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The new slider that Keegan Thompson has added to his repertoire could change the trajectory of his career.

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The Cubs have fallen to 18 games under .500 in 2022 and are in position to be sellers during trade deadline season.

Plenty of names have cropped up as potential trade candidates, and it's worth taking a look at where some of them stand as July approaches.

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Hello, hello. We're back again on another Monday morning.

The Cubs just got done taking two of three games in St. Louis, which was a good change of pace after they dropped three of four in Pittsburgh. We're now just three days away from July and 36 days away from the trade deadline, so we're about to see the start of trade season and the chaos that comes with it. The Cubs are 17 games under .500, so it would take a lot for this team to be anything other than sellers leading up to the deadline on Aug. 2.

The national speculation on Cubs trade candidates certainly picked up recently, and there's more than a few players who could be wearing jerseys on Aug. 3. That, along with the happenings from the Cubs' seven games this week, gave me plenty to think about. So without further ado, here's the June 27 edition of my Monday morning Cubs thoughts.

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ST. LOUIS — Is there more pop in Nico Hoerner’s bat than usual these days? You wouldn’t know it looking at some of his box scores, even when considering the go-ahead and eventual game-winning two-run homer in the top of the second on Friday. That was only his fourth home run of the season, which marks a career-high for a...

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ST. LOUIS — The last two seasons for Kyle Hendricks have not been the kind of seasons Cubs fans had come to expect from him. He knows that. The 4.95 ERA and the .816 opponents’ OPS over 45 starts from the beginning of 2021 to his start against the Braves on Sunday say as much. Hendricks has shown flashes of...

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The Cubs pitcher could now have six unique pitch types in his arsenal.

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Good morning, CHGO familia. Happy Monday to you all.

It was a hot, long week, and even though the Cubs snapped their 10-game losing streak and took two of three from the Braves, it's tough to say the week was anything less than a disappointment. A four-game sweep at home to the Padres and a third double-digit losing streak in less than a calendar year will do that.

If you look on Twitter, there is a lot of anger in the fanbase. That's understandable. Fans were promised a competitive team this year, and by the looks of things, that's not happening. There were question that needed answers, and the morning of the series finale against San Diego, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer came out to Wrigley Field to answer them.

That 30-plus minute conversation didn't bring with it a whole lot of groundbreaking information, but there were still some insights that I have thoughts about. So without further ado, here is the newest edition of my Monday morning Cubs thoughts.

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After two years of pushing it back, Major League Baseball is finally implementing its rule to limit pitch staffs to no more than 13 arms, which is set to go into effect on Monday.

The Cubs had 14 pitchers on the roster as of Sunday night, but the shrinking size of the pitching staff will have even larger effect on the club.

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At its best, baseball is a game that can cultivate a lot of joy. Being one of the oldest professional sports in the United States, the game has become generational. Parents have passed love for baseball on to their children, who have passed it on to the next generation, and those have passed it on again. Baseball has a rich...

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One of the things that can determine whether a young player sticks around or is merely a flash in the pan is how he handles adversity. In baseball, facing adversity is inevitable, and the only question is how long into a player’s career before he has to confront it. Keegan Thompson has dealt with some adversity already and handled it...

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