Thanks to Al for filling in on Thursday. But you still missed me, right?
From Comcast SportsNet
- Kerry Wood is trying to help the Cubs find the next big thing in the draft.
- And the Cubs will be looking for what the Cardlinals already have in the draft.
- Kris Bryant is ready for whatever rolls his way.
- GM Jed Hoyer says trade talks are "nonexistent" right now.
- Hoyer also thinks Brewers' pitcher Matt Garza is speaking out because he feels rejected.
From Cubs Den
- Despite what Hoyer said, it looks like the Cubs have been scouting Blue Jays' prospect Marcus Stroman.
- On the plus side, the Cubs' young core seems back on track after getting "Sveumed."
- Ted Lilly and Kerry Wood have been pitching in on scouting efforts.
- The Cubs are still searching for a consistent closer.
- Starlin Castro has enjoyed cleaning up.
- So does velocity matter?
- Hector Rondon made a 9th inning look easy.
- The Cubs Way probably will look a lot like the Cardinal Way.
- Jed Hoyer says the club has to flip the script on the way they are perceived.
- If you ignore the April record - and, yes, that's a big caveat - April was a good month.
- (Video) And that first month went about as Ricky Renteria expected.
- The revamped bullpen is starting to pay dividends.
From the Chicago Tribune
- (Video) Jed Hoyer talks about another disappointing April.
- Midge Donahue was a pioneer as a Cub executive. She was honored on Saturday.
- The Cubs are developing a watchful eye mentality.
- Mark Gonzalez covers another mailbag.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are early risers this season.
- Ricky Renteria has been fighting for his players.
- Kids, don't do this: a Wrigley Field cashier was charged with theft after allegedly stealing money out of a couple of cash drawers at the ballpark during Friday's game.
- Hector Rondon managed to draw one of the wildest swings of April.
Today's food for thought
- Here are 8 great philosophical questions that will never be answered.