Can't use yard work, so I'll have to blame today's lack of witty on it being Monday.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Jake Arrieta is planning to finish strong, regardless of whether the Cubs decide to shut him down early.
- And it seems the Cubs have no intention of shutting Arrieta down.
- The Cubs are not shutting down Kris Bryant, so you can breathe again.
- Rob Manfred was elected as the next Commissioner. Here's what that election might mean for the Cubs.
- Starlin Castro showed the Mets what they're missing.
From Cubs Den
- Mike Moody looks at the benefits of speed.
- Matt Szczur made his big league debut.
- Arismendy Alcantara is getting a trial by fire in center field.
- Junior Lake was sent to Triple-A Iowa to try and regroup.
- Javier Baez is still learning on the job when it comes to offense.
- VIDEO: Rick Renteria says Arismendy Alcantara fits the profile of a lead-off hitter.
- VIDEO: Matt Szczur talks about his debut.
- VIDEO: Kyle Hendricks talks about his quality starts.
- And it was a happy homecoming of sorts for Szczur.
- If you're a little frustrated with all the strikeouts by the Cubs' offense, deal with it. Because that may well be whiff of the future.
- Mark Gonzales handles a mailbag that the Trib types deemed worthy of public consumption instead of being behind the registration wall.
- The Washington Nationals signed former Cub Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Starlin Castro seems to be a favorite topic for the New York media.
- Carlos Villanueva says the players union does not fear the new commissioner.
From the Daily Herald
- Not super Cub-centric, but Matt Spiegel writes about measuring pitching wisdom.
- Len Kasper writes that making predictions makes little sense.
Today's food for thought