Chicago Cubs: Five takeaways from Opening Weekend
By Bill Quinn
After an Opening Weekend series win, David Ross looks ready to steer the Cubs right into the playoffs.
No fans in the stands because of a pandemic that’s wrought havoc around the country, but we finally have baseball back at Wrigley Field – and hey, there were actually some live fans watching the games from on top of the rooftops across the street from the ballpark. It’s good to have the Cubs back.
Other than a botched rundown and some shoddy bullpen work, the weekend has to be considered a pretty big success for the North Siders. Any time you take two of three from the rivals up I-94 in July, it’s a great weekend, right?
Ross rode two great pitching performances, some timely hitting, and some big bombs to two wins and former NL MVP Christian Yelich did basically nothing for three days. If this is how easy it is all season, Ross might just find himself guiding the Cubs right back into the postseason after a one year hiatus in Joe Maddon’s last season.
OK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves after one series. However, with 5 percent of the games already in the books (three out of 60 games- crazy, I know), every win helps the Cubs toward that goal. Here are some key takeaways from Opening Weekend in Chicago.