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Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news — reasons to be cheerful?

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Brandon Palmer has agreed to do up a glass of Malört if and when the simCubs finally lose, if it please Carl Jeppson and/or the new ownership group. In fact he has proposed that the entire team down a shot if they lose.

“Fellas,” said simAnthony Rizzo, “I’ve had that stuff. We need never to lose again.”

Agreed. It would be a crime, and everyone and their shadow know that the weed of crime bears bitter fruit. You can’t get much more bitter than Malört, so let’s just go ahead and pencil in an eight, as the 46-19 simCubs haven’t lost in a week. Friday they turned a 2-0 deficit into a laugher, with nine men coming to the plate in the top of the eighth, and five of them scoring. They got right back into the swing of things in the ninth and quelled a possible uprising in the bottom of the inning to prevail 9-3.

Jesus Luzardo got the win after Tyler Chatwood turned in a creditable outing. Willson Contreras was the player of the game, driving in five runs with two doubles, and pinch-hitter extraordinaire Nico Hoerner struck again with a run-scoring two-base drive in the pivotal 8th, which Jason Kipnis got started with a laser blast to right-center. Plenty of Cubs highlights and also Joey Votto’s homer to center.

Tyler Mahle will battle Yu Darvish today. 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.

“All of this — this gridlock and inability to get anywhere close to a return-to-play deal — is a fight over a few hundred million dollars.

If that seems like a paltry amount in the grand scheme of baseball economics, that’s because it is. In a typical year, Major League Baseball generates around $10 billion in revenue. While hundreds of millions of dollars isn’t exactly a rounding error, it is also not the sort of money worth piloting an industry into a full-on labor war.” — Jeff Passan.

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