About John Baker pitching (And last night’s total bullpen performance)

Lost in another Edwin Jackson disappointing outing and any rage caused by seeing ESPN’s Colin Cowherd do the 7th inning stretch was the fact that the Cubs bullpen was pretty good in backing up Jackson’s 4-inning, 105 pitch effort.

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Hall of Famer Tony La Russa makes me feel dirty

There was no denying Tony La Russa a spot in Cooperstown.

His teams racked up 2,728 wins under his watch. Those squads won six pennants and three World Series titles. He was a four-time Manager of the Year award winner who finished in the top 3 eight other times.

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Making Sense Of Nonsense: Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel to A’s to add to core

It’s as if Cubs GM Jed Hoyer saw that all eyes in Chicago were in the skies, focused on fireworks and knew then was the time to make the deal.

While fireworks provided distraction, the Cubs and Athletics made a game-changing deal which sent the Cubs’ two best starting pitchers — Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel — to the Athletics in exchange for their two best prospects — Addison Russell and Billy McKinney.

Analysis after the jump.

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