The Chicago Cubs Are Winning…Finally


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It’s September, and yes, the Chicago Cubs are still playing very meaningful baseball games, which is in fact a first in a very long time. It is the first meaningful September the Cubs have had since 2008 when they won the NL Central.

When Theo Epstein took over the Cubs baseball operations in October of 2011, he predicted a five-year plan for the Cubs to become a successful baseball team again. It has only been four. The Cubs are a year early to the postseason party that Epstein had predicted four years ago.

The perfect storm began last off-season when the Cubs signed prized pitching free agent Jon Lester; and also hired the uber popular and successful manager Joe Maddon away from the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

This season has been a combination of the young talent Epstein has stockpiled over the years coming to the big leagues and succeeding, along with the success of some key veterans in Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, and Jake Arrieta.

With the exception of Lester all of the Cubs key “veterans” are under 30 years old. The formula to the Cubs success this season has also come from a variety of youngsters, including three rookies in Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, and Kris Bryant. All three have been big contributors along the way.

The Cubs are currently sitting pretty in the 2nd Wild Card spot two games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. If the season were to end today, the Cubs would play in Pittsburgh in a one game playoff, with the winner advancing to the NLDS to face off against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, with roughly two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Cubs are surging at the perfect time, and still have a chance at the 1st Wild Card spot, which would allow them to have home-field advantage in the one game playoff versus the Pirates.

Usually, this time of the year is considered football season in Chicago, but thanks to the Cubs, it is still considered baseball season in the Windy City. This postseason, the Cubs are trying to erase the semi-recent memories of playoff struggles from the 2003, 2007, and 2008 seasons. But things are finally bright again on the North Side of town. This year the Cubs have been playing with house money, not even in “win now” mode, but nevertheless, the fan base and players alike are expecting big things from this year’s Cubs team.

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The Chicago Cubs Are Winning…Finally