Toeing the rubber isn't the same as walking the plank, and other bullets.
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Gerritt Cole on the Cubs "I don't really think they are the best team in baseball".— Brad Robinson (@bradrobinson8) May 15, 2016
- Chris Cwik (Big League Stew*): The Walk Off: Gerrit Cole disses Cubs after shutting them down. We'll meet again.
- Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Ice Cole: Pirates starter freezes Cubs, then throws shade at them.You need lots of vinegar for cole slaw.
- Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): Bozo reporter wants the Pirates to throw at Jake Arrieta and brawl with the Cubs. Seriously:
- Paul Skrbina (Chicago Tribune): First-place Cubs won't get into war of words with division rivals. "To get caught up in that kind of rhetoric, to me, is counterproductive," Joe Maddon said. "I'm not going to go there."
- Jim Sannes (numberfire): Sorry, Gerrit Cole, but the Cubs are easily the best team in baseball. That's why Cole is so sour. He's on the wrong side of the rivalry™.
Out of the frying pan.
- Ryan Davis (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Patience rewarded as Addison Russell continues to grow. "...it’s easy to forget about Russell on the offensive side."
- Tony Andracki (CSN Chicago*): Ice in his veins: Addison Russell stunning Cubs with calm demeanor. "Just a slow heart beat," Joe Maddon said.
- John Arguello (Cubs Den): Cubs player development doesn't stop at any age -- and it starts with commanding the strike zone. "As fans sometimes we tend to generalize certain terminology such as floor, ceiling, upside, peak years, etc..."
- Rick Morrissey (Chicago Sun-Times): Javier Baez deserves to start at third, but it's complicated. "The Cubs don’t have problems. They have options."
- Paul Skrbina (Chicago Tribune): Cub's re-signing of Dexter Fowler continues to pay dividends. Fowler has reached base in 44.9 percent of his plate appearances and entered Monday with a league-high 14 doubles and team-best .331 batting average. He also has three home runs, 19 RBI and 27 runs scored.
Catching up on correspondence.
- Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Willson Contreras is close, but has work to do before joining Cubs. "The talent is there," Miguel Montero said of Contreras.
- Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Tim Fedorowicz: Options for Cubs with three catchers. Federowicz also has a first baseman's glove. He may have stolen it from Dan Vogelbach.
- Jesse Rogers (ESPN): Justin Grimm Twitter mailbag: Best heckle while warming? And Josh Reddick's beard, and other things.
- George Castle (Chicago Baseball Museum): Jack Rosenberg under glass. "Many of the greats of WGN’s unforgettable golden years of baseball coverage have sadly departed, and are dearly missed. But Jack Rosenberg soldiers on..."
- Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Kids help Cubs 'Play Ball' Sunday at Wrigley. Under-reported event is still very cool. Polite applause.
- Luis Medina (Bleacher Nation): The Cubs have been incredibly good at turning ground balls into outs. "The Cubs’ combination of having pitchers whose stuff is conducive to getting ground balls and an infield defense that is steady is a perfect storm."
- ESPN: Week 6 power rankings: My kind of town. Six weeks into the season, the Chicago Cubs (again the unanimous No. 1) and the Chicago White Sox stand 1-2.
- Brett Smiley (Fox Sports): Cubs' players perform 90s classics at karaoke celebration. "Nineties" and "classics" don't belong in the same sentence, but they look like they had fun.
- Todd Johnson (Cubs Insider): Gleyber Torres bouncing back after a rough April. In the month of May, he’s hitting .356 with 3 HR’s and 8 RBI’s.
- Ryan Waterman (Baseball Essential): Could the Cubs trade for Mike Trout? "...I’m simply saying that it can’t be ruled out."
Hot off the grill.
- Neil (Chicago Cubs Online): Theo Epstein talks Cubs on the Score.
- Sean Sears (Sports Mockery): Former baseball legend saved Javier Baez' career. Manny being Manny.
- Dayn Perry (CBS Sports): 14 things to know about the Cubs' hot and historic start to the season. Top ten list plus.
- Evan Altman (Baseball Essential ): Rougned Odor, Gerrit Cole, and the impact of rivalries on baseball's popularity. "There’s a funny scent wafting from the baseball world after the events of the past weekend."
Food for thought:
- George Johnson (NY Times) Science of consciousness conference is carnival of the mind. "...there is no scientific explanation for consciousness."
- NPR: Breaking down the science of picky eating. No Brussels Sprouts for me, thank you.
- Andrea Wulf (Wall Street Journal): Turning science into art. How the scientist Alexander von Humboldt inspired Frederic Edwin Church’s artistic brilliance.