Getting Hyped for a Big Series, Trolling the Cardinals, The Cubs Wave, and Other Bullets

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Getting Hyped for a Big Series, Trolling the Cardinals, The Cubs Wave, and Other Bullets

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We’ve reached the part of trade season where rumors and news happens constantly, and at random times, which makes things like going to see your kids’ end-of-summer-camp shows a little more tense than usual. I’ve got two of those today, which absolutely take the priority over breaking news and rumors, but it’s not like I want to totally drop the ball on coverage. So there’s a delicate balance there.

  • Meanwhile, the Cubs also start a big series today after enjoy the fruits of an off-day well-deserved. Coming out of the break, the Cubs have won six straight, and closed the gap in the NL Central to just 1.0 game behind the Brewers (the Cubs are now actually ahead in the loss column). This weekend, the Cubs will host the Cardinals for a three game set, with the I’m-not-exaggerating chance to end the Cardinals’ season. How? If the Cubs were to sweep the Cardinals, who are currently three games below .500 and 4.5 games out in the Central (in fourth place), I’m thinking the Cardinals decide that’s that and become sellers. While that wouldn’t literally end their season, it would render their ability to come back all but neutered, not only because they’d lose a useful piece or two, but also because they wouldn’t buy where they have areas of need.
  • Given the weight of the series – and, hello, the rivalry – the Cubs put out a hype video this morning, and I’m loving it:

  • Did you catch the brilliant and beautiful trolling mid-video? Tim McCarver: “He’s not gonna throw to first base” … as Jon Lester picked off Tommy Pham.
  • Meanwhile, and it’s not like I’m trying to pile on, but it just happened – here’s how the Cardinals lost yesterday:

  • Bonus: some guys have started to do other things in the second half, including a Ben Zobrist maneuver that a lot of folks have been calling a force choke:

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.