Don’t look now my friends, the Chicago Cubs are starting to play some pretty decent baseball, and have won 7 of their last 10 including 3 in a row. A lot of people will say it’s because of calling up Anthony Rizzo (which has helped a ton) but isn’t the sole reason. The sole reason is the Cubs are playing much better fundamental baseball. They’re running the bases better, they’re making fewer mistakes on the field defensively, and they’re pitching it. When those things all happen. wins start to come.
When the season started, no one (including myself) thought the Cubs were going to be decent. They were MUCH WORSE than I thought they would be up until about 2.5 weeks ago, and I was more or less stunned by the lack of progress of pure baseball knowledge. It’s nice to start to see some of the young kids come up and enjoy playing the game the right way.
What will this team do for the rest of the season? I suspect they’ll play just under .500 ball from now until the end of the season. Mainly because your going to see some of the veterans playing well, traded. Ryan Dempster is as good as gone, and you can make a strong argument that Matt Garza will follow him out the door. I don’t know if the Cubs will trade Bryan LaHair, but he’s not untouchable. Neither is Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol, Darwin Barney, or Alfonso Soriano. It’s hard to determine how the Cubs will react after the trade deadline, but I suspect you won’t see a ton.
Either way, it’s nice to see some good baseball played on the north side for a change. It’s been awhile. Hopefully the Cubs can continue playing the game the right way.