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5 Ridiculous Overreactions To Chicago Cubs’ Early Action

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5 Ridiculous Overreactions To Chicago Cubs’ Early Action

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Expectations were predictably low for the Chicago Cubs going into the 2014 MLB season. Even the most optimistic fan would likely be surprised if the club sniffed the .500 mark, let alone competed for a postseason berth. The Cubs are playing to form so far with a record of 4-8. Despite the fact the team has only played 12 games, trends develop early in the season that cause many to draw premature conclusions. Here are five such overreactions.

5. Starlin Castro Has Completely Returned To Form

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5. Starlin Castro Has Completely Returned To Form

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Castro had a rough 2013 season that had many questioning his future viability for the Cubs. The shortstop has gotten off to a nice start in 2014 with an average of .300 and two homers. These numbers are certainly encouraging as Castro hit .245 in 2013 with only 10 homers. Ideally, Castro will get it together and hold down the shortstop position for years to come. However, it is still a bit early to completely forget about last season.

4. Platoons Equal Depth

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4. Platoons Equal Depth

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs are currently employing platoons at five different positions. While this may seem like an advantage to some, the reality is that the Cubs are doing this out of necessity as the players involved in the platoons are probably not capable of holding down the spot by themselves. The Cubs are clearly trying to figure out if some of these players will prove to be long-term solutions, particularly Mike Olt and Junior Lake.

3. Jose Veras Is Useless

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3. Jose Veras Is Useless

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The signing of Veras in the offseason did not make much sense on the surface. The journeyman reliever has already pitched himself out of the closer role after four appearances. It would benefit the Cubs if Veras was able to successfully resume closing duties at some point before the trade deadline. Veras will have little trade value if he is not closing, so hopefully the Cubs can get something out of this ill-advised signing.

2. Jason Hammel Is The Second Coming

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2. Jason Hammel Is The Second Coming

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Hammel has been really good so far for the Cubs, winning both of his starts while posting great numbers across the board. However, if history is any guide, there is simply no chance of Hammel continuing this level of performance. Ideally, this will mirror the Scott Feldman scenario from 2013, where the Cubs trade a player at his absolute peak value. Hopefully, Hammel can keep it together long enough for the Cubs to cash in again.

1. Emilio Bonifacio Is A Long-Term Solution

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1. Emilio Bonifacio Is A Long-Term Solution

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Bonifacio was picked up in February by the Cubs and has provided positional flexibility as well as a spark at the top of the order. Bonifacio was on fire at the beginning of the season, and even after cooling off a bit, his average still sits at .392. He has even stolen seven bases so far, giving the Cubs some much-needed speed. However, Bonifacio will likely revert back to his career norms, and is not really a part of the future for the Cubs.