Neil Ramirez


CINCINNATI – The best-case scenario for the Cubs is Jake Arrieta throwing nine innings and shutting down the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one-game playoff.


The Cubs entered the 2015 season feeling pretty good about their bullpen, thanks in large part to Neil Ramirez's breakout in 2014.


PHILADELPHIA – The Kansas City Royals unveiled a playoff blueprint last year, essentially making it a six-inning game and riding their bullpen to a Game 7 loss in the World Series.


ST. LOUIS — The Cubs don’t need to make a statement in early September when the computers give them a 90-something percent chance to make the playoffs.


James Russell has the most appearances by a left-handed pitcher in Cubs franchise history.

But that doesn't matter now.

In September, nothing matters but winning.