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Cub Tracks Plays For The Dream

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It's good to have dreams. Dream big!

Almost dreamed a comeback.
Almost dreamed a comeback.
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Just ask Dexter. Cubs go for meatloaf today.

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Champagne wishes.

  • Randy Holt (Beyond the Box Score): Addison Russell is emerging into an elite shortstop. "Russell is utilizing some late-2015 adjustments and still-improving approach as a springboard toward a career year in 2016."
  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): How Joe Maddon sees potential strike-zone issues impacting Cubs. "The competition committee reportedly took a step forward this week by agreeing to raise the lower part of the strike zone."
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times): Pen is mightier issue for Joe Maddon than Cubs' quiet bats. I talk about how the first month of the season is about trying to figure out your bullpen," he said. "At this point, I feel pretty good about what I know about our group."
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Cubs playoff odds started high, somehow increased dramatically. Good became great.
  • Matthew Trueblood (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Rubbing Mud: The quarter-pole odds changes. Baseball isn't horse-racing.

Caviar dreams.

  • Max McKinnon (Myrtle Beach Online): Ian Happ finding himself at home in the infield. "He’s getting better and better and, actually, he’s made a couple of plays that I was surprised with," Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey said. "You’d have thought he had played second base forever, and at a lot higher of a level."
  • Luke Blaize (Bleacher Nation): Cubs minor league daily: Probably not Albert Almora time. "Jason Heyward left the game last night with an injury, and the collective mind of Cubs’ Twitter turned to one man: Albert Almora."
  • Neil (Chicago Cubs Online): Eloy Jimenez goes yard for the third time in two games. One of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system has caught fire at the plate.

Upon a star.

  • Jerry Burnes (Beyond the Box Score): Ben Zobrist is reinventing himself. "The standard-bearer of versatility is making an important late-career adjustment."
  • Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago): Royals rave about former teammate Ben Zobrist, an asset to the Cubs this year. "He made a huge impact on our team and us winning," Ned Yost said.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Ben Zobrist's splashdown the 115th homer to get wet on the fly. The first Cub to put a ball in the Cove: Corey Patterson on August 7, 2004.
  • Jeff Samardzija knows Jake Arrieta's winning streak can roll into free agency. "Less than 18 months away from becoming a free agent, Arrieta is betting on himself, the same way Samardzija did, at a table with even higher stakes."
  • Barry R. Bloom (MLB.com): Joe Maddon believes Jake Arrieta still has room for growth. "I'm telling you, there's another level we haven't seen yet this year," Maddon said. "His command has been off."
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): A few Jake Arrieta highlights and splash hit facts to bake your noodle. "...in the reigning NL Cy Young’s nine starts this season, the Cubs have a +58 run differential. That’s higher than any team in baseball has for the whole season."

Miscellaneous.

Food for thought:

Enjoy your day.