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Cub Tracks’ the team from 20,000 fathoms

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JD’s birthday, the six-man rotation, and other bullets

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Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Son of a beach. If it’s Saturday, this must be Berwyn. Not Belgium, not Winnetka, where the venerable Ray B. was born and grew up, but Berwyn, where the imaginary signal for SvenVision beams from. In the story, the beast was lonely and the foghorn was the voice of his lover. In the movie, it’s the call of mindless violence and the prototypical nuclear horror story.

Something was clearly lost in the translation. Hooray for Hollywood.

Our Cubs have certainly looked out of their depth the last couple of days against the best-described-as-average Mets. The gods of baseball don’t like them or us fans to be overconfident and that translates into periods of surprising noncompetence where single runs are hard to come by and the ledges start getting crowded. Q got boobirds. That surely wasn’t necessary... but as inevitable as a kaiju cliffhanger and eventual return.

The Cubs can win today and split the series and that ain’t all bad. Let’s talk about it — 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). {$} means paywall. {$] means limited views.

“We had a terrible game. There’s no question we had a bad game. We have to do better than that. We are better than that. I cannot defend some of the plays. We’re better than that.” — Joe Maddon

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.