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The Cubs have a little fun in a blowout loss

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Jul 23, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo (44) pitches in relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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The bad news is that Monday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was over before the Cubs even came to the plate.

But the good news, if you can call it that, is that Joe Maddon had a little fun with Anthony Rizzo — who made his pitching debut in the ninth inning.

Sean Sears and I looked back on what went wrong for the Cubs in the first segment.

In the second segment, we took a deeper dive into the phenomenon of position players pitching. Is it a good idea and could it expand even further?

In the final segment, Sean and I looked at the NL Central and recapped a rough loss for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ryan is a husband, father, graduate of Penn State University, and a full-time sports writer. He has seen his work published or linked by the Chicago Tribune, Sports on Earth, MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus, and several others. Ryan currently writes for FanRagSports, The Sporting News, and The Cheat Sheet. You can follow him on twitter at @RyanQDavis.

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Another Mailbag Podcast! Plus looking ahead to Cubs-Brewers

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Jun 13, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Since the Cubs were off again yesterday, Sean Sears and I fielded a few more questions from the listeners on today’s podcast. But first, we looked ahead to today’s pitching matchup between the Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. Who has the advantage? After that, we looked at how the Cubs might be able to rest in September.

In the second segment, we took questions regarding bat flips and Kris Bryant‘s return from the DL. Last, we looked at yesterday’s games in the NL Central, discussed the suddenly dangerous Cardinals, and learned a little about architecture.

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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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