A lot of good links today, so let's stir up some Sunday traffic.
From Comcast SportsNet
- The club is watching the evolution of super prospect Javier Baez.
- As a Cub, Starlin Castro will keep feeling the heat.
- Watching Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina, the Cubs got to see what a MVP looks like.
- Speaking of the Cards, Cubs first base coach Dave McKay wants his new team to play with the same edge as his old team.
- Signing third round pick Jacob Hannemann brings the team's draft class into focus.
- (Video and article) The series "The Foundation" continues, as Cub hopes hinge on pitching.
- Matt Garza is hitting his stride ahead of the trade deadline. As always, Garza says he can't worry about trade rumors.
- Tom Ricketts sheds some light on what it is like to own the Cubs.
- The Cub brass gives some updates on some notable minor leaguers.
From Cubs Den
- Well, we put Kevin to work, so in some ways I hesitate to even send you elsewhere. But it appears the Cubs Den had the same idea, so they wanted to preview potential AL trade partners.
- Here's a rundown of the charity event Hot Stove Cool Music.
- There have been comparisons before. But Welington Castillo was eager to learn by watching Yadier Molina.
- Hitting in the third spot suits Nate Schierholtz just fine.
- Dale Sveum is hoping for a consistent approach from his offense.
- Starlin Castro is still staying positive.
- Theo Epstein thinks Castro's struggles are all part of his development.
- The team President also has no intention of releasing Ian Stewart.
- He's also taking heat off of Dale Sveum, saying the roster is to blame for the team's record. Of course, the answer really is "both."
- Matt Garza's stock is on the rise.
- Dale Sveum is alarmed by the team's approach at the plate.
- Jeff Samardzija thinks criticism of Starlin Castro and Dale Sveum is unfair.
- Mixed messages? Dale Sveum thinks his hitters are overthinking their at-bats and need to swing earlier in the count. Isn't that about the opposite of the "work the count approach"?
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Starlin Castro isn't the only Cub scuffling at the plate.
- Has Alfonso Soriano reached the breaking point with the Cubs?
- Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo are benefiting from a shuffled lineup.
Today's food for thought