Looking At the Positives From the First Half for Cubs

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The Cubs have officially reached the All Star break, so lets look at the positives from the first half of the year.

The Bullpen

The bullpen for the Cubs has been pretty outstanding so far this year. They are currently ranked number four in the MLB with a 3.23 ERA in 300+ IP. I have been very excited with how Uehara and Duensing have performed. In 29.2 innings Uehara has a 2.73 ERA, and he is averaging 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. Duensing has been the biggest suprise in my opinion, while with the Cubs he has posted a 2.79 ERA in 38.2 IP.

Wade Davis has also been huge for the Cubs as he is 16 for 16 in saves with a 1.80 ERA. If the Cubs can get to their bullpen with the lead I have faith that they can shut it down and bring home the win.

The Newbies

Ian Happ and Jon Jay have both exceeded expectations since joining the Cubs. Since joining the big league squad, Ian Happ,  has shown his incredible power. Happ has one of the best home run to at bat ratios in the MLB. Happ has hit 13 home runs in 178 at bats. He is also hitting .264, which is best for seventh on the team.

Jon Jay on the other hand is leading the Cubs in batting average. With the Cubs Jay has posted a outstanding .305 batting average in 191 plate appearances. Jay has earned a lot more playing time lately as he should.

Willson Contreras 

I am going to admit, I was not huge on Contreras last year but he has really grown on me. This year Willson has improved majorly on defense. He is blocking pitches a lot better then last year, and  he is still gunning down runners. Contreras has also been playing a lot better on offense lately. Right now he has a .257 ERA with 11 homers and 41 RBI’s.

The Negatives

Well, I think @TheBlogFines put it well

 

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