The trade deadline is up, and we’re looking at another deadline coming up at the end of August with some inklings that the Chicago Cubs may pursue Philadelphia Phillies legend-in-decline Chase Utley. They’ve got a full month to figure this out, but in the meantime, games must be played, and so they shall.
Take Saturday night’s game, for example. The Cubs have a chance to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday before doing battle against their closest competition in the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. The Texas Rangers blew their cushy lead against the Giants so the Cubs unfortunately remain just a game behind San Francisco for the second wild card, but they also pulled to within four of the Pirates, who lost to the Cincinnati Reds.
The fact that they can sweep, of course, means that the Cubs won on Saturday. Doubly fun is that they beat former Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. Anthony Rizzo made him do the angry face. Kyle Schwarber also had some fun:
And they shut the door thanks to one of their newest acquisitions (the other one gets to play next week). Overall a very good game, fairly inconsequential until the trouble in the 9th, but the Cubs are still very much relevant in August. They’ll have to figure stuff out later when summer winds down, particularly when guys like Javier Baez and Mike Olt might be available as bench boosters and Miguel Montero returns from his injury. There’s a bit of swagger in this young team, though, and that’s fun to watch.
So, really, how’s your August been? Because if it’s anything like August 1st, it’s gonna stay fun.