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Slowly pulling away, the Ben Zobrist Effect, and other bullets

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Well, that wasn’t so much fun. I’d rather be reporting on Thursday’s game but it is what it is. On the one hand, Nicholas Castellanos still looks like the second coming of Gary Gaetti at the bat and it may not be entirely premature to start thinking about what he’d like in a free agent contract, Patrick Mooney {$}.

On the other hand, the top of the 8th. I’d like to return that for a refund, please. That was uglier than the red-shoes-and-hats-and-olive-camo combination.

“... that’s gross ...” — Jim DeShaies.

I agree. The less said about either, the better, so... without further ado, 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.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.