Chicago Cubs: 4 things that can stop their World Series aspirations

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No “true” closer

The Cubs will turn the ball over to Brandon Morrow in the ninth. While he had an excellent 2017, he’s no Wade Davis. With minimal closing experience, can the Cubs count on him to get the final outs of a game? And if he can’t, there where do the Cubs turn?

If there’s one place the Cubs could “survive” and issue, it might be here. The Cubs have a couple of former closers on the team on Justin Wilson and Steve Cishek. Please, hold your “Wilson sucks” comments for another time. He was a good pitcher coming in and hopefully will return to that guy that he was before. Cishek’s closing days seem to be behind him, but he could fill-in in a pinch.

And then there is always Carl Edwards Jr. Once thought to be the “closer of the future,” that seems to have been put on hold after some struggles in the late innings last season. But it’s a new year, and it’s possible that Joe Maddon could turn to him if all else fails.