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Well, the Cubs are still on top of the division. But are they truly ready for a playoff series, if in fact they get there? Is Nico Hoerner faster than Billy Hamilton? How does one go about fixing a broken offense? These and other important questions are addressed below.

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“We’re definitely more well-rounded to be able to make some moves and things that might come up over the course of a game, for sure. But, I had confidence in our group to do some of those things early on, too. We’ve added some more veteran pieces, some new pieces there, that definitely I think will pay off in the end.” — David Ross.

“We haven’t gotten some of the expected contributions from our best hitters, that’s playing into it overall,” Epstein said. “You could parse the numbers any way that you want. And if you look deep enough you can find evidence that we’re hitting into some poor luck.

“But I don’t want to rely on that. I don’t think that’s a primary factor in what’s going on. We just haven’t really had sustained offense here, and we need our best leaders to produce in order to accomplish that. We’ve gotten solid contributions from elsewhere in the lineup.” — Theo Epstein.

SimNews:

The simCubs won their 100th game due to the excellent pitching by Kyle Hendricks, Alec Mills, and Craig Kimbrel. Tyler Olson coughed up the lead but vultured the win when Kris Bryant came up with a second clutch double in an exciting contest that was in doubt until the last out was recorded.

Daily, the playoff picture becomes clearer. The Dodgers, Braves, and Indians have qualified for the playoffs. The Yankees will be next. Houston and the Angels are dueling for the last division title. The identities of the participants are well-known now, but the positioning is still fungible. The Rays will have a wild-card spot, as will the Nationals and Brewers in the NL. The tournament will begin in a little over a fortnight.

The playoff-bound Cubs will face the Cardinals again today. Jon Lester (13-8, 3.62) will try to regain his winning ways against Dakota Hudson (4-9, 6.77) in a game scheduled for noon CT. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.

Food for thought:

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