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Javier Baez is slicker than whale snot and other bullets

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In our last episode, Cub Tracks’ cakewalk, we reflected on how Friday’s game was over by the end of the first, and other issues of a pressing nature. Willson Contreras’ prodigious feats were well-represented in the text, as they should have been, for he had a day for the ages.

Yesterday wasn’t so bad, either, and Contreras had company. Anthony Rizzo and David Bote also drove in runs, Javier Baez did the swim, and the Cubs won the day, as related in Al’s recap. Let’s see what our usual cast has to say about yesterday’s game — as always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs news and notes:

“One through nine, they execute. You know they’re aggressive, they take pitches when they need to and they get on base when they need to. So, it’s a tough lineup.” — James Shields.

Ben Zobrist would not comment further regarding the league’s issue with his shoe color until he talks to them and his union privately. He wore the black spikes on Saturday but will wear pink for Mother’s Day on Sunday. — Jesse Rogers.

  • David Haugh (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Manny Machado deal would be costly for Cubs — but worth the price for a superstar. Probably not. Theo Epstein seems to indicate otherwise, and he’d know.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Cubs, Contreras power way to 5th straight win. “It’s no surprise to me -- I think that’s who he is,” Maddon said of Contreras.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): New spot, same Javy: Baez brings leadoff flair. “The game just looks easy to him,” said Jon Lester. Andrew Mearns adds on.
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Javy of all trades: Baez’s offensive versatility gives Cubs a new dimension. “Eventually, he can almost hit anywhere,” Maddon said.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Kris Bryant’s been playing pretty well…for a borderline superstar. “It’s not a stretch to say that his career trajectory has him on pace to end up as the franchise’s best ever.”
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Why Bryant is the perfect player for modern MLB baseball. “The sky’s the limit,” Maddon said.
  • J. L. Wall (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Bryant calls his spot. “Maybe it’s the fastball high and tight that needs to be afraid of Kris Bryant right now.”
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): What a year it’s been: Ian Happ reflects on callup. “It is crazy to think it was a year ago,” Happ said Saturday.
  • Todd Johnson (Cubs Insider): Six Cubs relief prospects dominating across minors. “...three of whom could find their way to Chicago this year.”

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.