Chicago Cubs News: Consistency an issue, saviors from a foe?

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Jason Heyward
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Jason Heyward /

The Chicago Cubs offensive woes start at the top. While they were still near the top in runs scored, what if they had a true leadoff man in place? And could they find help from the bullpen from the Dodgers?

No matter how you look at it, the Chicago Cubs offense was an inconsistent group. Many believe it was due to a lack of a leadoff man. But Jed Hoyer has pointed out that the team was second in the NL in runs scored. But how good might they have been if they had a dedicated leadoff man? That’s a question we need to be asking as we work our way through this winter.

The Cubs will be on the lookout for bullpen help. And the reason that you keep seeing every name linked with the Cubs is we have no idea how little or how much they’re willing to spend. The Dodgers could have a couple of intriguing names in Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson. Both pitchers had very defined roles that could be helpful to the middle of the Cubs bullpen.

If Wade Davis decided to test free agency, the Cubs would be without a closer. Does that mean they’ll have to get someone? Not necessarily. The Cubs could choose to go with a closer by committee–or at least until someone in the pen stands out. With a little bit of shifting of roles out there, it’s possible that the closer might already be out there, but who could it be?

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Cubs inconsistency on offense already a concern’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Dodgers could have answers to Cubs’ pen problem’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Is the next closer already on the payroll?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Latest HoF ballot stacked’ –

‘Phillies DFA former No. 1 pick Appel’ – ESPN

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