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With the trade deadline looming, let’s play “Who Say’s No?”

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Jul 12, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cubs lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks yet again last night, this time being shut down by Clay Buchholz — yes, him. Sean Sears and I break that down in the first segment and talk a little bit about what has truly ailed the Cubs, which is their starting pitching and the Kris Bryant shoulder injury mismanagement.

In the second segment, we played around with trade proposals from the listeners via Twitter: “Who Say’s No?” Without spoiling anything, most of these trades were a bit light on the Cubs’ end of things. But still a lot of fun conversation! Sean and I finished out the third segment by talking about yesterday’s action in the NL Central and updating the standings (apologies for the occasional audio problem, it gets better).

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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