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Todd Hollandsworth confident Cubs will win division

Todd Hollandsworth confident Cubs will win division

A familiar face returned to The Friendly Confines Monday as the Cubs opened up a three-game set with the Marlins. 

Todd Hollandsworth, the former Cubs Pregame and Postgame Live analyst on CSN, now calls games for The Fish, but he dropped by SportsTalk Live to try and make sense of the slow start on the North Side. 

He attributed most of their struggles to starting pitching, which, as a staff, currently holds a 4.64 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 300 innings. 

"When you look at the numbers, the one thing that stands out is that they've given up more runs," Hollandsworth said. "The starting pitching, the difference is 100 runs. I actually looked to the day, today, they gave up 100 less runs to this point in the season last year. I mean, that's pretty plain and simple."

Although many fans' visceral reaction has been to doubt the club after a 28-27 start, Hollandsworth doesn't see any reason to panic. 

"The one thing that really is encouraging for Cubs fans is this: They're playing the best baseball in their division and they're going to get a heavy dose of their division," he said. "They dominate. They're I think six or seven games over. I mean, you're only a game back of the Milwaukee Brewers, and when you're six or seven games over against your own division who you play half your schedule against, how is this going to turn out? The Cubs are going to win this division hands down." 

Watch Hollandsworth's full interview with SportsTalk Live and his former partner, David Kaplan, in the video above. 

 

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: