Tough Road for a Split, Maddon Takes Aim at the Strike Zone, and Other Bullets

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Tough Road for a Split, Maddon Takes Aim at the Strike Zone, and Other Bullets

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Day by day and all that. I will say that it is a side benefit of going through personal struggles that, when the Cubs are floundering at the same time, I mostly don’t feel a compounding effect – I just shake my head and get back to the business of feeling as well as possible. And then whenever it is that the Cubs go on a hot streak, which they will, it’ll be a nice little bonus smile.

  • With another loss last night, the best the Cubs can hope for on this road trip through Denver and L.A. is a 3-4 record, which actually wouldn’t be too bad … but it means they have to win tonight and tomorrow night. That means – among other things – tonight Yu Darvish will have to not be overcome by the moment pitching in his return to face the Dodgers, and tomorrow night the Cubs will have overcome the guy who has probably been the best pitcher in all of baseball this year (Hyun-Jin Ryu). Good luck.
  • I have thoughts on the strike zone from last night, offered by an umpire whose name we’ve already heard far too often this season (not a good sign), but I think I’ll let the visuals and Joe Maddon do the speaking for me:

  • Big same, Willson:
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
  • An incredible catch late in the game last night to save Mike Montgomery’s otherwise very shaky inning of work:

  • Almora departed, but was ultimately OK after the game.
  • More on the non-injury front, as all of Steve Cishek, Cole Hamels, and Jon Lester are fine after various hit-by-ball situations over the past few days (Sun-Times).
  • Surprise. Adbert Alzolay did it again:

  • Get in on the 50/50 online:

  • Draft and free agency notes for the Bulls:

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.