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Oh! Atlanta, searching for their spark, Why?, and other bullets

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Last time at the depot, Cub Tracks got to triple digits, expressing thoughts about how Javier Baez is slicker than whale snot and other bullets, and today the train stops in Atlanta for the first of a three-game set, following a Cubs home loss at the hands and bats of the overachieving Braves. That was one that got away, for many reasons, which were explained by Al in his recap.

I’m not going to praise or bury Jose Quintana. I just hope he manages to improve. The Cubs are in Atlanta by now. Let’s hope for prodigious feats of athletic competition, and also winning baseball by the visitors.

And, after our first musical interlude, here’s the news — as always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs news and notes:

The Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber was asked about today’s betting-related news and he said, “My guess is it will be good for people outside of the game of baseball. Obviously, we’re not going to do that, we’re not going to be betting on baseball. We also know what happened to good old Pete Rose, there. That’s a good example of just not to do it, for us.” Which begs the question: Is the legacy of MLB’s all-time hit leader ultimately that of a cautionary tale? — Bradford Doolittle (ESPN)

  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Yu Darvish on the spot for Tuesday start in Atlanta after mistake-prone Cubs lose to Braves at Wrigley. “A short outing by Quintana further taxed the bullpen and the Cubs made mistakes on defense and on the basepaths.”
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Up-and-down Cubs still searching for their ‘spark’. “We still haven’t hit that spark, you know,” Addison Russell said. “We’re playing some pretty good baseball right now. I can only imagine when we all click.”
  • Dan Szymborski (ESPN Insider {$}): Which contenders are in trouble and what they can do about it? “The projected expectations for the Cubs haven’t changed, but those for the rest of the division have...”
  • Moshe Wilensky (Cubs Insider): Financial state of the NL Central, Pt. 2: How are the Cardinals able to extend young players? “I’m stumped.”
  • Brendan Miller (Cubs Insider): Kyle Hendricks rated MLB’s best command pitcher. Reflecting on Eno Sarris’ Athletic article {$}.
  • Steve Greenberg (Chicago Sun-Times*): ‘Q’ isn’t for ‘quality’: Cubs’ Quintana ‘pissed’ after latest poor start. “Too many pitches,” he said. “Three homers. I’m really frustrated with this outing.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Panic deepens as Quintana’s struggles return in full force. “Things were really bad with command early in the game,” Quintana said.” Yeah, but panic’s a little strong. Concern, yes.
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Cubs should be worried if Quintana doesn’t pitch up to expectations. “It’s tough to continually try to piece together without wearing guys out,” Maddon said. “We need to get our starters more deeply into the games.”
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Signs point to pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay starting for the Cubs on Saturday. “Not a bad first opportunity for the youngster.”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Ben Zobrist has one question for MLB on rule governing cleat color: ‘Why?’ “...Zobrist planned to call Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer, to receive some clarity on rules governing attire such as his black hightop cleats.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Cubs band together to fight back against ‘confusing’ MLB sanctions. “Steve Cishek and Kyle Schwarber joined Zobrist in wearing the black cleats Monday afternoon.”
  • Rob Huff (The Athletic {$}): The good, the bad and the complicated in the Cubs’ minors early this season. “...the front office has identified and the minor league instructors have developed a bunch of major league talent.”

Food for thought:

Parting thoughts:

Thanks for reading.