From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Joe Maddon on the homer by David Ross in Sunday's 11-5 loss: "It has to be the first time since Babe Ruth that has happened."
- Maddon is also keeping an eye on the playing time for Kyle Schwarber, saying that he doesn't want to take Schwarber and "just wring him out to dry."
- Fun fact (well, maybe): The no-hitter by Cole Hamels on Saturday was the sixth no-hitter that Maddon has had against his team as a manager.
- Despite the sweep at the hands of the Phillies, Joe Maddon still sees plenty of energy in the clubhouse.
- As for the no-hitter on Saturday, Kris Bryant's viewpoint: "[It] doesn't mean it's any different than getting beat any other day."
- That doesn't mean that Maddon and several Cubs weren't impressed by Hamels' outing, though.
- From the "You don't say!" department: The Cubs' offense is struggling.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Does the sweep this weekend change the strategy for the trading deadline? Jesse Rogers writes that it reinforces what was already true: The Cubs aren't desperate enough to make the big move.
From CBS Chicago:
- Dan Bernstein writes that despite the recent struggles, nothing in July is a crisis.
- Chris Emma agrees, saying the the current stretch is a lull and that it will pass.
- Bruce Levine sums up Joe Maddon in a perfect nutshell: He's like the favorite teacher that you had in high school.
- As for the trading deadline, Levine writes that the front office has some difficult decisions to make but a young corps of players puts time on the Cubs' side.
- This week's "Behind the Plate" focuses on Clark's Crew, the Cubs program that allows kids under 13 to ask questions to the Cubs' mascot as well as some of their favorite players.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Mark Gonzales fields questions from this week's reader mailbag.
- Steve Rosenbloom looks back on the recent struggles and says that the Cubs look like a team asking for something from Theo Epstein, or as Rosenbloom calls him, their "hope salesman".
- Glenn Beckert and Billy Williams were watching the no-hitter on Saturday and recalled the perfect game that Sandy Koufax threw against them on September 9, 1965.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Rick Morrissey writes that for anyone expecting a big name at the trading deadline, be prepared to sacrifice because a big-time trade should hurt.
- And for anyone expecting a deal for David Price, you're probably not going to see one because Theo Epstein is not interested in trading for a rental.
- A San Diego pitcher is on the Cubs' radar... but it's not James Shields.
- Joe Maddon took some time on Monday before normal batting practice to work special sessions with Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro, who were hitting a combined .113 in the seven games before Monday's game.
- Reaching out: Kyle Schwarber hopped on the "Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley" to visit kids at Jahn Elementary School on Monday. The story's a little bit cooler to me because my father went to Jahn Elementary when he was a kid.
- Cue the bugle player: Edwin Jackson has officially been released.
- The sweep this weekend was so bad... (how bad was it??) it was so bad that the speakers at Wrigley Field stopped working during batting practice on Monday.
From the Daily Herald:
- Mike Imrem writes that it's time for the front office to show the Cubs and the fans what they're made of.
From Bleacher Nation:
- For those of you wondering about Mike Olt, he's been on quite the tear since the Triple-A All-Star break ended, hitting .378 with a 1.077 OPS since July 16.
- Javier Baez is also doing well in his rehab games in Arizona, hitting 5-for-12 with zero(!) strikeouts. He's likely headed to Iowa before the week is over.
- The Cubs are reportedly still interested in Ben Zobrist... as is just about everybody else that's contending.
- As for relievers, the Tampa Bay Rays have three that they're dangling out there and Marc Topkin thinks that the Cubs would be a fit.
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman has a membership for the Clark's Crew events, and for those of you who have young kids he can't recommend the program highly enough.
- Joseph Werner from Beyond the Box Score took a deeper look at the seasons so far for Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson, and the historical results are pleasantly surprising.
Today's food for thought:
- What's the difference between brown sugar and white sugar? Other than one making for better song lyrics? (I completely stole that from the article.)
- [VIDEO] Cool thing number 7,966 to do when you're on the International Space Station: Dissolving an antacid tablet.