The Righteous Brothers couldn’t have sung it any better. With the Contreras trade, and a sweep vs the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, that ‘lovin’ feeling’ seems to have returned. The Cubs put up an impressive 7-0 lead or better in each of the three games. Their offensive totals for the series are reminiscent of what they did at times last season. So what does this mean? It means, they are in a position to make a run. Nothing more, nothing less.
Adding Contreras though, should take a lot of pressure off of the rest of the Cubs starters at least. We already see what the Cubs sluggers think of the move. Now all they have to do is stack a few wins. They open up a series tomorrow in Atlanta vs the Braves, with Jon Lester going to the mound. If he wins, that will be four in a row since the All-Start break. Kind of what they did last year on their way to a very productive post season.
I’m not saying they will do the same thing, I am saying it feels good. It feels a lot like it did last year. The pitching staff has to turn in a few more solid performances before I say they are on their way to another productive post season. There is still a long way to go, and team needs to stay healthy.