Chicago Cubs: A new hat fixes everything

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Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

If Jake Arrieta wants to be the ace of the Chicago Cubs rotation and continue to be known as one of the top arms in the National League, he needs to show it on the hill tonight.

The Cubs have been sliding backwards and it is beginning to get dangerously close to spiraling out of control. Tonight is the opener of a three-game series in Pittsburg which will lead the Cubs into the All-star break.

If the Cubs can find a way to at least take two out of the three games, it would be a nice finish to the first half of the season and give the cubbies something to build on after the break.

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Arrieta hasn’t been the pitcher we all fell in love with last season. He has lacked control and continuously finds himself behind in the count. Throughout his last three trips to the mound, he has been riding the pine before the sixth inning.

During the three-game span, he has given up a total of 16 hits, allowed 10 runs, and has walked 11 batters compared to 14 strikeouts. Those numbers won’t work when looking for your second consecutive Cy Young award.

I would like to believe the Cubs have put the NL central out of reach for St. Louis or Pittsburg. Giving up two or three games to the Pirates could change that a little. Following the All-star break, the Cubs will host a three-game series with the Texas Rangers, followed by the Mets, who recently brought the brooms out against the Cubs in New York.

I want to think being back at Wrigley gives us the perfect opportunity to get back on track, but considering this last week, nothing is a given.

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I’m not trying to say the entire season comes down to the next two weeks. The amazing start and lead in the division Chicago jumped out to provide a nice cushion for the time being. However, if our next 10 games go as the last 10 have, things could get really scary, really quick.

I have decided that I am going to do my part in getting this thing turned back around. I am going to finish this article, and then go straight to and order a new Cubs hat. Surely that will be the answer to this mess.