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The simCubs guaranteed at least a split in this weekend’s series with the San Diego simPadres and they’re 33-13 and all bets are off as far as a postseason berth. Right now, they’re ahead of the pace of the 2016 World Series Championship squad and they only seem to be getting better.

Friday the simCubs parlayed a brace of home runs into an 8-3 victory behind Yu Darvish’s excellent pitching and some adequate relief. Kris Bryant was 4-for-5 with a deep fly and Anthony Rizzo chipped in with a three-run blast of his own, off the batter’s eye in center field. The GLOAT is on a tear since moving to leadoff and KB seems rejuvenated. Darvish even chipped in with an rbi single.

I caught up with Brandon Palmer after the game and he explained that the players are on their own as far as advancing from first to second. “If a perfect play has to be made to get them out, and that perfect play is made, why then I tip my cap and say ‘good job’, and we go right on being aggressive,” he said. “Yes, I have heard the term TOOTBLAN before. I might even use it when I talk to the players before the game.”

Chris Paddack (3-2, 2.42) faces Kyle Hendricks (6-1, 1.16), who lost his last game but pitched well, as he has all season. The odds would appear to be in the Cubs’ favor.

Al will have more in the game post (at 2:30 p.m. CT, for our 3 p.m. start). I’ll drop the specific URL to the contest in the game thread, but you can lurk at the BCB Media Center and catch it there as well. All past games and highlights reels are available there too, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

And now, here’s Cub Tracks News and Notes, the only links column that really matters. 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.

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