UA-59049186-1 Chicago Cubs Post All-Star Break - Good if it Goes

Chicago Cubs Post All-Star Break

The Chicago Cubs were struggling!

When a team does not win a World Series in 100+ years, there tends to be panic. Once the calendar hit July 1, they were 2-8 in their final 10 games leading up to the All-Star break. The starting pitchers’ ERA took a hit because often reliable guys like Jake Arietta, Jon Lester, and John Lackey were not producing quality starts. Once the starters left with a lead, the bullpen could not hold the lead at all. The Cubs lacked their clutch hitting and things seemed different once Dexter Fowler went down.

The front office addressed the bullpen issue with the acquisition of 27-year-old LHP Mike Montgomery who is in his prime. If you believe the reports, the Cubs are closing in on Aroldis Chapman in exchange for their #1 overall prospect and 28th overall best prospect, 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres. There are also rumblings of Jorge Soler being included in the deal. The Cubs recently called up 41-year-old Joe Nathan to see if he has more juice left in the tank. He just pitched a scoreless inning in Milwaukee on Wednesday after giving up a triple.

So where are we now? The Cubs have won three series since the All-Star break. They took two wins from the Rangers, Mets and as of today, the Brewers. The Rangers are leading the American League in wins. The Mets won the pennant last year and have beat the Cubs eight straight times. The Cubs did not fall into a trap and look ahead to the series with the White Sox and lose to a subpar team. The Crosstown Classic against White Sox begins Monday and goes until Thursday. The Cubs are in a better position than their south side rival and the front office seem to be punching all the buttons. The organization still has the best record in baseball but when you have not clinched a win in a while, you have to proceed with caution. Baseball is a long season and October will definitely be lit for the Cubbies.

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