SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are Bulls considering re-signing Derrick Rose

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are Bulls considering re-signing Derrick Rose

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Mark Schanowski is joined by Mark Lazerus (Chicago Sun-Times), Jordan Bernfield and Anthony Herron. 

The panel talks Yoan Moncada's debut and which White Sox prospect will be next. 

The Cubs are now just one game behind the Brewers, are they officially back? 

Finally, could the Bulls actually be considering re-signing Derrick Rose? 

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below. 

That escalated quickly: Cubs just a game back of Brewers, could be in first place as soon as this weekend

That escalated quickly: Cubs just a game back of Brewers, could be in first place as soon as this weekend

To quote the great Ron Burgundy: That escalated quickly.

Don't look now, but the Cubs are just a game out of first place in the National League Central standings and could take over first place sometime this weekend.

While the Cubs have been on their post All-Star break tear, winners of all six of their games since the Midsummer Classic, the first-place Milwaukee Brewers have been on a simultaneous skid, losers of their last five games.

Because of all that, the standings have tightened dramatically. What was a five and a half game difference between the Cubs and Brewers at the break is now just a one-game gap.

It goes up and down the standings, too, as the Pittsburgh Pirates — who completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers on Thursday afternoon — are just three games back. The St. Louis Cardinals, who start a weekend series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday, are just four and a half games back of the Brewers.

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Given how hot the Cubs are right now, a move into first place sometime in the next couple days wouldn't be surprising in the least.

The Cubs have scored a whopping 44 runs during their six-game win streak, an average of more than seven runs a game. That stretch has also seen 16 home runs off Cubs bats.

The Cardinals roll into Wrigley losers of back-to-back games and four of their last seven since the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the Brewers travel for a three-game weekend set against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team with the worst record in baseball, and the Pirates pay a visit to the Colorado Rockies, a 56-win team that scored 18 runs in a Wednesday win over the San Diego Padres.

If you were hoping for a fun race in the Central in the second half of the season, it seems your wish has come true. As for those fans waiting around for the Cubs to finally move into first place, where they haven't been since June 6, you might soon get your wish, too.

Cubs shuffle rotation, meaning Jose Quintana will not start against White Sox

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Cubs shuffle rotation, meaning Jose Quintana will not start against White Sox

The Cubs have pushed back Jose Quintana and he will not make a start against his former team in the Crosstown series next week.

Quintana was originally slated to pitch Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field against the White Sox, but the Cubs have bumped him back a day. He will now go Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field, which means he will miss all of the four-game series against the South Siders.

Joe Maddon explained his thought process before Tuesday night's game, wanting to keep Jon Lester — who is starting Saturday — on regular rest and lining up Quintana against the Cubs' division foes — Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers next weekend — in games that hold more weight in the standings than a matchup with the Sox.

With Kyle Hendricks due back early next week after throwing a perfect rehab outing, the Cubs could slot him in Monday or Tuesday and have John Lackey toss the other game, with Mike Montgomery presumably moving back to the bullpen after Wednesday's start against the Atlanta Braves.

Here's how the next couple turns through the Cubs rotation could look:

Friday vs. STL - Jake Arrieta
Saturday vs. STL - Jon Lester
Sunday vs. STL - Jose Quintana
Monday vs. CHW - Kyle Hendricks
Tuesday vs. CHW - John Lackey
Wednesday vs. CHW - Jake Arrieta
Thursday vs. CHW - Jon Lester
Friday vs. MIL - Jose Quintana

The rotation for that three-game set against the Cardinals is straight #FireEmoji.