The Chicago Cubs just finished a six-game homestand against the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins, winning all but the finale to the Marlins. In a season that had started looking like many in the past – full of losing and tough losses – a string of recent success has given fans some hope for what the future may hold for the north side of Chicago.
Even with this solid stint of baseball, the Cubs still stand 11 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and six games back of the second Wild Card spot. So, as exciting as a few wins can be, perspective leaves us knowing that expecting much more from this season than some good times and a bright future is likely nothing more than wishful thinking.
The best news for the Cubs is currently not in the city of Chicago; their impressive farm system, including top prospects in shortstop Javier Baez and third baseman Kris Bryant, leave fans salivating for what their offense could look like for seasons to come.
Bryant was the second overall pick of the Cubs in last season’s MLB Draft, and he has lived up to any and every expectation that he could have faced to this point. His easy flowing swing has impressive power with it as he leads all of Double-A baseball with 21 home runs and has a bating average over .350. Although his defense to this point has not been flawless at third base, his offensive numbers more than make up for a few errors.
As for now, if the wins keep coming for the Cubs, the buzz will continue to grow as fans of the lovable losers will always look for signs of hope to finally end that World Series drought. There will be a close eye on Cubs President Theo Epstein and the rest of management in the coming weeks, because in a year where so many teams are still in realistic playoff contention, they may be forced to bring up their young talent sooner than imagined.
Cubs fans should enjoy the wins and know that the future is very bright and closer than we all originally thought.