Hello, everyone. It's time for your weekly dose of head-scratching, confusion and laughter before you angrily turn the page. And I certainly aim to not disappoint this time around...

•The Cubs are a confident, brash and cocky bunch, and that can irritate opponents and opposing fans to no end. And if you are Willson Contreras, who is having a tremendous season so far, you are feeling pretty good, obviously. Contreras celebrated his home run Monday night with extra fervor, working the Braves and catcher Tyler Flowers into a lather. Trash talking is part of the game, and when you talk the talk and walk the walk, there's gonna be blowback from the other side. It's all in good fun, I guess, just please don't be surprised by it...

•A huge negative effect of getting the opposition worked up is, of course, some type of retaliation. And the old Tony La Russa 'eye for an eye' beanball wars is beyond tiresome, in my mind. It's just not cool to be throwing 100 mph heat high and tight on purpose, and there's no excuse for it...

•And the Cubs have a home-grown starting pitching prospect? His name is Adbert Alzolay. That's a pretty big deal if he's legit...

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