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"Losing one reliever should never be devastating, but Alzolay is the Cubs’ best, the key piece in the Jenga tower. His absence pushes Merryweather and Leiter and Michael Fulmer and Jose Cuas up the leverage ladder. Of late, David Ross is leaning on starters Drew Smyly and Hayden Wesneski in relief, to good effect. Ross’s ability to get the most out of this pen, something I praised him for back in June, will be a key element in the Cubs holding on to a playoff berth. The team got to reset the pen with an offday Thursday."