The Chicago Cubs’ Justin Wilson started hot, but he’s tailed off since then. What reliever are we going to get this year? And Ben Zobrist has started hot with the bat and needs to be in the lineup as often as possible.
When the season started off for the Chicago Cubs‘ Justin Wilson, he was off to a strong start. But after two back-to-back rough outings? His role is up in the air. Once thought of as a possible closer in a pinch, he found himself far from that role. Unable to get outs–or worse–walking people. When Wilson is on, he’s as good as anybody in the game from the left-hand side. But when he isn’t? It’s not a good situation for him, at all. So what do the Cubs need to do with him?
Since we didn’t play any baseball yesterday–how about that comeback on Saturday? Granted, Joe Maddon wouldÂ have preferred to not be on the field at all. But since they were, the went ahead and made the most of it. One player, who keeps finding himself in the middle of it? Ben Zobrist. In the comeback, he was 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. And this isn’t luck. He’s doing this on a regular basis. So as far as we’re concerned? Keep him in there.
Last year, the Cubs struggled with runners in scoring position. Now, they eventually got it together and did better towards the end of the season. This year, they were ready to shed that “hangover” label and come out swinging. Problem is, though? They didn’t. They’ve found themselves in the same spot that they were last season. New hitting coach, same issues. If the Cubs don’t find a way to right the ship, it could cost them a playoff berth.
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‘Inconsistent start leaves questions about Wilson’s role’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Zobrist reminding us he’s still good’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cubs (again) struggling with RISP’ – Cubbies Crib