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Thank the Baseball Gods for the NL Central’s Woes and Other Bullets

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I wouldn’t say I’m “stressed” about tonight, because it’s all fun, but it’s activating all kinds of centers of my brain: the Cubs play the Mets tonight at the same time the first two rounds of the draft are going off.

From a personal consumption standpoint, I prefer greatly that the two happen at different times so I can enjoy each fully. But I’ll admit, it’ll be pretty nuts to try to follow everything all at once.

  • Yesterday’s win against the Rockies brought the Cubs back to .500 (31-31), a mark around which they’ve been treading for a good long while now. The Cubs remain very fortunate that no team in the NL Central has really turned on the jets, with only the Brewers (33-31) ahead of the Cubs. In the NL East, the Cubs would trail the Nationals by 7.0 games. In the West, the Cubs would be 8.5 games out of first place, behind the very Rockies who just beat them in 3 of 4. The Cubs would be way out in the AL East and West as well, and would even trail the Twins in the AL Central by 2.5 games. God bless the NL Central.
  • Even as the offense continues to struggle mightily – yesterday’s homer barrage notwithstanding – Joe Maddon is not inclined to make any dramatic moves (CSN): “[Offense is] the part we have to focus on. And when your guys are struggling like that, the point is you gotta stay with ’em. It takes a lot of conversation. It takes a lot to help bring them back confidence-wise. They’re missing their confidence right now more than anything. But anger is not a solution. Seat of the pants decisions are not a solution, either.”
(Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
  • Kyle Schwarber, who got a curtain call after his pinch hit homer yesterday, says he appreciates how much support he’s gotten from his teammates, coaches, and fans despite his struggles (Tribune).
  • Anthony Castrovince writes up the oral history of the 2002 MLB Draft, which was uniquely “Moneyball,” with tons of future All-Star talent being taken outside the top five (Jon Lester wound up going 57th overall, and the Indians forever regretted not taking him just before that, which they almost did – they assumed he’d last until 63).
  • I chalk this more up to odd small sample size than anything substantive, but it’s crazy:

  • Heh. Mildly amusing:

  • Are you aware just how insane Kenley Jansen’s numbers are this year:

  • This kid is a freaking hero:

  • Excellent Deals of the Day at Amazon today if you’re still thinking about Father’s Day gifts (or if you just want to get yourself a watch, a shaver, or camping gear).
  • There is also a significant sale (25% off) going on at Fanatics and the MLB Shop on Nike and Under Armour gear. I could barely even choose six things to show off, because there is so much I want:

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.