The Chicago Cubs are a great baseball team. Over the last handful of weeks, they have been one of the best teams in baseball.
Now, with the way that they are playing, they are heading toward a playoff berth in the National League. Every game is important now as they need to win as much as possible.
On Monday, the Cubs had a very fun Labor Day matchup with the San Francisco Giants. This game had huge implications in the Wild Card race.
They earned the win by a final score of 5-0. It was a solid game for them as they took it to a team that is considered to be very good.
The Chicago Cubs are in the win column thanks to two specific players.
A few players for the Chicago Cubs rose above for them to win this one. Out of them all, two of the players have stepped up a little bit extra. These two guys deserve extra praise for the win:
1. Justin Steele
The Chicago Cubs gave the start to Justin Steele. He went 8.0 innings and gave up no runs on two hits and two walks. He also struck out 12 Giants players which shows how great his stuff was in the game.
It was as remarkable of a start as the Cubs could have asked for. They need their pitchers to step up big if they are going to hold onto this playoff berth and Steele is leading the way.
He is now 13-3 with an ERA of 2.55. As of right now, it is fair to say that he is one of the best pitchers in the league.
2. Seiya Suzuki
The Chicago Cubs have a lot of players on offense to thank. However, Seiya Suzuki gets a bit more praise on this day. He had two hits to go with three RBIs and two runs scored.
One of his hits was a solo shot that gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the second inning. It was a truly great game for him at the plate.
Suzuki has been hot and cold this season but has been really coming on lately. He needs to be one of the most productive bats in the lineup if this team is going to be anything special.
Again, tons of players deserve praise for every win but these two stick out above the rest. If they can keep it up in this series against the Giants, they will position themselves very nicely in the NL.