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Cub Tracks’ three-hit wonder

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bbq meatloaf, Javy, Monty, and other bullets

Chicago Cubs v Kansas City Royals
that bats didn’t have any hits in it
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I usually put barbecue sauce on my meatloaf anyway. And bacon, and I fill it with cheese. It would have been nice to have a sweep but bbq meatloaf is good, too. The Cubs left KC a lovely parting gift.

I can only think of one three-hit wonder. I wonder if you can name him. He had top 40 hits with three different bands.**

Al will have the sordid details in his recap. I’m heading right for the links. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs News and Notes:

Kris Bryant played catch and took grounders but hasn’t picked up a bat since going on the DL for the second time with a left shoulder injury. He continues to strengthen the area, waiting for trainers to give him clearance to swing. The only time he’s felt pain, going back to when he first injured it, is swinging a bat. The Cubs will be sure he’s as close to pain free as possible before he returns. — Jesse Rogers.

  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Yu Darvish ramps up rehab, throws sim game. “I thought he threw really well, easy, not affected in any way,” Joe Maddon said.
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): That was Mike Montgomery’s second-best start of the year, and what a year it has been. “It’s probably the best off speed stuff I’ve had,” Montgomery said.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Montgomery’s new curveball grip may be fueling improved results. ““I changed the grip on my curveball,” Montgomery said Tuesday night.” (Link is to a good Tony Andracki piece)
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Pitching coach Jim Hickey to Cubs relievers: Trust your defense. “That’s been the most surprising to me, personally, the fact we have these elite defenders running all over and we’re not letting them play,” Hickey said.
  • Richard Justice (MLB.com*): Javier Baez’ emergence stands out in 2018. “...30 teams and 30 things we didn’t see coming.”
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN*): Does everything Baez brings add up to an MVP? “It’s a complete game ... I’m hoping real baseball players are recognized,” said Maddon.
  • Brendan Miller (Cubs Insider): Baez’ contact rate is way up. “Baez is striking out significantly less over the last month...”
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Ben Zobrist feeling better about left hip tightness. “Zobrist began the night ranked among the top five hitters in the National League and is batting .313.”
  • Brendan Miller (Cubs Insider): What happened to Addison Russell’s power? “...his swings don’t look the same as before.”
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Kris Bryant progressing with rehab, plays catch. “It’s not fun at all,” Bryant said on Tuesday. “It’s not fun at all. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to keep healthy and hope it never happens again.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): The rise of David Bote, told by David Bote. “Man, the little kid inside me would’ve said, ‘You’re out of your mind,’” Bote said.
  • Brendan Miller (Cubs Insider): Is Bote’s league-leading exit velocity for real? “...it’s possible he can continue to put up encouraging numbers.”
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Big-hitting Bote is proving he belongs with the Cubs. “...the early returns have been a best-case scenario for the Cubs.”
  • Sam Fels (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Albert Almora needs to get off the ground. “...if he could get pitchers to get the ball up in the zone on him, he could actually—stick with me here—hit something that could be on a line...”
  • Pete Grathoff (Kansas City Star): Cubs managed to praise the Royals and troll the Cardinals in one tweet. “Some people say this is the finest view in the entire state of Missouri.”
  • Bradford Doolittle (ESPN Insider* {$}): MLB stock watch: Potential champs, contenders and also-rans. “This will be an interesting autumn in the Senior Circuit.”
  • Mary Craig (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): An arrest, a court case, and a push to legalize Sunday baseball.

Food for thought:

**Paul Carrack:

Ace-How Long

Squeeze-Tempted

Mike and the Mechanics-The Living Years

Thanks for reading.