Good job, Grandpa! If two games out of a series is meat loaf, three is the gravy train. Let's sweep and have a cigar to celebrate.
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Theo Epstein said #Cubs "would love" to add an impact reliever, but that won't be reactionary to recent 'pen struggles.— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) June 17, 2016
- Cody Stavenhagen (MLB.com): Theo Epstein: Cubs could be in market for reliever. "...if the right deal comes along, the Cubs could be buyers."
- Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune): Theo Epstein in no rush to add an impact arm to Cubs bullpen. He suggested that relief corps often are overlooked when they do their jobs.
- Scott Gelman (MLB Daily Dish): Cubs trade rumors: Club seeking relief help. Cubs want to improve bullpen.
- Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago): Theo Epstein: Trade conversations beginning to progress. "It’s up a little bit," Epstein said of trade conversations with other baseball executives.
- Tyler Smith (Cubs Insider): Stop overreacting: Cubs bullpen isn't that bad. "If you were judging the Cubs pen by Twitter comments, you’d think LaTroy Hawkins, , and Matt Karchner were leading the charge."
- Henry Druschel (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Joe Maddon's bullpen promises and the limits of our knowledge. "We fans have access to more and better data than ever before in baseball history, and we are almost certainly still trailing each team by a huge margin."
We're so happy we can hardly count.
- Chris Kuc (Chicago Tribune): What baseball fathers know: Advice from Cubs and White Sox dads. And lots of it.
- Burt Constable (Daily Herald): Cubs fan not shaving half his face until World Series win. 74-year-old Don Miller is not quite right but he has half of a beard left.
- Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): David Ross looking to focus on fatherhood. Old in baseball terms only, he has the rest of his life to enjoy his life.
- Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): The Cubs' rotation is historically good. The secret is out: they're limiting baserunners. Can't score if you don't get to first.
- CSN Chicago*: Joe Maddon on Jake Arrieta: He's been really good. [VIDEO]
- Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch): Rick Sutcliffe says this year's team is better. "They don’t even say ‘when’ anymore," said Sutcliffe. "Theo has taken that word completely out of their vocabulary." I think Rick means "if", but his point stands.
- Mike Lopresti (Indianapolis Business Journal): Cubs fans are gleeful, but can't shake anxiety. "We’re not afraid of the black cat or the goat or anything like that." Just the other shoe.
- Dan McGrath (Chicago Sun-Times): Cubs truly are a delight, but fans, media, should temper giddiness. "It’s looking like another quiet summer at McNally’s. Maybe the softball teams it sponsors will win big."
- Joe Ward (DNAinfo): Kris Bryant is getting married...and took engagement photos at Wrigley. Jessica Delp posted some of the photos to her Instagram account Friday.
- R.L. Bynum (Raleigh and Co): What a ride for Cub fans! But how will it end? "Who knows what lies ahead in October? I do know I’ll be watching. And hoping."
- ESPN*: Buster Olney interviews Pat Hughes.[AUDIO]
- Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): For starters, Cubs setting historic pace on hill. "It's literally just, 'Pass the baton,'" Jason Hammel said. "Do your work, and then the next guy will come in and do his work and we'll keep going."
- Andrew Simon (MLB.com): Kris Bryant an #ASG-worthy choice at 3rd. Bryant and Nolan Arenado are both likely to be in San Diego.
- Ryan Davis (Today's Knuckleball): Ben Zobrist is a dark horse MVP candidate. "...he’s been the most well-rounded and productive hitter in the lineup of the best team in baseball."
- Cat Garcia (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Let's take a second to appreciate Javier Baez' improvements. Walks are the next thing to work on. He's improved across-the-board.
- Mike Banghart (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Dexter Fowler and the Cubs' perpetual center fielder search. Rick Monday was the best in the last 60 years. Nobody else is even close. Andy Pafko before him. That's a long time.
- Jim Callis (MLB.com): What to expect from Willson Contreras in the big leagues. A young, athletic, and fairly raw defensive player with tons of offensive upside.
- Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Cubs to use Willson Contreras' first stint as tutorial. When it comes down to putting the right fingers down at the right moment for our pitchers, that's different. And that's the part that has to be learned," said Joe Maddon.
- Mike Banghart (Cubs Den): Now what? (Some thoughts on Willson Contreras' role on the 2016 Chicago Cubs). Differing developmental scenarios.
- Bruce Miles (Daily Herald): Cubs say calling up Willson Contreras' came at perfect time. Contreras will enjoy the tutelage of veterans MIguel Montero and David Ross.
- JJ Stankewicz (CSN Chicago*): Kyle Schwarber's rehab going well, but no chance of playing in 2016. "He’s always looking for ways to contribute to the organization," Theo Epstein said.
- Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): How Cubs have opened up so many possibilities. Discussion of the career path of Ian Happ.
Hot air for a cool breeze.
- Kyle Hill (Nerdist.com): Science proves that bubble baths are best. More hot water, longer.
- Kate Baggaley (Popular Science): Mouse experiment sheds light on why we obey habits. Creature of habit? Here's why.
- Ross Anderson (The Atlantic): Fancy math can't make aliens real. Drake inequitable?
Floydian Slip. Turn it up and chill. Happy Father's Day.