ONE THROUGH NINE: Both the Cubs and the White Sox have pep in their steps and steel in their spines. How often have we been able to say that?
Winning and good chemistry tend to go together, probably in a chicken-or-egg sort of way. There’s no doubt the young Brewers’ vibe has gotten better.
Deal plays perfectly into each side’s plans: for the Cubs, to aim now for their next title; and for the Sox, to be the No. 1 up-and-comer in baseball.
We asked the All-Stars from the top five NL teams by record if the Cubs — at 43-45 — are the team to beat. Would you believe none of them laughed?
First pitcher to start in All-Star Game in consecutive seasons for different teams, Sale is elite on a level Chicago can’t sniff without him around.
Maddon continues to assure us that good times are right around the bend. It certainly becomes harder all the time to believe him.
Castro is batting .313 with 12 homers and 45 RBI and could set career highs in all three categories. Think the Cubs could use that kind of production?