Chicago Cubs: Are the Milwaukee Brewers slugging their way to the top?

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Chicago Cubs: A loaded offense the ticket to October in Milwaukee?

Instead of chasing an ace like Jacob deGrom or even Chris Archer, the Brew Crew went out and added an infielder in Jonathan Schoop. Pair this with the acquisition of Mike Moustakas and you’ve got yourself an interesting scenario.

The team seems content to shift Travis Shaw over to second base, where he had never played before this week. Shaw, of course, played an integral role in the team’s emergence in 2017, hitting 31 home runs and driving in 101 runs. Defensive liability? He could be – but it’s too soon to tell.

Moustakas will also see time at second. That allows manager Craig Counsell to line up an infield of Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw, Jonathan Schoop and Mike Moustakas. Young shortstop Orlando Arcia seems to be the odd man out – hardly a surprise, given he’s hitting .196 on the year.