Bryant homers as Cubs beat Mets 8-3

Cubs and White Sox will play six times in 2018 as the schedules are released

Cubs and White Sox will play six times in 2018 as the schedules are released

The St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday revealed their 2018 season schedule, which will open Thursday, March 29, in NY against the Mets. Eight pitches and a trot around the diamond later, by the time he was getting fake interviewed by his teammates, they were nearly assured to win the game, at a win probability of 84.7%.

Maddon has instead stuck to his script, seeming to understand that if the Cubs are going to win another championship this season (their title in 1908, after all, followed one in 1907) it will have to be along a bumpier road than last season's. The reigning NL MVP last went deep and drove in a run on August 31 vs. the Atlanta Braves.

Braves 8, Nationals 0: Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as Atlanta cruised to a victory over Washington, who were fresh off clinching the NL East. I like the fact that it's hard right now, and I think that we should learn something about ourselves going forward.

For the Mets, Gsellman lasted four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. "I had the right mindset today, I was just falling behind and I walked too many guys". At Pittsburgh on Thursday, the left-hander looked to be almost back in form, tossing six innings and allowing one run and five hits.

"All my stuff was really good", Quintana said.

NY scored the game's first run in the fourth inning on a groundout by Travis Taijeron and Chicago answered quickly.

The Cubs welcomed what used to be the Mets to Wrigley Field for a three-game series.

Your best pitcher? Jose Quintana took the mound for the Cubs.

Bryant snapped his slump in a big way with his 26th homer, a three-run drive, and a sacrifice fly on Tuesday night. Arrieta still isn't ready for a bullpen session, and a return date for the right-hander hasn't been set. Contreras went on the DL on August 11 due to a right hamstring strain.

Zobrist singled in a run in the sixth, and Happ homered to left in the seventh to make it 7-2. In 42 games from June 19 until the injury, the 25-year-old hit.299 with 16 HRs and 39 RBIs.

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