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SAN DIEGO — The Cubs bullpen hasn’t been as good as advertised, making manager Joe Maddon sound a little defensive at times and forcing Theo Epstein’s front office to rebuild on the fly.

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SAN DIEGO – The time will come for the Cubs to put their money where their mouth is.

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On the surface, Jon Lester turned in another sub-optimal performance for a guy who signed a six-year, $155 million contract in the offseason.

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon predicted before Sunday’s game everyone was finally going to see how good Jon Lester can be.

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Even an 0-for-4 afternoon with a trio of strikeouts isn’t likely to dampen Cubs fans’ excitement over the newly arrived Kris Bryant.

And it didn't dampen Bryant's enthusiasm, either.

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