Ahh, the Chicago Cubs. Despite seemingly being fed with a silver spoon, the Cubbies are struggling, yet again. With injuries to extremely pivotal players such as Derek Lee, Carlos Zambrano, and Aramis Ramirez, the Cubs are seemingly down that same old twisted road fate brings them down year after year.
The Cubs are 0-15 with scoring less than four runs. The inability of this team to win low-scoring games corresponds with their pitching struggles.
The Cubs, however, sport a 4.37 ERA which is good for being just about average in the Majors. They have a top five opponents' batting average at .242. Unfortunately, they are among leaders in home runs given up with 48 given up through 39 games.
Also, the bullpen has suffered, converting only 60 percent of their save opportunities. More important than any stats, the Cubs have been incapable of keeping runs off the board when they need to most.
With Zambrano on the 15 day DL and the Cubs falling like a meteor out of the NL Central race (losing four straight, four games out of first), the Cubs could be looking at picking up where their neighbors across town left off.
The acquisition of a pitcher of Jake Peavy’s stature would undoubtedly restore confidence across the board for this Chicago Cubs team. Zambrano will also benefit from this move with ability to take more time to heal his hamstring. Keeping Zambrano healthy is pertinent for the Cubs to succeed in the playoffs.