Chicago Cubs handbook for their new fans

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This team has the pieces in place for a long playoff run

Yes, people, you can root for this team, and expect them to make a long playoff run. They have the pieces in place and are hot at the right moment.

In the Wild Card game, Maddon had Bryant start in left field rather than his usual third base. Later, Maddon had the opportunity to move Bryant from the outfield back to third. He put in Austin Jackson in left to improve his outfield defense.

Right away, a hot shot was hit to Bryant, and he made the catch on a line drive. Later, he made a great stop on an Aramis Ramirez shot down the line, and turned it into an inning-ending double play.

Maddon had Tommy La Stella at third base. In the NLDS, he also has Baez. In the outfield, he substituted Chris Denorfia for Schwarber. He can also use Soler.

The Cubs have a very good leadoff hitter in Dexter Fowler. He has set the table up for Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and the other Cubs hitters all year long. When he struggled in May and June, so did the Cubs offense.

The Cubs bullpen has been shaky, but lately they have improved. Closer Hector Rondon had a 1.67 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and saved 30 games. If they can get the game to him, he will more often than not slam the door shut.

Maddon has a lot of pieces he can use in different situations. This is crucial to making a playoff run. Being able to mix-and-match will help win games. Just like in Wednesday’s game, Maddon can go with offense early, then defense late. Giving a manager like Maddon choices is an incredibly useful asset for the Cubs to have.

Well, there you have some information on the 2015 Chicago Cubs. Now you new fans are up to date, and can cheer to your heart’s content.

One other things for you new fans to remember — Fly The W!!!

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