Chicago Cubs: Who’s to blame for the subpar first half?

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The Chicago Cubs are in first, but this isn’t how we thought it would be. Up just a half-game, because the rest of the division has been just as bad. Are there fingers to be pointed?

The way the season started for the Chicago Cubs, you would think we’d be happy to be in first place in the Central. And if you didn’t know the whole story, you would be. But the Cubs have underachieved much of the season, and hold just a half-game lead over the Brewers coming out of the All-Star break. On Cubs social media, a lot of fingers are being pointed, and rightfully so. But is there truly a party to blame for the lackluster play? Depends on who you are.

There are many on Cubs’ Twitter that has taken to blaming Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. They feel that the Cubs had a glaring weakness in their bullpen and didn’t address it–at least not to their liking. And trading Tommy La Stella away and signing Daniel Descalso looked like a good move in the first few weeks. Now? Not so much. But while Epstein and Hoyer didn’t do much in the offseason, that was dictated from Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs.