendered three D-Back runs in two of his last three innings of work and left the game tied at three. The game went to extra innings where the Cubs had a plethora of opportunities to win the game, but failed to cash in until the 15th inning when Ben Zobrist doubled to drive in two runs. The Cubs added an insurance run on a Kris Bryant sacrifice fly to take a 6–3 lead to the bottom of the 15th. After two quick outs, Kyle Ryan then gave up two runs to narrow the lead to one, but Allen Webster got the final out to earn his first career save and give the Cubs a 6–5 win.
- April 30 – The Cubs next traveled to Seattle for a two game series against the Mariners. Daniel Descalso led off the game with his second home run of the season and Anthony Rizzo hit his sixth. Cole Hamels allowed four runs in 5.1 and the Cubs trailed 5–4 in the eighth inning. Kyle Schwarber hit a mammoth two-run homer to give the Cubs a 6–5 lead. Steve Cishek pitched a clean ninth and earned his first save of the year.
- May 1 – The Cubs hit three home runs and cruised to an easy 11–0 victory in the finale against the Mariners, their fourth in a row. Javier Báez, Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo, and Ben Zobrist each had drove in two runs while Jason Heyward had three hits in the easy win. Jon Lester threw seven scoreless innings while allowing only one hit. The win marked the Cubs fifth in a row as they moved with 2.5 games of the division lead.
- May 3 – After an off day, the Cubs returned home to face the first place St. Louis Cardinals. Anthony Rizzo's 199th career home run, a three-run homer, was all the Cubs needed as they beat the Cardinals 4–0. Kyle Hendricks pitched a complete game while allowing only four hits. He threw only 81 pitches, 63 of which were strikes, as the Cubs dominated the Cardinals and moved within a 1.5 games of first.
- May 4 – The Cubs and Yu Darvish fell behind early against the Cardinals in game two of the series and trailed 5–1 in the fourth. Back-up catcher Taylor Davis hit his first career home run, a grand slam to tie the game at five. Javier Báez gave the Cubs the lead in the eighth with his 11th homer of the season. The 6–5 win moved the Cubs to within half a game of the Cardinals for first place and marked the Cubs sixth straight win.
- May 5 – In spite of four errors, the Cubs easily beat the Cardinals to complete the sweep and earn their seventh straight win. The Cubs notched eight extra base hits, including a grand slam by Kris Bryant in a six-run eighth inning. Jose Quintana scattered eight hits in six innings while allowing only two runs. The win improved the Cubs to 19–12 on the season and moved them into first place in the Central Division.
- May 6 – Riding a seven-game winning streak and in first place for the first time since opening day, the Cubs welcomed the Marlins to Wrigley. Cole Hamels allowed three runs in six innings, but left with a 4–3 lead behind a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo and RBI singles by Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber. Pedro Strop walked the first two batters in the eighth and allowed a single to load the bases. A third walk forced in the tying run and Strop was removed from the game. The Marlins pushed across two more runs in the ninth to take a 6–4 lead. Kris Bryant homered in the ninth to narrow the lead to one and Rizzo singled to put the tying run on with one out, but Javier Báez and Contreras struck out to end the game. The loss dropped the Cubs out of first place.
- May 7 – Jon Lester allowed two runs, none earned, on eight hits in six innings, but left with the game tied at two. The Cubs threatened to break the tie on several occasions in the late innings, but entered the ninth still tied. Kris Bryant removed all doubt, hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cubs the 5–2 walk-off win and returned them to first place.
- May 8 – Addison Russell made his first appearance of the season after being suspended for 40 games for domestic violence and started at second base for the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks gave up a run in the first and surrendered five hits, but lasted eight innings and left with a 2–1 Cub lead over the Marlins. However, the Cub bullpen surrendered the lead in the ninth without Pedro Strop who had been placed on the injured list prior to the game. The game went to extra innings tied at two before Jason Heyward hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th to mark a second straight walk-off home run game for the Cubs.
- May 9 – In the final game of the series against the Marlins, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each homered and Mike Mongtomery pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Yu Darvish to notch his first win of the season. The 4–1 win kept the Cubs in first place and moved them to nine games over .500.
- May 10 – With a 1.5 game lead over the Brewers, the Cubs welcomed Milwaukee to Wrigley for the first time on the season. Jose Quintana allowed three runs in 6.2 innings and the Cub bullpen fell apart, allowing four more runs as the Cubs were shut out 7–0. The win moved the Brewers to within half a game of the Cubs for first.
- May 11 – Cole Hamels pitched seven innings and allowed only one run, but the Cubs went to extra innings against the Brewers tied at one. Tyler Chatwood pitched the final four innings of the game, striking out seven and Willson Contreras hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 15th to give the Cubs a 2–1 win.
- May 12 – Appearing on Sunday Night Baseball for the second consecutive week, Jon Lester scattered nine hits and allowed one unearned run in 6.2 innings of work. Javier Báez and Willson Contreras each drove in a run and Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the seventh to give the Cubs the 4–1 win. The series win over the Brewers kept the Cubs in first place in the NL Central. Anthony Rizzo missed the game with a sore back.
- May 14 – Following an off day, the Cubs traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Reds. Kyle Hendricks drove in two runs with a double in the second and pitched eight innings while allowing only one run. Willson Contreras also drove in the run as the Cubs beat the Reds 3–1. The win moved the Cubs to a season-high 11 games over .500. Anthony Rizzo missed his second straight game with a sore back.
- May 15 – Addison Russell hit his first home run since returning to the Cubs from suspension while Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber also homered for the Cubs against the Reds. Yu Darvish allowed two runs in 5.1 innings of work, but the Cub bullpen surrendered three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to force extra innings. In the 10th, the Cubs lost 6–5.
- May 16 – In the final game of the series against the Reds, the Cubs scored two runs in the first, but failed to score the rest of the game. José Quintana gave up three runs before a rain delay and Tyler Chatwood allowed another run in two innings of work as the Cubs lost 4–2. The loss marked the Cubs first series loss since early April.
- May 17 – A day later, the Cubs offense woke from its slumber in the previous game and scored 14 runs against the Washington Nationals in Washington D.C. Kris Bryant homered in three consecutive innings, the seventh, eighth, and ninth, marking his second three-home run game of his career. Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr, and Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs as the scored 14 runs and blew out the Nationals 14–6.
- May 18 – Facing Stephen Strasburg, the Cub offense again cooled off, managing only two runs on four hits. Meanwhile, Jon Lester struggled, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings of work in the 5–2 loss to the Nationals.
- May 19 – Playing on Sunday Night Baseball for the third consecutive week, the Cubs scored a run in each of the first four innings to take a 4–0 lead. The Cubs pushed the lead to 6–1 in the sixth, before Kyle Hendricks gave up a three-run home run. The Cub bullpen surrendered another run, but Steve Cishek pitched 2.1 innings of relief for the save as the Cubs beat the Nationals 6–5. Javier Báez left the game with a foot injury.
- May 20 – Returning home, the Cubs faced their former pitcher Jake Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs took an early one-run lead on Anthony Rizzo RBI single. However, Yu Darvish allowed three runs in the sixth to surrender the lead. Trailing by two in the eighth, Daniel Descalso tripled in a run and scored on a throwing error to give the Cubs a 4–3 lead heading to the ninth. However, Brad Brach could not hold the lead and the Phillies tied it to force extra innings. A J.T. Realmuto home run in the 10th sealed the loss for the Cubs. Javier Báez missed the game due to a foot injury suffered the day before.
- May 21 – José Quintana pitched six innings and allowed no runs, leaving the game with a 1–0 lead. However, Carl Edwards Jr. surrendered the lead in the seventh. Trailing 2–1 in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Albert Almora Jr. hit a weak ground ball to the pitcher, but Kris Bryant was able to beat the throw to the plate to score the tying run. Javier Báez, who did not start the game due to his foot injury, pinch hit and drove the first pitch to right field to drive in the winning run as the Cubs beat the Phillies 3–2.
- May 22 – With temperatures near 80 and the wind blowing out, Cole Hamels struggled against his former team. The Phillies took a 3–0 lead before Anthony Rizzo hit a towering three-run home run in the third to tie it. Albert Almora Jr. broke the tie in the fifth with his first career grand slam. Javier Báez also homered for the Cubs. Hamels, who allowed nine hits and three runs, was lifted after four innings and replaced by Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood pitched four innings in relief while allowing one run and earned the win as the Cubs won 8–4. The win returned the Cubs to 11 games over the .500 mark as they led the division by two games.
- May 23 – Jon Lester struggled again, allowing seven runs in four innings of work and leaving the game trailing 7–3. Trailing 8–3 in the seventh, Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer to bring the Cubs within two. However, they could get no closer as the Phillies won 9–7.
- May 24 – The Cubs welcomed the Reds to Wrigley Field for a three-game series. Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings and allowed three runs and left with the game tied at three. Willson Contreras singled to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth, but Steve Cishek gave up a two-run homer to Eugenio Suárez in the ninth as the Cubs lost 6–5.
- May 25 – Yu Darvish pitched seven innings despite allowing 12 hits and six runs and left the game with a 6–5 lead behind homers by Albert Almora Jr., Jason Heyward, and Addison Russell. Tyler Chatwood pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the season as the Cubs beat the Reds 8–6.
- May 26 – José Quintana gave up 12 hits and six runs in five innings of work. The Cub bullpen also struggled, allowing fours runs in a 10–2 loss to the Reds. Kris Bryant and Jason Heywood collided in right field on a play in the sixth inning forcing Bryant to leave the game.
- May 27 – The Cubs next traveled to Houston to face the Astros for a three-game series. In the first game of the series, Cole Hamels struggled, allowing six runs in four innings of work. The Cub bullpen, however, pitched five innings of scoreless relief. However, despite home runs by Anthony Rizzo, Albert Almora Jr., and Addison Russell, the Cubs fell to the Astros 6–5. Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward sat out the game after running into each other in the outfield the previous day.
- May 28 – Jon Lester struggled for the third consecutive start, giving up seven runs in 5.2 innings of work. Brad Brach struggled as well, allowing two runs in 1.1 innings of work. As a result, despite hitting five home runs in the games (Jason Heyward, Addison Russell, David Bote twice, and Kyle Schwarber), the Cubs lost to the Astros 9–6. Kris Bryant missed his second straight game following a collision with Jason Heyward in the outfield.
- May 29 – Kyle Hendricks pitches eight strong innings and allowed only one run. Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant, in his return to the lineup, each homered as the Cubs held on for the 2–1 win over the Astros to avoid the sweep. The Cubs set a team record with 50 home runs in a month.
- May 31 – The Cubs traveled to St. Louis to face the Cardinals and Yu Darvish pitched well, allowing only one run on three hits in six innings. Darvish also drove in the Cubs only run of the game with sacrifice fly in the second inning. The game remained tied into the 10th inning, when the Matt Carpenter singled with the bases loaded to give the Cardinals the 2–1 win. The loss reduced the Cubs' division lead to half a game over the Brewers.
- June 1 – José Quintana pitched four innings and allowed two runs before being forced from the game following a three and a half hour rain delay. The Cubs entered the rain delay tied at two on the strength of home runs by Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward. Resuming play around 11:30 pm local time, Tyler Chatwood allowed three runs in two innings as the Cubs fell to the Cardinals 7–4. The loss dropped the Cubs to half a game out of first, behind the Brewers. Javier Báez missed the game as he continued to struggle with a foot injury.
- June 2 – Cole Hamels pitched seven innings while allowing only one unearned run and left trailing 1–0. Brad Brach surrendered a run in the eighth to put the Cubs down two to the Cardinals entering the ninth inning. Willson Contreras walked with one out and moved to third on a Jason Heyward single. An Addison Russell groundout moved the score to 2–1, but David Bote struck out to end the game as the Cubs were swept by the Cardinals and fell 1.5 games out for first place in the division.
- June 3 – In a make-up game for an earlier snowed out game, the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 8–1. Jon Lester, after struggling his previous three starts, allowed one run in seven innings of work. Javier Báez homered and drove in three while Jason Heyward drove drove in two runs. Willson Contreras homered as well in the win. Newly-signed Carlos Gonazalez made his Cub debut and drove in a run.
- June 4 – Kyle Hendricks struck out ten Colorado Rockies in seven innings in a 6–3 victory. Kyle Scharber and Javier Báez each homered in the win while Carlos González drove in two runs. Pedro Strop returned to the lineup to pitch a perfect ninth and record the save. The win moved the Cubs in to a tie for first in the division with the Brewers.
- June 5 – Yu Darvish allowd three runs in 5.1 innings of work and the Cubs were led by David Bote career-high seven RBI, including a three-run home run. Up 8–3, the Cub bullpen struggled, but the Cubs held on for the 9–8 win. The Cubs moved one game ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central.
- June 6 – José Quintana pitched 7.1 innings, but allowed three runs. The Cub offense struggled against Rockies' starter Peter Lambert making his MLB debut. Javier Báez drove in the only Cub run as the Rockies avoided the sweep, winning 3–1.
- June 7 – A two-run home run by Javier Báez in the first inning was all Cole Hamels needed as the Cubs welcomed the Cardinals to Wrigley Field. Hamels allowed no runs in eight innings before yielding to Pedro Strop in the ninth. Strop allowed a Paul DeJong home run, but held on for the 3–1 victory.
- June 8 – Jon Lester surrendered four runs in the first inning, but did not allow another run in six innings of work. Victor Caratini hit a tie-breaking bases-loaded double in Chicago's four-run sixth inning as the Cubs rallied to beat the Cardinals 9–4. Kyle Schwarber homered and drove in two in the win.
- June 9 – Kyle Hendricks continued his streak of strong performances, pitching seven innings while scattering eight hits and allowing only one run. Carlos González hit his first home run as a cub and Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5–1 and earned a second series sweep of the Cardinals on the season.
- June 10 – The Cubs returned to the road to face the Rockies in Denver. Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo both hit two-run homers in the Cubs’ third inning, but Yu Darvish quickly surrendered the lead in the bottom half of the inning. The Rockies took the lead in the seventh, but the Cubs rallied to tie it in the eighth. Steve Cishek then surrendered the lead in the bottom half of the eighth as the Cubs fell short and lost 6–5.
- June 11 – José Quintana struggled, allowing four runs in 4.2 innings. The Cub bullpen fared no better, allowing six more Rockies' runs as the Cubs were blown out 10–3. The loss marked the Cubs' fifth consecutive road loss.
- June 12 – Cole Hamels pitches seven shutout innings against the Rockies and drove in two runs as the Cubs avoided the series sweep. Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run home run and Javier Báez added a two-run shot as the Cubs rolled to an easy 10–1 win over the Rockies.
- June 13 – The Cubs next visited Los Angeles to visit the Dodgers, holders of the best record in the National League. The Cubs jumpd to an early three-run lead in the first game of the series behind a two-run homer by Kyle Schwarber and a solo homer by Kris Bryant. However, Jon Lester struggled again, giving up six runs in five innings as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers 7–3.
- June 14 – In game two of the series, the Cubs again took an early lead, this time on a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo. However, Kyle Hendricks struggled, allowing five runs in only 4.1 innings. Kris Bryan homered for the second straight game for the Cubs, but it was not enough as they lost to the Dodgers 5–3.
- June 15 – Yu Darvish pitched well, allowing only one run in seven innings. However, the Cub offense failed to score through eight innings. In the ninth, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run to rally the Cubs past the Dodgers 2–1.
- June 16 – In the final game of the series against the Dodgers, José Quintana gave up two runs in five innings, but the Cubs rallied to tie it in the sixth on an RBI single by Willson Contreras and a sacrifice fly by David Bote. Steve Cishek again gave up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and, though the Cubs had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, the Cubs lost 3–2.
- June 18 – Cole Hamels continued to pitch well as the Cubs welcomed the Chicago White Sox to Wrigley Field. Hamels allowed one run in seven innings, but left with the game tied at one as the Cub offense struggled. Still tied at one in the ninth, Eloy Jiménez, who had been traded by the Cubs for José Quitana two years prior, hit a two-run homer to give the White Sox the 3–1 win.
- June 19 – Facing likely AL All-Star starting pitcher Lucas Gioloto, the Cubs pounded out seven runs including a first-inning grand slam by Willson Contreras. Contreras homered again in the third and David Bote also homered as the Cubs won 7–3, splitting the two-game series against the White Sox.
- June 20 – The following day, the New York Mets paid a visit to Wrigley to start a four-game series. With Kyle Hendricks on the DL, Tyler Chatwood started for the Cubs and allowed three runs in four innings. Adbert Alzolay, making his Major Lague debut, pitched four-plus innings of relief and allowed only one run, earning the win for the Cubs. Javier Baez homered and drove in two runs while Anthony Rizzo drove in two as well giving the Cubs the 7–4 win.
- June 21 – In game two against the Mets, Yu Darvish failed to build on his prior good start, allowing four runs in six innings. Addison Russell homered to give the Cubs a 4–3 lead in the fifth, but Darvish surrendered the lead for the second time in the game in the sixth. In the seventh, Brad Brach allowed a run-scoring single and the Cubs lost 5–4.
- June 22 – José Quitana allowed nine runs, eight earned, as the Cubs were blown out by the Mets 10–2.
- June 23 – Javier Báez hit a three-run home run in the eighth to give the Cubs a 5–3 win over the Mets in the final game of the series. Cole Hamels pitched well for the Cubs, lasting seven innings and allowing only three runs. The win kept the Cubs half a game ahead of the Brewers in the Central.
- June 24 – The Atlanta Braves came to Chicago for a four-game series. In the first game, Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward homered and the Cubs used a five-run fifth inning to beat the Braves 8–3. Contreras drove in three runs in the game and Jon Lester pitched well, allowing only two unearned runs in six innings. The win moved the Cubs a full game ahead of the Brewers for first in the Central.
- June 25 – Adbert Alzolay started his first game and gave up a first-pitch home run to Ronald Acuna Jr., but pitched well from there, allowing no more runs and pitching into the fifth. The Cubs took the lead in the fourth on a two-RBI double by Willson Contreras. However, Mike Mongtomery gave up a two-run home run in the seventh and the Cubs could muster no further offense, losing 3–2. The Cubs remained a game ahead of the Brewers despite the loss.
- June 26 – Yu Darvish gave up five runs in five innings of work while the Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant homered for the Cubs. However, it was not enough as the Cubs lost to the Braves 5–3.
- June 27 – Looking to avoid the sweep, Tyler Chatwood struggled in his third start on the season, allowing six runs in five innings. However, the Cubs rallied to score nine runs as Victor Caratini homered twice and Kyle Schwarber also homered. Jason Heyward also drove in three runs. Newly-acquired relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel made his Cubs debut and pitched a shaky ninth to earn his first save as a Cub in the 9–7 win over the Braves.
- June 28 – The Cubs next traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Reds. Cole Hamels left after one inning with an oblique injury and Mike Montgomery gave up five runs in 2.1 innings as the Cubs lost 6–3.
- June 29 – José Quintana scattered six hits in six innings of scoreless work while Jason Heyward hit a solo home run in the second to give the Cubs a 1–0 lead. With the Cubs still holding to the 1–0 lead in the eighth, Javier Báez hit a grand slam to push the lead to 5–0. The Cubs would go on to beat the Reds 6–0.
- June 30 – Jon Lester gave up three runs in the first and four runs in five innings as the Cubs trailed the Reds 4–0 heading to the seventh. Albert Almora Jr. drove in the Cubs' first run in the seventh and Kyle Scharber homered to draw the Cubs within 4–3. However, Dillon Maples and Kyle Ryan allowed three runs in the eighth. A three-run Jason Heyward homer in the ninth narrowed the lead, but the Cubs fell 8–6.
- July 1 – The Cubs next traveled to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates. Adbert Alzolay made his second career start and was shelled, allowing seven runs in 2.2 innings. The Cub bullpen fared no better, allowed 11 runs in 5.1 innings of relief. Javier Báez hit his 21st homer on the season, but it was not enough as the Cubs were blown out 18–5.
- July 2 – Kyle Hendricks returned to the mound for the Cubs, but gave up two runs in three innings before a rain delay ended his night. The Cub bullpen allowed three more runs as the Cubs were again blown out by the Pirates 5–1.
- July 3 – The Cubs took an early lead on a Victor Caratini solo home run, but Yu Darvish allowed four runs in 6.2 innings to surrender the lead. The Cubs retook the lead in the seventh on a second homer by Caratini. In the ninth, Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs to blow the save as the Cubs lost their third straight to the Pirates 6–5.
- July 4 – In the final game of the four-game series against the Pirates, the Cubs took an early lead and cruised to an easy win. Robel Garcia homered in his second game as a Cub and Kris Bryant, Albert Almora Jr., and Willson Contreras also homered in the 11–3 win. José Quintana earned the win while pitching seven innings and allowing three runs. Joe Maddon was ejected in the fourth inning after getting upset by inside pitches by Pirate pitchers.
- July 6 – After a rare Friday off day, the Cubs returned to Chicago to face the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Cubs used a five-run fifth to take the lead as Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo each drove in two runs. The White Sox managed only three runs as the Cubs won 6–3.
- July 7 – On the final day before the All-Star break, Kyle Hendricks gave up four runs in four innings as the Cub offense again struggled. A seventh inning solo home run by Robel Garcia marked the only run for the Cubs as the lost to the White Sox 3–1. The Cubs remained in first place by half a game over the Brewers at the All-Star break.
|March 22||Optioned Ian Happ to Iowa.|
|March 29||Assigned LHP Brian Duensing outright to Iowa.|
|April 3||Agreed to terms with INF David Bote on a five-year contract for 2020–24.|
|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.|
|April 10||Placed LHP Jon Lester on 10-day IL (hamstring) retroactive to April 9. Recalled LHP Tim Collins from Iowa.|
|April 21||Optioned LHP Randy Rosario to Iowa, recalled RHP Alec Mills from Iowa.|
|April 23||INF David Bote placed on paternity list. Recalled LHP Randy Rosario.|
|April 24||Activated INF David Bote from paternity list. Optioned RHP Alec Mills to Iowa.|
|April 25||Activated LHP Jon Lester from 10-day IL. Optioned LHP Tim Collins to Iowa.|
|April 26||Recalled RHP Dillon Maples from Iowa. Optioned LHP Randy Rosario to Iowa.|
|May 2||Activated INF Addison Russell from suspended list, optioned to Iowa.|
|May 7||Recalled RHP Carl Edwards Jr. Optioned RHP Dillon Maples to Iowa.|
|May 8||Placed RHP Pedro Strop (hamstring) on 10-day IL. Activated LHP Mike Montomery from 10-day IL. Placed INF/OF Ben Zobrist (personal reasons) on restricted list. Recalled INF Addison Russell from Iowa.|
|May 11||Activated LHP Xavier Cedeño from IL. Placed RHP Allen Webster (arm) on 10-day IL.|
|May 16||Activated C Victor Caratini from IL. Optioned C Taylor Davis to Iowa.|
|May 18||Claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers from Boston Red Sox.|
|May 22||Placed LHP Xavier Cedeño (wrist inflammation) on 10-day IL. Recalled RHP Rowan Wick from Iowa. RHP Chandler Shepherd claimed off waivers by Baltimore Orioles.|
|May 24||Recalled RHP James Norwood from Iowa. Optioned RHP Rowan Wick to Iowa.|
|May 25||Recalled RHP Dillon Maples and LHP Tim Collins from Iowa. Optioned OF Mark Zagunis and RHP James Norwood to Iowa.|
|May 27||Selected the contract of INF/OF Jim Adduci from Iowa. Optioned RHP Tim Collins to Iowa.|
|May 28||Signed free agent C Edgar Gamargo to a minor league contract.|
|June 1||Signed free agent OF Carlos González to a minor league contract.|
|June 3||Selected the contract of OF Carlos González. Designated Jim Adduci for assignment.|
|June 4||Activated RHP Pedro Strop from IL. Optioned RHP Dillon Maples to Iowa.|
|June 5||Signed free agent RHP Craig Kimbrel to a 3-year $43 million deal. Sent OF Jim Adduci outright to Iowa.|
|June 7||Transferred RHP Allen Webster from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Optioned RHP Craig Kimbrel to Iowa.|
|June 11||Signed first-round draft pick RHP Ryan Jensen. Signed international free agent LHP Salvador Andricson to a minor league contract.|
|June 13||Placed RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (thoracic strain) on 10-day IL. LHP Tim Collins recalled from Iowa.|
|June 15||Placed RHP Kyle Hendricks (shoulder inflammation) on 10-day IL. Recalled RHP Rowan Wick from Iowa.|
|June 19||Signed OF Darius Hill, IF Grayson Byrd, OF Zac Taylor, 3B Ryan Reynolds, OF Nelson Maldonado, LHP Adam Laskey, RHP Alex Moore, RHP Tanner Dalton, 2B Chase Strumpf, RHP Chris Clarke, RHP Josh Burgmann, RHP Hunter Bigge, LHP Davidjohn Herz, RHP Brad Deppermann, 2B Bryce Windham, LHP Bryan Kin, OF Manny Collier, RHP Chris Kachmar, RHP Cayne Ueckert, and IF Jacob Olson.|
|June 20||Recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay from Iowa. Designated LHP Tim Collins for reassignment.|
|June 22||Sent LHP Tim Collins outright to Iowa.|
|June 23||Activated RHP Tony Barnette from 60-day IL. Optioned RHP Rowan Wick to Iowa.|
|June 27||Signed C Jake Washer. Recalled RHP Craig Kimbrel from Iowa.|
|June 29||Placed LHP Cole Hamels (Left oblique strain) on the 10-day IL. Designated RF Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. Recalled RHP Dillon Maples and Rown Wick from Iowa.|
|July 1||Sent RF Carlos Gonzalez outright to Iowa.|
|July 2||Activated RHP Kyle Hendricks from the 10-day IL. Optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay and RHP Rowan Wick to Iowa. Recalled LHP Randy Rosario from Iowa. Signed free agent SS Kevin Made, C Brayan Altuve, and C Ronnier Quinteroto a minor league contract.|
|July 3||Optioned RHP Dillon Maples to Iowa. Selected the contract of 2B Robel Garcia from Iowa.|
|July 5||Signed RHP Zach Bryant.|
|July 6||Signed free agent RHP Rodrigo Garcia to a minor league contract.|
Chicago Cubs roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day injured list
Achievements and records
- On May 6, Anthony Rizzo hit his 200th career home run, his 199th with the Cubs.
- On June 23, Javier Báez hit his 100th career home run.
(Through July 13, 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;
|Albert Almora Jr.||87||255||29||63||11||1||8||25||2||12||41||.247||.283||.392||100|
(Through July 13, 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
|Carl Edwards Jr.||1||1||5.40||19||0||0||15.0||7||10||9||8||17|
Major League Baseball draft
The 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft began on Monday, June 3, 2019, and ended June 5. The draft will assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams.
|2019 Chicago Cubs complete draft list|
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