Cubs Still Looking To Solidify Identity

CHICAGO (WSCR) Through the fist 18 games of the season, the Chicago Cubs are 9-9, and haven’t won or lost more than two games in a row.

So what’s the identity of this relatively young team so far?

“I have no clue,” outfielder Marlon Byrd said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “We’re a good team, and we’re going to be there in the end. Right now we’re still trying to solidify, gosh, our offense and our defense, and our pitching staff. We have one guy that’s basically set in our lineup, as far as where he’s going to be, and that’s Aramis Ramirez. And our pitching staff, one, two and three [starters], they’re going to be set. Our closer is set and our setup guy is set.

“There are a lot of things that are going to evolve with this team as time goes. We need [Andrew] Cashner to get back, we need [Randy] Wells to get back, we need everyone to get healthy. I need to do a better job of hitting in the three-hole, or they’re going to kick my butt out of there.”

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So far this season, all of the National League Central teams have pretty much played the same. The Cincinnati Red and St. Louis Cardinals are tied for the division lead, and are both only a game over .500. So the fact that the Cubs are still searching for an identity shouldn’t worry the fans.

“There are a lot of things that need to come,” Byrd said. “Again, it’s a little bit too early to say your identity of this team. You try to solidify that in spring training, but that’s not the way it works. Spring training is spring training, the season is the real deal. I want to say mid-May, hopefully, people will really see the true Cubs.”

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  • t.j.fournier

    the only thing the cubs can identify with is losing get ready cub fans for another season of high expectations disappointment and excuses of another season lost. keep filling the park you beer guzzling bleacher bums stop going may send a signal that we are feed up and Wont Take It Anymore

  • Jake from da burbs

    The identity of a team is established by the GM and the manager as they are responsible to put a team together and then manage that team to extract the most out of their talent and put yourself in the situation to allow your identity to shine.

    Unfortunately, we have a GM that doesn’t have a clue on what he’s doing, has no vision or long-term plan for the team, is not accountable to or has not learned from past mistakes, and is fiscally as irresponsible as any GM. Then you have a manager who has finally been given a shot of a lifetime and is too scared to take the bulls by the horn and steer it in a direction he wants. Its early but we’ve already seen the excuses and covering for the team press conference.

    Its no wonder why even the team is confused as to what they are. Its the ultimate indictment on the GM and manager as any other. The Cubs puzzle is filled with ill fitting parts that don’t accomplish anything short-term or long-term. Let the futility continue!!

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