Although the Chicago Cubs have seemingly been out of the race for a playoff spot for quite some time now, this weekend against their arch rivals the St. Louis Cardinals shows that the Cubs are very close to competing with the National League Central’s cream of the crop.
If this weekend is a sign of things to come for the Cubs, then there is good reason to be very optimistic as a Cubs fan.
The Cubs were able to take the first two games of a four game series against the Cardinals with the young prospects doing what the organization hopes they will do for many years. On Friday, a 2-2 game was broken open in the eighth inning by a two-run double by Javier Baez. Two batters later another of the Cubs prized prospects, Jorge Soler broke the game open with an absolute bomb of a two-run home run.
Saturday, the Cubs were able to send Felix Doubront to the bump for his first start in the majors as a Cub. After a bit of a rough start, Doubront settled down and pitched excellent. Doubront pitched seven strong innings allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out four. Doubront was helped by his offense that was led by Starlin Castro getting two hits including a home run. The Cubs also got help from late season additions in Logan Watkins and Chris Valaika who both homered en route to a 5-1 victory in the first game of a double header.
The Cubs did eventually lose the last two games of the series, but both games were close until the bullpen imploded and allowed a combined 12 runs in the eighth inning of the two games (9 in game 2 on Sat. and 3 on Sun.).
This weekend was a good weekend for the Cubs. It may not have resulted in as many wins as they would have liked, but the production and where it came from is a very good sign for the future. The young prospects from the Cubs were on full display this weekend including the pitching as Kyle Hendricks pitched well once again.
The future for the Cubs is getting closer and closer and this weekend proves that the Cubs are very close to competing. The Cubs were without arguably the best hitter on the team in Anthony Rizzo all weekend, and still were able to play very well.
The future looks very bright for the Cubs, and we have now seen why there is reason to be excited moving forward.