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Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves
That ain’t the green chile burrito
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Cub Tracks performed legendary feats, or at least the late Lowell George and his band did, and the team rolled on through Atlanta for a three-game set, concluding tonight with a possible meatloaf and then a move on to Cincinnati for four games against the woeful Reds, having split the first two games.

Let’s hope they forget those neon nights and Georgia rhythms and remember just how bad the Reds pitching staff is. Win or lose, I’m not gonna let it bother me tonight. Watching this spooky-good team play is always good for me.

People forget just how good the Cubs are, just like they forget how excellent that band was/is. And now let’s move on to the news about Ben Zobrist’s shoes, and other pressing matters — as always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs news and notes:

  • Patrick Mooney (Sports Mockery): Forget about Yu, what’s wrong with Q? “...why is he using his fastball so much more often if he’s throwing it slower and getting hit harder?”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Tyler Chatwood’s strong outing wasted as Cubs’ bullpen takes loss in 4-1 defeat to Braves. “The Cubs were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Mike Montgomery first option for Saturday start; top prospect in wings. “...Adbert Alzolay...is waiting in the wings for a possible major-league debut if the Montgomery plans fall through because of a need to use him out of the bullpen Thursday or Friday.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Zobrist has reemerged as one of the Cubs’ most important players. “All that work he spent in the offseason sure seems to be paying off.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Zo fought the law — and might win the right to wear all-black shoes for Cubs. “I’m optimistic that the conversation’s going to be had very quickly, and we’ll have probably a better solution for everybody soon,” said Zobrist.
  • Phil Thompson (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Ian Happ tells Weather Channel wind and rain made Wrigley Field’s early games ‘awful’. But...“it’s worth it because the summer in Chicago is perfect.”
  • Russell Dorsey (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Iowa is the perfect place for Happ right now. “Happ is going to play an important role for the Chicago Cubs this season, but that time is not now.”
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Kyle Schwarber is the best defensive player in baseball. “According to UZR/150, which quantifies how many runs above or below average a fielder is per 150 games, Schwarber’s 28.1 rating is the highest score in MLB.”
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Yes, Albert Almora is getting better against – and more starts against – righties. “...let’s be clear about the path to success: Almora has struggled mightily against right-handers early on in his career.”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): MLB draft forecasters have Cubs leaning Southeast. “The Cubs have the 24th pick in the June 4 amateur draft, and three forecasters have them selecting a player from the Southeast region.”
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Why the Cubs are targeting hitting prospects in this year’s draft. “...I think we’re going to be able to take some upside guys and try to replace some of the impact talent that we traded away the last couple of years,” said Jason McLeod.
  • Todd Johnson (Cubs Insider): Cubs Prospect Update: Brendon Little’s rapid improvement evident regardless of box score numbers. “At this point, it’s really all about fastball command.”

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Thanks for reading.