The only real sense of panic in the Cubs' bullpen these days comes when the phone rings and they can't hear what name is being called on.
PITTSBURGH – All these issues will be magnified in October.
PHILADELPHIA – The Kansas City Royals unveiled a playoff blueprint last year, essentially making it a six-inning game and riding their bullpen to a Game 7 loss in the World Series.
Forget pitching. The Cubs offense can take it from here (for one game, at least).
Outside of October, Jake Arrieta probably couldn’t have found a bigger and better stage than “Sunday Night Baseball” at Dodger Stadium to show the country he’s one of the game’s best pitchers.