The Cubs were limping into the month of July and it looked as if this team was going to lose 100 games with ease. The All Streak break seemed to change the mindset for several players on this team, and they have been a completely different team in the second half.
Nico Hoerner was recently quoted in the media expressing the importance for the Cubs to win games in August and September. Ian Happ held a team meeting to make that clear to his team as well, and the results have come.
The Cubs are currently in the middle of a run where they have won five straight series, and they have been playing good teams. The lineup is grinding out at-bats on a daily basis and the team is showing signs of passion on the field.
It appears that fans have noticed as well as they are starting to show back up at Wrigley Field. This team is putting pressure on Jed Hoyer and Tom Ricketts to open up their checkbook this offseason, and manager David Ross deserves a ton of credit.
This roster is still missing some pieces, but the Cubs have been a blast to watch in the second half.
Pitching Starting to Shine
Not only is the team starting to play with more passion for the Cubs, but this team is also starting to get some pitching. The starting rotation has actually become a strength of the team over the last few weeks, and it all starts with Justin Steele and Keegan Thompson.
Steele and Thompson are going to be in the rotation for years to come, and Marcus Stroman has started to do his part as well. It looks as if the Cubs could simply go out and sign one big starting pitcher in the offseason and have a great rotation moving forward.
There are still some holes in the bullpen, but blowing leads late isn’t that big of a deal in 2022. David Ross is getting a chance to look at some pitchers that could come into play in years down the road.
Hope For the Future
There were times earlier this season when it looked as if the Cubs were going to be in for another long rebuild. This team seemed to be getting worse as time wore on, and the Trade Deadline was supposed to sink the team.
By not trading Willson Contreras or Ian Happ, the Cubs were able to keep a pair of All Stars for the second half of the season. Not only that, but the Cubs actually added some talent after the Trade Deadline and this roster doesn’t look half bad.
With a team full of young players that are out to prove something, the future looks a ton better than it did just a few months ago. There is now no reason that this team can’t compete for a division title in 2023.
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