Cubs round out spring with heavy momentum

Bobby Thomsen, Contributor

The Cubs have managed to put together a successful spring training campaign within the first three weeks of the spring season. Posting a 14-10 record, Cubs players are hitting all cylinders when it comes to the team’s mechanics on both defense and offense.

This season, the Cubs are looking to rebound significantly within the central division after a decline in performance towards the end of last season that resulted a second-place finish and a quick exit in the post season; a decline that was defined by Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, as the team being “broken.” Clearly being a focal point to be worked on this spring training season, the Cubs are optimistic that these players will have bounce back years.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have both maintained a healthy spring as the two are collectively hitting around the .300 mark with two homeruns on each of their stat lines as well. First round draft pick in 2018, Nick Hoerner, has been having an outstanding spring, where he is the lead leaguer in offensive stats. Although the young athlete won’t make the opening day roster, Hoerner has still managed to impress many within the organization.

After what could be described as a disastrous first season with the Cubs that was plagued with injuries, Yu Darvish is anxious to prove his critics wrong this season. Darvish has had a strong spring, going deep into ball games and even managing to hit the mid to upper 90s on his fastball. "I couldn't do anything last year for the Cubs," Darvish said. "I really love the fans and this organization, but I couldn't do anything. I really want to do something for Chicago and the Cubs."

Veterans Jon Lester and Cole Hammels have maintained a steady spring, working minimal innings, but showing no signs of decline coming off of last season. Kyle Hendricks has had a relatively slow start to his spring, where he sits at a 5.03 ERA with command being an issue at the moment. 

Bullpen issues also continue to plague the Cubs this spring as Pedro Strop went down with another hamstring injury two weeks into the spring. Having not been specified how long Strop will be out, fans are expecting him to miss opening day. 

As Spring Training comes to an end, the Cubs will continue to work out the final kinks in the armor as they head towards the 2019 season. With only two weeks left until opening day, the team plans on wrapping up the spring season on a high note and using this momentum to begin the season.