Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon feels the pressure to find a closer

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Chicago Cubs: Bullpen help and gravy

Remember all those negative things happening to the Cubs I mentioned at the beginning of the piece? Slowly those have turned out to be not so bad. Lester is back and pitched a helluva game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Darvish has cleaned up his game, Rizzo and Bryant are killing the ball, and Carl Edwards Jr. has looked pretty darn good in his return to the Northside.

In fact, the Cubs could make this run gravy with some sweeps of the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals. To learn more, see this: Chicago Cubs: Now’s the time for a big move in NL Central Division

The fact remains that even if closer Brandon Morrow returns he is not a sure bet to stay healthy the rest of the season. If Epstein brought someone in now, it would ease the pressure on Maddon to keep looking at lineups and figuring out hitting and pitching puzzles. The new closer could get acclimated to the Cubs right now.

Right when the Cubs are winning and leaving everyone in their dust. Isn’t it important to let a new closer experience that gravy feeling of a first-place club and how they go about their business? To know how it feels when you have the right tools to go all season and win?

Next. Cubs need ace-caliber arms in Lester, Hendricks. dark

You’ve got be from St. Louis not to recognize the Chicago Cubs have a winning team this year.

Mr. Epstein, give Joe Maddon his contract and give us closer pitcher Craig Kimbrel or similar in the next couple of weeks and we’ll be seeing the Chicago Cubs in October.