Julianna Zobrist ably handled the National Anthem, and Dexter Fowler had a sore heel and didn't play, but the Cubs won their sixth in a row on Memorial Day to get to 21 games over .500. Jason Hammel left the game with what were reported to be hamstring cramps. The Cubs relievers were flat-out awesome on a day which didn't feature much offense. Here's the box score.
Seems like a lot of writers took the day off. Here's the best of the best of.
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- Justin Breen (DNAinfo): Confident Cubs fan gets his huge World Series tattoo early. Dean Masini said that there is no "Plan B" for the tattoo if the Cubs don't win the Series this decade.
- ESPN: Week 8 MLB Power Rankings. The Pirates climb, but somebody's already in the catbird seat. Still.
- Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): Joe Maddon on Dodger's use of laser technology. Maddon doesn’t care.
- Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): Joe Maddon shares military regret. Maddon said his father, grandparents and uncles, including one that was a POW, served in the military.
- Jesse Rogers (ESPN*): Cubs on top thanks to starting rotation. "...right now, the starting staff is reaching a level previously unseen at Wrigley Field."
- Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago): Cubs starting pitching key to baseball's best record. "Length in starters’ innings and an efficient, if not star-studded, relief corps have given Maddon an abundance of latitude on a daily basis."
- John Jackson (ESPN*): Ben Zobrist creating a good problem for Cubs. "I'm trying to figure out myself if I can keep this up, to be honest," Zobrist said.
- Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): On fire at the plate, Ben Zobrist hopes to keep it up. "It isn't a question of whether Zobrist will get another hit these days, but how many and where are they going."
- Rick Morrissey (Chicago Sun-Times): Ben Zobrist going where he hasn't been before. Zobrist's outstanding stats are a numerical way of saying, "Well, this is the damnedest thing.’’
- Jordan Bernfield (Daily Herald): Hot-hitting Zobrist brings critical leadership. Just as much as George Clinton brings the MotherShip, but not as gaudy.
All kidding aside:
- John Perrotto (Today's Knuckleball): TKB's top young shortstops: No. 5 -- Addison Russell. "There’s no doubt he is going one of the best shortstops in the major leagues for years to come," said Joe Maddon.
- Mike Rosenbaum (MLB.com): Willson Contreras collects offensive career highs for Triple-A Iowa. He drove in five runs and scored three. One of his hits was a grand slam. He also hit a solo homer. The Iowa Cubs had a ten-run sixth inning en route to an 11-0 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes.
- Evan Altman: (Cubs Insider): An Eloy among men: Jimenez making loud noises in South Bend. Eye-popping statline includes seven home runs in his last sixteen games. The Cubs' prospect looks like a man among boys. Also see Minor League Wrap for 5/29.
Food for thought:
- Science News Journal: New quick and flexible circuits could open a world of unique wearable electronics.
- Jennifer Ouellette (Gizmodo): The stories of science are brought to life in this comic anthology. Boundless is the name of it. Looks very cool.
- Cathal O'Connell (Cosmos): Resistance is futile: The super-science of conductivity. Super-cool. Literally.
Jake Arrieta tonight as the Cubs go for two straight against the Dodgers.