There hasn’t been a lot to cheer about during the 2022 Chicago Cubs season, but the last 11 games provided plenty of drama and excitement. The Cubs played 11 games in a nine day stretch against the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals.
The final record of those 11 games was just 5-6, but it actually could have been a much better mark. The bullpen blew a couple of late leads in some of those losses, and the Cubs held up pretty well against some great teams.
The Cubs are likely to get worse over the next few months as they start to unload on talent again, but these 11 games showed just how close the Cubs could be. Life in the Central Division is not that difficult, and this season is starting to feel like 2014 all over again.
New players continue to come up from the minor leagues and produce, and some of the veterans are getting the job done as well. It would have been nice to post a winning record during the 11 game stretch, but there was some great energy in and around Wrigley Field again.
Finally Some Pitching Prospects
The best day during the 11-game stretch took place on Saturday as the Cubs and Cardinals played a day-night doubleheader. A pair of rookie starting pitchers took the mound in each game, and both of those players pitched well.
Michael Swarmer made his second start of the season, and he was sharp in leading the Cubs to a win in the day game. Swarmer is going to stick around for longer, and the Cubs will get a chance to see what he can do.
Caleb Kilian made the start in the night game, and this was the most-hyped pitching debut in close to 20 years for the Cubs. Kilian came over the trade for Kris Bryant and he has been terrific down at Triple-A.
Kilian was perfect through three innings before things fell apart a bit in the fourth inning. The Cubs are electing to send him back down to Iowa, but he is a name that you will be hearing about for years to come.
Morel Continues to Mash
Seiya Suzuki was supposed to be a frontrunner to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award, but it could be one of his teammates that steals that award. Christopher Morel has brought a ton of energy to this Cubs team, and he looks like a future face of the franchise.
After belting a lead-off home run in the series opener in Baltimore, Morel has now reached base in 21 straight games. What make this even more impressive is the fact that those 21 games are all that Morel has played in at the Major League level.
The league will likely catch up to the young star at some point, but it’s been a remarkable start to his career.
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