The Cubs begin a three game series tomorrow against the Colorado Rockies. The Cubs also begin the second half of the season with nowhere to go but up. The Cubs record is 42-51, an improvement from last year, but hardly anything ground breaking. As much as I’d like to hold out hope of a Wild Card spot, I’m coming to the realisation that it’s not going to be this year. That doesn’t mean I could be wrong, but it’s unlikely.
The Cubs have been two kinds of teams this season. Really Good and not so (fill in your own word)good. They’ve played 93 games so far, I’m not buying that, “We need time to gel” approach. I like Dale Sveum, I talk about him a lot in this blog, but after next season, his job could be on the line. It wouldn’t be his fault if that happens either.
“There’s definitely a lot more to learn when you’re struggling than when you’re winning a lot of games,’’ Sveum said. “There’s no question about that.’’
And although that is true, it is also true that the Cubs have problems finishing games. Starlin Castro is bouncing back, but I’m finding his lack of discipline irritating. He should be aggressive on base, patient at bat and stealthy at Shortstop.
They could either trade him if somebody wants to pick up his contract, bench him for a prospect, or change his position. At this stage of the Cubs progress nobody’s going to fault the Cubs for some experimenting.
That is true. Whatever is going to work.
“The way we’re playing, there are still some guys, including myself, who can play better,” Jeff Samardzija said. “That’s the exciting thing about it is that with Castro coming around, Rizzo starting to swing the bat well, Edwin is throwing the heck out of the ball and I can get better, too. There are spots we can improve, which is pretty cool and exciting.
My wish for the Cubs in the second half is to make it close and do their best to improve on the little things so when Wrigley Field celebrates 100 years next year, they’ll have the best possible team to hoist a championship flag out on that scoreboard.