Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018
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The addition of Jesse Chavez could only be the beginning for the Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO – Help could come just in time for the Chicago Cubs.

The team used six relievers in their first game back from the All-Star break, and considering their second half is busy in the schedule Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = en Thursday's Jesse Chavez of the Texas Rangers may not be the last move the team makes

"I do not think it will be the end," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said with a laugh after the 9-6 win The Cubs on the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. "You [the front-office personnel] enjoy it too much."

It is true. The Cubs brass was as active as any in July. First, the Cubs were sellers during their rebuilding years. Then they became buyers as soon as the team started fighting. In 2016, Aroldis Chapman came aboard and helped the Cubs at a World Series. They bought Jose Quintana during the All-Star break last year. And now it's Chavez.

Jesse Chavez, with a 3.51 ERA in 30 games this season, can start or get out of the bullpen for the Cubs. Andrew Dieb / Icon Sportswire

Chavez may see the start or the bullpen as he comes to his ninth team, but the Cubs are probably unfinished because of their starter – except All-Star [19459017

Es Another tough night on Thursday was for Kyle Hendricks, who allowed nine hits and three runs in 4⅔ innings.

"A little fight tonight," said Hendricks.

That could have been an understatement as he put his team back into the first inning, where his ERA is at 8:55 am for the season. He was drawn in the fifth, which led to this parade of relievers.

But here's the theme of this year's Cubs: Having won all of them in 2016, helped by a historically good starting staff, they are now known for their insult. They lead the league in almost every category, including the come-from-behind victories, with Thursday triumphing the 31st win of the season.

"They are definitely fun and enjoyable for the fans, but I think we would enjoy some games where we start and end," said midfielder Ian Happ, who hoarded on Thursday.

But for that happen, the rotation of the Cubs needs to be better. Hendrick's ERA for the season is a tad below 4.00, while teammate Quintana (3.96) is slightly better. Tyler Chatwood (5.04) checks in at over $ 5.00 and Yu Darvish ($ 4.95) is still injured. Maddon hopes for better days of all, but can the Cubs win a championship while their offensive leads the way?

That's not the norm, especially if you're from the National League.

"It happens once in a while, but it's so hard to get to this last game of the year and win it without that level of hitting," Maddon said.

Enter the 31st of July Dealing Deadline.

Consider Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's penchant for trains This month, the acquisition of Chavez could be the smallest deal they make. Nobody knows if they will go hunting big game again, and now this insult has to bear the burden. According to Elias, no team since the year 2004 San Francisco Giants ended the season over .500 in games in which the opponent hits first. The Cubs are 26-24 in this category after winning on Thursday. Maybe they can win everything with an American League attack.

No one is more satisfied with this idea than the Cubs staff. Just ask Hendricks. He believes this offense is better than the one won the World Series.

"Consistently, up and down, I think," explained Hendricks. "They're doing everything out there, it's not just homeruns, they've picked up pretty much where we left off [before the break]."

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