The middle of the Cubs lineup stepped up, with Xavier Nady scoring twice, Geo Soto going 3-3, and Alfonso Soriano driving in two. But the story was Jeff Samardzija, making his first Major League start of the year, throwing 5.2 scoreless. Nobody seems to be commenting on the 10 baserunners he gave up in those 5.2 innings, so I guess I won’t poop on the party.
Cubs Roster Move: Mark Leiter Jr. Clears Waivers, Outrighted to Iowa, Now Has a Choice (UPDATE: He Chose Free Agency)
Don’t Forget About the Change to a Balanced Schedule This Year in MLB (And The Potential Playoff Impact)
Cubs As Most-Improved, Increasing Prevalence of Opt-Outs, Stroman’s Year, Bullpen Combos, and Other Cubs Bullets
Hosmer’s Role and Runway, Madrigal’s Health, Cruz’s Swing, Marlins Weirdness, National Broadcast, and Other Cubs Bullets
Fields a Beast vs. the NFC East, Pace’s Poor Process, Kittle, Gould, Follow the Bengals? And Other Bears Bullets
Tyler Out (Again), Davidson Talks Trade Deadline, Richardson Connecting With His Roster, and Other Blackhawks Bullets