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Happy birthday, Dillon Maples!
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The simCubs were once again victorious and their record is now 28-11. That is approximately (one game played difference) the same as the real-world 2016 Championship squad.

But they’re not satisfied. They grind opposing pitchers down to nubbins. Everybody has a six-pitch at-bat every time, seemingly. This even though they don’t walk a ton. That’s largely a function of their power, as the Cubs lineup can take you deep, top to bottom, and they often do.

That ability was demonstrated against Stephen Strasburg. The Cubs handed him his first defeat, courtesy of three solo homers (by Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber) and a groundout to short by Ian Happ. Jon Lester was spectacular for seven innings, giving way to Jason Heyward’s bat (he doubled but didn’t score) and Dillon Maples’ arm. Maples threw a strong inning and Craig Kimbrel worked his way toward his 13th save.

The two clubs play again today, with Patrick Corbin slated to oppose Tyler Chatwood. They are in the best shape of their lives, and will be vying for the meat loaf, so expect plenty of fireworks.

Al will have more information about that 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. There’s still not a ton of news, but the stuff we do have is pretty chewy.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading!