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Chicago Cubs News: Cubs split DH with Rockies; Montero shines in new role

May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs fly a W flag in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs fly a W flag in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs split their doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies by taking Game 2 in a similar way that they lost Game 1. A five-run second was more than enough for John Lackey who pitched one of the best games of the season for the staff.

The Chicago CubsJohn Lackey needed to be a stopper after the Colorado Rockies got to Jake Arrieta early in Game 1. He was exactly that, throwing a seven-inning shutout while striking out 10 Rockies as the Cubs cruised to an 8-1 win in the nightcap.  Javier Baez and Kris Bryant each homered in support of Lackey in the win.

Miguel Montero seems to have settled into his role as the Cubs’ backup catcher. In fact, he’s embracing it. With fewer at-bats, Montero is making the ones he does get count as he’s taken over for David Ross as the backup catcher. Montero might not be the defensive force Ross was behind the plate. But his offense resembles that of what it was in his early days with the Diamondbacks.

Theo Epstein always seems to be a step ahead, which is why he’s probably plotting some of these moves out already. But with so many young and talented players; who will get an extension first? Will he look to lock up the reigning MVP in Bryant? Or will Addison Russell or Baez be less challenging? It’s something to start thinking about now before the time comes.

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