Call them the cardiac Cubs, call them the never quit Cubs, call them the young Cubs, or just call them the Chicago Cubs. In the month of August, the Cubs have seen all of the planning, all of the rebuilding, and most of the process come together in one amazing ride. On Monday, the Cubs won another game via the walk off thanks to a Kris Bryant home run. It is Bryant’s second walk off homer of the year, Chicago’s 12th walk off win of the season, and it put the team an amazing 21 games over .500. On the North Side, it has been a season of heart-stopping finishes, which may very well lead to a magical postseason birth.
Thus far in August, the Cubs are 17-4 which is one of their best months in recent years. In a 17-game Chicago stay, the team went 14-3, and they have now won 20 of their last 24 games overall. The summer in Chicago is much more alive and well when the Cubs are in a playoff race. When the Cubs stay in Chicago began, they found themselves a half game behind the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot. A four-game sweep of the Giants put the Cubs in front and they have not looked back. To close out the month, Chicago will now travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles to face the Giants and Dodgers and try to remain hot in the process.
Since the All-Star break, the Cubs have hit 52 home runs which leads the National League, and 37 in the month of August which is the most in baseball. Anthony Rizzo predicted that big things would be in store for this team during the month of August, and the Cubs have certainly delivered. They have awaken the echos which have Wrigley Field rocking on a nightly basis. The electric atmosphere has not gotten the best of this young team to this point.
During the last week, the winds of Chicago have given several pitchers nightmares, but Chicago was able to withstand a two-game pouncing by the Detroit Tigers to the punch of 25 runs on 40 hits. But the Cubs were able to rebound and end the home stand on a five-game winning streak. On the year, the Cubs have completed four four-game sweeps which is the most they have had since 1945, the last time Chicago reached the World Series.
What has been the most impressive thing about this August run is that the contributions have been team wide. Every player is doing their part. Dexter Fowler has been the lead-off hitter the Cubs had been missing, Kyle Schwarber has been a spark, and Chris Coghlan has been the super utility man for Joe Maddon. The last six home runs hit by the Cubs have either been to the opposite field or to straight center field which proves that either the Cubs are playing the winds perfectly, or they are staying on top of the ball nicely, not getting fooled, and driving pitches a long way.
Even if the Cubs were to play .500 baseball over the last quarter of the season, it will still be a 90-win season in Chicago which is impressive in its own right. Many thought that this team was still maybe a year away, but with Joe Maddon, good pitching led by Jake Arrieta, and the youth leading the way this team is right in the middle of a pennant race. The only downside is that they are in the wrong division this season. To date, Chicago finds themselves with the fourth best record in baseball, but in third place in the NL Central. Combined, the Cardinals, Cubs, and Pirates are 82 games over .500. But as long as the walk off, cardiac, youthful Cubs continue to play their game and win, they will soon be called postseason Cubs in 2015.