The end of the MLB regular season is coming in hot, and there is good news and bad news. The bad news is, it’s almost the end of the MLB season, which also means it’s almost the end of summer. The good news is, we’re set for a great playoff finish. So, let’s assume the Cubs do make the playoffs. Who will have to step up? What will they have to do to repeat? I’ll list my thoughts here.
Stay hot, John Lackey.
I’d hate to admit it, but we NEED John’s best stuff for the postseason. If he’s even in the rotation. Since the All-Star break, Lackey is 5-0 with a 3.42 ERA. In his last start against the Diamondbacks, he gave up 2 homers that made up the 3 runs he allowed over 5 1/3 innings. Is he a dickballer? Ask @StoolFrederic. He averages 2.09 homers per 9 innings this season, which is the highest rate in the MLB. So I’ll say yes. Too many homers makes you a dickballer. That needs to stop but, whatever he’s doing is working, and that’s a huge key to a playoff run.
Is Quintana geared for the playoffs?
This is an impossible question to answer. He has no playoff experience. Does he have what it takes to be a stud in the postseason? Sure, but he needs to prove it here in the final months of the season. With 6 games played, he has a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA as a Cub. It seems like he inherited the Cubs first half habit of giving up early runs. That’s what he needs to stop. No early runs. Don’t go backwards Jose.
Come on Kyle. How many times will I have to say, “it’s only a matter of time before he heats up” until you do? I don’t care if you suck the rest of the regular season, but we need you in the playoffs. Kyle is our guy. He basically won us the World Series on one leg. In a combined 14 games and 44 ABs in 2 postseasons, Kyle is batting .364, with 10 RBIs and 5 homers. Also has an postseason career OPS of 1.178. Take those stats how you’d want them. They’re insane for a guy this young in his career. Whatever Kyle, take as much time as you’d like to get hot, but please, just do it before the playoffs.
“I think I got my swagger back”
This entire video shows exactly what the Cubs need to be in the playoffs. Get your swagger back. I want Javy tossing around gum. I want every player in the dugout doing air drums to “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. That’s swagger. I need consistency and I need fun. Not stress. Fun.