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It’s been an interesting week, eh? First, Tuesday’s rollercoaster moment, with the win but Nico’s hammie, and then last night’s effort. The Pirates are not a good team, but they have some good players, and I’d class them officially as “pesky”.

Kris Bryant is really something. Like the mega-Ben Zobrist or Mark DeRosa, playing all the spots, making it all seem smooth, and bringing that bat. Boy, I hope the Cubs can keep him. I like him best in an outfield corner. Bet his legs agree.

The rain petered out, Trevor Williams found his footing against his old team, and the Cubs will go for the sweep today. The Cardinals beat the White Sox so the Cubs didn’t gain any ground, but they did get Pittsburgh meatloaf, which likely comes with pierogi.

And how about Giovanny Gallegos’ hat? Nice.

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“It may be one of those seasons where [being] the healthiest group on the backside of this whole thing is the real competitive advantage in the whole scheme of what we’re going through,” Cubs manager David Ross said.

Food for thought:

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