The Cubs haven’t won too many games against the Pirates over the past couple of years. Until this year, that was a point of frustration. Now it just looks like something that’s obviously correct.

  • Jim Hendry said some things about the trade deadline yesterday, but didn’t actually say anything. The gist: the Cubs will probably make some trades, will probably refuse to make others, and won’t make trades just for the sake of making trades. Okey dokey.
  • Marcos Mateos’ injury is a forearm strain (not an elbow injury), similar to that suffered by Randy Wells. In the grand scheme of things, it’s good news, but he’ll still miss four or five weeks. He had no structural damage, so it’s ok to feel some relief.


  • Carlos Zambrano’s rehab outing in Peoria went well, at least statistically – he threw four innings, giving up just one unearned run, three walks, three hits, and striking out four.
  • The Cubs will now officially enter the AS break without a three-game winning streak, making them the first such team since the 2000 Astros.
  • Matt Garza on his first half with the Cubs: “I was on the DL, battled through two months of blistering cold… having the time of my life. What’s not to smile about? I’m 27 years old, father of three and I get paid to play a baseball game. What’s there to complain about? I’m at the highest level of my profession. I’m having a blast.”
  • Cubs prospects feature in this week’s BA Hot Sheet. Well, that is to say, one features in the Hot Sheet (Brett Jackson), and one features in the not-so hot section (Hayden Simpson). Austin Kirk shows up “in the photo,” too.



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