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Cubs Talk Podcast: Not enough coronavirus testing for the Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Not enough coronavirus testing for the Cubs

David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer and Maddie Lee discuss MLB's testing issue and what could it mean for the season. They also dive into the Cubs starting pitching with Jose Quintana being sidelined, and they make predictions on how many games the Cubs will win in the shortened season.

1:26) - How is baseball going to happen if there aren't enough tests for the players

(6:40) - Do the Cubs have enough on the roster to win this year

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(12:45) - The pitching staff for the Cubs is light if Quintana can't play

(17:46) - How many games will the Cubs win this year?

(23:42) - Will Kris Bryant sign an extension with the Cubs?

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Cubs, Reds to make up rainout with 7-inning doubleheader Aug. 29

Cubs, Reds to make up rainout with 7-inning doubleheader Aug. 29

The Cubs will get a taste of Major League Baseball's new doubleheader format later this month.

On Aug. 29, the Cubs and Reds will make up their July 30 rainout as part of a seven-inning doubleheader.

MLB recently changed its doubleheader format for 2020 only in wake of numerous postponements across the league due to the Marlins COVID-19 outbreak. All doubleheaders going forward this season are seven innings each, the idea being to reduce the wear and tear on pitchers' arms.

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Pitchers have been going down at alarming rates early in this 60-game season after baseball's long shutdown and quick ramp-up in Summer Camp.

The Cardinals also have seven games to make up due to their recent outbreak.

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MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers have some competition for NL West crown

MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers have some competition for NL West crown

Some worrisome trends have continued for MLB as they wrap up the second week of the season. More pitchers have gone down with injuries, a concern entering play due to the long layoff and short ramp-up time.

Even more concerning, of course, is the COVID-19 outbreak that has hit the Cardinals, with seven players and six staff members testing positive. St. Louis will be sidelined until Friday, according to the latest update from John Mozeliak

The Marlins and Phillies each returned to play this week after sitting out last week due to Miami’s outbreak. That had a major impact on the Marlins roster, which now has 54 players on the 40-man to account for the 18 players that tested positive.

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MLB will play on for now, but St. Louis’ situation shows the fragileness of this season and how it easily could be derailed because of the coronavirus. Here’s how the teams stack up entering Week 3.

MLB Power Rankings 2020

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