Cubs Aim For World Series With Fresh Roster

Cody Wilkins, Reporter

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The Chicago Cubs are looking forward to making the postseason once again for the fourth straight year in a row, with a record of 83-60. They’re hoping to make it to the World Series for the second time in three years.
The Cubs’ pitching rotation is dominating the game with one of the hottest pitchers right now. The Cubs received Cole Hamels by trading Eddie Butler, Rollie Lacy, and a player to be named to the Texas Rangers. On the Cubs, Hamels is 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA (earned runs average). The Cubs also have Jon Lester, whose record is 15-6 with an ERA of 3.57. With Hamels and Lester as the 1 and 2 starters, they have a high chance of winning their first two games to start the postseason. They then have Jose Quintana and Mike Montgomery to give quality starts and hopefully last later in the game. Tyler Chatwood was moved into the bullpen. Montgomery got moved to a starting pitcher due to Yu Darvish’s injury with his throwing arm. The Cubs paid $100 million to have Darvish as a starter this year, but sadly he will be out for the rest of the season.
The Cubs have a versatile roster as well. They have utility players like Kris Bryant, who plays third base, but can also play the outfield, Javier Baez, who plays everywhere in the infield, and Ben Zobrist, who plays second base and outfield. For the subs, the Cubs have Albert Almora Jr, for the outfield, Victor Caratini for catching, Tommy La Stella for infield, and Ian Happ for third base. Rookie David Bote, plays third base as well. Bote recently had a walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals, and a few games later, he hit a walk- off home run against the Cincinnati Reds. He could possibly be in the running for rookie of the year. The Cubs recently picked up Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals. Murphy is a second basemen who also has a good bat. The Chicago Cubs traded Class A infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named, or cash consideration for Murphy.
With 19 regular season games left for the Cubs, they have a chance of breaking 100 wins, which is a great accomplishment, as not many teams get the chance to obtain such an achievement. The Cubs are hoping to play in the postseason and win another World Series in the near future.