PHILADELPHIA – This is the time of year where the Cubs used to be paying more attention to their fantasy-football teams and auditioning players for the future.
PHILADELPHIA – Starlin Castro waited long enough for this that he’s not going to worry about the future, what position he might play or where the Cubs could trade him this winter.
PHILADELPHIA – The Kansas City Royals unveiled a playoff blueprint last year, essentially making it a six-inning game and riding their bullpen to a Game 7 loss in the World Series.
PHILADELPHIA – The Cubs dressed quietly inside the visiting clubhouse late Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. No loud rap music blasting or shaving cream smeared all over the carpet.
PHILADELPHIA – The Cubs hoped Kyle Schwarber would create energy and become a middle-of-the-order force, pushing teammates with his all-out style.