Chicago Cubs: 1 player deserves praise after Monday’s loss

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The Chicago Cubs had some people thinking that they are actually a contender for a while there. They still may turn it around but right now they look like the mediocre team that we thought they were. They are 3-7 in their last ten games and losers of four straight which is not good. However, despite all of that, there is one player who can be proud of the way his season has gone so far. Patrick Wisdom has been one of the best Chicago Cubs stories so far.

The Chicago Cubs really need Patrick Wisdom to continue his streak of hot play.

On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs let an early 2-0 lead slip away. The Milwaukee Brewers then scored four straight to lead the game 4-2 late. In the top of the 7th inning, however, Patrick Wisdom tied the game on a two-run home run. It was a great way to give the Cubs a chance to win.

Unfortunately, the Cubs allowed Milwaukee to score 10 runs in the bottom of the 8th to win the game easily. It looks like a blowout but Wisdom’s home run gave the Cubs a chance late. It is unfortunate that the Cubs allowed the Brewers to score that much and waste another big moment from Patrick Wisdom.

Wisdom’s home run came in a pinch-hit situation as well which makes it even more impressive. He is a great player to have as an option for David Ross as either a starter or bench player. He may eventually cool way down but they should use him as much as they can. He has already technically cooled down since his red hot stretch but he does have a .277 average with a 1.039 OPS. He only has 16 RBIs and 11 of them are himself from his 11 home runs.

Chicago’s offense has been up and down so far this season. Guys like Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Willson Contreras are always going to be mostly great but the rest of the lineup leaves a lot to be desired. Wisdom has been a pleasant surprise in terms of the long ball which has helped the Cubs’ offense be a little bit better.

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If the Cubs want to make a playoff run this year, Wisdom’s contributions probably need to be plentiful for the rest of the season. They don’t have a lot in the tank there so they could use as much help as possible. It would have been nice to see Wisdom’s efforts rewarded on Monday night but the pitching couldn’t get the job done.