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Addison Russell makes like Clark Kent, and other bullets

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Cub Tracks went south, just like the Cubs did, that last game played in Atlanta, in which we discussed the best defensive player in baseball and other bullets, and other bullets and featured some musical numbers by the Atlanta Rhythm Section, one of the great ensembles of yesteryear. Today we have items related to last night’s tilt with the Skyline Chili Fanciers in a game played between the raindrops, which ended up with the Reds all wet, and some tunes by Robin Trower.

Hopefully you enjoy such fare. Otherwise, BCB has other content for you. Those of you who stay can move on now to the news and nonsense I’ve compiled for you. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs news and notes:

No Manny Machado news today, thank you. Okay, just one, that says the Cubs can’t afford him. Oh yeah, and I officially hate the Sun-Times subscription ad. Jeebus, that’s annoying.

The Colorado Rockies (USA) set a Major League Baseball (MLB) record with 11 consecutive hits against the Chicago Cubs (USA) during a 12-run outburst in the 8th inning of a 17-2 victory at Coors Field in Colorado (USA) on 30 July 2010. — Guinness Book of World records.

According to Paul Sullivan, the record for consecutive hits to start a game is eight. The White Sox had seven April 23, 2018.

Ian Happ has been walked intentionally 3 times tonight. He’s the first Cub since Andre Dawson on May 22, 1990 to earn at least three IBB in a game. In fact, Dawson was walked intentionally 5 times that day. It also came against the Reds. — Jesse Rogers.

  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Braves’ ‘dynamic’ young talent leaves lasting impression on Joe Maddon and Cubs. “They’re ascending — no question about it,” Maddon said.
  • Matthew Leach (MLB.com*): Taking stock of Cubs at quarter mark. “They may not be the marauding force some folks forecasted in March, but it says here they’re still the team to beat in the division.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): How the Cubs compare to themselves a quarter of the way through the season. “The bullpen has actually been better this season than any of the past three years and overall the 2018 Cubs pitching staff appears to be in much better shape than a year ago at this time.”
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Ranking level of concern with Cubs’ most glaring issues. “We are still learning how to hit on the major-league level,” Maddon said.
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Is Yu Darvish finally getting comfortable with the Cubs’ pitching system? “...what’s going on between his ears seems just as important as what’s coming out of his right arm.”
  • Michael Beller (Sports Illustrated): Darvish is tweaking his mechanics to try and escape his early-season struggles. “...let’s move on to the release point.” (this is the thing I noticed a week or so ago)
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Tyler Chatwood is toeing the line between command and hard contact. “Chatwood flashes elite stuff from top to bottom...while having trouble commanding his pitches.”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Though rainout nixed Mike Montgomery from start, he vows to remain ready. “It’s a long year,” said Montgomery.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Justin Grimm and Cubs were ‘Butting Heads,’ ‘Weren’t on the Same Page’ prior to release. Elaborating on Tommy Birch article.
  • Dan Santoromita (NBC Sports Chicago*): Jed Hoyer: ‘I don’t think there’s any questionAdbert Alzolay will help us this year. “We’re excited we have Montgomery, who we know can stretch out easily, and we’re excited with Adbert’s progress,” Hoyer said.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo: Slow start ‘tests who you are and your mental fortitude’. “I’m human,” he said.
  • Eno Sarris (The Athletic {$}): Roster Requirements: Six young bats who can cover the plate. Some good thoughts about Addison Russell.
  • Randy Holt (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): What is going on with Addison Russell? “...there are some concerning factors moving forward.” Last night notwithstanding.
  • ESPN: Kris Bryant joins Waddle and Silvy [AUDIO].
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Mike Bryant explains everything, Pt. 2: How Kris Bryant has made freakish improvements as a hitter. Pt 1. “...he’s been trying to hit the ball in the air since the time he was able to pick up a bat.”
  • Jeff Agrest (Chicago Sun-Times*): Sports media: Former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville isn’t your average baseball analyst. “I’m really thankful for this opportunity to get back on the saddle,” Glanville said.
  • Caitlin Moyer (Cait covers the bases): Brewers-Cubs wives softball challenge set for June 12.

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Thanks for reading.