Here's the latest from around the web.
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Patrick Mooney looks at the things he learned about the Cubs in the first half of the season.
- Despite his recent struggles, Joe Maddon still believes firmly in Addison Russell.
- At the same time, Maddon is still waiting for everything to click for Dexter Fowler.
- [VIDEO] Hey, it's Henry Rowengartner singing the stretch! That's a heck of a lot better than Chet Steadman doing it.
- And what's the deal with Cubs opponents making Starbucks runs? (Sorry, Mr. Seinfeld.)
- Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant will both be participating in this year's Home Run Derby. Rizzo will face off against Josh Donaldson from the Blue Jays in the first round, while Bryant squares off against Albert Pujols from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Orange County California U.S.A.
- Rizzo is still getting hit by pitches. And it still doesn't bother him.
- Dexter Fowler on batting seventh in Monday's lineup: "As long as I'm in the lineup, I'm happy."
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers takes a dive into the Twitter mailbag.
- One big message that Joe Maddon has been delivering recently: You never give up.
- So where exactly was Jonathan Herrera's helmet on Tuesday night? Apparently, it was buried in the bat rack. The look of him with Mike Baxter's helmet on was pretty priceless.
- In case you missed it, Anthony Rizzo currently has a .481 on-base percentage against lefties. Beastly.
From CBS Chicago:
- With David Ross currently on the seven-day concussion disabled list, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks back at how the handling of concussions has changed since he was a player. The scary part of his story, in his own words: "There were 18 months of my life at the end of my career that I couldn't account for."
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Are you interested in a Cubs jersey that was worn by Ernie Banks in the 1968 season? One will be available for auction starting August 5 and is expected to sell for at least $150,000.
- Matt Lindner looks at some of the storylines from this weekend's series against the White Sox.
- Jake Arrieta didn't make the All-Star team, a decision that doesn't make sense to Steve Rosenbloom no matter how you look at the numbers.
- One of Paul Sullivan's five random thoughts during Tuesday's doubleheader: The Cardinals don't have any players for Cubs fans to despise anymore.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Source-gate: Even though the Cubs are still looking for an impact starter, Gordon Wittenmyer reports that there's not much financial flexibility available to do so.
- The Miguel Montero hashtag: #WeAreGood. The Pedro Strop hashtag: #NeverLetGo.
- It's not as good as the picture that Al had of Wrigley Field morphing from day into night (at least I don't think it is), but this is still a pretty cool split view of Wrigley during the day and under the lights.
- Andre Dawson's 1987 MVP award is now available for viewing on Goldin Auctions. The bidding for the award begins on July 31.
- From the "Unique Tributes" files: Paying tribute to Ernie Banks by painting it in your mohawk.
From the Daily Herald:
- If you're in or near Grayslake, you may want to stop by the Grayslake Heritage Center to visit the traveling "Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars" exhibit. The exhibit will be on display until September 27.
From Cubs Den:
- As the Cubs continue their search for a starting pitcher, John Arguello looks at whether or not Tyson Ross from the Padres might be a good fit.
- Arguello also believes that keeping Kyle Schwarber in Iowa until the Sox series on August 7 will be beneficial to get more information on his long-term future.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Another "in case you missed it": Gonzalez Germen is no longer a Cub. He was claimed off of waivers by the Rockies.
- There's also been a Rafael Soriano sighting as he made his season debut at Double-A Tennessee.
From Cubs Insider:
- Does participating in the Home Run Derby mess with a player's power? Evan Altman looks back at some Derby history.
- With the season a little more than halfway done, Altman looks back at his preseason bold predictions.
- Jeff Sullivan from FanGraphs gives a detailed breakdown of Jon Lester's first career hit. My quick summary: Lester needs to work on his helmet rub. It's not nearly emphatic enough.
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