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The Royals showed a lot of desire for a last-place, moribund team. I tip my Cubs cap to them. I dunno why the tarp came out so fast...Len and JD referred to possible electricity in the area. Well, Javy was around, so yeah. Jakob Junis looked pretty good. My recollection is that the Cubs often struggle against young pitchers...familiarity possibly breeding contact.

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Cubs News and Notes:

All you need to know is that the people at Royals Review as of this writing have voted that they believe the Cubs will sweep. I like them. They have humors.

Angel told me to look at it. I looked at it, and he’s wrong. And I would like for him to confirm that. That can’t happen. That can’t happen in the major leagues, at Wrigley Field, at any field.” — Anthony Rizzo.

  • Moshe Wilensky (Cubs Insider): Financial state of the Central: A review of trade season results for Cubs, division opponents. “The Cubs had a quiet, but still effective, trade season.”
  • Bruce Miles (Daily Herald {$}): Joe Maddon comfortable with contract situation. “I’ve always thought seven to 10 years was the right amount of time to do one job,” he said.
  • Steve Rosenbloom (Chicago Tribune* {$}): I think we’re looking at Maddon’s best regular-season managing job. “And the Cubs are still in first place.”
  • Carrie Muskat (*): Maddon’s vision transformed for good cause. “Joe, to me, besides being a baseball manager, Joe to me is artistic himself,” Jason Skeldon said.
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Cubs gambling Jon Lester, Cole Hamels have enough left for another playoff run. “I love it,” Maddon said. “Been there, done that matters.”
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): It’s been a very bad stretch for Jon Lester — perhaps worse than you realized. “...I have to do a better job of keeping our team close enough to strike and minimize some damage. I wasn’t able to do that,” he said.
  • Brendan Miller (Cubs Insider): Kyle Hendricks throwing more curveballs to righties (which is a big deal). “I’ve been wanting to mix [curveballs] in. I just haven’t been throwing the other stuff well enough to do that,” he said.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider) Were A-Rod’s comments actually good for Yu Darvish? “...the fallout from A-Rod’s made-for-TV assessment may have ended up galvanizing the Cubs and propelling Darvish both physically and psychologically.”
  • Larry Hawley (WGN-9): Pitcher Pedro Strop inspires the latest Cubs’ themed road trip. “From sunglasses to chains to tilted ballcaps, the Cubs paid homage to their reliever through fashion for the short flight West.”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Durability a source of pride for Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. “The most important thing is that I’ve been able to stay healthy, and it’s helped me catch all those innings and help the team,” he said.
  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune* {$}): That can’t happen’: Anthony Rizzo fumes at umpire after questionable call ends Cubs’ 10-6 loss. “...that call is unacceptable,” he said.” Brett Taylor adds on.
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Rizzo’s redemption: Umpire admits he got the call wrong. “Rizzo was right...I’m not perfect,” Angel Hernandez told Paul Sullivan.
  • ESPN: Ben Zobrist talks about his return to Kansas City [VIDEO].
  • Ken Schulz (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Ben Zobrist: Changing history instead of his footwear. “In retrospect, it’s going to be awfully amusing that Zobrist’s 2018 is mostly going to be remembered for the shoes controversy.”
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Why Zobrist sees a little bit of himself in David Bote. “He’s got a lot more confidence than I had at that age,” Zobrist said.
  • Randy Holt (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): On Javier Baez’ chances at MVP. “Báez is a legitimate candidate for the National League Most Valuable Player award.”
  • Sam Fels (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Addison Russell’s July of discontent. “The numbers are pretty ugly. .202/.272//.286. A 52 wRC+ and .255 TAv.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): As Addison Russell’s up-and-down season continues, how much of a concern is his hand? “Power-wise, we’re not seeing the same pop we saw a couple years ago and it could be because of his hand right now,” said Maddon.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Kris Bryant still not swinging the bat, not sure when he will be. “Instead, it’s still rest and strengthening exercises for the Cubs’ third baseman.”
  • Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): David Ross showing he has a great eye for talent. “...Maddon shared this little nugget, saying it was Ross who came up to him during spring training and said David Bote was ready for The Show.”
  • Andy Frye (Forbes*): Ian Happ talks switch-hitting, walk-up songs and Chicago Cubs baseball. “Happ has been deployed in both infield and outfield, while also developing a reputation as a foreboding threat at the plate.”

Food for thought:

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