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Yu takes a turn, the game has changed, and other bullets

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To be read, if you have any sense, to the sound of the new Claypool/Lennon Delirium album, South of Reality. I can’t get enough of it.

Not that I’m claiming stochasticism or mystic augury, but even a stopped clock is right once a day. Viz the BCB staff roundtable:

Duane Pesice: I don’t think the starting staff will last.

Al Yellon: Which starters won’t last?

Duane Pesice: Lester.

I want to be wrong. I apologize in advance for any bad juju generated or putting thoughts into the air. I fear a recurrent condition. Please let me be wrong.

Duane Pesice (from the director’s cut): I’m still worried about Lester.

The good thing is, I am wrong more often than chance would seem to indicate. And I am often wrong for the right reasons. I remember composing an entire roster a couple of years ago... full of defensive guys who could draw a walk, and pitchers who didn’t throw them. Not a single player was retained by the Cubs. All of them ended up on 40-man rosters, though — so I got that going for me. No flowing robes, precious little grace, not much for final wisdom, but saturation coverage.

My friend Mark, who is a lifetime Sox fan, calls this activity “being wrong at the top of your lungs”. I’ll have you know that this is not incorrect, even considering the source... some of my best friends are Sox fans, you know... they know from being wrong, too. Mercy!

And upon this flimsy premise I base my conclusion. The odds favor my wrongness. SSS this! I know Murphy personally... trust me. I’m not like the others.

Onward — here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Food for thought: