Chicago Cubs: Making the case for the Cubs in a tight NL Central
The everyday players for the Cubs are plenty talented. The key is going to be how this team is going to deal with the pressure and the drama as we approach the trade deadline. We’ve already seen a dugout shouting match between Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras. That part is definitely concerning, but if they can keep this team together, for one more run, I believe this team can make a deep run,
Especially with the success of some of some newer talent, such as Patrick Wisdom who has been a total maniac in the big leagues thus far. In 44 plate appearances he is batting .346 and has smashed eight homers. Inserting a guy into this lineup with the usual suspects of Baez, Bryant, and Rizzo who can hit for power is going to give this offense a huge boost.
The pitching, especially the starting pitching, needs help. It’s not a secret that the starting pitching for the Cubbies is lacking but it does feel good to have a healthy Craig Kimbrel back in the bullpen. The one bright spot as far as Cubs pitching this season has been Kimbrel, who ranks top three in saves (15) which is one more than Brewers fire baller Josh Hader.
Not long ago it seemed like the Chicago Cubs had turned a corner and grabbed this division by the throat. It only took one bad series and a few teams to make a run to make the NL Central the log jam it is. That being said, there does seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel for Chicago.