During the 2016 World Series the Chicago Cubs found themselves down 3-1 and everyone counted them out. However, the Cubs had a ‘never quit’ mentality and battled back in historic fashion to win it all. This season, the Cubs have faced a large number of deficits, but that hasn’t stopped them from coming back.
The last two weeks have been a strong stretch of baseball for the Chicago Cubs. During that span they’ve gone 9-2 in their 11 games played, amidst a six-game winning streak. While they’ve been winning a lot of their games, what’s perhaps been more impressive is the manner in which they have been winning.
In all nine of those Cub victories, at one point or another during those games, they found themselves trailing. Yet, despite whatever the deficit was they battled back every time to ultimately win the game.
During that streak, the largest deficit they faced was a five-run lead, on two separate occasions, on Saturday against Cincinnati. They would win the game 8-7 after trailing 5-0 in the third inning and 7-2 later again in the sixth inning.
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The Cubs have overcome one-run deficits on four occasions, a two-run deficit once and three times they erased a three-run lead. They’re a stubborn bunch who on the year have 28 comeback victories, which is tied for the most in baseball.
Nobody quits, getting contributions from everyone.
What’s been great about the Cubs ability to comeback and win these games is they haven’t had to rely on one player. In each game, they’ve had multiple guys step up and be the hero.
Addison Russell, who’s been much better offensively in recent weeks, has been huge for the Cubs when trailing. He’s come through on six different occasions to drive in nine RBIs for the Cubs when they are facing a deficit. His biggest swing of the bat came when he hit a grand slam at Wrigley Field against the Twins, giving the Cubs a 6-5 lead.
Javier Baez only helped his All-Star chances with his timely hitting. In four opportunities, Baez hit two home runs and drove in five RBIs to help bring the Cubs back. Javy didn’t just do it with his bat but he also stole home against the Tigers to tie the game.
Clutch – as if you expected otherwise
Utility-man Ben Zobrist has also been coming up clutch for the Cubs when they are down. He’s produced four crucial at-bats which have led to six RBIs, maybe none bigger than his two-run double against the Reds on Saturday.
The Cubs pitchers even helped themselves out with some timely hits. While trailing the Twins 1-0, Jon Lester crushed a three-run homer to give himself the lead. Randy Rosario got in on the action as well, delivering an RBI single, his first career major league hit.
Watching the Cubs come back to win time and time again after trailing has been impressive. They certainly can’t be counted out as they always have a chance to come back and win. With that said, it would be nice to see them score first and hold a lead for the whole game.