The Chicago Cubs – Five Things we’ve Learned from Opening Week

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Source: Sean M.Haffey – Getty Images North America

Depth Matters

The loss of Kyle Schwarber so early in the season should be devastating. His impact in the second half of last year and during the playoffs was huge, both as a player and an integral part of the team. In many cases, an injury such as he suffered could cripple a lineup, but in this case, it causes barely a hiccup.

Joe Maddon loves moving players around, and he can stick Jorge Soler in left, or move Kris Bryant there and play Tommy La Stella at third. Matt Szczur is playing well in the field, as well, and Javier Baez is playing some left field in Triple-A as he finishes rehab after injuring his thumb in spring training. Despite the loss of a potential 30+ home run hitter, the lineup is strong, resilient, and ready to score runs.

During the offseason there were a lot of fans and analysts calling for Soler or Baez to be traded. Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein kept their assets close, and it has already paid off. Having quality players ready to step in and take over at any position is one of the strengths of this team. The ability to weather bad times is integral to the type of success that leads to October, and this team has it in spades.

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