MLB Mid-Season Review: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are out of the NL Central basement at a 48-56 record with help from the Milwaukee Brewers. They are a large 14.5 games behind the Central leading St. Louis Cardinals, 14 games behind the Pirates, and about 11 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for third so it looks as if they will be fighting Milwaukee the rest of the year to stay out of the cellar.
The Cubs have a good young pitcher in Travis Wood to build around, thus far Wood is 7-7 without much runs upport and is sporting a 2.79 ERA. Wood has been tremendous playing on a team that really has no shot of anything but staying one place above the Brewers having allowed just 101 hits in 135 innings and striking out 95.
Apart from Wood there are a couple other good pitchers on this unit including Scott Feldman who has been really good with a 7-6 record and 3.46 ERA. Matt Garza has also pitched really good with a 6-1 record and 3.17 ERA, the bullpen is not much to write home to mama about but if they were to get some capable pitching in the pen and a few good hitters this team would be much improved.
Offensively is where the Chicago Cubs struggle the most without a single .300 hitter catcher Dioner Navarro is their best hitter for average at .294. Alfonso Soriano leads the team in homers with 14 which helped him get to 51 RBI’s, he also has 15 stolen bags.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo may only be hitting .239 but he also has 14 homers and 52 walks. When Rizzo he is on base is an absolute speedster with 52 stolen bags so far this season. Third baseman Luis Valbuena also adds a lot of speed to the team as he also has 42 stolen bases this year, currently there are eleven players on the Cubs with double digit steals.
Well it looks to be the second half of another rough season for the Chicago Cubs, having just lost a double header to the Brewers who they are fighting to stay out of the cellar with they will have to hold strong to not be last in the NL Central.
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