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Cubs Talk Podcast: John Baker on getting mentally prepared for baseball

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Cubs Talk Podcast: John Baker on getting mentally prepared for baseball

Former Cub and now Cubs mental skills coach  John Baker joins the podcast with David Kaplan and Gordon Wittenmyer to discuss the mental aspect players are going through in the return to play. They dive into keeping players focused, how the lessons of late Cubs psychologist Ken Ravizza still impacts the team and how the Cubs are operating under the new guidelines.

(2:23) - Biggest mental challenges Cubs players are dealing with

(10:55) - Ken Ravizza's lessons still impact the Cubs

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(19:46) - Getting Cubs players to be in the moment when playing

(25:00) - Kaplan and Baker exchange tattoo stories

(30:30) - Not having fans around has been tough

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Cubs move up Saturday's game with Brewers due to threat of inclement weather

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Cubs move up Saturday's game with Brewers due to threat of inclement weather

The Cubs moved up first pitch of Saturday's game against the Brewers due to a forecast of inclement weather later in the evening.

Saturday's game at Wrigley Field, originally scheduled for 7:15 p.m., is now a matinee set to start at 2:20 p.m.

The Cubs have only played three home day games this season, a shift made in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditionally, they play weekend home games in the afternoon but all Friday games at Wrigley this year are evening matchups. 

Opponents, therefore, have to spend one less night in a hotel and can arrive in Chicago on Fridays rather than late Thursday night/early Friday morning.

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Outside of Saturday's 2:20 first pitch, the only other Cubs afternoon home game on a Saturday this year came back on July 25, also against Milwaukee.

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Cubs' Tyler Chatwood (back) scratched from Friday's start, replaced by Alec Mills

Cubs' Tyler Chatwood (back) scratched from Friday's start, replaced by Alec Mills

A Cubs starting rotation that has been the strength of its major-league-best start to the season took a hit Friday when Tyler Chatwood was scratched from his scheduled start against the Brewers because of "mid-back tightness."

The Cubs say they consider Chatwood's status day-to-day.

Right-hander Alec Mills, who was scheduled to start Saturday, moves up one day to take Chatwood's place. Mills has not pitched since Aug. 3, before the Cubs series last weekend in St. Louis was postponed by the Cardinals' coronavirus outbreak.

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The Cubs would need a sixth starter for Saturday's game against the Brewers. They did not immediately announce a starter for Saturday.

Chatwood's status takes on greater weight with the Cubs scheduled to play two doubleheaders against the Cardinals in three days next week.

Entering play Friday night, the Cubs rotation was 12-3 with a 2.55 ERA.

Mills (2-0) has allowed two runs in 13 innings (1.38 ERA) across two starts.

Chatwood (2-1, 5.40) opened the season with two impressive starts before getting hit hard last week in Kansas City.

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