The Cubs appear to be in the midst of another historic collapse. On June 19th the Cubs were rolling to a 47-20 record, after tanking in a second straight game they have fallen 52-34. A 5-14 record in their last night doesn't inspire confidence. Nobody expected the Cubs to play .700 ball, but the Cubs aren't looking good including ace Jake Arrieta, who coughed up the lead after the team had rallied against the Pirates. Before you send hate mail, I have been a fan for 48 years, and I have seen more than one collapse so don't post hate messages.
What is the big problem? There has been an element of bad luck, but the bullpen has struggled. Stopper Jake Arrieta after ending historic streak has reverted to a middle of the rotation looking pitcher. The bullpen looks like gasoline alley, and needs to acquire a legit closer. Hector Rondon has had his opportunity, but has already coughed up four chances this season.
The solution? Management giving the message all is well doesn't work. They need to acquire a stopper, and the return of Dexter Fowler to the lineup is imperative. Jason Heyward needs a good second half, when Miguel Montero and Heyward in the line with the pitcher the line up is too weak. As we enter into the All-Star break this writer isn't too optimistic.