3 Chicago Cubs positives we need to see to make the playoffs

With 54 games left in the regular season, we go over three positives we need to see for the Chicago Cubs to make the playoffs.

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3 positives to make the playoffs - 2. Bullpen keeps it going

What seemed to be a critical weakness for the Cubs in the earlier part of the season is now actually one of their strengths. In the beginning, it was the starting rotation that had near-top marks in the National League but was followed up by a ‘pen that needed help. With injuries to key relievers such as Brad Boxberger, Brandon Hughes, and Cody Heuer, the Cubs struggled to find any real consistency along the way. An issue that has since been resolving itself.

Currently, the Cubs’ bullpen now sits 5th overall in the NL in ERA with a mark of 3.92, which is a drastic improvement from where they were two months ago. It’s no secret that a strong bullpen is a recipe for success, given that the five NL teams ahead of them are all currently in playoff spots except for San Diego. Adbert Alzolay has been instrumental in his new role as a closer, as he notched save number 13 last night against Cincinnati. Michael Fulmer and Javier Assad deserve some love as well, with Fulmer recording a 2.38 ERA in July, and Assad a blistering hot 0.47 ERA in 19.1 frames last month.