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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up




Joe Maddon does it again. After the Cubs’ “zany minimalist trip”, which saw players dress up in crazy suits, they were back home and on Thursday as they celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a mariachi band. Prior to their game against the Washington Nationals, the Cubs welcomed a full mariachi band into their new clubhouse for some festive fun. The players seemed to have a lot of fun with it and it looked like keeping things fun worked because the Cubs swept the Nationals in the 4-game series.

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On Tuesday, outfielder Matt Szczur was placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right hamstring running the bases in the Cubs’ 7-2 win over the Pirates on Monday night. Taking Szczur’s place on the roster is veteran outfielder Ryan Kalish, who was called up from Triple-A Iowa. It’s Kalish’s second stint with the Cubs, he played for them in 2014 before taking 2015 off after undergoing knee surgery. To make room on the 40-man roster for Kalish, the Cubs moved minor leaguer Christian Villanueva to the 60-day disabled list.


After Sunday’s 13th inning walk-off against the Washington Nationals, the Cubs are now 24-6. That start matches their best start to a season since going 24-6 in 1907, a year they won the World Series. “The whole group is complimenting each other. We’re just worried about winning and that’s why we’re playing so well,” Joe Maddon said of the Cubs’ hot start. The Cubs’ run differential is now at +102, which by far leads all of baseball. There’s no end to how spectacular the Cubs have been through their first 30 games of the season. But they made a huge statement this past week, with a perfect 7-0 showing against playoff-caliber opponents from Pittsburgh and Washington. After a weaker April schedule, these back-to-back potential playoff previews were absolutely dominated by the Cubs. Yes, it’s only May, but it’d be difficult to find a team right now looking any better for October. “You have to pitch well to be able to pull something like that off against such good competition, and we have,” Maddon said. “The hitting’s been there, clutch hitting, defense. Just a good week of baseball.”


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