As the Chicago Cubs continue to push for a playoff spot this summer, Patrick Wisdom remains on the roster with no clear role. The threat of power from the veteran righty has kept him on the club despite a disastrous campaign in 2023.
Wisdom has appeared in 77 games this season with opportunities at first base, third base, and the corner outfield spots. Heading into Sunday's tilt in Toronto, Wisdom had been slashing .196/290/.491 with 19 home runs and 38 RBI. The home runs continue to be the only explanation for his chances this season. In Sunday's start, Wisdom was 1-4 with three strikeouts and, you guessed it, a long ball to dead center to cut the deficit to four.
David Ross continues to give Wisdom starts despite having multiple better options at each of his spots each and every day. Cody Bellinger and Jeimer Candelario should split time at first base and if Candelario is at first, that leaves a clear opportunity for Nick Madrigal to get reps at the hot corner.
While there is some value in the pop that Wisdom provides, he strikes out far too often and is not a serviceable defender given the guys ahead of him. Even if Ross wanted to use Wisdom as a DH, Christopher Morel has had that locked down since the early summer.
Chicago has plenty of quality bats in the lineup and enough to offer days off to the stars without hindering the offense too much. As the bullpen continues to raise questions, it would be wise to add another reliever to the mix and Patrick Wisdom's spot on the 26-man roster could be the source of that addition.
If the Cubbies want to dip into Iowa for pitching, they can do so in a number of ways. They can bring up a young arm and break Ben Brown into the big leagues in a move that would perhaps speed up his development which may not be the best thing for him. They could also look at lefty arms like Bailey Horn, Luke Little, and Jordan Wicks.
Of course, there is also the option that Wisdom sticks around until Marcus Stroman returns from the IL and that is the corresponding move. Either way, Wisdom does not offer nearly enough to this ball club to be given as many at-bats as he has had this season.
If David Ross is going to push the narrative that they want their best lineups on the field every day, then Wisdom should never be in the lineup and therefore has no business being on the roster.