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Cub Tracks could get used to the two-jack attack

“... called up to the big leagues”, Maddon said, millions of black holes zooming around, and other bullets

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Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The narrative: Last week, we were on the ledge and on the edge of breaking up the team. Now...

The Cubs got home late and rested a couple of regulars. Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward joined Anthony Rizzo on the bench and the Cubs faced Milwaukee, with a chance to push the Brewers lower down in the standings and gain on the front-running Cardinals, with an eye toward maintaining as little separation as possible with the Nationals, who led the wild-card race by 2½ games at the outset.

The Cubs came in after reeling off four wins in a row. A game and a half separated the two leading teams at the outset, with the third-place Brewers trailing by five and a half.

The Cubs offered Jose Quintana the opportunity to continue his skein of good pitching against a team that he had enjoyed good success against before this year. Quintana was trying for his 12th win.

Victor Caratini, Ian Happ, and David Bote were in the starting lineup. Happ, who was my pre-season choice for lead-off man, led off. A .329 OBP may not be optimal, but it’s good enough. Or is it? Ask Nick Castellanos. By now, you know the result. Al’s recap has the details.

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. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

“When I got traded to the Cubs,” Castellanos told USA Today, “it was like I was called up to the big leagues. I’m waking up excited to compete every day playing for something.”

“Nicholas is Nicholas. When you talk to him, my God, he’s the same dude every day. I don’t know if he sleeps or not, but he’s absolutely the same person. He’s always energetic. His conversations are always upbeat. He’s never morose about anything. This is just who this guy is. He likes to play, and I don’t see a stitch of fatigue right now.” — Joe Maddon.

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