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Tim Benz, Mark Madden discuss Pirates disaster vs. Cubs, Penguins chemistry, NFL schedule

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Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams is seen before being pulled during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 14, 2019 in Chicago.

In this week’s “Madden Monday” podcast, Tim Benz and Mark Madden take a look at what went wrong with the Pirates during their disastrous series in Chicago to start the second half of the season.

Not only did the Pirates come out of the All-Star break cold, they helped the Cubs get hot. Mark now seems to think the Pirates will be sellers at the trade deadline after the sweep.

Also, Mark rips Francisco Cervelli for backtracking on his comments about not wanting to catch anymore. And he endorses a Felipe Vazquez trade if the price is right from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tim and Mark also go over Mark’s interview with Mike Sullivan on 105.9 the X. They rehash what Sullivan had to say about trading Phil Kessel and what the coach expects out of Evgeni Malkin.

There’s also a great deal of speculation about the power-play alignment this year, how Dominik Kahun will fit in and whether the team chemistry will be any better this season.

The guys also dive into all of the flaws of that “18-16 split” idea for a new NFL schedule. Mark hates it almost as much as Tim does.

Oh, and they couldn’t wrap up the podcast without a proper send off for Rip Torn.

LISTEN: Tim Benz, Mark Madden on Pirates disaster, Penguins, NFL

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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