Young Cubs playing spoiler this year, possibly contender in 2015
Aug 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (left) is greeted by first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Image by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Don't look now, but the Chicago Cubs are showing a lot of promise for the future.
This season, Cubs fans have been given reason to believe better days are right around the corner. Anthony Rizzo is just 25-years-old, Starlin Castro is 24, while Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler are all 22 or younger. Also, third baseman Kris Bryant is in Triple-A and has 43 home runs this year in 136 games.
While the team's pitching doesn't look as promising as its lineup, Wrigley Field is playing host this season to some of baseball's best young players.
The Cubs have won two of their first three games against the Cardinals in their weekend series and swept the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles last weekend.
Castro and Rizzo have each been with the Cubs for a few years now, and are enjoying the spoiler role the team has played over the past couple weeks.
"I think for those guys it's just nice to be winning some meaningful baseball games, even if those games are meaningful to the other team and not the Cubs in the standings,"
Yahoo! Sports Radio host Jason Goch said.
Goch works in Chicago and appears on 87.7 FM The Game, as well, and said the younger players like Alcantara, Baez and Soler are enjoying this stretch, as well, because they're getting a chance to make their mark on the big league team.
"For those guys I think it's trying to make a mark for next season," Goch said. "For those guys I think it's they're hungry because they want to prove they're part of this plan immediately."
Listen to the rest of Goch's interview with Doug Russell on Wisconsin Sports Weekend above.