To me, it just makes sense.
The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of a season to remember. They have the best record in all of Major League Baseball. Each Cubs starting pitchers hold ERAs below 3.00, and the team has scored 162 more runs than they have given up.
Truly historic numbers. But, what happens if they do not win the World Series? Will it be good enough for this team of tremendous talent playing for a franchise famous for its follies?
If there is one weakness on the Cubs this season, it is the bullpen. Now, you can look at the stats and think that everything is fine and compare the weakness to Lebron James’s jump shot: better than average, but not what you want from the (arguably) best playing on the planet.
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The Cubs’ bullpen has a record of 8-7 this season, with an ERA of 3.63. However, the relief staff has only been called upon to pitch 188 innings this season, the lowest in the MLB. Granted these numbers are not horrible when compared to other teams.
As a matter of fact, they are great. But for those of us that watch the Cubs regularly, a knot forms in the pit of our stomachs when certain relievers are called in from the pen.
So, what options do the Cubs have to improve their roster for this year, without handicapping them for next year? From my view, there are three possible trades that will help the bullpen and overall roster for this season, without breaking the bank.
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