Chicago Cubs: Most likely September call-ups who can contribute
By Jake Misener
Locked in a tight battle for the National League Central crown, the Chicago Cubs’ September call-ups may prove to be a difference-maker in 2017.
When the season dawned, few predicted the Chicago Cubs winning less than 90 ballgames. Yet, here we are. Even after Sunday’s walk-off, extra-inning thriller, the Cubs are on-pace for 87 wins. By contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers have 87 wins – and it’s August 21.
After trading for Alex Avila, Sunday’s hero, and left-hander Justin Wilson, Chicago hoped to shore up the roster. Avila continues to step up in the wake of Willson Contreras‘ hamstring injury – delivering in every way possible. Wilson, however, can’t find the strike zone with GPS and a map – leaving a shaky Cubs’ pen in a precarious position.
Wade Davis is perfect in save situations this season. Left-hander Brian Duensing, a buy-low offseason acquisition, continues to exceed all expectations. Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop have been good more than bad – but have struggled with consistency.
Guys like Carl Edwards Jr., Koji Uehara and Wilson know how to dominate – but, again, it all comes down to consistency and execution. This troubling trend emanates throughout the entire bullpen – so, it makes sense the team might focus its September call-ups on the pitching staff.
Here are five candidates who could play a role down the stretch as the Cubs chase a second-straight division title and another World Series championship.