Chicago Cubs: St. Louis Cardinals are the real threat in National League Central
By Jake Misener
Do all the little things
In victories this season, the Cubs’ own a .902 team OPS. In losses, that number falls nearly 300 points – down to .612. In short, Chicago has been either really good offensively – or very poor.
But there have been more good instances than bad since the Midsummer Classic.
Anthony Rizzo continues to be one of the most underrated offensive players in baseball with another 30-30-100 season. His corner infield partner, Kris Bryant, leads the team with a .320 average in the second half.
Having that duo in top-form is key for the team’s success.
Whether the offense is firing or not, bullpen inconsistency is the most glaring issue facing Chicago. Blown leads and middle-inning issues overshadow the perfect saves streak put up by closer Wade Davis.
The Kansas City Royals and, to a degree, last year’s Cubs, proved how valuable a shutdown pen is come October.
If the arms find their form and the bats stay hot, another division title is within reach.
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