Chicago Cubs News: Cubs top Cardinals, tied for first with Brewers

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Kyle Schwarber
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Kyle Schwarber /

The Chicago Cubs moved to five games over .500 with the win over the St. Louis Cardinals and into a tie for first place with the Brewers. The Cubs are 8-2 in the last 10 games.

The Chicago Cubs started Sunday’s game knowing the Milwaukee Brewers had already lost. The Cubs had to feel good with Jose Quintana on the mound, but the Cardinals had other plans. Home runs by Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong gave the Cards an early lead. But Kyle Schwarber hit a towering shot to tie the game in the fourth, and Wilson Contreras gave the Cubs the lead with a two-run homer in the sixth. The win tied the Cubs for first place, technically putting them a percentage point ahead.

Two of the names that are heavy in the news are Yu Darvish and Zach Britton. The Cubs have been linked to both, but which would be a good fit? The way the Cubs have played since the second half started, they might not need either of them. But that won’t slow the rumor mill from churning. We take a look at the pros and cons for each and give our thoughts.

The Cubs will get a boost in the rotation as Kyle Hendricks returns to the mound for Monday’s game against the White Sox. He hasn’t pitched since June 4 but has looked good in his rehab starts at Tennessee. If Hendricks can pitch at a level even close to what he did last season, the Cubs won’t need to make a trade for another starter.

These stories and more you might have missed:

‘Cubs move into tie for first with 5-3 win over Cards’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Darvish? Britton? Both or neither?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Hendricks set to return to rotation’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Why Avila would be a perfect fit’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Bryant vs. Arenado, the great debate’ – Cubbies Crib

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