Chicago Cubs News: Hendricks, Cubs win fifth straight

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 16: Addison Russell
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 16: Addison Russell /

The Chicago Cubs took care of the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, pushing them five games back as the season winds down. Hendricks was magnificent, throwing 7 2/3 innings of one-run baseball to secure the win.

The Chicago CubsKyle Hendricks might not ever have a season like he did in 2016. However, he’s proving that it wasn’t as fluky as some thought as he continues to pitch well since coming back from the DL. His 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball were more than enough as the Cubs took the series with a 4-1 win in Chicago. The Cubs will look for the sweep as Jose Quintana takes the mound on Sunday.

Carl Edwards was once thought to be the heir apparent to the closer’s role in Chicago. But is that still the case? After a strong start, things have cooled for Edwards, as walks have become a problem for him in the second half. Base on balls are bad for relievers as it is, even worse for a closer. Will the Cubs and Joe Maddon consider him for the role, or will he need some more work before claiming his spot?

Ben Zobrist is heating up at just the right time for the Cubs. Plagued by injuries for much of the year, a healthy Zobrist is looking like his younger self as he’s getting on base at an outstanding clip. Having a productive Zobrist will be critical to the Cubs chances as they move down the stretch.

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