Serving Cubs fans relevant and engaging weekly discussions on the team and providing the most informative analysis and insight during the baseball season and throughout the entire year. Hosted by regular contributors Tony Andracki and Andy Martinez, who are often joined by special guests. (Marquee Sports Network Podcasts)
One step forward, one step back
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33:48The Cubs had an epic offensive explosion Tuesday night at Wrigley Field to reclaim a playoff spot. Wednesday night brought about some question marks with Justin Steele's tough outing. We break it down on the latest Cubs Weekly Podcast with our panel of Andy Martínez and Tony Andracki. How will the Cubs utilize Marcus Stroman down the stretch? Plus, why the Nick Madrigal injury is an underrated important storyline, Alexander Canario's big night and an ever-fluid bullpen.
24:38The Cubs were swept out of the desert and begin the final homestand of 2023 in an unenviable position in the playoffs.Andy Martínez and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs' 5-game losing streak and where the team goes from here. Who will step up in the bullpen? How does the offense get back on track? Will the Cubs take advantage of a soft schedule on the upcoming week?We answer these questions and more on the latest Cubs Weekly Podcast.
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33:14Carlos Peña joins Andy Martínez and Tony Andracki on the Cubs Weekly Podcast to dissect the team's disappointing series in Colorado. Top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong had a storybook debut but the Cubs still dropped the final 2 games to the Rockies. Peña reflects on his own debut, evaluates what he's seen from "PCA" so far and explains how Seiya Suzuki was able to regain his confidence and become a game-changing player for the Cubs down the stretch.Plus, Dansby Swanson is exactly what the Cubs paid for and the panel discusses how the team can bounce back in Arizona.
26:38The Cubs salvaged the series finale Sunday against the Diamondbacks and the Cubs Weekly Podcast broke it all down. Tony Andracki and Andy Martínez break down the Cubs offense and why the Cubs weren’t concerned after scoring just 4 runs in the first three games of the series.The pair discuss Kyle Hendricks’ importance to this team, especially given his injury last season and the uncertain nature of his return, let alone his performance. Also on the pitching side, the duo look at the Cubs’ bullpen, who has stepped into David Ross’ circle of trust and how he is managing workload for a corps of relievers that has been heavily relied on.Later in the podcast, Andracki and Martínez look at Bellinger’s significance to the Cubs’ offense and where they would be without him.
A giant series win
36:44The Cubs swept the San Francisco Giants in a series with massive Wild Card implications. The Cubs Weekly Podcast, hosted by Andy Martínez and Tim Stebbins, recapped the series including big performances from Seiya Suzuki, Justin Steele and Jordan Wicks.Martínez and Stebbins discussed the Cubs’ ability to rest some of their bullpen arms in the series, how David Ross is managing late-season fatigue and why it’s important to preserve some of those key relievers. They examined Adbert Alzolay's absence and why a few days off now is beneficial. Later in the podcast, the duo looked at September call-ups, including why they decided to call up Shane Greene and move on from him in a short amount of time. Then, the Cubs discuss one of the hot topics among Cubs’ fans, Alexander Canario and why he hasn’t seen too much playing time and what the Cubs hope he gains in his time up in the major leagues.
37:31The Cubs showed what they are made of with a strong series against the Brewers, finding a variety of ways to win and gain ground in the NL Central.Andy Martínez and Tony Andracki sum up the week at Wrigley Field that certainly felt like the playoffs even if it was still only August. They break down how Adbert Alzolay and the bullpen has been a key to the team's success in recent weeks as well as the mindset and chemistry of the group.Where does Justin Steele rank in the NL Cy Young conversation? Will rookie Jordan Wicks stick in the rotation for the rest of the season? Who will the Cubs call up when rosters expand on Sept. 1?
Hard-fought wins and prospect hype
46:17The Cubs keep finding ways to grind out close victories. Andy Martínez and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs-Tigers series and stress the importance of Jameson Taillon pitching up to his capabilities. How do the Cubs solve their 5th starter woes and what does the team do with Drew Smyly? Plus, where would the Cubs be without Cody Bellinger this season?Triple-A Iowa Cubs broadcaster Alex Cohen also stops by the pod to provide a lowdown on Pete Crow-Armstrong, Jordan Wicks, Alexander Canario and other players to keep an eye on who might come up and help the big-league club in the middle of a pennant race.
34:20Christopher Morel delivered another magical moment in his Cubs career. The righty hit an epic 3-run, walk-off home run as the Cubs beat the White Sox 4-3 in the finale of the Crosstown Classic. Andy Martínez and Tim Stebbins recap the magical night at Wrigley on the Cubs Weekly Podcast. The duo recaps other big moments in the game, including Nick Madrigal’s home run against his former team and Michael Fulmer’s clutch performance in relief. They discuss what the win means for the Cubs playoff hopes.Later in the podcast, the two breakdown the Marcus Stroman injury and what it means for the Cubs moving forward. Stebbins and Martínez discuss how the Cubs might fill the fifth spot in their rotation moving forward.
Looking at pitching puzzle
33:40Looking at pitching puzzle On this week’s edition of the Cubs Weekly Podcast, Andy Martínez and Bruce Levine discuss the Cubs’ decision to move lefty Drew Smyly from the rotation to the bullpen. The pair discuss the ramifications that has on the rest of the starting rotation, including the impending return of Marcus Stroman. The duo then discusses the Cubs’ bullpen usage and how David Ross will manage his relief corps in the stretch run. Levine and Martínez discuss Mike Tauchman’s incredible run and what his success means for the team’s use of Seiya Suzuki going forward.Later in the podcast, Levine recalls being present for Hall of Fame weekend, where Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes was honored as the Ford C. Frick Award winner. Levine shares what makes Hughes so special.
The Cubs are going for it
44:04The Cubs are officially going for it. They picked a lane at the deadline and emerged as buyers with a big lineup pickup in Jeimer Candelario.Tim Stebbins, Andy Martínez and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs' deadline moves, what it means for the rest of the season, how the new-look lineup is shaking out and ripple effects up and down the roster.Plus, pitching questions surrounding Marcus Stroman, Drew Smyly and the bullpen. And what are the top storylines Cubs fans should pay attention to in the final two months of the season?