Emma: Cubs’ Success Is Ahead Of Schedule, So What’s Next?

CBS Chicago

By Chris Emma–

(CBS) To this point, it’s been a fun season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ young, promising core has made its way into playoff contention, all while “The Plan” flourishes.

But a season of good vibes for the Cubs has been snapped into a state of reality. Of course, the St. Louis Cardinals have a way of doing that.

As of Monday, a much-needed off day, the Cubs stand on a five-game skid at 39-35, 1.5 games back of the Giants for the second wild-card spot and 11.5 back of the first-place Cardinals, who just swept Chicago out of the Gateway to the West.

For all the excitement of meaningful baseball at Wrigley Field, this season is reaching an important point. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have some decisions to make. Do the Cubs try to compete for a championship this season while sacrificing an important part…

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