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wrigley marquee featureIt’s been a rough couple weeks for things breaking (and flooding) at the Taylor Household. Today’s casualty? My computer. I’m not sure if it was the strain of the Blogathon (or three years of hard usage), but she’s dying on me today. It’s a problem I’ve dealt with before, and, having done so, I know that the cost of getting it fixed at this point would be better put toward a new computer. So that’s really going to disrupt my day. I’ll do my best to see that posting is not impacted, because there’s a lot to get to.

  • At least it was a great weekend in the Cubs’ world, with the team sweeping the Brewers in four, and rising to 10 games over .500 for the first time this season (and the first time since 2008). In so doing, the Cubs tied the Giants for the second Wild Card spot, and they’ll head into a huge week with a little positivity flowing. Baseball doesn’t always play out like we try to describe it, but it sure would be nice to look back at that Phillies series and note that it was clearly a bottoming out for the Cubs before they caught fire and raced into the playoffs.
  • Speaking of the playoff race, the Pirates may have to do it without starter A.J. Burnett, who has been shut down with elbow discomfort and could find out today that it is season (career?) ending.
  • New Cubs starter Dan Haren will debut this week, and the stretch run with the Cubs might by the last of his career (CSN).
  • For now, it doesn’t sounds like there’s a plan for an imminent Javier Baez promotion from Iowa (Tribune). Joe Maddon said that an injury could accelerate things, but the current preference is to let Baez keep getting his feet under him.
  • Semi-speaking of which (and discussed this morning by Luke), here’s more on Kris Bryant’s head injury, which may or may not keep him out of games this week. It doesn’t sound like there’s a ton of concern, but I’ve learned not to get too optimistic too early when it comes to possible concussions. It’s just something that can surprise you in the following days, and it’s something you’ve got to get 100% before you can even think about coming back to a baseball game (and the attendant fine concentration and eye focus).
  • Kiley McDaniel looked at all of the prospects dealt at the Trade Deadline, and he wasn’t very impressed by the two the Cubs gave up in the Dan Haren trade (Ivan Pineyro and Elliott Soto), which I guess is a good thing.
  • With the sweep of the Brewers, the Cubs have seen a little pop in their playoff odds, which now stand at 59.3% at FanGraphs and 62.6% at Baseball Prospectus.

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