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Where’s the kaboom? and other bullets

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Previously, Cub Tracks passed on the chili. Weak sauce with cinnamon isn’t my favorite — I prefer meat loaf. Addison Russell made like Clark Kent and changed in a phone booth for that game. Good thing it wasn’t a Tardis. Tom Baker would look really funny at short. He’s supposed to be at first, but perhaps he didn’t succeed there.

(cue laugh track)

Moldy and Scowler forgive me. Marvin too. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s puzzled by the current power outage. Where’s the kaboom? Ok, Ian Happ went kaboom, twice...but not enough kaboom, I say. Not enough baseballs in orbit.

Let’s file new coordinates and return to earth for today’s game. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs news and notes:

Jon Lester likes to use the roller coaster analogy when talking about a baseball season though he’s not a fan of real roller coasters: “Some seasons are going to be the kiddie rides and some are going to be the Six Flags not so fun ones...I’ll stay with Dumbo. The Goofy one I rode this off season. The Seven Dwarfs one was a little much for me but I got through that with the 7 year old. He made me go on that. I don’t do Tea Pots. I don’t spin.” Lester was then asked if It’s a Small World is more his style: “I stay away from that one. That song will be in your head for the next 3 days.” — Jesse Rogers

Joe Maddon, after the Cubs lose 5-4 in 11: “It was not a good game. One of my worst sitting in that dugout.” — Jesse Rogers

  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): How Jon Lester is riding the rollercoaster of this Cubs season. “We really haven’t clicked yet, so we’ll keep plugging away.”
  • William Rettig (MLB.com*): Jose Quintana dominates, Cubs coast to G2 shutout. “Veteran lefty allows one hit, K’s 7 in seven 7 brilliant innings.”
  • Duncan Wallis (Msabr.com): Where did Yu go? “...what did the Cubs see in Yu Darvish?”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Maddon sticking by reliever Justin Wilson despite bout of wildness. “We’ll get him ready for Cleveland,” Maddon said.
  • Jessica Kleinschmidt (Cut Four): Scooter Gennett and Anthony Rizzo shared a fun moment on first base. “It appeared Rizzo was attempting to pull a hidden-ball trick on Gennett, but this isn’t his first rodeo.”
  • Michael Augustine (Pitcherlist): Going Deep: Anthony Rizzo has become an enigma. “...he’s pulling the ball much more than he normally does and at the expense of his opposite field contact.”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Cubs say Amir Garrett went a bit too far in celebrating strikeout of Javier Baez. “He’s frustrated because I hit a (grand slam) off him last year,” said Baez. Mark Sheldon (MLB.com) adds on.
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Addison Russell not paying attention to Manny Machado rumors. “It doesn’t bother me,” he said.
  • William Rettig (MLB.com*): Happ hits 14,000th homer in Cubs history. Happ has reached base in 11 of his 13 plate appearances.
  • William Rettig (MLB.com*): Cubs’ rally not enough as Reds walk off in 11th. “It looks like we walked a run in, but we had that game so many other ways before that,” Maddon said.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading, Houston, and good night.