Here's the latest from around the web.
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Patrick Mooney summed up the Cubs' needs in the trading deadline after their 9-1 loss in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader: It's the pitching, stupid.
- Mooney is also ready for the madness to begin surrounding David Price.
- As for offense, the prevailing thought is still that the answers will come from within and probably already have started with Kyle Schwarber on the big club.
- As for Miguel Montero, the current plan is to let him rest for two weeks before evaluating his thumb again.
- Josh posted this on Tuesday, but in case you missed it, Anthony Giansanti is doing his best on Twitter to get the attention of Ronda Rousey.
- [VIDEO] How to get revenge on Brandon Phillips: It's Chris Coghlan with the full extension!
- Anthony Rizzo is this year's Cubs' Heart and Hustle Award winner. The award winner is determined by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and is given to one player on each team.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Stepping up to answer the questions from this week's Twitter mailbag: Kyle Hendricks.
- The latest from the trade deadline rumor mill, as reported by Jayson Stark, is that the Cubs are no longer actively pursuing Jonathan Papelbon.
- Of course, trade deadline talk is never complete without a story about Cole Hamels.
- Jesse Rogers chimes in on David Price and weighs the pros and cons of making a trade for him.
- Dan Mullen looks back at some of the most lopsided deals in recent history, including one particular deal that the Cubs made with Pittsburgh back in 2003.
From CBS Chicago:
- Another fun fact from Tuesday's game: Kyle Schwarber became only the sixth Cub since 1940 to hit two homers in the same game in the ninth inning or later.
- [AUDIO] This week's Joe Maddon quote from the Spiegel and Goff Show: "We're still in the process of being hunters... but one of these days, I want us to be the hunted."
- More updates from the Javier Baez front, who is expected to start playing in rehab games today according to director of player development Jaron Madison.
- Tim Baffoe reflects on Edwin Jackson and says that he was an unsung hero.
- A Cubs fan posted on Twitter that David Price would be a good number three starter in the Cubs' rotation. Needless to say, Jake Arrieta found the tweet to be rather funny.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- If you find it strange that the Cubs haven't been able to put together a long winning streak, you're not alone; Kyle Hendricks can't figure it out, either.
- There are still no plans to put Kyle Schwarber in the outfield to get him more playing time. At least not until Miguel Montero comes back.
- Steve Rosenbloom was watching the "Schwarber Game" and has a piece of advice for Cubs fans: Don't sleep on any of Schwarber's at-bats.
- Paul Sullivan looks at the potential ripple effects of the "Schwarber Game" as the trading deadline approaches.
- It was just one year ago that Jack White of the White Stripes became the subject of a new internet meme... for his Wrigley Field Sad Face.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Think you know everything about Kyle Schwarber? Here are seven things you might not know.
- If you're a fan of Hot Doug's at Wrigley Field, you might also be happy to know that the menu will be rotating as the season goes on.
From Cubs Den:
- For those hoping to see the Cubs go after David Price at the deadline, John Arguello tempers those hopes by saying that he expects the Cubs to go after cost control and not costly rentals.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor looks at four hitters at Triple-A Iowa who could make a contribution for the big club down the stretch.
- After having looked at the deadline deals that Theo Epstein made in the past, Luis Medina turns his attention to the (much smaller) group of deals that Jed Hoyer made as a buyer with the Padres.
From Cubs Insider:
- Once a believer in keeping all of the prospects, Todd Johnson now can see reasons for trading some of those prospects for long-term assets.
- Cubs' Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner has moved east -- from Elmhurst to Wilmette. And it only cost $1.8 million to do it.
Today's food for thought:
- [VIDEO] Why do cicadas emerge in life cycles of 13 and 17 years?
- If you were to take Pluto and place it somewhere on Earth, what would it look like? Well, it wouldn't even cover Australia, for one.