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Closing time, who doesn’t love defense, and other bullets

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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
Seeing Red
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Remember a month and a half ago, when I predicted that the Reds might could win the division? Yeah, that’s why. They can be a scary outfit. I was probably a year premature — it isn’t looking right now like Cincinnati will make the playoffs but there’s a lot of season left.

I don’t mind if I’m wrong and the Cubs win, and Jon Lester is a horse, as usual. A lot of this kinda stuff for me is predicated on the apparent reality that I am wrong far more often than random chance would indicate... indeed I am admittedly almost always wrong. I have a friend who is a Pirates fan and dates back to the days when Dick Groat was a regular. He asks me every couple of days if I still believe that the Reds will win the division.

My standard answer — “It’s too early to tell.”

I’ll stick to that all the way through September and you may consider the perspective to apply to the rest of the division as well.

I wonder how hard it would be to pry Ken Giles from the Blue Jays? I’d offer one of Addison Russell, Ian Happ, or David Bote, and one of Rowan Wick, Dakota Mekkes, or Junichi Tazawa, just to get the idea out there. I’d consider moving Carl Edwards Jr. Feel free to cheer or jeer.

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).

“I still think we’re in a good spot,” Cubs reliever Steve Cishek said. “As the fans ride the roller coaster, we do, too. There’s ups and downs throughout a long season. We started off slow and then we rode a hot streak for a long time. It’s going to happen again. We’re going to be fine.”

“I would never utter a disparaging word towards Mr. Cishek ever,” Maddon said after the Cubs (29-20) lost for the second time this week and third time this season when leading after eight innings. “It didn’t work today. Give [the Reds] credit. But don’t overlook the fight of the team. We played a pretty good game today. We swung the bats well. We hit some homers. I thought Kyle [Hendricks] was very good. We’re playing hard and [playing] good baseball. We didn’t win. They kicked the last field goal. That happens.” — Mark Potash.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.