3 things we learned about the Cubs this weekend against the Braves

The Cubs confirmed their place as contenders this weekend, taking 2 of 3 from the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.

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3 things we learned about the Cubs this weekend - #2: Throw a 'C' on Dansby Swanson's chest - this team belongs to him now

Everyone talked about the type of winner and person the Cubs were getting when they signed Dansby Swanson to a seven-year, $177 million pact last winter - and we're seeing that and more over the last couple of weeks, during which the All-Star has gotten white-hot at the plate while playing his usual Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop.

Swanson homered against his former club on Saturday and turned in clutch at-bats again on Sunday. He spoke to Marquee after the finale and said what was on everybody's mind after this homestand: when they're playing their best brand of baseball, this Cubs team is capable of going toe-to-toe with anyone in the league.

Winning became commonplace in Wrigleyville in the back half of the 2010s, but this decade started with a dejected fanbase watching the core that won it all in 2016 be pieced out for scrap at the trade deadline. But this year, the front office bought, not sold, and Swanson is leading a new-look Cubs team on a second half charge toward the postseason.