What should the Cubs Do At the Deadline?
The Cubs Potential Moves
As we near the July 31 deadline, the phones lines are burning up as the Cubs try to bolster a roster with the best record in the National league. The team has been at the top of the NL in most categories, but interestingly enough in the middle of the pack in slugging. The players meeting with hitting coach Chili Davis during last month’s Dodger series seems to have had an effect. The approach of going to the opposite field has yielded results across the board. This approach will be needed come October when the temperatures are freezing and the wind is howling in.
The pitching staff is the one area that needs help. The starters are barely averaging 6 innings per start, and even though the bullpen has been excellent, they may need help in order to stay strong down the stretch. With little expected from Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood’s lack of command the back of the rotation has been a disappointment. Steve Cishek has been great, but he is more of a 6th-7th inning guy. He has lost closer jobs with both the Marlins and the Mariners in recent years.
I see Theo Epstein bolstering the back of the bullpen rather than breaking up the core of position players. Once you get into October it’s all about a six inning game with a deep bullpen. To get a starter like Chris Archer or Jacob DeGrom it’s going to take a combination of either Almora, Happ, Schwarber and a package of prospects from an already thin farm system. Those positon players all offer something in their versatile skill sets that Joe Maddon craves. I can see them trying to add someone like Brad Brach or Seth Lugo. These are cost controlled arms without a huge price tag. Theo always has the magic touch this time of year, now we wait to see what happens!
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