Well, that was fun. Kudos to Albert Almora, Jr., and Javier Baez for their fine games. Philly-style meatloaf, with onions, peppers, and Cheese Whiz.
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Passes the eye test:
- Seven-year-old cancer survivor shows Cubs pride with prosthetic eye. "...victory is sweet whether it’s on the field or in the medical world." With [VIDEO]. Despite the name, the child is apparently no relation to Ben Zobrist.
- Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): Why Cubs bet on Kris Bryant and against Jonathon Gray with the #2 pick. "We felt the best player for the Cubs long-term looking at those two players was Kris Bryant," Jason McLeod said.
- Inquisitr.com: It's too soon to worry about Jake Arrieta. Not invincible after all, but plenty good.
- Jesse Rogers (ESPN): Javier Baez' Twitter mailbag. "I couldn't be happier," he said, in part.
- Matthew Trueblood (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): The worst trade in Cubs history isn't the one you think (it is). Dolph Camilli and Don Hurst beg to differ.
- Adam Nissen (Sports Mockery): Wrigleyville is getting demolished next week. "...
starting next week, the Wrigleyville area begins a major transformation to become a more modern, updated spot."
It might be, it could be...
- Rob Arthur (Five Thirty-Eight): This year's Cubs might be better than the incredible '27 Yankees. Amazing that people can even say things like that and be taken seriously. Go Cubs.
- Rany Jazayerli (The Ringer): An irresistible force rises in Chicago. "The 2016 Cubs might actually be able to end the franchise’s immovable title drought — and emerge as the best team in baseball history."
- Arielle Aronson (Fox Sports): The Cubs are putting together the most dominant season in MLB history. "The Cubs rule baseball this year." So far.
- Ryan Hatch (NJ.com): Cubs on pace to knock off '27 Yankees as 'best team ever'. "...all Chicago has to do is solve turning that regular season dominance into playoff success."
It is what it is.
- Mark Newman (MLB.com): Dexter Fowler takes lead over NL outfielders in All-Star voting. And he deserves it.
- Jerry Crasnick (ESPN): David Ross completes his Philly bucket list. With help from Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward and Matt Szczur, Ross undertook three activities unique to the city and its heritage.
- Evan Webeck (MLB.com): Matt Szczur appears in hometown of Philly. "It's good to be out on the field, kind of being an away guy but feeling like a home-field advantage," Szczur said. He grew up driving distance from Philadelphia in Cape May, NJ, as depicted in his player profile.
- Jerry Crasnick (ESPN): Versatile Cubs roster right up Joe Maddon's alley. Ben Zobrist isn’t the only Cubs player with a variety of options.
- Sean Sears (Sports Mockery): The one thing the Cubs have failed at under Theo Epstein. See: Pitching, development of.
- Rick Morrissey (Chicago Sun-Times): Joe Maddon a mellow fellow, until you make a dumb call. "Maddon obviously thinks his biggest role is that of protector."
- Jared Wyllys (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Life on the edge of glory: A conversation with Matt Murton. "It’s an interesting world to live in, the one he’s in now and has lived in before..."
The rest is just speculation.
- Let's take a second look. "...only three players drafted in the last four drafts by the Cubs have made it to Chicago – Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, and Kyle Schwarber." (Cubs Central): How well have the Cubs done in the draft lately?
- Jerry Crasnick (ESPN): Jon Lester knows not to argue with Joe Maddon. "I told Joe I was fine (to go back out there). But I also told him that he’s the manager," Lester said Monday night.
- Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times): Kris Bryant moves on from grievance to 'bigger and better things'. "Technically, the grievance over manipulation of Bryant’s and Mikael Franco’s service time (to assure their clubs additional control over the players) is still pending, but has not been scheduled for a hearing."
- Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Timeline for Jorge Soler's return unknown, timing of his injury stinks. "...Since May 18 (53 PAs), Soler has been an absolute beast: .318/.434/.591."
- Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Label or no, Jorge Soler's injury issues more than just a series of flukes. "...it looks like there’s a bit of a pattern developing here."
- Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times): Injury-prone? Jorge Soler hits the DL for the sixth time in less than three years. "Injury prone, that’s an easy thing to say," Joe Maddon said. "I really refrain from putting labels like that on a player because I’ve seen [turnarounds].
The future is now.
- Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): What happens to Albert Almora, Jr., when Jorge Soler returns? "A decision on Almora might not be necessary until next month, but his promotion gives the Cubs a head start on evaluating his prospects for 2017."
- Evan Webeck (MLB.com): Albert Almora, Jr., realizes dream with Cubs callup. "It's a dream come true," Almora said. "Twenty-two years old, and I've been playing baseball since I was 4 years old. This is what every kid dreams about."
- Jesse Rogers (ESPN): Five things to know about Albert Almora, Jr. "...it’s definitely no slam dunk he’s back in the minors when Soler returns."
- Chris Mitchell (Fangraphs): Projecting the Cubs' Albert Almora, Jr. "...he’s ready to contribute right now, and is a good bet to develop into a solid regular down the road."
- Tommy Stokke (Today's Knuckleball): Timing just right for Albert Almora, Jr. call-up. "For any player, there’s never a wrong time to be promoted to the major leagues. For Albert Almora and the Chicago Cubs, there may be no better time than now."
Food for thought.
- Heidi Glenn (NPR): Copycake: When food art ideas get swiped. Where do you draw the line between inspiration and straight-up imitation?
- Arielle Aronson (Fox Sports): Bill Nye the Science Guy invented a new baseball bat. With [VIDEO].
- Graham Templeton (ExtremeTech): Gravitational wave science gets go-ahead to revolutionize astronomy. LaGrange points have more than a lotta nice girls.