Chicago Cubs News: First half ends with desire for more

The Chicago Cubs ended the first half of the 2023 MLB Season on a winning note as the team won their weekend series against the New York Yankees.
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After splitting a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers last week and taking two of three games from the New York Yankees on the road over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs ended the first half of the season on a high note.

At the start of the Major League Baseball All-Star Break, the Cubs are five games under the .500 mark on the season and 7 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for first place in the National League Central division.

The Cubs picked up a game on the Reds on Sunday as Cincinnati lost to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday and that is an important element to consider as the team decides what direction to take at the 2023 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline.

The Brewers and Reds are set to play six more times before the trade deadline on August 1 and with the Cubs having a soft schedule to begin the second half of the season, the opportunity is there for the team to make a run.

Perhaps, that is the reason why the Cubs' front office has not made a decision in regard to the trade deadline yet. The messaging generated from the Cubs' front office would suggest that they want to be buyers at the deadline but the team's play needs to back up that stance.

While not a run that should be defined as great, the Cubs' 4-3 road trip to end the first half of the season should be a signal to the front office to add. With the addition of a left-handed power bat that can play first base and left-handed late-inning relief pitcher, the Cubs could be in a position to make a run during the second half of the season.

For the Cubs' front office, the message is simple, show that you believe in the team that you constructed by adding at the deadline.

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