Mike McGraw, Daily Herald

Mike McGraw

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent:
  • Daily Herald
Past:
  • Sauk Valley Media
  • KaneCounty Chronicle
  • Northwest Herald
  • The Herald-News

Recent articles by Mike:

Cubs hitters can't catch wind in third straight loss

With the wind blowing out, it was a good day for the long ball at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost the home run battle 7-4 and extended their losing streak to three in a row with a 10-6 loss to Arizona on Friday. → Read More

Jenkins' durability has no modern comparison

With the Cubs unveiling a statue outside Wrigley Field of Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins on Friday, it's a good time to remember how amazingly durable the Canada native was during his playing career. → Read More

Stroman returns, not quite back to 100% for Cubs in 3-1 loss

Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman returned to the mound Thursday after an 18-day break between starts due to an unspecified trip to the injured list. After retiring the first nine Arizona batters, Stroman gave up 3 runs in the fourth inning. → Read More

Cubs prospect Howard will have hip surgery, miss rest of season

Shortstop Ed Howard, the Cubs first-round draft pick in 2020, will have hip surgery and miss the rest of the minor-league season. The Chicago native played in 23 games at Single A South Bend this spring. → Read More

Bulls' Dosunmu named to all-rookie second team

The South Side native averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 assists this season. → Read More

McGraw: The Bulls blew it with Butler. Can they find offseason success with LaVine?

The Bulls didn't want to give Jimmy Butler a max contract a few years ago. While Butler is leading Miami to the Eastern Conference finals, the Bulls have a tough decision to make this summer with free agent Zach LaVine. → Read More

With optimism low, Cubs will hope starting pitchers can pick it up

As the Cubs brought a five-game losing streak to San Diego on Monday, signs of optimism were tough to find. Starting pitchers might be the best hope for a turnaround. → Read More

Injury forces Steele to leave early in Cubs' latest loss

Justin Steele pitched well Sunday, but he left the mound before the fifth inning with left thumb soreness and the Cubs were swept by the Dodgers, losing their fifth game in a row. Steele filled in for Marcus Stroman, who was scratched as the scheduled starter. → Read More

Cubs hope slumping Schwindel can find his rhythm in Iowa

Frank Schwindel was a pleasant surprise for the Cubs last season. But with the first baseman hitting just .209 this season, the team decided to send him to Triple A Iowa to try to work out some problems. → Read More

Cubs pitcher Stroman scratched from Sunday's start

Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field, with Justin Steele tabbed to take the mound instead. → Read More

Cubs offense depends heavily on Suzuki's success

The Cubs are 0-10 this season in game where right fielder Seiya Suzuki does not collect a hit. Is that a sign the Cubs' offensive strategy of quality at-bats and patience at the plate isn't working? → Read More

Cubs getting money's worth from minor-league pitcher

Rebuilding the Cubs required a restocking of the farm system. So far this spring, they are seeing good results at Low-A Myrtle Beach, including a bargain pitcher. → Read More

Giannis bowls over Bulls in Game 5 to end their season, 116-100

The shorthanded Bulls didn't figure to have much of a chance at extending their first-round playoff series Wednesday. They lost Game 5 in Milwaukee to officially end a once promising season. → Read More

LaVine enters protocols ahead of Bulls' potential playoff finale

The Bulls received more bad news before a potential season-ending Game 5 in Milwaukee. Zach LaVine entered health and safety protocols, which means he will most likely miss the game. → Read More

Caruso misses second half after taking elbow to face

Bulls guard Alex Caruso missed the second half of Sunday's Game 4 with a facial injury and possible concussion. His status for Wednesday's Game 5 is undetermined. → Read More

Bulls on the brink after Bucks dominate Game 4 inside and out

The Bucks played a simple game on Sunday. When the Bulls sent help to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo, he moved the ball and his teammates shot the lights out in a 119-95 victory that put the Bulls down 3-1 in the series. → Read More

DeRozan has battled Bucks' Holiday since they were kids

DeMar DeRozan talked about how his rivalry with Milwaukee's Jrue Holiday goes all the way back to when they were kids in Southern California. → Read More

While Bulls shot poorly, White delivered in playoff debut

On a poor shooting night by the Bulls, Coby White managed to hit 50% of his shots in Game 1 at Milwaukee. He finished with 12 points in 23 minutes in his playoff debut on Sunday. → Read More

Low-scoring, physical Game 1 was a thing of beauty to Bulls

The Bulls shot the ball poorly in the Game 1 loss to Milwaukee, but Alex Caruso took exception to the idea the two teams didn't play well. Solid, physical defense was an accomplishment for the Bulls. → Read More

Thompson disses '15 Bulls, while pumping up LaVine, Vucevic

Bulls center Tristan Thompson had some interesting things to say Friday about teammates Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, and being on the winning end of the 2015 playoff series between the Cavs and Bulls. → Read More