Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

Crosstown-CupThe Wife has joined me in Chicago today, and we’re going to be out and about a bit. You should still see normal postings around here, but you might not see me much.

  • Maybe it’s because the Cubs are just coming off one of the most hyped-amped-explosive series in a long time, but I’m having a harder time getting “up” for the Cubs/Sox series than in the past. Usually, I’m pretty excited. I suppose the White Sox’s swoon this year after an active offseason plays a role, too. Mostly, though, I think it’s because I’ve been so invested in the Cubs’ participation at the top – or attempts to get back near the top – of the NL Central this year that it’s hard to step out of that box and not feel like any series that isn’t against the Cardinals or Pirates is “just another series” that helps the Cubs maintain a Wild Card position. I’m sure this will all fade away when I’m at the game on Saturday, watching Jon Lester and Chris Sale square off. It’ll be pretty hard not to get amped for that. Hopefully, though, the Cubs do what they should against a struggling team, and make the series relatively un-dramatic.
  • Speaking of the series, Luis took a look at how the Cubs may fare against the White Sox’s starting pitchers earlier this morning.
  • Kris Bryant’s dad will get to throw to him in the Home Run Derby, which is pretty awesome. You can read about his excitement here.

  • An interesting read from the Sun-Times on the reported chicken-and-beer days of the Boston Red Sox, and Jon Lester explains that it wasn’t quite what it was made out to be.
  • Will Leitch does a pretty good job capturing what Wrigley Field felt like this week with the Cardinals in town, playing games that mattered.
  • Something that the Cardinals will have to monitor closely: each of Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha just passed his innings total from all of last season. In other words, to pitch deep into September and October, those guys are going to have to increase their innings by close 100 – a jump that almost no pitcher safely makes (or is allowed to safely make). And the Cardinals need two guys to do it. Young guys. Young guys who’ve had injury issues in the past. Specifically, shoulder injuries. It all just seems dicey, but the Cardinals do have a way of making things like that work.

  • Checking in on our Blogathon progress:

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