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The Chicago Cubs Title Chase

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It has been 4 years since the Chicago Cubs were at their lowest point in 46 years finishing the 2012 season with a record of 61-101. From that point the team’s turnaround has been incredible. The best move they have made in the organization has been getting a great manager in Joe Maddon.

Maddon has done so much for the team and he was known to do some odd activities for the teams he managed such as bring live animals into the locker room as he did in Tampa Bay. His managing style clearly has a positive impact on his players and that is a reason why the Cubs are 20 games over .500 at this point of the season.

In their series against the Mets the Cubs took 2 of 3 games and were looking like a team that is ready for the playoffs. In the first game of the series Anthony Rizzo hit a 3-run shot that would put the Cubs up for good and they would win 5-1.

They would lose the second game of the series, but win the third with a score of 6-2. Rizzo would have a couple of homeruns in that game and add a few more RBI’s to his season stats. Rizzo has contributed in a big way to his team’s success and he needs to continue to do so.

Hitting is very important on this team and it shows from the top of the batting order to the bottom. The first 3 hitters for the Cubs are Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo.

They are hitting .270, .285, and .292. These players are hitting at an incredible rate and this could be a problem for any pitcher they face. Those are not the only players that pitchers have to worry about during the game. The 5, 6, and 8 spots of the batting order are also hitting hot.

Jason Heyward is hitting .234 and that can be a big help with runners in scoring position. Addison Russell is hitting .247 and he can keep the line moving by getting on base and also driving in runs.

Javier Baez is hitting .286 and with those numbers he can also drive in runs and also put the offense back in the hands of the top of the order. They may not be hitting hot every night, but they can feed off of each other’s hot hitting to keep scoring more runs.

Homeruns are game changing plays and Rizzo has been racking them up in the past few games. The good thing that the Cubs are doing on offense is that they have runners on base. A solo homerun does not do as much damage as a 2 or 3-run homerun can. One swing of the bat can change the game especially if runners are in scoring position.

The Cubs have a comfortable lead in the NL Central and they could lock up a playoff spot with ease if they continue to play dominant baseball. This team cannot take their foot off of the pedal because they need to remain dominant and come out on top. In my opinion this is their year.

Blest Eshareturi is a contributor to Sports Rants. Writer for the MLB, NBA, and NFL sections. Teams that are followed are the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Miami Heat. New York City native with a passion for sports.

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VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument

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A video has surfaced showing San Francisco Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer knocking his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone, published on TMZ.

You can see the video below.

Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”

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Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series

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Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.

it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.

David Price

In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.

Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox

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Twins’ Miguel Sano Arrested in Dominican Republic

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Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was arrested in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning following an incident that left one police officer with a broken leg.

According to a police report, Sano, 25, ran over an officer’s foot during an incident outside a nightclub in San Pedro de Macoris, per ESPN.

“The Minnesota Twins have been made aware of a situation involving Miguel Sano recently in the Dominican Republic,” team spokesman Dustin Morse said in a statement. “The facts of the incident are not completely available right now but the club is in the process of gathering as much information as possible.”

Sano has been making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. Back in December, Sano was accused of sexual assault by a female photographer, but no charges were filed and MLB didn’t levy any punishment.

 

 

 

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