Chicago Cubs experiencing the effects of a depleted starting rotation

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Chicago Cubs: It’s all hands on deck – or it’ll be a short postseason

Despite allowing a pair of runs on Wednesday, Cishek still ranks at the very bottom of my list of worries. At the top? A guy who can’t mentally push past challenges late in ballgames – Carl Edwards Jr.

The lanky right-hander falls to pieces at the simplest things: he doesn’t get a call, a guy takes him deep – literally anything outside of recording an out. On Wednesday, he struck out the first man he faced in the eighth – then walked Colin Moran and Adam Frazier in back-to-back at-bats on five pitches apiece.

Manager Joe Maddon then went to Cishek, who got the second out of the inning on a fly ball to right. A Victor Caratini passed ball allowed both runners to advance, before they both scored on a Elias Diaz RBI single on a sinker that stayed up in the zone.

The Cubs escaped with a 6-4 lead still intact. That is, until Wilson entered in the ninth and, after recording the first out of the inning, allowed a two doubles and a single to tie things up. All told, it marked one of the bullpen’s shakiest performances to-date – and with four days left of pretty much win-out baseball left, you can’t help but be a little nervous.

All year, this group has answered the call – despite what you might think. They lead all of baseball with a 3.37 ERA  and .225 opponent batting average. Wilson has been masterful cleaning up dirty innings.

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But, at the end of the day, you have to simply hope and pray they have enough gas left in the tank to get the Cubs to where they want to be – first, atop the NL Central after game 162 and, ultimately, atop the baseball world as World Series champions.