The Cubs have had a recent injury problem, starting in late May with the injury of Matt Duffy, who was placed on the 10-day IL with a lower back strain, followed by a string of even more injuries. But how did the Cubs turn all of these injuries into a run for 1st place?
On May 25th, the Cubs announced the placement of 3B Matt Duffy to the 10-day IL. Naturally, Cubs fans were devastated, as Matt Duffy was having a great season, hitting .278/.377/.733, with many clutch hits and plays in the field. In a corresponding move, the Cubs selected the contract of 3B Patrick Wisdom. This was a very surprising move, as Cubs fans were unsure of who this 2nd round pick was. However, Patrick Wisdom came to the MLB, and he made sure that Cubs fans knew his name. In his first 50 PA’s, he hit 9 HR and currently leads all NL Rookies in HR. Unfortunately, Duffy still isn’t back, and with how Wisdom is playing this year, he will most likely end up being a bench bat or rotating with Wisdom and KB for that 3B spot.
One day after the announcement of Matt Duffy’s injury, the Cubs placed Nico Hoerner on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. The Cubs had nothing to worry about, though, because they had David Bote, who had already been the Cub’s starting second baseman. However, they did take action to get a secondary 2B, signing Dee Strange-Gordon, who had been released by the Milwaukee Brewers just a month earlier. They also signed another free-agent 2B by the name of Tyler Ladendorf, who hasn’t played in a major league game since 2016. 2 days after the signing of Strange-Gordon, the Cubs placed David Bote on the 10-day IL with a dislocated left shoulder. Now the Cubs had a bit of an issue. The Cubs had Eric Sogard as their only 2B on the 26-man roster. But once again, they had it under control. They decided to call up Sergio Alcantara, who was claimed by the Cubs a month before Opening Day. Sergio started his stint with the Cubs slowly, but he soon got the hang of playing in a Cubs uniform. His hitting with the Cubs currently stands at .217/.315/.837. His hitting stats may not be the best, but he has certainly proven himself as one of the best fielders on the Cubs, making play after play and even playing SS for a few games this season.
May 31 rolled around, and the Cubs had just lost Bote to injury the day before. Luckily, their pitching staff hadn’t been touched with injury. However, that all changed when Trevor Williams was diagnosed with Appendicitis, a disease affecting the appendix. The team had a problem with this injury, as Trevor Williams was one of the most consistent pitchers before this injury, posting a 1.6 WHIP before this injury. The Cubs had recently signed free agent Kohl Stewart, and he turned out to be their choice for the replacement of Williams. Kohl Stewart won his first game in a Cubs uniform, giving up 3 hits in 5 innings pitched. However, his next game turned out to change Cubs fans' perspective on this former 1st round pick. He lost the next game he pitched, giving up 7 hits in 3 innings pitched. The Cubs sent him down after this game, but now they had a gap in the #4 spot in their rotation. They once again didn’t need to worry because they had 6 days until the #4 spot pitched again. The Cubs then decided to call Kohl Stewart back up for a second try, and he disappointed the front office. 5 ER on 6 hits, and the Cubs said “No more” and sent him down once again. The #5 starter, Adbert Alzolay, pitched the next game and was taken out with a blister on his right thumb. Now their #4 and #5 starters were gone. They had to call up Kohl Stewart once again. Kohl never got the chance to pitch for the Cubs again because he was sent down once again. Around this time, Cubs backup catcher P.J. Higgins was placed on the 60-day IL with a right forearm strain. They needed a new backup, and Jose Lobaton was the guy called up. Lobaton has been in 3 games and has yet to get a hit. The Cubs needed the #4 and #5 starter spots filled, and Robert Stock and Alec Mills were the guys to get the job done. The stock was a former relief pitcher for the Padres, and he could throw fast, topping off at 101. However, he had a major walk problem, and the Cubs saw that on June 16th. Robert threw 4.0 innings with 6 walks and 5 hits, totaling 4 runs. Robert was sent down right after that game and was DFA’d on June 20th. In the case of Mills, who threw a no-hitter in September of 2020, On the 15th of June, Mills pitched against the New York Mets and lost that game, giving up 5 hits in 4.1 innings. On June 20th, however, he gave up 6 hits in 5 innings but ended up winning the game. Although this may be the end, for now, the Cubs still have many players on the injured list, including Dillon Maples and rookie Justin Steele. But that brings up the question; How will the rest of the season pan out? Will injuries continue to strike the Cubs? And finally, will the Cubs finish in 1st place? Well, there’s only 1 answer. Only time can tell.
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