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Examining the struggles of Jose Quintana

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May 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Sean Sears (@seanrsears) of FanSided — and now a writing contributor for Locked On Cubs — once again stepped up to the plate to help out with Episode 70 of Locked On Cubs. He looks back at a frustrating loss to the Atlanta Braves on a hot day in which the wind was blowing out. It’s easy to look back on the Jose Quintana trade in retrospect, but what is the Cubs left-hander doing wrong in 2018? Why has he been so much worse than his stellar career numbers?

Looking ahead, the Cubs now travel to Cobb County for three more games with the Braves. In the final segment, Sean looked at the National League standings and where the Cubs sit in the NL Central. You can follow the podcast on Twitter @LockedOnCubs and email us at [email protected]

Sean grew up in a suburb of Chicago, is a massive baseball nerd, and an Iowa State alum. He covers the MLB for FanSided and also produces and co-hosts his own radio show, the 312.

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Holy David Bote, Batman! What a game!

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Aug 12, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman David Bote (13) rounds the bases after hitting game winning grand slam against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cubs beat the Washington Nationals on Sunday night, winning 4-3 with a dramatic, walk-off grand slam from superstar third baseman David Bote (audio courtesy of WSCR and Randall Sanders on Twitter). Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels were the big story of this game, going pitch-for-pitch against each other and treating fans to an outstanding duel. Sean Sears and I discussed Hamels in the first segment.

In our second segment, we looked at Bote and his historic slam. With Kris Bryant still without a timetable for his return, could Bote be pushing his way into the everyday lineup? What could that mean for the struggling Addison Russell right now, and then again when Bryant does return? In the final segment, we looked at the NL Central and talked about the suddenly red-hot Cardinals.

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Mailbag episode! Featuring Kelly Wallace as a guest host

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Jul 31, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Cubs off on Thursday, Kelly Wallace of Expanded Roster sat in for Sean Sears on this Friday podcast to help me with the mailbag. First, we looked ahead at today’s game with the Washington Nationals and discussed a roster move. Does Jorge De La Rosa have anything left to offer?

In the second segment, we went head-first into questions about Jim Hickey, pitching development, and more. In the final segment, we looked around the NL Central — including a satisfying Brewers loss — before answering a question about Addison Russell‘s power. We finished with a question about hot dog condiments, and Kelly shared an awful pizza opinion.

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Help us, Kris Bryant, you’re our only hope

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Jul 28, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cubs finished out their series with the Royals on Wednesday night, and the good news is that they took 2-of-3. The bad news, however, is that they lost 9-0 last night and got outscored 10-8 in the three-game series after being outscored 24-17 by the Padres in that four-game set. This team is not trending in the right direction heading into their next five games against the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers. Sean Sears and I broke it all down in the first segment.

In our second segment, however, Sean and I discussed some positive news on Yu Darvish and Brandon Morrow. They still have no timeline on either pitcher, but it’s easy to set up in your mind how Darvish is back on the mound for the Cubs at the beginning of September. On the downside, there’s no news on Kris Bryant. Also, we struggled to find nice things to say about Addison Russell other than his range at shortstop. Listen to the end, because I gave details on how you can win Cubs tickets!

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