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Playing the field.

  • Luis Medina (Bleacher Nation): Pitchers Beware: Kris Bryant is making significantly more contact. "The improved eye at the plate should come as no surprise, especially considering Bryant himself was looking to make changes for the better in 2016."
  • TJ Tedeschi (isportsweb): Kris Bryant should be the full time left fielder. Accounts for personnel this year... not in the future.
  • Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago): Kris Bryant's versatility an asset to Cubs. Joe Maddon has had the luxury of moving Bryant back and forth from left to third base without missing a beat defensively.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Launch angle shows Kris Bryant tweak is working. Bryant and hitting coach John Mallee have added some extra drills, and the adjustments seem to be paying off.
  • John Arguello (Cubs Den): The unique baseball brilliance of Javier Baez. He's not Cory Spangenburg, for starters. I've been on this train for a while. It goes all the way to the station.
  • Sean Holland (Cubs Insider): Tommy La Stella an unlikely hero of Cubs' hot start. "After a rough start to his Cubs career, it is hard not to feel good for La Stella’s breakout."
  • World Series Dreaming: Jorge Soler's early struggles are complicated. "Soler is not only not running with his opportunity, he’s being relegated to spot start duty."
  • Bruce Miles (Daily Herald): 13 pitchers leave Cubs with a short bench. "Just a few years ago, 11 seemed to be the norm, and then it rose to 12."

Behind closed doors.

  • Joel Sherman (New York Post): How Cubs brass turned players into true believers with one move. "It is just 30 games, but as the Fowler signing reiterated, this organization will do everything within its power to make this a Cubs season for the first time in 108 years."
  • Neil (Chicago Cubs Online): Jim Bowden adds to list of Cubs possible trade targets. Hard to take seriously.
  • Robert Murray (Baseball Essential): Cubs looking to add a starting pitcher. Julie DiCaro says that the Cubs are playing Jorge Soler "sparingly to try to regain some of his market value."
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times): Big needs in play as pitching-thin Cubs approach low-pick draft. "The major league draft is just a month away, and for the first time in at least five years nobody around here seems to notice."
  • Matt Swartz: (Today's Knuckleball): Finding weak spots on the loaded Cubs. Bullpen, bottom third of the lineup.

Pillow talk radio.

  • ESPN: Theo Epstein: Cubs don't think about record. [AUDIO]
  • ESPN: Dexter Fowler, Cubs center fielder. [AUDIO]
  • ESPN: Jesse Rogers and Buster Olney discuss Cubs. [AUDIO]
  • MLB.com: Joe Maddon on the Cubs' effort. [VIDEO]

Gorilla my dreams.

  • Mark Simon (ESPN): Does a 24-6 start portend a championship? Sometimes. Have teams that been that good at the start of a season fared well at the finish?
  • Cameron Da Silva (Fox Sports): The 10 most incredible facts about the Cubs' magical start to the season. "Only time will tell if Chicago can keep up this torrid pace, but they're on the right track to making a World Series appearance in October."
  • Cork Gaines (Business Insider): The Cubs are making a mockery of major league baseball. "...the Chicago Cubs are doing things on the scoreboard that are unheard of."
  • Dave Cameron (Fangraphs): The Cubs look like a perfect baseball team. "It’s not just the 24-6 record; it’s that they’re playing like a 24-6 team."
  • Michael Jimenez (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): These Cubs are writing their way into the record books. "...the Cubs are in the middle of one of the hottest starts in modern MLB history."
  • Rick Morrissey (Chicago Sun-Times): Dreaming of a Cubs-White Sox World Series? You should be. "There’s no "too early’’ when it comes to talking about a Cubs-White Sox World Series."
  • Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): Here's the most jaw-dropping stat from the Cubs 24-6 start. Run differential.
  • Chris Emma (CBS Chicago): Cubs may be better than we imagined in 2016. "I think we knew we all had it in us to get off to a start like this," Cubs star Kris Bryant said. "We all really expected it."
  • Matt Lindner (Chicago Tribune): So what if it's only May? Baseball's fun all over Chicago. "Baseball is fun again in Chicago on both sides of town at the same time for the first time in entirely too long."

Miscellaneous.

  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Convalescence watch: Miguel Montero's back and Matt Szczur's hamstring. Updates on players' return timetables.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Miguel Montero ready for rehab assignment. The Cubs catcher is expected to begin a Minor League rehab assignment this week and could return by the weekend.
  • Jesse Roger (ESPN*): Joe Maddon defends Bryce Harper walks: 'It was a strategy'. "It was a strategy in the game based on how they built their group. ... The best I way I can put it is, 'I didn't do anything to them.'"
  • Chris Lingenbach (CBS DC): Bryce Harper gave a homeless woman outside Wrigley Field a jar of money. This is everywhere. Good story, if so far unsubstantiated.
  • Nick Schaeflien (Baseball Essential): Hector Rondon limited by Cubs' offense. "Rondon has the potential and ability to be a 40-save guy and the reliever of the year this season. The only problem is that his offense may not let him."
  • John Grochowski (Chicago Sun-Times): Baseball by the numbers: Cubs walking their way to runs. On-base percentage correlates more strongly to runs than batting average alone.
  • Toni Ginnetti (Chicago Sun-Times): Joe Maddon says carrying 13 pitchers not set in stone. "Especially in the beginning of the year, we try not to overwork anyone [in the bullpen],’’ Maddon said. ‘‘But at some point, you have to determine what will happen more consistently — a depleted bench or pitching.’’

Food for thought:

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