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Cub Tracks’ Miked up

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

The narrative is beginning to approach what a lot of us thought obvious long ago;, namely, that Christopher Morel should be spending as much time as possible at third to develop a feel for it as that should be his permanent position. Patrick Wisdom has been a good enough placeholder but he’s hit himself out of a job at this point and he was never going to be the solution at third.

He wasn’t at third Monday, with the right-handed pitcher Osvaldo Bido on the hill for the Bucs. Pittsburgh-area native Ian Happ and his 49-game on-base streak led the team into PNC Park for a series of three games before the Cubs cross the big pond to go play in London.

The Cubs got crooked early and Drew Smyly continued his fine pitching. He got into a little uncustomary walk trouble but wiggled off the X. Mike Tauchman and Nico Hoerner had multi-RBI games and Dansby Swanson and Seiya Suzuki chipped in also as the Cubs won in regulation. Ian Happ walked, and his on-base streak vs. Pittsburgh is now 50 games long.

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