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Cub Tracks votes for none of the above

#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week, plus bleeding-edge science and a musical selection each day. The game was a loss but not a total loss. There were some highlights.

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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.

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This game always was going to be the hardest for the Cubs to win whether on paper or grass and dirt, and they didn’t. Gerrit Cole was his usual self and so was Giancarlo ‘Mike’ Stanton. Montgomery Brewster Drew Smyly pitched badly, but, had his mound opponent been someone else, he might have won. He’s been a rock in the Cubs’ rotation so far this year — it’s just that paper covered rock this time. The day was not without highlights:

The Cubs’ rotation is good, you know. It really is:

I want them to stand more or less pat at the deadline. Maybe do some minor housekeeping. It’s not a popular road but I see enough of the base of a really good team with just a couple of moves in the right directions and a couple of contract-tenderings. We’ll see how the money feels, and await developments.

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Speaking of developments:

The Futures Game was on Peacock at 7 p.m. CT. I watched it while I was barbecuing. Good times. I hope you saw it, too.

Song of the Day:

Food for Thought:

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